Safe Travel Tips to Keep in Mind
We all know travel tips, but there is a slight change in suggestions and ideas to check out before leaving our home in 2020. Health experts are still working to achieve useful recovery tips and procedures by developing meaningful action plans that optimize sector-wide recovery efforts. And we all need a vacation with our family or alone after the lockdown. Families worldwide are contending with this question as summer has started, and COVID continues to alter our daily lives since March. So, check out the essential points before stepping out of your house.
1. Choose Your Destination
Choose your destination; get to know everything in depth before you leave for your vacation. Read traveler reviews, google it and consult with locals and also travel guides for information about the safest neighborhoods and places to stay and even incidences of criminal activities. Check the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), State Department’s website for country updates, and enroll.
Essential tips to keep in mind are that the security precautions are to know whom to call in an emergency, the COVID cases, and recovery rates. Get the contact information for the nearest consulate, embassy, police station, and other local emergency departments.
2. Do Your Research
Research is an essential step before executing any plan. In this situation, there is a lot to study, so start. Here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind during research. Search the most trusted and safest airlines and only book with those airlines that have significant change, security, and cancel policies. Do not book flights or anything non-refundable. For hotels and airlines, stick to popular rating hotels and big airlines, never go for a random airline or a hotel you’ve never heard of. If that airline or hotel goes under or the situation becomes opposite or worse, you will not get your money back.
For hotels, you can use Booking.com for hotel bookings since they always have full-refund cancellation policies available. Southwest Airlines is known to be one of the safest domestic airlines because it never charges or charges any extra fees. You can also go for United Airlines – now offering flight changes through the end of the month for flights purchased now, American Air is offering free changes, as are many other airlines.
Other research may be of COVID cases, recovery rates, emergency centers at your destination, pre-book taxis.
3. Always Keep Copies of Essential Documents
You never know when you need tour documents or if they get lost during your travel. So it is best always to have a backup. You can scan these documents to save online and print out several hard copies and keep it in your luggage, handbag, or anywhere to keep it safe so that if you need it in an emergency, you can find it easily.
4. Check Luggage Before Leaving
Check your luggage before leaving, like your passport, identity card, or any other documents that are needed during traveling.
Don’t forget to pack your COVID protection kit, pack face fabric masks as extra as needed, hand gloves, sanitizer, etc. Because we also have to protect ourselves during travel in this situation.
5. Keep Your Family Updated
Keep your close friends or family updated as in an emergency or urgency; you need someone’s help.
6. Check Your Hotel Room and Nearby Areas
Even if you have already selected the hotel you want to stay in, your hotel has robust security measures; there are some steps you can take to make your room safer. Always Lock the door and keep your windows shut. You can also buy a jammer; it is a portable device that slips under the door and serves as another layer of protection.
Never tell hotel staff about anything; try to give the impression that you’re in your room even when you’re not, for instance, placing the Do Not Disturb sign on the outside of your door, keeping the blinds and windows closed.
Don’t let any strangers into your room, even if they say they are hotel staff. You can always call the front desk (reception) to check whether someone was ordered by hotel staff to come to your room.
7. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Keep updated where you stay and your surroundings. If there is any cause of any illness, nearby, do not step outside without any protection. Do not let your guard down to click the perfect snap for your social media platforms. Keep your personal belongings safe and secure, and use kind words and judgment when talking to strangers, do not overshare. There is a big part of the joy of traveling to meet new people and learn about their heritage and cultures. But if someone near you is acting shadily or feel uncomfortable, leave the area immediately.
It is not only about your hotel but also the places you visit. So keep updated and stay aware of your surroundings.
Important points –
- Don’t forget to social distance yourself from people.
- Don’t touch everything that comes in your way.
- Always use hand sanitizer.
- Don’t remove your face mask and face coverings in public.
- Pack essential first aid and medicines for disease control and prevention.
8. Road Trip
A road trip seems like a perfect and stellar idea. You can plan your road trip to a nearby mountain, camping trip, beach, seaside, or some silent valley. As you have more control when you travel via your own four wheels since you can stay in your car, pack much more of your own properly sanitized goods, you can entirely avoid airports and public places, and not be near anyone you don’t know.
Still, there are some precautions for your Road Trip.
- Plan your route.
- Do not forget to pack extra road maps as network issues may arise in abandoned areas.
- Do not visit unfamiliar or unmarked areas.
- Do not give a lift to strangers.
- Always pack extra blankets and sweaters as it may get cold at night.
- Pack a first aid kid – Don’t ever forget to pack a proper first aid kit. If you do not have any, you can always shop online or get from the nearby medical store.
- Always pack comfortable clothes for a road trip as climates intend to change every once in a while, and you may need comfortable and relaxed outfits.
9. International Travel
International travel is still banned in many countries. The COVID-19 pandemic continues; the vaccine is still in the works, but after months of global lockdown, it comes to an end, and rapid COVID-19 testing has developed, several United States states and more countries have begun to reopen.
As many safe traveling ideas you’ve already read above, a few things to note here –
- Borders across Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and some other Pacific island nations have begun to reopen to travel.
- Restrictions and precautions still apply nearly everywhere.
- Countries across Africa and America are still in lockdown.
- Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, Aruba, the U.S. Islands in the Caribbean, Caicos, the Bahamas, and Turks have been reopened.
- Bali, Barbados, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, are some of the countries which have already reopened, and many others are still in progress under strict precautions for tourists.
10. Travel Agents and Accommodations
Travel rentals make the trip comfortable and safe. Insurance policies vary from time to time, so it is best to always keep in contact with your insurance company and travel manager.
All countries might have different guidelines for opening up their borders to tourists. Familiarize and update yourself with the regulations of your destination.
Some countries might deny entry to foreign tourists. Therefore, you need to read all the relevant information from reliable sources.
It is essential to be healthy before a person travels because certain countries allow entry to tourists who pass all medical screenings, for example, temperature checks and other tests successfully.
High temperatures or cold could be a significant reason for being denied entry into certain countries.
At times like this, always keep updated about everything. Contact a dedicated travel consultant or a travel management company with a genuine 24/7 emergency hotline. Consult with experts and friends and your family about your trip and note important points. A travel consultant can help with precautions, safe traveling ideas, flight changes, accommodation, cancellations, and alternative directing. Also, download essential apps to stay updated with changing conditions and travel alerts.
11. Closing Thoughts and Staying Safe
So, keep updated on countries that are going to reopen in the coming days.
- If you’re ill, Don’t Travel!
As we all know, COVID-9 has an incubation period of 14 days, and if you sense any illness do not travel, you are only going to make it worse for you and other people.
- Clean up
Always clean up during and after the flight. Pack anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer.
- Wash hands
Use hand sanitizer frequently if soap and water are not available. Do not touch anything and everything during travel.
- Try to maintain social distancing
Keep at least 6 ft of distance to people. We hope these travel tips were helpful. It is important to safeguard your health and plan ahead. Safe travels and be well!