The U.S. remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, despite being hounded by the threat of coronavirus. However, even if you were a frequent visitor before the pandemic hit, you must be prepared to do things a bit differently for your next visit.
Don’t worry, though, you can still enjoy your trip, provided that you keep the following things in mind before you start packing your bags.
Only a Few International Tourists Are Allowed
As of writing, the U.S. government has yet to lift the travel ban it imposed on most countries at the start of the pandemic. If you’re coming from Australia, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Canada, then you’re good to go. There are also currently no restrictions for interstate trips, which means you don’t have to cancel any coast-to-coast road tips you may have planned.
Now, if you’re travelling from a place aside from the ones mentioned above, you might want to check if the travel restrictions will change in time for your scheduled visit.
Some Major US Attractions are Still Closed
Plan your itinerary very carefully because a lot of attractions are still on extended lockdown. Even the ones that are open might have certain requirements for travellers. Make it a point to check first what those requirements might be so you won’t end up wasting your time going to a place that won’t let you in anyway.
Also for your own safety, you might want to prioritize visiting open-air spaces where you can diligently practice social distancing, just like the Glass Beach of California.
AirBNB is Gaining Popularity Among Accommodation Options
In terms of accommodation, AirBnB might just be your safest choice. Instead of booking a room in a hotel where you will undoubtedly come in contact with other guests and hotel staff who may or may not be afflicted with the corona, you can simply rent an entire property all to yourself to minimize your overall contact with other people.
Some hosts even allow you to pick up the keys to their property in a combination-locked safe for a completely contactless transaction, which has become a lot more ideal in light of the transmissible virus that are still around us.
Road Travel is King
Renting a car is one of the most economical ways to travel around the country, but never underestimate the country’s parking problem. Unless you entrust your trip to a company that can manage your parking needs for you, you would soon realize how stressful it is to have to find a place to park your car without worrying for its safety and yours.
If you really want to make the most of your trip, leave your parking concerns to the experts and simply enjoy the ride and your destination.
Not Everyone Wears Masks But Please Do
Now to address the elephant in the room, you must be warned that there is a growing movement of anti-maskers in the U.S. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health-related agencies are still recommending the use of protective gear like face masks and face shields to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Just do it every time you’re in close proximity with people you don’t know, if only for your own peace of mind.
Get Tested Before Leaving
Speaking of your own peace of mind, it would always be a good idea to have yourself tested for the coronavirus. This way, you can ascertain that you did not catch the flu-like virus during your visit. Hopefully, you can get a negative test result before heading back home, where you will still be advised to go on a two-week quarantine. That part should be easy, though, what with all the good memories you collected from your trip to the U.S., which you can now look back on with fondness.
The coronavirus may have changed traveling as we know it, but it shouldn’t be an excuse for you not to enjoy a worry-free trip around the greatest country in the world.