As restrictions across the country begin to lift, people are beginning to enjoy some sense of normality. However, everyone is not out of the neck of the woods yet. The coronavirus still exists and infects hundreds of people daily. Face coverings are required at almost every place of business, and many businesses continue to inform customers about social distancing. One industry hit particularly hard during this pandemic is the travel industry. Airlines experienced a halt in all flights since the outbreak began. Hotels experienced a significant drop in bookings over the past 3 months. In some areas, airports and hotels are investing considerable money to persuade travelers to book trips and experiences with them. While it’s still best to stay home, here are some tips for staying safe and healthy while traveling amid COVID-19.
Not all destinations you desire to see will be safe. Some countries and states are still in lockdown, making it impossible to tour the area. Look up the safety and current status of the place you’re planning to visit. Be aware if you have to self-isolate for 2 weeks once you arrive. If you’re visiting family members, be sure to take the appropriate precautions to avoid infecting them or yourself. What are your means of transportation? Are you flying, taking a train, or driving? Out of all these options, driving is the safest because you aren’t in a crowded space with other passengers.
Speaking of driving, there are some precautions you should take when driving. Verify you have hand sanitizer, masks, and sanitizing wipes before embarking on your trip. Always wear a mask at rest areas and gas stations. This may be difficult, but avoid touching common areas. If you must touch these areas, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Avoid stops as much as possible, but be sure to stop every couple of hours to stretch. Wipe down products you buy at rest areas and gas stations, including food and beverages in a plastic container. One important thing to remember when traveling during times like this is it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to risk the probability of you or others succumbing to COVID-19.
Stay tuned for part 2, coming soon!