The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a plethora of challenges to many people’s lives. From changes in our jobs to an impact on how we socialize, there have been a variety of things to adapt to. For those who love traveling, COVID-19 brought disappointment.
Fortunately, as the months passed, travelers found new ways to travel safely. While Coronavirus is still here, with the arrival of vaccines and cases lowering, many people are starting to travel more once again. With that being said, consider these tips to ensure you continue to stay safe while traveling in 2021:
- Wear your mask on your flight. If you’re choosing to catch a flight to your desired destination after finding great BookingBuddy airfare deals, it’s a good idea to wear your mask throughout the flight. As it’s been shown that masks can reduce the risk of transmission through droplets, you’ll feel much safer knowing that you have a mask between you and anyone who could be infected. Some people are going for the double mask “look” to stay extra safe while traveling on a plane.
- Consider traveling by land. If you’d rather not be so close to other individuals in an enclosed space (although the cabin air itself is quite clean due to it being exchanged every 3 or so minutes), you could consider a road trip if you’re traveling within the country. Whether you travel in your car or rent an RV, you’ll be able to stay away from people while getting from one place to the next. If traveling by RV, you’ll be able to take the extra step of your lodging being far away from others as well.
- Prepare the essentials. Whether you travel by air or car, there will still be times when you’ll need to be near people and touch things that other people have touched. From using the restroom at a gas station to buying food at the grocery store, you want to make sure that you’re prepared to stay safe during these times. Pack N95 masks if you can get them, a few extra face masks, and bandanas, just in case. Make sure you also have some sanitization measures available, such as hand sanitizer and wipes.
- Choose your outings carefully. If you’re planning a trip right now, you’re probably hoping to enjoy some outings at your destination. Whether you’re visiting a national park in the U.S. or visiting a country you’ve never been to before, you will come across other people—obviously. To ensure your safety, as well as theirs, consider your destinations wisely. If you want to eat at a local restaurant, make sure they have outdoor seating if the weather allows for it, so you can be sure to be seated in an environment that allows for less possibilities of exposure. If visiting a busy tourist spot, consider visiting at a time that isn’t as busy or during off-season.
- Depending on where you’re traveling, you may need to get a test. Some places are requiring proof of a negative Covid-19 test before they allow travelers in, but even if your destination doesn’t require a test, it’s a good idea to get tested before your trip anyway, so you can stay safe and make sure others don’t get infected as well.
- Consider renting a bike. If you want to get around in the city you’re visiting, a great way to avoid close contact with others while getting from one spot to the next, consider renting a bike so you don’t have to be in the same space as others on a subway or bus, or even with the rideshare driver.
If you’re ready to travel again in 2021, you’ll find that many places are opening back up again and allowing travelers. Just remember that the virus is still present in our lives, so practice these safe tips to ensure your safety and that of others you come across on your trip. Happy traveling.