Where is it safe to travel during the pandemic?

Where is it safe to travel during the pandemic

After a year of isolation and way too much screen time, it's time to think about traveling again. We don't know when travel will return to 2019 normal, but it's never too early to plan. But, how do we travel safely in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? Remaining healthy and making sure our families are safe are things many people have to take into extra consideration.

One of the safest places to travel is….outside

The best way to avoid COVID, we all know by now, is to avoid coming into contact with an infected person. Staying away from confined indoor spaces and being outside are safe options for this and other infectious, airborne diseases. What better way to ensure an infectious disease cannot find you than to be outside?

8 safe things to do outside during COVID:

  1. Camping in national and state parks, wilderness areas and forests

  2. Kayaking, canoeing and boating

  3. Hiking and trekking

  4. Rock climbing and scrambling

  5. Skiing—cross country and downhill

  6. Skating—ice skating and inline and roller skating

  7. Biking

  8. Digging—gardening, and dare I say it, dinosaur, fossil and archaeology digs?

Traveling safely during the pandemic

  • Whatever you decide to do, make sure you are on the same page with any traveling companions who do not live in your household.

  • Check destinations, airlines and services you’re planning on using (like guides and rentals) to find out their safety protocols and what they require of you. For example, you can expect masks are required inside rental facilities and 6 feet of distance at all other times.

  • If you are traveling out of the United States, as of January 26, 2021, the US State Department and the CDC are requiring that all air passengers entering the United States present a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days before departure. Please check the State Department website for updated information and for the requirements for entering other countries.

For a fun, safe vacation, consider visiting drop in fossil sites like Stonerose in Washington State. Or, plan ahead for a 3-day dig on the Triceratops Gulch Project in Wyoming.

Happy Travels from Ancient Odysseys! 🦖

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