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Summer Travel Recommendations from the CDC Part 2

It is only fair that after such an unusual year spent cooped up in our homes that people will want to travel. Here are some additional recommendations from the CDC for taking your summer vacation.

Camping is also relatively safe, according to the CDC, as long as one is staying in a camper or tent only with members of their household and/or vaccinated people. They recommend trying to avoid shared toilet facilities if possible.

For food since they recommend staying in a cabin or vacation home, an RV or camping bringing your own food and cooking or getting take-out and/or delivery is the safest option. Going out to a restaurant, according to the CDC, is less safe but acceptable if the space is well ventilated, social distancing can be maintained and that the staff and other patrons are adhering to mask policies.

Long distance travel, travel by air, train or bus, traveling over seas are all considered far less safe by the CDC. Additionally, staying in hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts is considered less safe than the options listed above. Attending crowded events are visiting crowded attractions is not recommended.

The CDC suggest an RV as a possible all around good solution to travel and vacation this summer as long as the travel party in the RV is only from your household and/or vaccinated people.

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Summer Travel Recommendations from the CDC

As the weather warms, school lets out and people are getting vaccinated, naturally they are going to want to travel for a vacation. The CDC has produced a set of guidelines to stay safe and healthy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary item they want to remind people of is that COVID-19 is transmitted through close contact between people. They recommend people continue wear a mask over their mouth and nose while in public. That they should avoid crowds and maintain physical distancing from anyone who is not in their travel party. Also, to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer (60% or higher alcohol content) often.

The CDC maintains that the safest kind of travel would be by passenger vehicle with only members of your household and/or other vaccinated people. They recommend minimizing stops for gas, food and rest and travelling only short distances.

For accommodations they say the safest option is single group vacation rental like a cabin where only family members and/or vaccinated persons would stay. Likewise, the home of family members or vaccinated persons is relatively safe.

RVs are another potential, safer option.

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Dubai: Top Dollar New Year’s Eve

Dubai is well known around the world for offering hot and cold running glitz and glamor and not much of note is inexpensive in Dubai for travelers. New Year’s Eve is probably the top holiday to spend in Dubai.

Much of this reputation is due to the out of this world fireworks display Burj Khalifa puts on—this is the world’s tallest building and located in Dubai. It is usually followed by a water ballet programmed into the world’s largest fountain display. In 2019 the five minute display consisted of over 3,000 pounds of fireworks.

If you want to eat while watching the display you’d better be prepared to open that wallet. High end restaurants offer multi-course meals in the $1,200 range (yes, that is per person). But even fast food joints are going to upcharge—around $400 dollars a meal for fast food. An order of Tim Horton’s Timbits will cost you $670.

All you can eat Five Guys burgers, fries and soft drinks will cost one around $400. Even seats to watch the fireworks at the local mall will cost about $300.

 

 

 

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Holiday Travel Tips for the Pandemic

This year holiday season travel is going to be very different. Some will stay home instead of visiting far flung relatives. But for those choosing to travel here are some tips.

Expect the unexpected. While this is probably good advice for travel in general it is more important than ever to be ready for changes in your plans. Pandemic updates come daily. Expect shifting quarantine rules. Expect canceled or delayed flights.

Choose an airline who have flexible booking policies. Many airlines have adjusted their policies to allow no-fee ticket changes, but double check! Free changes could be limited in number. Certain types of tickets may not have special privileges. You may also owe the difference if you change to a more expensive flight. Again, check before booking!

Also, “free change” doesn’t mean you’ll get a refund if you cancel. Some airlines are offering vouchers for canceled flights but many are not going to simply hand you back your cash.

Don’t choose a high-risk itinerary. While normal holiday travel is rife with delayed and canceled flights, this year could be much worse. Try to leave earlier in the day before delays get a chance to build up. Try to get longer connection times between flights. Choose small airports for connections and if you can those with a lesser chance of crazy weather.

Choose itineraries with longer connection times.

Select smaller (and less crowded) connection airports and, if possible, those with less risk of severe winter weather.

Know the quarantine rules for your destination. If you need to get tested before you leave, make sure to get that done in plenty of time.

Lastly, if you want to fly trouble-free it is highly suggested you follow all safety protocols required by airlines including wearing a mask.

 

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Tips for Sleeping on Planes

Whether it is for business or pleasure, when we fly, we want to feel rested and ready when the flight is over. On longer flights getting some rest might figure into feeling good when one lands. While there are many distractions on a flight that might keep some up, others just don’t sleep well while flying, quiet plane or no.

Over the counter medications or alcohol may help some people relax and sleep, however these will usually leave one groggy after waking.

Fliers should do their best to be comfy. Wear loose fitting and, if you need them, warm clothes. Try to use the restroom before falling asleep. Undo your belt and other restrictive accessories. Let your neighbors know you want to try and sleep through the flight.

It is best to bring one’s own comfort items like pillows and blankets as these are becoming more and more rare on flights. Noise canceling headphones, music, white noise, noise generators or some television episodes downloaded from your favorite streaming app help some people sleep.

The cues of your nighttime routine can help your brain prepare for sleep. Try sticking to any of them you can during the flight. Make your routines portable, not only for the plane, but your destination as well. Likewise, following your rituals will prepare your brain for sleep in an unfamiliar place and time zone.

The most important thing to remember is that if you can’t sleep, it is best not to stress out about it. Relax as much as you can. Even just lying back, shutting your eyes and letting your mind wander can be restful.