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?
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.
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.
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.
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.