As we “settle” into the COVID-19 pandemic, you may see couples on vacation popping up on your Instagram feed and are wondering if it’s ok to take that honeymoon or baecation you had to postpone at the top of quarantine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there’s still major health risks to consider. They just released their guidelines for traveling through these uncertain times and ask folks to consider things like the current status of the virus at their travel destination.
Should you choose to help yourself to a trip now—taking the necessary precautions, of course—or later, you’ll be simultaneously helping the suffering tourism industry. The most recent data released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), while staggering, is probably not surprising. Aside from the loss of human life and effect on our daily lives, 75 million jobs in the tourism industry are at risk around the world due to the coronavirus crisis.
The financial losses are expected to reach $2.1 trillion globally, with the Asia-Pacific region hit the hardest, followed by Europe and North America, where seven million jobs will be affected by the pandemic aftermath. So while the health and the safety of you and your loved ones are paramount right now, traveling to support the travel and honeymoon industry is a bonus if you’ve done your corona virus research and can’t be stopped. Overall the CDC stance on travel, however, hasn’t changed: “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” Consider planning for future travel and visiting some of the hardest hit tourism regions that will need your support:
1: Puerto Rico
By the numbers: 80,000 people work in tourism-related jobs in the archipelago, which was already battered by Hurricane Maria two and a half years ago and a 6.4 magnitude earthquake last January. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company has estimated losses of $24 million due to the halt of tourists arrivals, which is why it’ll be more important than ever to support the island and its people.
Where to go: From Old San Juan to the secluded beaches of Vieques where horses run wild, Puerto Rico has all the charm you would expect from a Caribbean island, and as a bonus, is generally less expensive than some of its neighbors. Plus, no passport is necessary to visit a place that exudes pure romance. Travelers considering a Puerto Rico trip should be sure to snorkel in the pristine waters of La Parguera Wall, 20 miles of black coral reef, and enjoy the secluded and romantic oceanfront views from a room at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort.
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