Summer plans? The state of travel 1 year after shutdown

BOSTON — Fully vaccinated people will be able to travel without having to quarantine or test when they return. It has some people starting to nail down their summer travel.

In downtown Kingston, the door is open again at Independent Travel Associates. Owner Debbie Little-Burkhardt is helping people book summer trips.  

“I think a lot of people are just can’t wait after being quarantined all this time,” said Little-Burkhardt.

The CDC says fully vaccinated vacationers do not have to quarantine or test when they return. Little-Burkhard says people are staying cautious regardless.

“A lot of people want to do the national parks so they can be outside and away from other people and just be with their own little bubble and there are some people going to Florida,” said Little-Burkhardt.

Chuck Nardozza, who is with AAA Northeast, says they are seeing an interest in RV rentals, national parks, and other open-spaced areas.

“Wine country is also big, or are going to be very big this summer,” said Nardozza.  

Travel experts say overseas travel is still extremely limited right now but they are getting lots of questions about where are you allowed to go.  

“We’ve been training our traveler advisors to be able to navigate through the resources effectively and really help you navigate the protocols and safety guidelines so you know what is open,” said Nardozza.

We met up with travelers at Logan Airport who were coming and going this weekend. They all told us post-pandemic travel is going to require baby steps. 

“With the CDC opening we are hoping to do a lot more moving around,” said Jordan Delahunty.  “People are getting more and more comfortable with it especially with vaccinations,” said Sydney Lang.

According to the CDC fully vaccinated by definition according is having both shots or the one-shot version for at least 14 days.  Many places are going to require proof of that and right now that means showing the card that is given to you when your vaccination.


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