If you are planning on doing some travelling in 2021, you may want to prepare yourself for a very different travel experience. It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic upended nearly all travel plans, and many Americans are eagerly awaiting their next chance to get out once again and explore.

According to AAA Northeast, whether you are planning a trip for spring break or summer, or maybe dreaming of a trip later on, AAA Travel experts are advising would-be travelers that things will look very different than the last time many took a vacation.

The entire travel experience has been transformed by COVID-19. If you’re considering travel sometime this year, it’s more important than ever to do your due diligence ahead of any trip to ensure it is safe and enjoyable... As vaccines help boost consumer confidence to begin traveling again, we have to remember that wearing masks and social distancing are likely still a requirement. ~ Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Government Affairs


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There are a few things that you should keep in mind upon setting out on your trip. Don’t forget that even though more Americans are getting vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask in public. Face coverings are required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.

If you are traveling by car, you will want to know what the latest travel restrictions are. One way you can do that is by checking out AAA’s Travel Restrictions Map. If air travel is on your agenda, you should be aware that in-flight amenities, including food and beverage services, may be limited or unavailable. A cruise is likely out, as even with the CDC’s no-sail order lifted, many cruise lines have voluntarily extended their suspension of sailing operations further into 2021.

There’s a lot to consider, but traveling safely is certainly possible if you know what to expect.

Be careful out there.

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