Is It Safe to Travel Yet?

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travelThe demand to get out there and travel is palpable. If there was ever a concrete indicator of how much travel is being missed all one has to do is look at the seven-hour Qantas flight to nowhere that sold out in 10 minutes, the fastest sell-out of a flight in the history of the airline. And that’s for a flight that starts and ends up in the same place!

The statistics are one thing, but the real answer depends on each individual’s personal risk-benefit travel analysis. In early August, the US State Department lifted the travel advisory warning Americans against all international travel, but the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still have advisories in place urging against non-essential travel to many countries.

Here are what some of the experts say:

Many health experts agree that as long as you take the necessary precautions, closer-to-home vacations in relatively uncrowded spots are fairly low risk. Plus, health authorities, including the CDC, maintain that the risk of infection on airplanes is low, according to this article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Source: Wall Street Journal

When exactly will we be able to travel again, asks this article in TimeOut. For quite a lot of us, right now, it says. Governments across the world may still be advising their citizens to stay put, but many countries are already open. Source: TimeOut 

The more you can control during your trip, the better although there is no real way of knowing which type of travel is safest. There are many factors that go into categorizing activities as high risk versus low risk. Source: Skyscanner

Only you can determine whether or not you think you’re ready to jump back into traveling. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you consider whether or not it is safe to resume traveling. Source: Roundtrip Traveler

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Award-winning journalist Andrea Doyle has a career that spans more than 30 years. She has worked as a senior editor at Successful Meetings Magazine, a senior writer at Convene, and a staff writer at The Record, a daily N.J. newspaper. Her work has graced the pages of publications including Avenue Magazine, New Jersey Health and Beauty, and Bergen Health & Life Magazine.