Traveling in 2021
What should travelers expect in 2021? Here's what experts predict
Christopher Elliott - Special to USA TODAY
There's only one thing that travelers should expect in 2021 with any certainty: It's uncertainty.

No one knows when the coronavirus pandemic will end. No one knows when authorities will lift travel bans. And while you can plan all the trips you want now, no one knows if or when you'll actually be able to take them.

It's all up in the air.

Most Americans will continue to travel domestically for the first half of the year, with 64% saying they preferred to vacation domestically, according to a new survey travel sentiment survey by Generali Global Assistance. But the results suggest that Americans will venture abroad again, maybe as soon as Memorial Day. More than half of U.S. travelers (54%) said they would feel comfortable traveling internationally six months after a vaccine becomes available.
American Airlines Will Soon Offer At-home COVID-19 Testing for Domestic Travel
Jessica Poitevien |
The domestic at-home testing initiative will start on Dec. 9.

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, several U.S. cities and states have implemented travel restrictions and testing requirements for visitors, despite a lack of federal level regulations. For travelers headed to these areas, American Airlines will soon offer access to its at-home, preflight COVID-19 testing in partnership with LetsGetChecked. 

“We’ve made great strides to help open international travel with our testing partners, and we recognize the need for similar domestic travel solutions,” said Alison Taylor, chief customer officer for American Airlines, in a press release. “As travel requirements continue to quickly evolve, we’re simplifying the research and COVID-19 testing fulfillment process for an overall more seamless travel experience.”

Starting Dec. 9, American Airlines customers traveling to any U.S. city, state, or territory with COVID-19 travel restrictions will have access to at-home testing through LetsGetChecked for travel occurring on or after Dec. 12.
The 7 Best Places to Go This January
Leena Kim |
Whether you're in pursuit of sun or snow, here are a few ideas for a winter escape.

January is often considered one of the bleakest months of the year. The excitement of the holidays has worn off, it's unbearably cold (for most of us), the restrictive New Year resolution diets have begun, and there's nothing ahead but a long, interminable winter. All this makes it an ideal time to plan a getaway, especially more so since most travelers have already done their trips during the holidays so there are less crowds to contend with. Whether you're in pursuit of sun or snow, here are a few ideas for your first trip of 2021.

*Be mindful of ever-changing Covid-19 travel restrictions for each destination and take note of cancellation policies. As with all travel during this time, take the necessary precautions to keep yourself—and others—safe.
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