Safety Tips for a Healthy Summer Vacation

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Mountain Hiking Trail
Path to a Healthy Summer Vacation --- Harry Strharsky

Photo: Harry Strharsky

Throughout last year and until the coronavirus pandemic hit, a “staycation” was all the rage. But now after three months and more of self-quarantine and a surge in business re-openings, many people are asking themselves whether they should risk taking a family vacation this summer or not.

Itching to get away somewhere and somehow, many are examining their options:

Travel By Sea

Cruise Lines International Association, a trade association for the cruise industry, has announced that its member cruise lines have extended suspension of U.S. cruise operations until September 15 this year because of coronavirus concerns. Scratch one convenient option.

Travel By Air

Commercial Jet Liner in Flight
Air Travel --


Air travel with people in confined space seating for an extended period-of-time, and planes designed to pack as many people into an aluminum tube as possible, with no consideration for social distancing, seem to be a breeding ground for airborne infections. Air travel is further complicated by the airlines’ chaotic response to COVID-19 without the benefit of an industry standard. Some do not sell tickets for the middle row seat; others do. Some require face coverings; some not, etc. etc. Many flights have been cancelled.

A top Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official has accused the agency of “gross mismanagement” for failing to protect airport screeners from the coronavirus, therefore endangering their own employees and the traveling public. Given such a risky environment, wise vacationers have vowed not to fly until they have been vaccinated. Those conscious of their carbon footprint have been avoiding air travel for some time now, even before the pandemic visited.

Travel By Land

By process of elimination most people are left with the all-American road trip option. Packing up the family electric or hybrid provides an economic yet environmentally friendly safety bubble for maintaining social distancing while traveling.

What about a destination? Health officials advise shying away from crowded beach, lake and mountain resorts this summer. Many popular National Parks are also being overrun and should be avoided. Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is even testing a two-hour window reservation system for daily entry to limit the environmental destruction caused by too many vehicles and boots on the ground.