Summer Travel Amid Cancer/COVID-19 Concerns: Are You in or Out?

After being homebound for two years from the COVID-19 pandemic, I was eager to get out, though I did have many cancer/COVID-19 concerns.

COVID-19 really came through and shook up everyone’s lives. It caused pain, fear, anxiety, loss — you name it.

For someone like myself, a cancer survivor, or those currently going through their cancer journey, all those descriptions were magnified by 10!

COVID has altered the way we do things, even when it comes to traveling, and has raised some valid cancer/COVID-related concerns. Of course, traveling doesn’t feel the same, or even look the same. One huge difference in planning a trip now versus pre-COVID is the million-dollar question, “how many people are going to be there?”

With the summer season making her lasting impression and places opening back up, it really makes me want to just go! After being in the house for two years, I didn’t care where I went.

But then again, here comes my reservations playing in my head and the “what ifs” on repeat. “What if I get COVID-19 again? What if the cancer comes back? What if I catch something else?” All the noise and the chatter prompted me to retreat back into the house.

My family and I moved to Flordia last year, and one thing I can say is that the move really caused us to slow down and enjoy the moments. It prompted me to be more intentional about being present.

It’s hard not to go outside when most activities are outside. I’m a mom of four active kids so you can imagine what our house sounds like day in and day out with everyone in the house.

So the question is: are you in or out? Well, I’m out — outside that is. I know it may seem a little liberal to some, but we still must live and not just exist, no matter our cancer status.

Personally, I’ve been traveling short distances throughout this summer season, exploring my new surroundings and getting out and about with my family, while still taking precautions.

I’ve came up with a list of tidbits that helped decreased my anxiety about traveling with cancer/COVID concerns.

  • Speak with your health care provider and get clearance if needed.
  • Get vaccinated
  • Plan, do your research and notify the appropriate people if you have any needed accommodations
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid crowds
  • Get tested before your trip and after

Don’t forget to pack your meds (if flying,make sure your meds are in your personal bag or carry on)

Remember to rest but also enjoy yourself, be present, take pictures, and soak up each and every moment.

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