With the number of positive cases dwindling and restrictions becoming fewer, travel during the pandemic is now possible. Several countries have begun to open their borders to travelers in an attempt to recover economically from the effects of the pandemic.
Although there are no signs of when the pandemic will end, you can still travel safely during these trying times. By planning your trip carefully, you can finally see new attractions and enjoy some of the world’s best destinations without compromising your health and safety.
Here are five tips for healthy and safe travel during the pandemic:
Never travel unless you have been vaccinated
Being locked inside the house isn’t just boring; This can eventually affect your productivity and mental health. Maintaining your mental health may be the reason why you want to travel in the first place.
But no matter how much you want to travel, you should choose to stay home if you haven’t been vaccinated. Aside from having a higher risk of contracting and spreading the virus, most countries around the world do not allow travelers to enter unless they are fully vaccinated.
Be prepared for anything
The pandemic has prompted national leaders to regularly change restrictions in their countries. A country may allow foreign travelers to enter this week and then close the barriers again the following week.
To stay healthy and safe when traveling during a pandemic, be prepared for anything. You can start by researching your rights as a traveler. Being prepared with this information is critical to ensuring that you receive adequate compensation if you experience any flight disruptions.
In addition, you should also bring hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) and antibacterial wet wipes whenever you travel. It is also important to have a stack of N95 or KN95 masks to use during the flight and through the airport. To stay full even when your flight is delayed, pack some high-protein snacks, granola bars, and gummies.
Take care of yourself when you arrive
Reaching your destination is not a stepping stone to being satisfied with your health and safety. Even if the COVID cases at your destination are low, you should still implement all safety precautions to stay safe and healthy throughout your trip.
Take care of yourself when you arrive at your destination by following these tips:
- Follow all COVID-19 regulations enforced by the local authorities at your destination. Do’s and Don’ts while traveling are often posted at bus stations, airports, and ports, so be sure to read and follow them all.
- If possible, open your hotel windows to increase ventilation. This will prevent virus particles from accumulating inside.
- Contact your local medical authorities if you start showing symptoms of COVID-19. Some of the most common symptoms of COVID are headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, and muscle aches.
Avoid indoor tourist places that are often crowded with people
Preparing an itinerary is essential when traveling. Aside from making sure that the items on your itinerary fit your ideal budget and activities, pay attention to how many people visit the site often.
To stay healthy and safe when traveling during a pandemic, avoid visiting inland tourist destinations that are often crowded with a lot of people. This is especially important if you are going with children and adults on the trip.
Instead of adding parks with indoor tours, museums, bars, and karaoke cafes to your itinerary, choose to visit nature parks, forests, and beaches. Caves, gardens, and other natural wonders are also great options for your next trip.
Book a hotel with strict hygiene protocols
The cleanliness of the hotel you will book can affect your safety while traveling. You are more likely to contract the virus if you choose to stay in a hotel that does not follow any sanitary protocols.
When choosing accommodation for your next trip, choose a hotel with strict hygiene protocols. Ideally, staff should clean all hotel surfaces every few hours. The hotel must also provide hand basins and all guests are required to wear face masks at all times.
Putting in the time and effort
Just because you’re allowed to travel doesn’t mean you have to drop your guards. Keep in mind that the coronavirus is still around, and complacency while you travel can increase your risk of contracting and spreading COVID.
Enjoy your next trip without worrying about your health by following the tips mentioned in this article. Yes, implementing these tips will require time and effort, but they are small sacrifices to ensure your health and safety the next time you travel!
Article by Mia Clarke