Do you want to get away from home? The last year and a half have been stressful, and travel has been almost impossible. Read on to learn how you can stay safe as you travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Think About Your Vaccination Status
First, you should think about your vaccination status regarding COVID-19. If you haven’t gotten the vaccine yet, consider getting it before your trip. While it may not be necessary for every destination, it can open you up to more destinations. And you may not have to face as many restrictions on your trip.
If you’re travelling with others, be sure to ask them about their vaccination status. Then, you can make sure your entire group will be able to go on the trip and enjoy it. You should also have everyone (including yourself) keep good track of your vaccine card so that you can prove your status.
Consider Your Destination
Next, you should think about where you want to travel. Of course, you can travel domestically or internationally. Either way, you should research your destination and the situation with COVID-19 in that city, state, or country.
If you want to take an eastern Caribbean cruise, be sure to research all of the countries on the trip list. That way, you can make sure to prepare for all of the various restrictions and requirements. And you can make sure you and your family will be safe on the trip.
Compare Travel Methods
Depending on your destination of choice, you may have a few travel method choices. The most common methods are to fly or drive. But you can also take a train, a bus, or even a boat, such as on a cruise. Each travel method has its own pros and cons.
If you’re willing to drive, you can control who is in the car and when you stop. However, it will take longer than most other travel methods. But you won’t have to worry about wearing masks, and you could drive somewhere with people who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19.
Invest in Cancellation Insurance
When booking your trip, consider investing in some cancellation insurance. This will protect you if something changes with the pandemic. You can get your money back if an airline has to cancel your flight or if a hotel can’t let you stay there.
It may seem like unnecessary money to spend. However, you never know what might happen, especially when the pandemic is in full force. The last thing you want is to lose your deposit or all of your money for the trip because of something out of your control.
Start Packing Early
Once you know when and where you’ll travel, you should start packing earlier rather than later. You can review things like COVID guidelines to make sure you pack enough masks for your trip. If you have reusable masks, you can make sure all of them are clean, or you can buy more.
Packing early also gives you a chance to ensure you have the right clothes for your destination. If you go on a cruise in the Caribbean, you may want some summer clothes. On the other hand, travelling north may require more layers during the winter.
Relax but Be Alert
As your trip begins, try to relax and enjoy your time on vacation. However, you should stay alert and up to date regarding local COVID regulations. That way, you can make sure to have a mask or cancel any activities that may be unsafe.
If the situation may affect your travel plans, you can start to look for a backup plan. For example, if your flight home gets cancelled, you can look for other flights. Or you might choose to rent a car and drive one way so that you can get home safely.
Travelling during a pandemic isn’t easy, but it is possible with some planning. Keep these things in mind to have a smooth vacation.