How to Travel Safely During a Pandemic
Throughout most of 2020, travel has been something that people have only been able to dream of due to various travel restrictions and safety measures taken in destinations which have impacted on some of the enjoyment from the trip.
As we get closer to the holiday season, more of us are likely to want to make plans to get to spend time with our families.
Though travel at this moment in time may not be the most smart choice, it is still possible to have a safe and enjoyable trip.
If you need to travel, here are some tips for the times you have to travel during the pandemic to make sure you stay safe and healthy throughout your trip.
Do Your Research
With long term travel restrictions in place, many countries still have their borders closed until the spread slows. Each state and country will have their own travel advisories, so check local government websites to check the laws in place within each state.
If you’re traveling to an overseas country, check websites such as canitravel.net which gives daily updates about the latest restrictions, which countries are closed to people with specific countries of origin, and those with some limitations.
Some places will ask you to self-isolate for fourteen days before and after travel. By completing two weeks isolation, there is time to check yourself for COVID symptoms, and to check whether you are healthy enough to travel without the chance of spreading COVID 19 upon arrival. The same will go for the return journey- make sure you didn’t contract the virus during your trip by staying home.
Two weeks may seem like a long time to wait before being allowed outside, but in the longer-term, this will keep yourself and others healthy, minimizing your risk of contracting, and therefore spreading COVID.
Chose airlines wisely
For the trips where you absolutely must travel by air, do some research before choosing your airline. Check their websites to see what protocol as to how they are limiting the spread.
For example, some airlines may still be selling tickets for full capacity flights, whereas others will ensure at least one seat between passengers (which is much more comfortable for most people anyway!). Others are ensuring thorough disinfection prior to flight boarding and offering passengers free hygiene kits with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to ensure cleanliness.
Make sure to bring enough disposable masks to last you the duration of the flight, and carefully dispose of each mask- change them every four hours. Do not rely on the airlines to provide these for you. You must wear a mask to travel on most airplanes at this time- disposable masks are most suitable for use in-flight as they provide yourself and others much better protection over time.
Bring your own snacks and have a meal before flying. Most airlines are no longer offering hot meals throughout flights to be prepared or go hungry!
Take to the road
It’s still best to travel closer to your home if possible. If you’re looking to escape the rat-race, or the monotony of life at home, taking a trip to the great outdoors and camping could be a good option for you.
Pack a bag, bring your own food to limit the need to dine out, and you’ll still have yourself a good time without having to hop a plane.
Prepare to be flexible
Travel anxiety has never been as true as it is today. It is important to be prepared for cancellations from both methods of transport and places to stay. Check for cancellation policies and that your insurance will cover and financial losses as a result of these cancellations.
Call ahead any destinations such as restaurants and planned activities. Hotels may have additional logistics such as using certain entrances and exits to limit foot traffic to particular doorways. They may also have to closer off amenities such as spas, gyms and bar areas. Prepare to make changes to your plans in the event of this happening.
Everyone is having to make adaptations during these unpredictable times, so be patient with others and yourselves as everyone becomes accustomed to new rules and regulations.
Keep washing your hands
Remembering to keep washing your hands is incredibly important at the best of times, but more so now. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time, thoroughly. When soap and water is unavailable, be sure to use hand sanitizer and carry it with you at all times.
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