Have your travel habits changed? Are you booking rooms in advance where you would not have in the past?
What travel restrictions do you expect to find? Do you know anyone who has returned from the location you are heading to?
If you are staying in your home country please tell us what areas you have been to in the past 4 weeks.
What is open without restriction?
In July and August of 2021 we are staying in the U.S.. We are planning a road trip to see friends and family. We will travel through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee to visit friends and family in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
We are booking all of our rooms in advance as many Americans have hit the highways this year. Often times in the past we would not have worried about booking early.
At this point the majority of the states have reopened fully. Each state is allowed to set their own guidelines. There are a handful of states that are still restricting restaurants to 50%. Some states are still restricting the size of gatherings.
In most restaurants masks are expected to be worn until seated and some stores still require it while shopping. This is very individual and varied. Vaccinations are available for anyone who wants them.
I am based in Germany and I will spend one night with my mum in Austra late july and the week after that another night in Czech Republic with my mum again and my brother and his wife. We are all vaccinated twice or already had Corona and we hope that everything will be fine. Austra is a bad booking which we can't cancel but the hotel in Czech Republic can be cancelled. Even as we are immune we might make a test bofore and register electronically for the border crossing. If things (especially the delta variant) get worse, we might cancel.
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Oh, I checked your profile and see what the travellers century club is. I only have 55 countries so far. If you want to add like 20 in one journey you can travel through Eastern Europe after the crisis. There are many small and safe countries. For advice regarding my home country you can check out my blog. I guess around 50%!o(MISSING)f my 500+ posts are about Germany. But I also was in the Baltics, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slowenia, Croatia, Bosnia and look forward for a trip to the Balcan countries.
I'm staying very close to home again this year. The Delta variant is spreading in the US, and already causing case increases in states with low vaccination rates. Thankfully, the states in the Northeast are near the top in vaccination percentage so it won't be a concern here.
Unfortunately, the experience of the last year has shown that in many US states, a lack of restrictions does not mean something is actually a safe activity (although being vaccinated certainly makes it much safer). I keep an eye on the infection rates and plan activities accordingly.
I'm booking accommodations a few months in advance, but making sure they are fully refundable in case of another surge.
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Good plan Ezra,
We are happy to leave Tennessee soon. The vaccination rates have increased but have a long way to go.
Florida has done very well with vaccinations.
We want to travel but will make plans cautiously and as you say make sure everything is refundable.
My sister in law is getting married in Colombia this year, so a trip oversees is in the works for us in December. I am quite nervous about it though! Colombia has high numbers of Covid right now, but that may decrease as the vaccines finally start to roll out there. We weren't planning on going anywhere, just staying local. Please pray for us that we may have a safe journey ahead!
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Thanks to the delta surge after many states ended their restrictions prematurely, I ended up having to cancel everything. Instead, I essentially planned 14 consecutive day trips, every single one starting at my own apartment, deciding where to go each day based on COVID rates and weather. It ended up being two weeks of hiking, cider donuts, ice cream, and diner takeout. Remarkably fun given the circumstances.
We've just returned from 2 weeks in Portugal and 4 weeks in Spain. We felt safe. Everyone was compliant with wearing masks. They don't make a big deal out of it like they do in the U.S. Many outdoor venues were available. 90% of Portugal is vaccinated and almost 80% in Spain.