Next Avenue: 8 travel tips for vaccinated seniors in 2021

By Judy Colbert10 days ago

This article is reprinted by permission

Talk to almost anyone whos been vaccinated for COVID-19 recently and you hear about their travel plans, some more adventurous than others.


R.C. Staab, of New York City, is going to Philly, Pittsburgh, and Oklahoma and Texas. Yves Gentil, a Denver public relations consultant has a three-day trip booked to Santa Fe in May for his birthday, saying: Ive always wanted to go, and I prefer to stay close to home for now. Sandy and Joe Colbert, of St. Petersburg, Fla., are thinking about where to drive around the country in their camper. We dont expect to slow down our travel plans, said Sandy. We are enjoying every moment we have together.

Seventy-eight percent of people in a January 2021 American Express AXP, +0.95% Travel survey said they want to get away this year to relieve stress from the pandemic. And a T-Mobile TMUS, -0.51% survey found that 68% of grandparents plan to travel in 2021, often because theyve missed seeing their grandkids during the pandemic. Jeanie Johnston, president of Jeanies Journeys Tours & Travel Company, says, The vaccinated senior is part of the silver wave of people who are ready and willing to go anywhere.

But it isnt really safe to goanywherejust yet. Many foreign countries have seriouspandemic problemsand restrictions for travelers, though European Union countries will start allowing in vaccinated American tourists this summer. Right now, though, its best to consider booking vacations domestically, if youll travel at all.

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