Whether it was pre-planned or last-minute, for business or pleasure, traveling in the summer of 2020 looks a lot different than it did just one year ago. Regardless of how you feel about pandemic-era travel, leaving your nest to hit the open road – safely – has always, and will continue to be an exercise in planning, patience and perseverance. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning this summer’s travels:
Picking Your Location
Keep in mind that different states and cities have different restrictions on travel. Be sure to research and understand the current situation in your travel destination, including any self-quarantine requirements. And, be aware that those restrictions can change.
Method of Travel for Vacations
According to the CDC, any type of travel can increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Here are some things to consider as you choose your mode of transportation:
- Airlines: Most germs and viruses don’t spread easily on flights, but crowded planes and security lines make social distancing difficult and can expose you to frequently touched surfaces.
- Buses or trains: These methods of transportation make social distancing difficult – you will often be within 6 feet of others.
- Autos: Stopping for food, gas and bathroom breaks may put you and your companions within close proximity of other travelers and frequently touched surfaces.
- RVs: Traveling by RV can lead to fewer stops for restrooms and food, but RV parks may offer higher amounts of exposure.
Health Precautions While Traveling
Protect yourself and others by following CDC-recommended precautions:
- Wash your hands often – minimum 20 seconds with soap and water – after touching surfaces, being in a public place, after blowing nose/touching face, etc.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Keep social distance of 6 feet or more.
- In public, wear a face covering (cloth is fine).
- Cover sneezes and coughs.
- Pick up food at drive-thru windows, curbside service, or from stores.
Save Energy and Money at Home While on Vacation
Any time you will be away from your home, you can save energy by:
- Turning your water heater down to “vacation mode” – or at least a lower water temperature setting than normal.
- Unplug “vampire” electronics that use electricity even when they are off – TVs, laptops, printers, etc.
- Set your thermostat to a higher than normal temperature – or better yet, upgrade to a Wi-Fi®-enabled smart thermostat like the Carrier Infinity System Control for remote monitoring and temperature adjustments.
- Check your HVAC system’s air filter and replace if necessary. If you are uncomfortable doing this, consider contacting your us for a system inspection or clean-and-check appointment.