Thinking of traveling during the pandemic?
The Covid-19 has, no doubt, changed a lot around us. And traveling is one of the things most affected by it. You perhaps remember the time when our governments turned to strict lockdowns and banned traveling in order to curb the spread of infection.
Now, however, things are turning back a bit normal. And people have started traveling again. But you need a lot more than the essentials to travel now.
Are you too thinking of taking a trip somewhere now? Well, good for you.
However, you still need to be careful. See, it’s important to keep in mind that the pandemic is still here. Yes, the restrictions have been lifted, but there still is no vaccine available against the virus at the mass level.
Having said that, remember, during this time, you are not only responsible for your safety but also for others’. So, if you have a trip coming around, here are a few tips to stay safe.
Check The Number of Cases
The first thing you need to do as you plan your trip is to check the number of cases in the place you are visiting. It’s perhaps not a good idea to travel somewhere with a lot of cases and risk getting infected.
Also, it’s important to consider the number of cases in your current city or town. You also don’t want to travel from a hotspot and risk spreading the infection to another place.
There are many online tools to check the number of cases in an area. Use them.
Prepare For Your Travel Well
See, no matter how much you love traveling, during this time, we’d suggest you not to. However, if your trip cannot be avoided, you must prepare for it well.
How to do it?
Well, the first thing you need to do is book yourself the best travel arrangements. In fact, if possible, you should travel by yourself. Your stay should also be pre-booked at a good place. And you should decide on your activities at your destination carefully. If you are traveling with a companion, make sure they also understand these things. Also, if possible, get a COVID test, and try to stay home for a few days before your trip.
Take Proper On-The-Way Precautions
Now, as we said before, traveling on your own is the best bet when it comes to traveling during this pandemic. However, many times, it’s not possible. In that case, if you are flying, you need to check the precautions the airline company is taking. Try to find a flight that is following social distancing norms.
Even if you are driving, you need to be careful at the places you stop for a restroom break or to eat something. Make sure you find a place that is clean and is following the proper safety guidelines.
Stay Careful About Where you Stay
Staying with a friend or family? Remember you may pose a risk to them. Hence, it would be a good idea to keep your mask on even indoors. Also, try not sharing your room or the bathroom with someone.
If you are booking a hotel or some other place, ensure the place is safe. Pay close attention to how they clean their rooms and if they are following CDC guidelines. Ask them politely to do it again if you are not satisfied. You may even carry your own cleaning supplies for some peace of mind.
Plan Your After Travel Arrangement Beforehand
If you are currently living with someone who is at high risk of catching the virus, we’d suggest you plan a COVID test upon your return. You could also try staying away from your family for a few days after you come back. This will ensure that your loved ones are safe.