Some holiday travel errors could land you in the hospital this year. Here’s how to avoid them.
Holiday travel is downright dangerous this year. Earlier this week, the CDC warned Americans to stay home this Thanksgiving. All across the country, people are scrapping their itineraries and making a U-turn.
And for good reason. Some holiday travel errors could land you in the hospital — or worse.
New COVID-19 cases shattering records, as my FORBES colleague Suzanne Kelleher recently noted. Many health experts are warning against all nonessential travel. But if you go — and I’m not saying you should — there are other errors you have to avoid. Because some holiday travel mistakes could kill you.
“Coronavirus is ruthless,” says Mahmood Khan, a professor at Virginia Tech, who directs the business school’s program in hospitality and tourism management. “Every trip that can be avoided will save suffering or even death.”
That’s worth repeating. Taking a trip might be your worst holiday travel mistake. If you can avoid traveling, do it.
Which travel errors could land you in the hospital?
But — and you knew there’d be a “but” — it’s been a long pandemic and many Americans have already made the decision to go somewhere for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. It’s not their fault. They made their reservations late this summer, when things were still relatively safe.
So here we are, only days before one of the biggest travel holidays of the year. And people want to go, but they also want to come back alive. So which travel errors could land you in the hospital?