After two years avoiding international travel because of the COVID pandemic, my wife Ann Feeney and I decided to spend five weeks in Europe this May and June. We are both fully vaccinated (two initial shots and two boosters), so we decided the risk might be worth the reward. So off we flew to visit Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. We survived without contracting COVID, with negative antigen tests the day before we flew home (a requirement dismissed two days after we were tested), and two more antigen negative tests and a negative PCR test 5-7 days after returning (see accompanying article on how reliable antigen tests are). Were we lucky or well prepared or both?
Here are some of the precautions we took on the trip:
We were well prepared and took many precautions, but there is no way you can travel and avoid risky situations. We accepted those risks, we were lucky not to be infected, and we loved the trip.