BOSTON (CBS) – People are starting to book rides again; some of them, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Sean Kelly, with Crystal Travel & Tours, said: “People have a level of confidence that was unprecedented, or maybe not at it, 15-16 months ago.
But with Omicron, also flying in, the doctors say, you might want to wait.
“If we see that hospitals are filling up again, we need to be extremely cautious about non-emergency travel,” said Dr Mark Siedner, Mass General Hospital epidemiologist.
Siedner does not recommend non-urgent travel as we are still awaiting important information.
“One, is it more severe than previous variants? And second, how does our vaccine work to protect us against this variant? And it will likely be a week or two before we get that information,” he said.
However, travel agencies are seeing an increase in bookings. Many believe this is a result of clearer protocols, higher vaccination rates, and access to testing.
“There are precautions; Kelly said.
More and more people are not only traveling but also traveling internationally.
“I think the first thing to consider is how you’re traveling and where you’re going to go and stay. Not all resorts and destinations are created equal right now. Some of them are doing better than others,” said Kristin Chambers from Curacao. She works with two Boston-based travel agencies, TravelLuster and DA Luxury Travel.
She said people who are having second thoughts about their trip should ask questions.
“Will they assist you with the homework test? What are they doing at the property to ensure the safety of guests? If they have a response and they get back to you really quickly with a game plan and if you’re comfortable with that, then I’d say you’re in good hands and you should go. “There is something about the mental health aspect of reaching out and supporting other local economies, as long as you do it in a safe and responsible way,” she said.
Experts say the best advice if you’re planning to travel during uncertain times – aside from trying to stay as safe as possible – is to make sure you have travel insurance.
Above all, doctors recommend safety procedures that we know work: mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, and vaccinations
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