When we talk to guests from around the world about our new North American tours, we often answer the question, “Is it safe to travel in the US?”
We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the US just like all of our targets. With nearly six million cases and more than 180,000 reported deaths, there is no doubt that the US has been hard hit by COVID-19. However, with adjustments, precautions, and planning, it can be safe to explore the amazing and diverse landscapes of North America.
In most areas of our life we have come to terms with the “new normal”. We managed to cross the line between risk and safety by wearing non-medical masks in public, enjoying socially distant activities, and shifting outdoor dining. But what about travel? Starting in autumn 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice on travel will be: “Travel increases your chances of catching and spreading COVID-19.” Staying at home is the safest way to get yourself and others to protect. That said, there are safer options for those of us who want to roam.
General US travel security
Under current guidelines, we must exclude most public transportation as a means of getting around the United States.
Before we dive into specific types of travel, there are a few general travel tips from the CDC that will help us narrow down the safest options:
- Always try to make sure that you are at least two meters away from other people. Try to stay out of situations that bring you close to others.
- Always try to minimize the points of contact between you and others, especially when considering inanimate objects like door handles, cutlery, etc. that may have been touched by others before you.
- Always try to reduce the number of people you come into contact with, whether they are fellow travelers or in public places.
- Avoid overcrowded, closed areas and spend your time outdoors, where there is enough space to spread out and keep interpersonal distance.
- If you leave an area where the virus is at risk of spreading (such as a gas station or a restaurant dining area), wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use a disinfectant containing 60% alcohol.
Under these guidelines, we can exclude most public transportation as currently safe for travel in the US. For this reason, Enchanting Travels has developed a series of US road trips for our guests to safely experience the majesty of the American West.
Road trip USA
Now that states and national parks reopen, there are some fantastic destinations to explore in your own back yard.
With a few exceptions, it is now incredibly easy to cross state borders by car. The other advantages of driving are:
- For the most part, you are isolated from other people. As long as you can maintain hygiene and social distancing discipline during fuel, rest, or meal stops, you should be fine!
- Because of the vast US highway system, it’s easy to find out what they look like using security zones, border closures, checkpoints, or viral hotspots The card-based tracker from AAA and route around them.
- With the opening of state and national parks, there are many fantastic ones Destinations to visit in the USA.
So is it safe to travel in the US?
It’s worth speaking to an expert who can plan an itinerary to help you skip the COVID-19 hotspots and get off the beaten path.
The answer is a qualified “yes”. If you can ensure that you are following the correct disinfection procedures and can travel safely around the US with the right amount of planning and research. For added security, speak to a travel advisor to plan your trip with trusted partners who can offer itineraries that skip the hot spots and offer off the beaten path experiences.
Some destinations are also suitable for safer travel. For example, a glamping vacation in Wyoming and South Dakota offers just the kind of expansive outdoor scenery that makes it easy to enjoy sightseeing without the crowds. Or explore the incredible red rock formations throughout the southwestern state of Utah with relaxing stops at our recommended lodge and resort partners. Whatever your goal, the open road beckons!
Talk to one of our US road trip experts today!