The advice from federal health officials remains insistent: Please stay home this summer unless it’s absolutely necessary — even if you’re vaccinated.

But travel is still legal, and millions of Americans yearn for a change of scenery. While vaccines don’t guarantee protection from mild disease, we’re free from the overwhelming fear of becoming seriously ill or dying.

With thousands of new cases daily, traveling can fuel the pandemic, warns the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. There’s particular concern about the spread of more dangerous viral variants, which are thought to be driving the nation’s disease hotspots.

If you journey, how can you mitigate the risk to yourself and others? Experts offer this advice.

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