For many people, travel is a way to explore the world as well as ourselves. However, the pandemic has put numerous travel plans on hold. If you are an explorer by nature, you will be happy when you are able to travel again. Travel may be different from now on, then. You want to go on adventures while still remaining safe. Here are 8 awesome tips to prepare your next trip after this pandemic.
1. Pick Your Destination Wisely
It’s important to pick your next travel destination wisely. Pay attention to the news to learn which areas are heavily affected by the pandemic and which areas are safer. Certain areas that were hit hard, such as Italy, might not be the best destination choice at the moment. Generally speaking, you also want to avoid going to urban areas. Large cities with high concentrations of people on crowded subways systems, stadiums, and beaches are more dangerous than rural locations with plenty of space in between visitors.
2. Pack PPE and Sanitizer
Most travel destinations are going to be prepared to keep people safe with hand sanitizer and increased cleaning protocols. However, you can’t rely on that. You need to take matters into your own hands. You should pack masks and other personal protective equipment. You can use the masks when you visit large, public places. Furthermore, you should also bring plenty of hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is a liquid so be careful not to bring it onto a plane unless it’s travel-sized (under 3.5 ounces). You’ll want a travel-sized bottle with you in your purse at the airport, too. Larger containers can be stored in the luggage you check-in.
3. Be Patient
Many of us are going stir crazy cooped up at home during this pandemic. It can make people desperate to travel as soon as travel bans are lifted. However, that might not be the wisest decision. Just because you can travel doesn’t mean you should. While the pandemic may be slowing down, it doesn’t mean it’s completely gone. Be patient. It is probably smarter to postpone your trip a little bit longer if you can just to be safe. As they say, it’s better safe than sorry.
4. Consider Travel Insurance
Travel immediately following the pandemic will be somewhat of a mystery. With so much uncertainty in the current climate, you never know what’s going to happen. Something could happen during your trip you don’t expect. If this happens, you need to be prepared. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase travel insurance.
Travel insurance will protect you financially in the case of canceled flights, evacuations, or lost luggage. It can even cover some medical expenses during your trip. Travel insurance will not cover you if you get injured doing something considered high risk or if you go against government advice (such as a travel ban).
5. Bring a Water Filter
There are many places in the world, and even in the United States, that don’t have clean water. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere with clean water to drink. For that reason, you should pack your own high-quality water filter. A water filter can clean local water for you to make it safe to drink. You can keep the water filter in your fridge for when you don’t have access to bottled water. This will help keep you healthy and safe during your travels.
6. Choose Travel Methods Wisely
You have a wide array of options when it comes to how you arrive at your destination and how you travel around your destination. Cruise ships, for example, might be a risky decision. If something does happen, you don’t want to be quarantined on a ship like many people were at the beginning of this pandemic. Airports can be super crowded. Look into alternative methods. You may be able to drive to your destination. If you can’t travel to your destination, you may choose to rent a car once you get there. This will limit interaction with other people at airports and train stations.
7. Have a Plan in the Case of Illness
No one anticipates getting sick during a vacation. However, we need to plan for it these days more than ever. If you do get sick while traveling, you need to have a plan. Look into doctors in the area that you can go to in the case of an emergency. There may be doctors who take your insurance or who specifically help foreigners. You should also plan on how you would get home if you get sick enough where you need to come home immediately.
8. Visit a Doctor First
Before you travel, you should go to your doctor to ensure that you are strong enough and healthy enough to travel. Get a checkup and also consider getting tested for COVID-19. You don’t want to be the one to transmit the disease to other people. Talk to your doctor about any precautions you should take outside of COVID-19, too. Certain locations require specific vaccinations to keep you and everyone else in your travel destination healthy.
You shouldn’t be afraid to travel once the pandemic is over. However, you should be cautious. You should also be prepared for anything that happens during your trip. If you follow these simple tips, you should be able to go out into the world again without fear.
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