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Everything you need to know about traveling on an airplane in a pandemic, according to experts



a person standing in front of a car talking on a cell phone: Think of your mask like an airline ticket now — if you don't have one, you're not getting onboard. Associated Press


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Think of your mask like an airline ticket now — if you don’t have one, you’re not getting onboard. Associated Press

  • If you’re planning on booking air travel during the coronavirus pandemic, you may be worried about whether travel insurance will cover a cancellation as well as how to stay physically safe while on board.
  • Travel writer Caroline Morse Teel spoke with travel insurance expert Stan Sandberg about the best insurance to cover your trip; he recommends a plan that allows cancellations “for any reason.”
  • Teel also spoke with two epidemiologists who offered their best tips to reduce your exposure to potential infection throughout the flight (hint: lots of hand sanitizer).
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Confused about all things travel right now? You’re not alone. To clear things up, we consulted the experts on the questions that are on all travelers’ minds right now, getting the inside answers on everything from coronavirus travel insurance to masks on planes so you can travel confidently (or decide to stay at home) this summer.



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If I buy travel insurance now for an upcoming trip, will it cover a cancellation due to the coronavirus?

The fine print that comes along with travel insurance can be headache-inducing under normal circumstances, let alone in a pandemic.

Stan Sandberg, cofounder of Travelinsurance.com, broke down different coronavirus coverage options. The simple answer: It depends on your policy, so you’ll need to

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10 Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Camping Trip, According to Experts

In a special report on camping and COVID-19, Kampgrounds of America, Inc. and the North American Camping Report found one-third of travelers are interested in taking their first camping trip. However, planning any kind of trip for the first time can be daunting.



a group of people sitting on the side of a mountain: Step away from the fancy equipment, first-timer.


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Step away from the fancy equipment, first-timer.

First, I want to dispel the myth that there is only one way to camp. My first camping experience was glamping in Upstate New York in a yurt with catered meals and Wi-Fi, which people told me “wasn’t real camping.” My second camping experience was in Estes Park, Colorado, where we hiked over a mile to our campsite in Rocky Mountain National Park with no amenities, ate spaghetti and meatballs, and spent the night in a tent under the stars.

Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Camping Trip, According to Experts

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As a Black woman, I always thought camping wasn’t for people who looked like me — but my perspective changed after those trips, and I would camp again in a heartbeat. Even my limited experience shows there are many levels to camping and you can explore whichever options provide the most comfort and cultivate a positive experience for you.

Danielle Williams, the founder of DiversifyOutdoors.com and the award-winning blog Melanin Base Camp, and Caleb Hartung, the CEO of Campspot, offer up some useful tips and advice to help you avoid newbie mistakes no matter which camping option

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Trying to plan a vacation during COVID? Experts give tips.

Drive or fly? Where to go? What to do? 9Health has tips from two doctors.

DENVER — We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is still summer and before it’s over maybe you’re trying to plan some kind of vacation. That is extra challenging right now, especially for those that are older or those with underlying health conditions.

9Health talked with Dr. Robert Morris, chief medical officer for Well-Advised, and 9Health Expert Dr. Payal Kohli.

Kohli and Morris shared recommendations and tips for traveling this summer during the pandemic. 

>> Click here to watch the full Facebook Live segment.

When it comes to planning a trip, both Kohli and Morris said it’s all about where, how, and who.

“I ask myself three questions. The first is where are you going? The second is how are you going to go? And then who are you going with?” Kohli said. 

For where, Kholi said to make sure you aren’t traveling to a place with COVID-19 activity that’s going up. Try as much as you can to find something to do within your local community or if you are traveling farther, then go to a state where the COVID-19 cases are going down or are better controlled.

For how, both Morris and Kohli advised driving over flying.

“Personally, I would not fly anywhere at the moment,” Morris said.

“If you’re sitting on a plane for several hours, that’s certainly much higher risk than driving in

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