Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks and continue to climb, and all those science experts have advised against any non-essential holiday travel.  Which raises a good question - what is "essential" holiday travel?  How about the prospect of the last Christmas with Grandma?  Is that "essential"?  Doesn't each family have to make that calculation for themselves?

But, as "they" say, if you insist on traveling, you may want to take into account the fact that Expedia reports the busiest travel days (in terms of flight demand) for Christmas will be this Saturday, December 19th, and Wednesday, December 23rd, while the busiest return flight day (for now) is Saturday, December 26th.

Elitedaily reports that the TSA does not expect as many people to travel over Christmas as did over Thanksgiving when more than one million airline passengers went somewhere.

Experts say if you must travel you should try to do so during off-peak times such as Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24th), Christmas Day (Friday, December 25th), and New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1st.)   On the safety side they say you should also plan to wear a mask, implement distancing when possible, and plan to sanitize your hands and airplane seat.

The latest advice from TSA includes the prospect of getting a COVID-19 test before the trip, as well as getting an annual flu shot.