Hey Austin! If You Plan On Traveling This Summer – Read This First

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While we’re not encouraging anyone to go on a trip, we understand that we can’t stop it from happening. It’s summer time and it’s understandable why many people would have travel on the brain.

If you are heading out of Austin this summer, here are five travel safety tips to remember to keep you and your family safe.

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Know Which Areas You Should Try to Avoid
While most of you are not likely to travel to a city where there’s a high number of COVID-19 cases, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should head to an area where the virus is less prevalent either. No one wants to be the one to carry the virus to another community. If you choose to travel to a city or a heavy tourist area, you should also avoid areas and attraction that attract big groups and therefor make it harder to social distance.

Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.

Protect Yourself and Others
Be prepared by packing all the essentials for your trip. Masks or cloth coverings are mandatory. Take along lots of hand sanitizer for when washing your hands with soap isn’t an option. It’s also smart to have a thermometer on hand. Pack paper towels and disinfectant wipes. Wipe down everything including phones and tablets every time you get in and out of the car. Bags are also a great idea for disposing of any contaminated masks.

Drive Instead of Fly 
It’s best to avoid airplanes all together right now. That way you won’t have to worry about coming into close contact with people you don’t know on the flight or in the airport. Cars and RVs are the safest way to travel at the moment.

Choose Your Lodging Wisely
Don’t assume the rental home or hotel is clean. Wipe down all hard, nonporous surfaces regularly. Consider asking for clean sheets and making your own bed. For rental homes, ask your host how much time will pass between you and the previous guest. If possible, delay your stay so there’s a 2-3 day buffer. If that’s not possible, doing your own cleaning is much more important.

Keep Your Space 
It’s easier to practice physical distancing in some places more than others. Pick destinations where you can be outdoors and away from others like less crowded beaches, national parks, or trails. Check all parks sites for closures and restrictions before you go.

Please plan ahead and take precautions. If you feel sick, or have been exposed to someone who might be sick, please postpone all travel plans. Take the neccesary steps to keep both yourself and your fellow citizens safe.

We also recommend you review these CDC guidelines and travel safety tips before you head out.

If you are looking for a safe and easy getaways near Austin, check out these recommendations:



About the Author

Lola Hagopian
Hollywood born, Texas bred, Lola has worn many hats including, but not limited to, fashion and concert photographer, promoter, event planner, florist and columnist. While Lola resides in Dallas, she calls herself a part time Austin local due to the fact that she’s lived here, is constantly traveling here and the ATX is where her heart belongs. Despite the many hats she’s worn, the one she has merely tried belongs to the entertainment industry (her fave!). As a teenager, while other girls dreamt about pop stars, Lola idolized people like Peter Travers (Rolling Stone movie critic), JJ Abrams and Quentin Tarantino. She’s always had a unique voice and uses it to create a narrative in various aspects of her life. For now, she’s using it to cover entertainment in both Dallas and Austin for ATXgossip, while also telling tales of her personal adventures on TheGirlWhoSits.wordpress.com. You can contact Lola at [email protected]
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