While it might be tempting to check off all the places on your bucket list after a year of being stuck at home, it’s smart to focus on one destination. “Instead of, say, visiting six countries in 10 days, pick one place and explore it in depth,” says Dr. Vielemeyer. “That could end up being an even more rewarding experience, and it certainly will reduce [the] risk of catching a virus, including the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Dr. Vielemeyer also suggests remembering the leisure part of leisure time. Taking some extra days so you’re able to adjust to your destination, enjoy the sights, and have time to transition when you get home will help ensure that you don’t get run down from the travel. “The more rested you are, the stronger your immune system will be,” says Dr. Vielemeyer.