The pandemic has made travel much more complicated

Lynne Adkins
June 21, 2020 - 5:19 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you're thinking about traveling this summer, there are important changes because of the pandemic. 

A vacation anywhere in the country will require a lot of research and planning because of COVID-19, according to Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommers.com and the Frommer's travel guidebooks.

"Gone are the days, at least for now, when you could roll into a town and expect to find a hotel open who could take you or restaurants that you could eat in, those aren’t givens any more," she said.

Frommer added you'll need to research quarantine requirements, curfews, and mask requirements. Travelers also need to look into quarantine requirements, curfews, and mask requirements. Those change, but a listing can be found on the National Governor’s Association website. And that isn't all.

"You want to get apps that will allow you to do touchless payment for gas stations, and for chain restaurants," she explained. "You want to do your research well in advance on hotels, because by some estimates, 20% of the hotels in the U.S. could be going belly up. So, you don’t want to be rolling into a town and find there’s no place to stay."

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If you want to camp, a reservation is a necessity. Many sites are accepting fewer travelers and some won't be opening at all.

And if you're thinking about traveling abroad, make sure the country will let you in. Frommer said many are accepting tourists now, but not from the U.S.