The Covid-19 outbreak has forced us all to think about the way we travel and where we can still go, but if you’re sensible you can still enjoy some winter sun and beyond. Let’s take a look at some easy ways that you can protect yourself, your family and everyone around you as well.
Get your paperwork in order
To travel abroad, everyone in your party will need to have Covid test certificates in place, as well as the usual identity documents. Proving that you are fit to fly, these are mandatory, and even if you have tested negative and been given a certificate, if you forget to bring it or can’t produce it for any reason, you will not be granted access to the plane. You also won’t be eligible for a refund. These certificates are for your own safety, as well as that of everybody you come into close proximity with.
Avoid big indoor crowds
From checking-in online to where you sightsee once at your destination, a good rule of thumb to stay safe is to avoid large crowds in enclosed spaces. Outdoor tourist hotspots are a far better way to get a feel for a new destination, so research national parks and other spacious sights.
You might be thinking that beaches are a safe bet, but be warned: you might be disappointed. Plenty of overseas beaches have been closed to prevent tourists from flouting safe distancing measures, and those that have managed to stay accessible are dramatically different. You’ll more than likely find cordons in place as well as law enforcement personnel.
Don’t choose the cheapest hotel
The criteria you’ve always used for booking a cost-effective holiday need to change, as keeping more spending money in your pocket should be a lesser concern now. Any hotel you think meets your requirements will need to be properly vetted. If colleagues are being provided with proper PPE and there are strict housekeeping standards in place, you should be able to relax.
Hotels that have stepped up their technology game will also be a safer option. Instead of having to handle traditional room cards or keys, try to find a location that offers you access to a proprietary app, thereby turning your phone into your room key. The less you have to handle shared property, the better.
Avoid public bathrooms where possible
Most of us probably already do this, but it’s even more vital now. Small, cramped and most likely not disinfected between every user, public bathrooms could fast become a problem for you. If you have absolutely no option, follow some simple rules such as taking hand sanitiser with you, minimising contact points and choosing the most ventilated stall, such as one near an open window. As with all public bathrooms, however: if you can wait, do.
Set a good example
Not everyone can wear a mask, but if you can, please do. Set a positive example, maintain good distance and be kind to those who are not wearing a face covering, as you don’t know the reasons why. The more we try to normalise masks, the better and by being less combative, we might be able to encourage everyone to at least try and cover up.
Although it might seem like travelling at all is a risky idea, if you are careful, mindful of the laws – both domestic and foreign – and practise self-discipline, you can still enjoy a well-earned break.