Summer is here, frustration is high, and fear is among us. 2020 is the year that materialised the COVID-19 virus. The illness slowly crept up on us and left the once-bustling travel industry with empty hotel rooms and a surplus of unspent tickets. Travelling has become a harder feat than before, but there is hope on the horizon for safe, secure travel routines.
Now that the world is starting to get moving again, the thought of booking future trips is exciting. However post-pandemic we have new things to consider when travelling safely abroad. Increased sanitary measures and social distancing rules means that travelling abroad has become more difficult and requires us to adapt to stricter hygiene standards. Ones we may have previously overlooked. After extensive research on how to travel safer during covid-19, we present you the 6 best tips for travelling during COVID-19.
1- Stay (and Shop) Small
This is the perfect time to explore small boutique hotels and holiday lets. Smaller-sized accommodation means less exposure to people and more ease in distancing safely. Airbnb is our go-to for homes away from home, or Mr & Mrs Smith for smaller hotel stays!
Staying in places like these not only means you are more in control of your health, but you will also be supporting small businesses and individuals in a difficult time.
Bonus: Contact the hotel or apartment owner to ask them if they plan to leave the property empty between 2 rentals.
2- Ask About Cleaning
Reputable hotels and home stays are now re-evaluating their cleaning methods if necessary. Look out for those who have employed cleaning specialists who are experts in anti-viral sanitation – these should give you the peace of mind you need to relax while travelling between locations.
Bonus: Ask what kind of cleaning brands they use and make your own research about those brands.
3- Get Out into Nature
Many of the usual pubs, restaurants, museums and attractions might still be closed or offering limited access, but there are so many natural beauty spots to explore. Getting out in nature is a great place to start! Shopping nearby for picnic treats and settling in the great outdoors makes for easier distancing and a chance to discover places you might not usually gravitate to.
4- Take a Cleansing Kit
Packing a cleaning kit wherever you go will offer you a little extra security. Antibacterial spray, wipes, cleaning cloths, hand gel, masks and gloves will fit nicely into your suitcase to use wherever you might need them.
5- Check the Cancellation Policy
Travelling can be difficult when trying to plan, organise and schedule agendas. With lockdown rules changing constantly, many hotels and homestays are updating their cancellation policies. Make sure that you book with someone who offers at least 72 hours cancellation to avoid any unnecessary stress.
6- Try a Staycation
If the idea of flying doesn’t appeal to you right now, use this time to explore the holiday spots you’ve been coveting closer to home! Now is the time to make the most of what you have available to you nearby. It's up to you to discover hidden gems waiting just around the corner...
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