Practical Ways To Travel Safely As Restrictions Are Eased
It should be no surprise that given the current events across the world with the coronavirus outbreak, travel has been paused for most people for a long time. Even as countries are looking to ease their lockdown rules, it is still important to realize that we’re not fully out of the woods just yet. Here, we’re going to look at practical things you can do to make sure you travel safely as you choose to travel again as the coronavirus crisis recedes.
Be Extra Cautious and Prepared
Working to stay safe and healthy when traveling is always, always recommended. However, if you’re traveling during the coronavirus pandemic or shortly afterward, then you need to make sure you’re stocked up on the essentials. Even after airports open for general travel and tourism, it’s only smart to bring health essentials like face masks, sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes with you. There are extra steps you can take to avoid contamination, as well, such as bringing extra layers of clothing, packing your own snacks and food in ziplock bags, and preparing cash to bring in advance so that you don’t have to make use of any public ATM machines.
Realize that Travel Restrictions Can and Will Change, sometimes without advance notice
One of the most frustrating things about the coronavirus, and the most worrying for many people, is that it is hard to predict. Health organizations are using models to try and anticipate infection rates as they slow, but we do not know whether they will continue to decrease or may instead pick up, or in what countries. As a result, be sure that when you’re looking at how to travel, you research the travel restrictions as they exist in each country you will be visiting. Just because you hear that a country is open to travel from non-residents, that doesn’t mean that it’s open for tourism. Don’t go planning ahead until you have seen that a country has been open to tourism for some time.
Keep Maintaining Your Distance
A lot of people will take any lift on travel restrictions as an opportunity to get back to “normal” as quickly as possible. However, even as things start to open up again, it’s wise to keep following the best possible precautions to avoid contamination or getting yourself exposed to the virus. This means keep maintaining as much distance from yourself and others as possible, as much as 2 meters, and avoid crowds. Wash your hands as often as you can, sanitize any surfaces you can in your accommodation, and avoid touching your face as much as possible. And, of course, if you or anyone else in your family or household is showing any symptoms, don’t travel. If you are traveling when you become ill, quarantine in place.
There is and will continue to be some uncertainty about traveling for some time. As such, it’s most important that you stay abreast of the latest updates and advice from health and travel organizations. Hopefully, the tips above give you an idea of what to expect but don’t rely on those alone. Do your research.