How to Prepare for Summer Travel Despite Inflation, COVID-19 and a Shortage of Pilots

Summer 2022: Time for “revenge trip” and “go big“destinations. After two years locked in their homes due to COVID-19, Americans are considering leaving the city. Example: More than 6 out of 10 adults are expected to pack their bags and go on vacation this summer. Like coronavirus restrictions facilitate and country open their borders, the girls’ hot summer feels within reach.

* Cue: DJ scratch sound effect. * The reality is that you may be jumping through travel hoops. An investigation revealed that nearly 7 out of 10 adults are changing their planned vacations this summer due to inflation. And because each country has different COVID-19 restrictions, travelers don’t know what they need to go abroad. Skimm’rs and Skimm HQ’rs have shared their top travel questions this summer. Like: How to set a budget in the face of rising costs. Whether to hide. And how the shortage of pilots could impact their flights.

Reminder, we are still in a pandemic

For the first time since February, the United States averaged more than 100,000 known cases of COVID-19 per day. The The CDC suggests that people wait to travel until they are fully vaccinated. But it is not excluded to fall ill even after having your shots and if you wear a mask. This means that many people are exercising caution when it comes to taking their next vacation and asking…

What are the COVID-19 testing requirements for returning to the United States after international travel?

Travelers aged two and over returning from international travel and flying to the United States must show a negative COVID-19 test. Here are the fine print:

  • Your test must be taken no later than 24 hours before takeoff, regardless of your vax status or citizenship.

  • Your test can be either rapid tests or PCR tests. Some self-tests are acceptable, but a telehealth provider must be supervised. More information about these requirements here.

  • You must show your negative result to the airline before boarding your flight. Check with your airline how you can share this information – this could be through their app.

An exception to testing: if you have recently recovered from coronavirus (read: within the last 90 days). Instead, you will need to show the airlines:

  • Documented proof of your recovery. Example: A positive test result from less than 90 days before your flight. Indeed, people can continue to test positive for up to three months after their infection.

  • A letter from a doctor saying that you are all ready to travel.

Note: These testing requirements only apply to air travel. If you are traveling to the United States from Canada or Mexico by land or ferry, there are no test rules follow.

What are the testing requirements for traveling to the United States?

There are not any. But the CDC recommends that people get tested no more than three days before traveling to the country. If you’re traveling by air, it doesn’t hurt to check with your airline for any tests, vaccinations, and documents you might need. Once you return from travel, government health officials recommend:

  • Do a test, especially if you were in potential exposure situations. Read: crowded places without wearing a mask.

  • Monitor symptoms of COVID-19 – isolate and test if you develop any.

The CDC also recommends that people wear masks in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes).

Should I bring a home COVID test with me when I travel?

If you go abroad, you can. But just make sure it meets the requirements of the country terms. Government officials recommend contacting your resort or international airport to learn more about your testing options.

Don’t forget any other essentials you might need (hi, passport which has not been used for years.)

2020 must-haves: hand sanitizer and masks. Aka two crucial elements to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and your exposure – even if you are completely vaxxed. But you might not need these essentials everywhere you go. Here is a list of airports and Airlines companies who said “goodbye” to face masks. Plus, from air travel to car travel, we’ve got your travel essentials here and here.

What about my vaccination record?

It doesn’t hurt to have it. But you might want to use a vaccine passport (or a digital copy) instead of a physical copy. This is usually a QR code on an app or smartphone. Although the CDC vax card is recognizable in the United States, it may not be overseas. Additionally, a digital passport reduces the risk of losing the physical card. Note: The definition of a “vaccine passport” may vary from country to country. Be sure to check the vax guidelines for the country you wish to visit.

It may have been a minute since you last pulled out your vaccination card. If you can’t find it — and you don’t have a vaccination passport or digital copy — here’s what you can do.

What happens if I contract COVID while traveling, including domestically?

The CDC says people shouldn’t travel for 10 full days after having symptoms or testing positive. This is regardless of whether you are in the country or not. If you are abroad, you may need report your return to the United States until you test negative. The Department of State recommends that people traveling abroad plan for the possibility of a longer stay. Mainly because they will have to foot the bill if they have to stay longer. People will also want to confirm the country’s isolation rules for positive patients, as the rules could be different.

How can I find out a country’s vaccination or testing requirements?

If you are staying in a hotel, contact them. If you’re using a travel agency or booking on your own, include this in your search. Note: Some countries (Mexico and Canada) have makes disappear with testing requirements. But may require visitors to be fully vaxxed or have health screenings. You can learn more about a country’s COVID-19 information from this State Department site.

Does travel insurance cover disruptions related to COVID-19?

Not all providers will cover cancellations or interruptions caused by COVID-19. That’s why it’s important to review the fine print before you buy. We know more about what travel insurance covers here.

How can families travel safely with children, especially if they are under 5 and cannot be vaccinated?

By respecting the basic principles: social distancing, wearing masks from the age of 2 and frequent hand washing. Regardless of vax status, the CDC recommends that anyone two years and older wear a mask indoors in public spaces where community transmission of COVID-19 is high (here’s how to find out).

Families can also consider outdoor activities and environments over indoor ones. They may also want to think twice about exactly how they travel. Example: A car may be a safer bet than taking a crowded train. And if people are traveling with children under two, it’s important to limit visits to those who aren’t vaccinated.

Is there an acceptable way to ask others to wear a mask during your flight (especially those seated closest to you)?

Label Experts recommend things like read the play or introduce yourself before asking someone to mask up. Then try asking nicely and respectfully, “Would you be willing to wear a mask?” Including an explanation might help. But other experts say the best thing you can do is control your own behavior. And respect when others can say “no.”

Other things to keep in mind: Inflation and driver shortages

It’s no secret that everything from food to gas to travel costs has gone up. In April, air fares dope almost 19%. Road trips are not cheaper with high gas prices. And food and meal costs are soaring. There are people who wonder…

Should flight and fuel costs drop? How do I budget for a vacation when prices keep rising?

As high as the prices are these days, there is always a lot of demand for flights. Meaning, plane ticket could keep rising. The same goes for gas prices. Some analysts think the national average could top $6 a gallon by August. Some ways to cut costs include researching destinations where there are flight deals. Verification of some of the best travel credit cards to receive rewards. And above all, don’t wait until the last minute to book your trip. The the earliest would be best.

Psst. We have more tips for making a travel budget here.

Why have there been so many airline cancellations and delays recently?

It’s a combination of factors, one of which is pilot shortage, Weather report, and cases of COVID-19 among staff.

What can I do to avoid these problems?

We have advice on how to prepare for possible disruptions here. This is where being patient comes in handy.

Should I be worried about monkey pox affecting travel plans?

It doesn’t hurt to monitor the situation. people can get monkeypox if they come into contact with a person’s broken skin or bodily fluids, including respiratory droplets. The CDC recommended travelers avoid close contact with sick people (read: those who may have skin or genital sores) and materials that may be contaminated (such as bedding and clothing), among others.


Summer and travel are not always easy. Especially amid soaring prices and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. But the important thing is that there are steps people can take to prepare for and protect themselves from any bumps in the road.

Skimmed by Maria del Carmen Corpus, Maria McCallen and Kamini Ramdeen-Chowdhury

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