Tourism in the world has been paralyzed for the first time in modern history: borders closed, planes grounded, hotels and restaurants out of business. Even when tourism is coming back to life, trips will no longer be the same. Today, we will have to pay attention to the sanitary measures of each place to avoid the spread of the virus.
Therefore, if you already miss traveling and are getting ready for your next destination, it is fundamental to remember that the new normality has come with significant changes and rules for your upcoming trip. However, these rules shouldn’t feel like a burden; they are the way to travel while prioritizing your health.
The following tips will make you feel much more prepared for traveling in the new normal.
Factors to consider
The use of technology will be your ally during the travel process. You will be able to make online payments, check-in, or check out at the airline or hotel and thus reduce contact with other people. Therefore, you should not forget always to have your cell phone at hand.
Many countries have already opened their borders, but they may have specific restrictions on arrival. Before traveling, research the entry requirements and limitations of the destination country. Being vaccinated may give you more peace of mind for traveling, but negative PCRs will still be prerequisites for certain vaccines. Remember that each passenger is responsible for doing their research.
On the other hand, restrictions to enter other countries may make us turn to local destinations, which is quite favorable for the reactivation of your country’s economy. As a plus, more flexible change and cancellation policies on domestic travel may last until after the pandemic. Don’t forget to check this section before purchasing your flight.
Protect yourself during your transfers
During your stay and your travels by car, plane, train or bus, remember to follow basic protective measures: wear a mask, keep your distance, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, cover your mouth with your forearm when coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands constantly.
Tips for a safe trip
Consider risk conditions
Anyone can become seriously ill from COVID-19, especially older adults and people with underlying medical conditions. Don’t forget to think about the safety of the people at risk who live in your home. That said, consider extra measures when you arrive back home.
Travel safely by air
Airports and airlines have implemented security protocols that must be followed at all times. It’s essential to consider extra time, as going through the filters or doing routine procedures, such as baggage documentation, may take a little longer than usual.
You must always wear a mask while accessing airports. While wearing a face shield or protective eyewear is optional, it may also increase your protection. Be prepared as at the entrance of most airports, your body temperature will be taken, and those with a high temperature will not be allowed to enter. In the same way, researching if your destination’s airport requires any mandatory health forms may save you time during the boarding process.
Remember that your health and safety should not be left only in the hands of companies and authorities. You should take the necessary precautions to minimize the likelihood of spreading the virus.
Some of the precautions at the airport include: Always carrying alcohol wipes and cleaning every surface you will come in contact with. Before sitting on the plane, clean the seat, the armrests, and the tray table.
Staying in a hotel
Staying in a hotel is much safer than going to the supermarket or the mall. Therefore, hotels may also have specific requirements for their guests. Hotels in each country also have different policies. Find out the safety measures that have been implemented in the hotel you selected.
Hotels, in general, have specific basic requirements that include delimitation of spaces, provision of hand sanitizer, mandatory use of masks, and temperature controls.
When arriving, try choosing contact-free options for hotel reservations and check-in and online payments. It is advisable to choose a hotel where rooms are disinfected between stays and where surfaces in common areas are cleaned regularly. In some hotel swimming pools and gyms, guests will need to sign up and reserve their time.
When returning from a trip
If you arrive on a trip, it is crucial to clean the suitcase well before bringing it into your home with bleach or alcohol-based solution. Set up a place in your house where you can change clothes, and if you arrive on your trip, unpack your suitcase. Once you have done this, disinfect your hands with alcohol gel.
No measure is exaggerated when it comes to protecting your family and loved ones. That said, disinfect your cell phone, glasses, wallet, watch, keys.