It's true, the holidays are going to be unusual this year. But if holiday travel is still on the radar for you or your groups, Travelocity is offering some tips for staying safe and smart while planning and, ultimately, venturing out into the world:
1. Keep travel plans flexible: The controlled spread of COVID-19 in a travelers' origin or destination is now the top consideration in determining whether to travel. Because travel plans can change, search for hotels with free cancellation and flights without change fees.
2. Find hotels using enhanced cleaning filters: One-third of travelers say that safe accommodations at their travel destination will determine whether or not they travel this holiday season. Don't hesitate to reach out to your desired hotel to ask what step they're taking to keeps guests safe.
3. Search for flights with safety in mind: More than half of travelers who booked flights this holiday season (53%) said they are worried about flying right now. Be sure to investigate which airlines require masks, temperature checks and more.
In addition to these travel tips, CDC advises travelers to take additional steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transit hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms' length) from anyone who is not from your household.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
For additional guidance on safe travel, including level of risk for different forms of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit CDC.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today.