Opinion: Rethink your spring break plans

Though travelling during a pandemic can be done safely, there are several other ways to relax and have a joyful spring break that don’t put others at risk


Rachel Kaminski

Now that adults are receiving vaccinations and states are opening up across the country, it may seem like the time is right to start traveling. If we hold off during spring break, though, the likelihood we can enjoy this summer safely will be much higher.

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor

Spring break is around the corner, and normally families would be planning their trips and vacations. However, similar to last year, COVID is still infecting the country, and traveling for spring break is just as dangerous. Although many are frustrated with pandemic limitations and desperate for a mental break instead of traveling people should reconsider their plans. There are plenty of alternatives to still have fun while keeping cases down and people safe.

This time last year millions of Americans were planning their spring break trips as usual. But because of the coronavirus which was rapidly spreading across the country, many were advised to cancel their trips. Health experts are again urging Americans to rethink their spring break plans to help prevent another COVID surge.

Spring break is typically one of the busiest times to travel however some methods create a higher risk than others. One of the most dangerous ways to travel this year is going to be on a plane. Air travel requires lots of time spent in security lines and airport terminals which can bring you in contact with other people and commonly touched surfaces. Social distancing is also difficult on crowded flights where people are sitting within six-feet of each other for sometimes long periods. “If you have to—and can afford it—I think traveling by car is the safest option right now, part because you’re not traveling with another person whose risk of infection may be unknown,” says medical researcher Chris Hendelin.

Getting to your desired location can be risky but staying there could be also. Hotels are common gathering places often crowded with staff and other guests. Along with many objects that get shared and reused by different visitors. Sanitization and social distancing are very important now and staying at a hotel could be jeopardizing that. A safer possibility would include getting a rental house instead. This limits coming into contact with people other than your family while giving you the option to cook at home.

Many people travel to party during the break, but it’s now one of the riskiest activities. Although vaccines are rolling out the number of cases in the U.S. is plateauing along with new variants of the virus being reported. Experts urge people to stay put during the break, but people who are determined on traveling should explore other options. Safer ways would include only traveling with your household or participating in safer outdoor activities such as camping or going to the beach. 

There is a growing need for mental health breaks especially this year. But like last year the risks that involve traveling and socializing are too high and need to be taken seriously. There are plenty of safer alternatives that can help you and your family relax.

We don’t want a repeat of last year, cases are plateauing but the numbers are still high and we shouldn’t risk another surge. Consider reevaluating your spring break plans to something safer but still enjoyable.