Life after Lockdown: 6 Crucial Methods To Prioritise Safety While Travelling

March 5, 2021

A new normal has been something the majority of the world has been seeking for the best part of a year. Most of us have been cooped up in our homes – only leaving to restock our food or to catch the sun in the form of exercise. Travelling is limited, gatherings prohibited, and the hospitality industry has been badly affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. One day, however, we will be able to travel freely. The main question that we are all wondering: how can we ensure safety while travelling after the pandemic?

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Evaluate your Individual Situations and Hazards

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who have underlying problems like lung or heart diseases are at a greater risk of contracting COVID19 and developing severe symptoms. Additionally, the risk is considerably higher in older individuals. Therefore, if you have an elderly person in your family, to enforce safety while travelling, you might want to reconsider your travelling plans.  Make a point to travel only after you have assessed all of your individual situations and the possible risks.

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Plan

The key to successful travel is proper and early planning. You can’t wake up one morning and decide to take a holiday with your family; you need to plan. The period immediately after lockdown isn’t the best time to make surprise plans and quick trips. You will need to put some time and effort into planning and preparing for the trip while considering the needs and requirements of every person, transportation as well as other factors.

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Carefully Select the Transport Means

While choosing the means to travel, you need to consider the risks too. Travelling by train and aeroplane can sound like good options; however, there have increased risks. If you are travelling for a short distance, it is better to take your own car or make an effort to rent a private car. Always carry disinfectants, hand sanitisers, and your own toilet paper whenever you are travelling by either plane or train.

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Stay within your Limits

Travelling safely doesn’t mean that you should relax when you arrive at your final destination. The safety guidelines must be adhered to whenever you are. Restricts your movements across a new destination, follow the norms like hand and respiration hygiene and maintain social distance. Even though countries are getting back to normal, you might be required to self-isolate yourself in some countries.


Choose a Window Seat

The best and simplest way to keep germs at bay when travelling is sitting close to the window; this is according to a study conducted by Emory University and Georgia Tech. Additionally, staying seated while travelling is the best way to increase your safety especially while travelling by plane. Therefore, when booking a flight, make sure that you pick the window seat. Long haul flights, at the minute, should not occur – unless essential. A longer trip will cause impatient passengers and more movement + toilet breaks = higher risk.

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Never Travel when you are Sick

The best thing to do when you are sick is to stay at home. This not only applies to people with the COVID19 virus, even having a simple illness like a cold or a common cold means that your immune system is weak. Staying at home when you are sick is also a way of protecting your fellow travellers.

Travelling has several benefits; you get the chance to disconnect from your busy daily life and improve your health. But, you must keep in mind the above safety tips whenever you are travelling.

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    Jenny in Neverland
    March 6, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Some great tips. I can’t imagine I’ll be going anywhere abroad for a while but I can’t wait to start visiting the UK again. It’s important to do what you’re comfortable with and not feel pressured to travel just because we “can” x

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      Sophia Patel
      March 9, 2021 at 12:17 am

      Thank you! The thought of going away now is terrifying (I feel like my brain has been re-wired to think this), but you are right, there is definitely no rush. Easing back to normality has to be taken with time and caution. Thanks for reading!x

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    thedoubtingthomas
    March 6, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I think in some ways, COVID will be here to stay for a little while but we’ll eventually start to think of it in a similar way to the flu and things like that. However, I think that we may have learnt some lessons from the pandemic and this post describes of the simple things we can do make things better for us and those around us. I HOPE people take notice of this and we can be a little more cautious about how we do things going forward. Great post!

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      Sophia Patel
      March 9, 2021 at 12:14 am

      You are so right, it is becoming a new normal for sure, our society has surely transitioned through the last year. Caution is all we need, but easier is said than done – fingers crossed that normality comes soon. Thanks for reading!

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    Molly @ Transatlantic Notes
    March 6, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    It will be lovely to be able to travel a bit more once Covid is under more control and vaccinations are the norm. I hope people remain cautious and sensible and don’t behave in a way that puts others at risk — if this all happens then it will be a joy to get out and about. Really great tips — thank you for sharing!

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      Sophia Patel
      March 9, 2021 at 12:09 am

      For sure! You are so right, we need to ease our way back into society to not do any damage. Thanks for reading, hopefully not long until we are out and about again!

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    Beth Anne
    March 6, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    It’s definitely going to feel so strange to be travelling again. I do wonder if things will ever return to the way they were. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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      Sophia Patel
      March 9, 2021 at 12:06 am

      for sure, I don’t think it’ll be normal for a while, and even if it does, our mentality has changed. Thanks for reading!

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    Eleanor
    March 8, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    I really agree with these points! When things were more open (in the summer) I visited my boyfriend by train a few times, and I think my main advice would just be aware of your space- and once you’re sat in a seat, for example, try and stick to your area 🙂 I love these tips, thank you for sharing I’ll use these when I can next visit him again in May x

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      Sophia Patel
      March 9, 2021 at 12:05 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed the post! If everyone is cautious, travelling will happen soon – hopefully it won’t be long until you can see your boyfriend!x

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    BR
    March 10, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Great tips, safety is essential. I miss traveling so much 😔
    Thanks for sharing
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      Sophia Patel
      March 17, 2021 at 11:22 pm

      ah me too. Thanks for reading!

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    Isa A
    March 10, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Awareness on covid is needed even now because many still evade precautions. Since the travel is usually on public routes liked the recommendation of using own car for shorter journeys. Makes a lot of sense! <3
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