2020 has been a difficult year in many ways. Back in January, very few of us could have been prepared for the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic and the substantial ways in which it would change the vast majority of our lives.
Besides the clear health consequences that the virus has caused hundreds of thousands of people, those who haven’t caught the virus’ daily routines have changed. In order to adhere to social isolation and social distancing measures put in place by governments around the world over the past few months, many of us now work from home or have lost work due to economic struggles.
The theatres are closed. Cinemas have been closed. Pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes have strict rules that need to be followed, limiting our experience of them. Perhaps one of the most major changes?
Many of our holidays and travel plans have been canceled. As scientists and medics are trying to get their heads around the virus, figuring out how to make travel safe during these unusual circumstances.
But is travel completely out of the question for the rest of the year? The simple answer? No. But you will have to travel wisely and within current government guidelines wherever you may be.
Here are a few suggestions that could help you to get away from the restrictive confines of the current day to day life and on some sort of break or adventure!
Of course, every country has individual guidelines, which can even differ from one local area to another. So, you need to check your home country’s guidelines and your destination’s guidelines to ensure that you are always doing everything as you should. This will help you to avoid fees, fines, and other sorts of trouble.
But what is the general advice when it comes to travel? Well, the general advice given all around is that you are less likely to catch or spread coronavirus if you cut out travel altogether.
However, it’s worth noting that the World Health Organisation (or “WHO”), have stated that “the gradual lifting of travel measures (or temporary restrictions) should be based on a thorough risk assessment, taking into account country context, the local epidemiology and transmission patterns, the national health and social measures to control the outbreak, and the capacities of health systems in both departure and destination countries, including at points of entry.”
They go on to say that “any subsequent measure must be proportionate to public health risks and should be adjusted based on a risk assessment, conducted regularly and systematically as the COVID-19 situation evolves and communicated regularly to the public.”
What does this mean? Well, it means that if your travel is allowed to go ahead and is being permitted by your home country and destination, it has been deemed that it is safe for you to travel, as long as you follow guidelines throughout your break. So, if your trip is being allowed to go ahead, you shouldn’t feel too worried. The government wouldn’t allow you to travel if it was deemed a significant risk to you.
Choosing Your Travel Wisely
As we’ve outlined above, international travel could be an option. But if you want to be as safe as possible, it may be worth considering alternative options that may be a little less risk to you and others. Here are some options that could be appealing to you!
A Road Trip
Many of us consider road trips with teens who may not have the means of bigger, international breaks. But don’t cut this travel option out for yourself. A road trip can actually be pretty fun and enjoyable for people of all ages and interests!
Think about it – you get to take to the open road, Michael Kors sunglasses on, hair blowing in the breeze, heading to a relatively local destination of your choice. You can see local beauty spots that you’ve not paid attention to before.
You can map your route out yourself, choosing as and when you want to pause to enjoy something. Plus, you don’t have to come into contact with anyone outside of your social bubble. It’s just you and your passengers having a great time!
Again, we tend to associate camping with younger people. Sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground may be fine for some, but some of us crave something a little more comfortable.
But why not consider hiring or buying a campervan or mobile home? This way, you get to enjoy all of the fun of camping, but you get the comfort of an actual bed, shower, kitchen for cooking good food and more.
You don’t have to worry about leaks or tents collapsing. Plus, in terms of pandemic time safety – you will be completely self contained. You’ll have your own little bubble no matter where you decide to pull up!
When you’re packing for a trip during the pandemic, you’re going to still have to take all of the things you usually would. But it’s good to pack a few extras too! These are items that will help you to be safer and more hygienic during your trip. Some things that you should definitely pack during these times include:
Hand sanitiser is another essential right now. As most of us are now aware, coronavirus can survive on surfaces such as metal and plastic for a long time, so you want to make sure you wash your hands regularly throughout the day.
Of course, when you’re travelling, you may not always have access to a sink and soap. Hand sanitiser is a great portable alternative!
A facemask is a day to day essential nowadays. Sure, you may not need to wear it inside your car or camper, but you will need it if you have to get fuel, buy food from the store, or find yourself in any other situation where you’re sharing space with others.
As we’ve said, this year has been difficult for many of us. So, a break is just what many of us need. Whether it’s a break from home working, a break from sheltering in your home, or a break from anything else. Hopefully some of the above advice will help you to organise a safe and enjoyable getaway!