COVID-19 has limited where and when you can travel for most of us. However, there are a few places that you can still go. Unfortunately, we don’t know if one type of travel is safer than others; however, whichever type of vacation you decide to take this summer, the ultimately goal is for everyone to be as safe as possible. No one can predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will do this summer of course. None of us are mind-readers; although we would like to be. Due to the unpredictability, shorter and more economical trips may be your best bet. After months of staring at the walls in your home— walls you have sanitized, re-painted or wallpapered; and if you have kids they are climbing them– literally(!) – you’re ready for a change of your everyday scenery. You and the rest of us too.
No one can predict what the Covid-19 pandemic will do this summer, of course. Due to that unpredictability, shorter and more economical trips may be the answer.
If you’re going to travel, there are a few safety tips that you should practice to help you and your loved ones stay safe:
- Plan Ahead – Do your own research and check out the current travel restrictions. Make sure that you (or anyone traveling with you) are not sick or experiencing any symptoms. Being sick means you have a weaker immune system and will be susceptible to the virus. So just stay home. If you’re comfortable asking, share your negative results with one another prior to travel (when traveling in a group). It may give you some piece of mind,
- Wear a mask in public–It’s not just about you. It’s abut keeping others safe too. Yes it may be cumbersome and comfortable to some, but it beats the alternative, right? The mask won’t keep you from getting the virus, but it does keep your hands from making contact with your mouth and nostrils, which is how the virus gets in.
- Social Distance –I know we’re tired of hearing it, but you must keep a safe 6-foot distance from others. Try to avoid large gatherings as much as possible.
- Wash your hands — Use Soap! Wash and disinfect your hands often, and avoid touching your face.
- Sanitize– Wipe down tables, chairs, seats, remotes, and any other surfaces you may come in contact with. And don’t forget your car rentals. Make sure you wash your hands afterwards (of course).
- Book through a reliable travel agent, travel site or directly with the hotel or carrier (airline, train or bus company, etc.). And be patient with the new normal. Things are not going to work as you once remembered. Mentally prepare yourself for delays due to health screenings, and staff shortages prior to travel.
- Know your destinations restrictions. Some destinations are requiring a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry.
- Exercise normal travel precautions. Make sure someone knows where you’re going, and provide an emergency contact to your travel agent or the person you are traveling with.
Bottom line is to be responsible. Of course, no form of travel is entirely safe from COVID-19—it’s going to be up to you to maintain best practices like social distancing and hand hygiene.
If you’re thinking of taking a trip this summer, be sure to make smart choices that you won’t regret later. Even with some restrictions being lifted, remember we are still in the middle of a pandemic. An although the virus has not hit close to home yet (for some), it’s still out there. One tool that will help give you some piece of mind, is the new Travel Safe Tool by Trip Advisor; a new set of tool developed to give you piece of mind before you travel. Of course, before you go, you should also check the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) for the latest news developments on coronavirus. Don’t just take the word of others—do your own research! If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it has shown us that it does not discriminate, and it is our shared responsibility to stop the spread.