2020 has been a weird and challenging year, for many people and many industries, with the pandemic affecting the travel industry probably more so than any other. As lockdown rules and restrictions have been easing up, borders reopened and flights have started to take off once again, more and more people have slowly started to ease back into travelling – particularly for the European summer.
But while summer holidays have resumed, the travelling experience that we knew and were so used to before the virus struck is very different now, but that shouldn’t mean that you should have to throw that well-deserved break out of the window.
Here are three tips for traveling safely during the pandemic this year safely.
Carry all the essentials
In this new Covid-19 world, our essentials list has rapidly changed. While keys, wallets, (in this case, when travelling – passports) are all still considered essentials, don’t forget about the new additions that are must-haves in your carry on. Hygiene is now of the utmost importance, so carry disinfectant alcohol wipes and a bottle of hand sanitiser, as well as a pair of single-use gloves just in case. Face masks are now mandatory on all flights and in all airports, so bring at least two reusable cotton or several single-use masks with you, particularly if you will be travelling for many hours, and have several stops on your way. Carry with you a clean container when you need to store your mask to avoid them getting dirty, or potentially contaminating other objects in your carry on. If you want to go the extra step, you can also place your documents and devices in polythene bags while passing through security. Use your sanitiser regularly and use your wipes to wipe down areas around you such as tray tables on flights, armrests on coaches and trains, etc.
While it may seem odd to recommend staying away for longer during the pandemic when it comes to travelling this can actually be beneficial. First of all, extended stays do not increase your risk of contamination any more than they would if you were still at home. It will also give you more time to get to know the local area meaning that you can figure out the areas and places that are more populated and potentially subject to a greater risk of contagion than others. Not only this, but you will also get to know the area’s regional rules when it comes to the pandemic. As we know, each country and government is doing things slightly differently, so the longer you stay, the more equipped you are, and the knowledge and time you have to learn your new regulations. Lastly staying in one place for longer is a lot better than city-hopping, particularly if you are travelling around Europe. This used to be a popular way to see a few countries and cities in one go, thanks to their close proximity to one another. However, the more you travel between one city to the next, the more you expose yourself to unnecessary risk. Stay in your chosen destination longer to discover the local sights, language, culture, and people and actually relax instead of continually being in a hurry.
To ensure the best accommodation for your more extended stay, look into long-term accommodation such as Airbnb or renting such as this beautiful hdb flat to rent in Singapore for a home away from home.
Stay close to home
If the thought of travelling at the moment scares you, makes you feel uncomfortable or downright anxious, then put a pin in your thoughts of travelling for the moment. Travelling while not feeling confident will only result in an unpleasant trip and, therefore, a waste of money and time. Still want to have a break though and go somewhere a bit more exciting than your back garden? Why not look into a staycation instead? On the rise in most countries, staycations have become increasingly popular this year and are considered a safer way of taking a break. They also help you rediscover your home area and the country’s beauty and tend to cost a lot less than travelling abroad. Discover hidden gems and spots that you didn’t even know existed on local beaches, countrysides, cities, and forests, together with your families, friends, and loved ones. Not only does it minimize travel time, saves you money, and helps contribute to your local economy, but for those with a furry friend, it also lets you bring your pet – something which is much more challenging and not done when travelling abroad. By staying in your country or the local area, you are already familiar with government regulations, and with good planning, you can maintain social distancing for a safe holiday that reduces your chances of contagion.