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How To Plan A Safe Summer Vacation

Today, we talk about summer travel – from trends to safety. What’s safe to do if you’re vaccinated, unvaccinated or traveling with children?


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FILE – In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021 file photo, travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. Mother’s Day weekend meant bigger crowds at U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration said its agents screened slightly more than 1.7 million people on Sunday, May 9 the highest number since March 2020, when travel was collapsing because of the coronavirus pandemic.


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After a year of isolation and staycations during the pandemic, many people are ready for a real get-up-and-go-somewhere vacation this summer.

The world is opening up. Kids will be out of school. And, restrictions have eased for the fully-vaccinated.

What are you and your family planning? Do you feel comfortable leaving your home on a trip?

What's fun – but also safe and responsible to do this summer?

At the same time, we have to acknowledge that COVID-19 outbreaks and variants are still a reality.

But another reality is that people are going to travel – so how do we do it as safely as possible?

And how has the travel and hotel industry adjusted to allow for safer vacations?

Today, we get ideas and safety tips for summer travel from a medical expert and a leading expert in the travel industry.

Guests are:

Zane Kerby:

Dr. Matt Dacso:

  • Primary care doctor
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Director of Academic Partnerships for UTMB Center for Global and Community Health

CDC Guidelines for Domestic Travel and International Travel

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with local news, including:

  • Harris County has crossed the 3 million mark in terms of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in the county.
  • This includes about 1.8 million people partially vaccinated and about 1.3 million people fully vaccinated.

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Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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