Traveling during a pandemic: Tips from travelers and agents – KY3

Local travel agents say there are two types of travelers –those who are eager to go no matter what and those who might be a little more cautious. But if you do decide to travel, there are a few things they say you should keep in mind.

The owner of one Springfield travel agency said there is one key thing vacationers need to keep in mind above all else.

“You have to be healthy to travel,” said 417 Travel owner Travis Paquin.

He said if you travel and you are not healthy, there is a possibility you may have to quarantine, specifically when traveling abroad. Paquin said his business’ marketing slogan is “We’ve Been There,” something he said has been especially true during this time.

“We just returned from Cancun last week to check out the protocols,” he said. “Now that we are back in the states we are confident to talk about that arrival.”

Paquin said he feels that traveling to places like Cancun, Hawaii and Jamaica is safe. But he did have advice for flying.

“Don’t touch things,” he said. “You know I didn’t grab the escalator when we flew to Dallas. I kept my hands off of those kind of things. We sanitize our seats and wipe them down. And wear your mask.”

In the last few weeks there has been an especially high demand
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