Category: Personal Development Written by Rebecca Smith Views: 1434
Change is inevitable, and a global pandemic gave proof to this saying. 2020 caught everyone off guard, and many businesses suffered alongside since most people were forced to stay indoors. They found themselves having to cancel all their planned trips, cruises, and vacations due to COVID-19. A new world order came in place of the old. Festivals and concerts were no longer safe to go to, and the hospitality industry had to suffer the most, having to close down hotels and cancel flights. It was a dark year for humanity, but with it came a new day to look forward to.
As we adapt ourselves to the new typical, businesses and countries have started to open up slowly but surely. With new COVID-19 guidelines and regulations from countries to households, people have found a way to get out of their homes and get a change of scenery. If you are that person looking to get outside and tick of places off your bucket list, here are some life hacks to help you get by:
1. Prioritize Your Safety
While it may sound like a cliché, staying safe is the first and best way to go. As the new norm, being safe is not just a saying but a habit and a lifestyle. As you pack, remember to pack enough masks with you, anti-bacterial gel, and don’t forget your meds if you have any conditions. Put your health first to protect others. Remember to practice social distancing; it can be easy to forget to stay one meter from others, especially friends or family.
Fill your roof rack storage with extra essential items you may need along the way. Remember to keep hydrated; drinking water helps to help keep up your immunity and wash away toxins in your body. As you travel, you are bound to find new changes that may seem odd, but remember to stay calm and flexible to the situation at hand. You may find some restaurants closing early due to curfew restrictions or restaurants holding clients at half capacity. It is best to keep this at the back of your mind. Safety first!
2. Pick your Ride Wisely
During the post-pandemic period, select your means of transportation wisely. Consider transportation that does not put you and your family close to hundreds of passengers and meets the COVID-19 guidelines religiously. It is common to find some modes of public transportation lax on the country’s health ministry guidelines.
Choose from the many modes of transportation available depending on the distance you wish to travel. Think about those you are traveling with as it may also affect this choice. Try out bikes or boats that have fresh air and ample sitting space. Some airlines observe the COVID-19 guidelines that you would travel with safely. You can consult with your travel agent on this one. Some modes of transportation have become more exorbitantly expensive than others.
3. Plan Everything
Spontaneous travel may be a thing of the past for a while, considering everything that has happened. Plan a visit, call ahead, and book your flights and accommodations before-hand. At this point, have an itinerary with you and plan to stick to it.
To spice up your trip, plan visits to locations that are not as popular but, all the same, memorable. You will be surprised how many hidden gems you find under the rock. Try to visit new areas, especially those known to offer personalized services. It would be a great idea to consider visiting areas that accommodate a restricted number of visitors at a time.
4. Get your Papers Together
Most things have migrated online as a measure to reduce personal contact. Take advantage of this and book your flights online. Get your medical cover in place to be sure that you are not stranded if you contract the virus and may need special attention.
Check your travel insurance to cover your journey in case of an unexpected state of emergency or lockdown. Some countries require you to have your COVID-19 certificate of clearance, so ensure that you have checked in a hospital licensed to administer a COVID-19 test and get your results.
5. Do your Homework
If you are planning on traveling, there is plenty of homework that you have to do on your own. It is important to get first-hand information. Find out what travel restrictions are in your country and your destination. Choose wisely what country you want to visit at the moment. Some countries do not have mandatory 14 days quarantine, while others have compulsory 14 days quarantine on arrival.
These answers will help you know how you will be spending your vacation. It is also essential to know the statistics of the country or area you are visiting, whether the numbers are spreading rapidly, decreasing gradually, or it has little to no reported cases of infections. You will sit comfortably, knowing that you are safe wherever you plan to go. Finally, determine whether your local government requires you to quarantine for 14 days after you arrive on your trip.
Most people have been through a couple of tough times, but things are looking up as businesses are gradually resurfacing; it shows that we will overcome this adversity. So, as you go out to look for a place to relax, traveling post-COVID-19 is more of a psychological preparation than just the physical. Stay positive and stay safe.
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