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Is it safe to travel outside my state? Husband and I always take a small trip on our wedding anniversary. It’s our 10 year anniversary this year. Not a good time for pictures as we will be wearing masks all the time.

I don’t feel like it’s the right time to do this scenic trip we half planned. I think postpone but husband will “do whatever I feel comfortable doing.”

Would you travel? I think it would be more enjoyable if we didn’t have to worry about masks and COVID. Assuming that COVID is going away. :( 

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We just got back from a 5 day camping trip, but stayed within the same province, and camping is naturally pretty distanced (wore masks when near people checking in/buying wood etc).  I'd say it depends on what you have planned.  Is it possible to stay in state?  Would that make a difference?  Not sure.

But really, if you're not comfortable - would you enjoy it? 

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I think that part of the answer depends on where you live and where you are going.  For example, some of the East Coast states are banning travelers from other areas unless they quarantine.  I’m not up on the details...but it’s probably worth a google search to be safe.  
 

my parents cancelled the family trip because we would have had to eat out for all meals and they weren’t comfortable with that much contact.  I’d guess that there are probably ways to make it work though.

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Seems like it could add up to a big hassle but maybe something within your own state would be easier?  I’ve been watching a YouTube channel by a man who usually travels but now is just exploring unusual places in his own province instead, including staying in a treehouse, hotel in a train car, etc. I wonder if your area has interesting things off the beaten path?  But if it seems too much trouble I think postponing is reasonable. Congratulations anyway. 

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I'm coming to this months later but  maybe something to think about in the spring... Two couples I know did this and had a great time. They stocked up on everything they would need in their car and they hit the road, so they did only outdoor/in car  activities and didn't need to interact with anyone, they loved it.

I think Jarn's question is perfect "If you are not comfortable, would you enjoy it?" maybe there is a way to do it and be comfortable. What do you think?

Before all this I really wanted to book a cabin somewhere and stay there for a week.. I just looked at their website again.. their new slogan is "Seclusion and Safety" ha ha ha ha ha.. I swear they didn't promise safety before. What a funny world we are living in, when marketers for accommodation  say "oooo... we can offer people safety! tell them how safe it is!"

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Personally, I would only travel if it was out of necessity. I have asthma and often have to use my inhaler, and my parents are both older. So, we have all been extra-cautious during this. If you do decide to travel, there ae ways that you can greatly reduce your risk and actually travel relatively safely. Public transportation (e.g. flying, taking a train, or traveling on a bus) is best avoided. If you can, drive to your destination rather than using any sort of public transit. After you get to your hotel, disinfect high-touch surfaces, remove the bedding, and replace it with your own. Though, be cautious not to make any sudden movements when you're removing the bedding, as not to aerate the virus if it's on there. And keep your mask on when you're changing out the bedding. 

Most hotels do wash the bedding very thoroughly between guests and disinfect. So, chances are, you won't encounter the virus this way. But it's best to take the precautions IMO. If you do have to take public transportation (e.g. plane, train, bus), make sure you wear a mask and ensure that you disinfect your hands after handling high touch surfaces. Keep some disinfectant with you. I do this whenever I go into a store, and I'll disinfect after touching a door handle or any other high-touch surface. As for masks, definitely wear them when you are in any indoor public spaces (e.g. walking around in a hotel, going into stores, or any other indoor venues). However, the good news is that you may not need one in the places where you are taking scenic photos. 

If you're outdoors and can keep a 6 foot distance from other people, you probably don't need a mask, according to the experts. Personally, if I'm in an outdoor space (e.g. local parks and such), I don't necessarily wear a mask personally. Though, I'll always keep it with me. And I'll put it on if I'm going near other people. Though, it would be best to avoid bars and restaurants entirely. It'd also be best to avoid any indoor venues where people will be in the same room together for a long period of time. Shops and stores are less risky, because people are moving around. In fact, these sorts of places are considered low risk. Also, it's best to avoid any sort of large gatherings, such as concerts or anything like that. 

The best bet would be a trip where the primary attraction is natural scenery, and make sure that you choose an area with an infection rate that isn't higher than where you're from. Also, check into the precautions taken at the hotel or other rental that you'll be staying in. Make sure that they are taking this seriously and have thorough precautions in place. If you take these precautions, it's possible to travel relatively safely. Though, the level of precautions that need to be taken would completely change the type of experience that the trip will be. So, I personally would wait until the vaccine comes out to travel. Though, you can do it somewhat safely if you follow the right precautions. You won't be able to safely do all the things that you normally would while traveling most likely. 

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