It’s possible to travel safely in the time of COVID. Here’s how

Qing Yang and Kevin Parker

We welcomed 2022 with a bitter surge of the highly contagious, albeit less lethal, omicron variant. Like millions of Americans, the disappointment of canceling holiday plans, again, tanked our mood, but we feared inadvertently bringing the virus to vulnerable family members.

Yet Qing and I vowed to stay hopeful and vigilant. We decided to use this holiday to make new memories by taking a quick vacation to Europe. One of our colleagues visited family in Asia and another hosted visitors from abroad. No travel is risk-free, but we believe it’s possible to travel safely.

Here are some tips from our own personal experiences and what we’ve learned from others.

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Budget for uncertainties

Air travel this winter is complicated by the double threat of weather and airline staff shortages. Expect cancellations and delays, but don’t fret. Book a direct flight if available, and budget time between flights if there’s a connection. Airlines will help find you the best alternatives and rebook at no charge, but this may mean you leave from or arrive at a different airport.