When will it be safe to travel again? Here’s what the experts say

A passenger arrived for an American Airlines flight at O'Hare International Airport on Feb. 5 in Chicago.

It comes down to the behavior of the people, the behavior of the virus, and the pace of vaccinations.

The temptation is real. Airlines are offering incredible deals on flights and vacation packages. Vaccinations have begun, and the COVID-19 positivity rate is slowly dipping. A fatigued country wants to know: Could it possibly be time to think about booking travel? Is spring break or summer vacation within our grasp?

Pilots walked by signs in Terminal B at DFW International Airport urging travelers to stop the spread of COVID-19 earlier this year.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Epidemiologists and infectious disease doctors are urging people to hold off, while those who represent the travel industry say that with proper precautions travel is safe. In other words, the answer is as elusive as the virus itself. But the prevailing school of thought from the medical experts we spoke with is that some form of travel might return this summer. Perhaps. Maybe. Possibly.