Traveling safely this spring break


Siouxland News

According to Statista, 52 percent of Americans are less likely to be going on a Spring Break vacation this season.

Baily Plourde, Staff Writer

After months of quarantine, travel restrictions and being kept distant from family and friends, it is no surprise that people are eager to get out for some fun this spring break. Whether the destination is a distant tropical getaway or a spontaneous ski resort, it is vital that the public take every precaution possible in order to avoid further spread of the novel COVID-19 virus.

March of last year was a devastating time for many. On top of all the loss COVID-19 brought, many families were forced to cancel trips and vacations meant to be savored this time of year. However, with the new safety measures in place, we are hopeful this year can be different. 

With exciting new destinations becoming available as recent travel restrictions have been lifted, places like the Bahamas, Aruba and Barbados have opened up to international tourists. However, in order to take flight, these tropical getaways are requiring some minor requests:

  • You must have a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before your flight
  • Masks are mandated

But do not fear! There is a wide selection of hotels in both Mexico and the Caribbean that are offering free, on-site COVID-19 tests including Sandals, Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels. 

Along with the many tests being conducted nationwide for spring break travels, vaccines are being distributed faster than ever. According to Bloomberg, more than 413 million shots have been given in over 132 countries. These Covid killers have given us all much more confidence in staying safe and healthy for upcoming trips. 

“As vaccinations make their way into more arms and people go crazy after a full year at home, there are signs that travel is picking up — both in the long-term and short-term,” said Kyle Potter, editor of Thrifty Traveler.

The second Mar. 1 hit, America’s beaches were packed. With everyone clearly being tired of the confinement of their homes, the CDC’s recommended vaccines are making it easier for both people’s health and moral compass to travel this spring season. 

As long as we remember our safety restrictions and prepare ourselves thoroughly for the necessary precautions, making your long-awaited spring getaway a reality is nothing to be ashamed about.