With long term travel restrictions in place, many countries still have their borders closed until the spread slows. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t dream of spending time in Ecuador’s best hotels, taking in the historic majesty of Europe, or relaxing on the beaches in Bali.
If you can’t wait to travel, here is some of the best advice on how to safely travel during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Chose airlines wisely
For the trips where you absolutely must travel by air, do some research before choosing your airline. Check their websites to see what protocol as to how they are limiting the spread.
For example, some airlines may still be selling tickets for full capacity flights, whereas others will ensure at least one seat between passengers (which is much more comfortable for most people anyway!).
Others are ensuring thorough disinfection prior to flight boarding and offering passengers free hygiene kits with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to ensure cleanliness.
Make sure to bring enough disposable masks to last you the duration of the flight, and carefully dispose of each mask- change them every four hours.
Do not rely on the airlines to provide these for you. You must wear a mask to travel on most airplanes at this time- disposable masks are most suitable for use in-flight as they provide yourself and others much better protection over time.
Bring your own snacks and have a meal before flying. Most airlines are no longer offering hot meals throughout flights to be prepared or go hungry!
Take to the road
It’s still best to travel closer to your home if possible. If you’re looking to escape the rat-race, or the monotony of life at home, taking a trip to the great outdoors and camping could be a good option for you.
Pack a bag, bring your own food to limit the need to dine out, and you’ll still have yourself a good time without having to hop a plane.
Prepare to be flexible
Travel anxiety has never been as true as it is today. It is important to be prepared for cancellations from both methods of transport and places to stay. Check for cancellation policies and that your insurance will cover and financial losses as a result of these cancellations.
Call ahead any destinations such as restaurants and planned activities. Hotels may have additional logistics such as using certain entrances and exits to limit foot traffic to particular doorways. They may also have to closer off amenities such as spas, gyms and bar areas. Prepare to make changes to your plans in the event of this happening.
Everyone is having to make adaptations during these unpredictable times, so be patient with others and yourselves as everyone becomes accustomed to new rules and regulations.
Keep washing your hands
Remembering to keep washing your hands is incredibly important at the best of times, but more so now. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time, thoroughly. When soap and water are unavailable, be sure to use hand sanitizer and carry it with you at all times.