Thinking About Going to Europe This Summer? Here’s What the CDC Says About It

Barcelona from Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell. Photo Courtesy: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

For more than a year we’ve had to make do with the idea of virtual travel. For the most part, we weren’t going anywhere — but we could still fantasize about it, reminisce about past getaways, travel vicariously through a movie or a book. Things are changing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of May of 2021, 61.5% of adult Americans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. The CDC has changed its guidelines and now says fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel. When it comes to international trips, though, things get a bit less straightforward, and the agency recommends checking the situation at each destination.

I’ve been daydreaming about catching a plane again and going somewhere, anywhere, since March of last year. That was until, at some point during the pandemic, I started feeling homesick and simply longed to see my family in Barcelona. I couldn’t wait to get vaccinated and make it possible. I saw myself booking the tickets the moment I could also secure a vaccination appointment — making sure not to reserve a flight date that would fall before my complete immunization. Now that I’m finally fully vaccinated I’m starting to realize that — as with so many other COVID-19-related issues — nothing is really as simple as we first assumed.

And I’ve yet to secure plane tickets.