After the novel coronavirus outbreak, many people around the world were forced to stay locked inside their homes, only being able to step outside for essential everyday tasks. These quarantine measures have left many distressed, yearning for travel and quality time spent in nature more than ever before. And as the pandemic is slowly starting to die down in many places around the world, we are now wondering how we can explore a potentially dangerous and infectious world. To that end, here is some essential COVID-19 travel advice that will help ensure a safe and secure experience:
Car travel to a local destination
Traveling by car could be one of the safest travel options at the moment, particularly if you’re driving shorter distances, to a local destination. Apart from allowing you to stay close to home, and lessening the chances of spreading the virus, car travel will also give you full control over your environment, ensuring a safer experience. However, you will still need to be smart and intentional about your itinerary.
Start by making sure your car is perfectly clean, and your tank full, before hitting the road. Then, pack enough food, water and drinks for the trip, to minimize the need for stops along the way. If you do need to make rest stops during the trip, opt for outdoor locations whenever possible, and equip yourself with face masks and hand sanitizers for protection.
Flying to a remote location
Due to the way air is being circulated and filtered on airplanes, the chances of contracting the virus during air travel are quite low. However, most airlines and airports around the world will still require you to wear a face mask, adhere to social distancing rules, and follow other safety guidelines, particularly when spending time in crowded airport terminals which are currently the riskiest aspect of air travel.
But even though flying might be a relatively safe option, that doesn’t mean every remote location is also a wise choice. Before deciding on a travel destination, always research the area, and ensure the local COVID-19 situation is under control, in order to preserve your health. Similarly, it would also be wise to test yourself before traveling, if possible, to protect the local people from the virus as well.
Going on a camping trip
Allowing you to spend time in nature, away from other people, camping might be among the safest travel options during the coronavirus pandemic. However, it would still be advised to go camping only with the people from your household, and find a local campsite which you could book in advance, to ensure a safe camping experience.
When it comes to camping preparations, the usual rules still apply – bring your own food, water, and necessary gear, as well as a personal tent only you will sleep in. It would also be a good idea to invest in quality automatic knives for every person to have when building their shelter or starting a controlled fire. Don’t forget to make a personal hygiene kit either, including face masks, hand sanitizers, soap and toilet paper, to ensure you are equipped with essential supplies you don’t have to share with anyone.
Choosing the best accommodation
If you are traveling to your destination by car or plane, chances are you will need to find appropriate accommodation for your trip. Thankfully, the travel industry understands the importance of keeping tourists safe, which is why most hotels, hostels, and even vacation rentals are doing their part to protect guests with improved cleaning and sanitizing procedures, as well as social distancing measures.
To that end, make it a point to visit the accommodation’s website before you finally book, and ensure they have health and safety practices set in place to protect their guests from COVID-19. It would also be wise to disinfect any surfaces you might touch after you arrive as well, for the safest and most secure travel experience.
Staying healthy and safe
Regardless of the type of travel you opt for, it is always advised to follow the general safety guidelines in order to protect both yourself and others when traveling. This includes maintaining a social distance of 6 feet (2 meters), wearing a face mask, not touching your face or other frequently touched surfaces, as well as washing or sanitizing your hands often.
As rules and regulations can vary from city to city, not to mention different countries, it’s also advised to check the local COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Regularly visit the websites of local governments and health organizations before your travels, in order to keep track of health updates and save yourself from an unpleasant experience once you arrive.
Even though traveling during the coronavirus pandemic might be a challenging and demanding task, the advice listed above will help to ensure a safe travel experience for you and those around you in these unprecedented times.