While summer isn’t quite over yet, many are still trying to cram in their vacations during the warm months before fall descends again.

If you’re one of those who’s waited until August for your time off to splash in a pool or tour your favorite theme park, no one could blame you. After all, July is typically the hottest month, so you and your family might get a little bit of a respite from the unusually warm temperatures.

Still, any vacation taken right now will require some caution. Covid variant BA.5 is making the rounds with what some that have had it call a particularly nasty bite, and flight prices are still high enough (not to mention all the canceled flights, too) to seem distasteful.