Timely tips for safe travel during the pandemic

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WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — With the month of June already here, many of us are planning something we wouldn’t think of considering last year, traveling for vacation.

Increased vaccinations and declining COVID cases are helping spur on those travel plans.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says it’s been busy booking what it describes as “revenge travel” due to canceled vacations last year because of the pandemic. But experts recommend packing precautions before taking your trip.

Her feet may be firmly planted in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but Liz Mattern’s mind is already at the Jersey Shore.

“Going just to the beach to Wildwood for, like, three days next month,” said Mattern.

Getting away is what so many of us want to do after spending so much time at home riding out the worst of the pandemic.

“Travel is back with a vengeance. No doubt. So many people have put off trips for almost a year and a half now. And so AAA is seeing a huge, pent-up demand for travel,” said Kathleen Zinszer, from AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Doctors say the demand for health precautions should also be high.

“Even though masks have been, you know, lightened up a little bit with their use, you still have to have them. They’re still going to be needed in some places that you might go,” stated Dr. Nancie Fitch, Medical Director of MedExpress.

Dr. Fitch with MedExpress says besides masks, pack such things as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes items which you wouldn’t typically expect to see in an AAA retail store but you can now.

“Because we’re in the middle of a pandemic your health has to be one of those things on the checklist,” said Zinszer.

When it comes to crowds the advice is to use caution and common sense.

“Obviously if you can leave the crowded area that’s the best part but if you are going to be in a crowded area you should still have your mask because that is still one of the best forms of protection we have,” said Dr. Fitch

“We’re all going to kind of subconsciously distance anyway. We were just talking about how we’re used to giving people more space so I feel comfortable with that and I mean at the beach we’re going to eat outdoors if we get the opportunity anyway just because it’s more fun,” said Mattern.

And when it comes to international travel, Dr. Fitch says to consider the COVID vaccine a must and if you should develop symptoms abroad, keep this in mind.

“If you test positive and you’re in another country you’re quarantined there until you can test negative to come home,” stated Dr. Fitch.

Dr. Fitch is planning a vacation herself. She says we could all use one after the stressful year-and-a -half we’ve experienced just make sure you don’t let your guard down.

AAA Mid-Atlantic has compiled a list of COVID restrictions per state and you can also check it out and some other safe, summer travel tips.

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