Hopefully, it is soon holiday time and many avid travellers like you are planning out their trips abroad. But when will you actually have the chance to buy a travel guide and pack your luggage? Since global governments and medical experts cannot control the dissemination of pandemia, there is no specific answer yet. Nonetheless, we are here to discuss the expected tendencies of travelling for the upcoming holidays. So, let’s dive straight into it.
What is currently up in the news?
The large scale of the coronavirus pandemic spreading like a wildfire made it difficult for travel-seekers to embark on their dream adventure, as well as devastated the travel industry now in the midst of a crisis. It is known that most countries have already announced dates when they will reopen to international travel. In fact, the majority of European states are accepting visitors with open borders since mid-June. The same can be observed in the Caribbean’s most famous islands such as the Bahamas, Aruba or St. Lucia. Despite this, there is a handful of countries unwilling to host new travellers at the moment. So, before setting off you should directly consider your destination and its requirements for entry.
When will we start organising our trips?
Nobody can predict the future and, of course, medical experts are not psychics to do so. Nonetheless, it is acknowledged that pandemia as such last between 18 and 24 months, before a large travel boom begins to return the industry to regular levels. So, you have options to choose from: You might decide to play it safe and set the strict limits on travelling for at least a year OR you might want to take precautions and plan your travel escape in the safest way possible today. If the second seems like a better thing to do, here is what you need to know:
What should you keep in mind before departure?
1) Flying replaced by walking or driving
Understand that when it comes to long-distance travelling, everything becomes more remote and less mobile. Delivery services and transportation systems are drastically changing the way how we arrange our journeys. Therefore, if you wish to move safely and easily, your habits and expectations are to be moderated too. Predictably, less air travel means more walking and road trips. As you have probably noticed there is already a steep decline in flight options. It is also a good idea to travel by your own means. No matter when, travelling by car remains a significant advantage. You will have a chance to bring anything and anyone you wish in your backseat.
2) Everything is substituted by online services
In today’s digitalised world we are observing numerous industries changing their direction to everything which is automatised. You should keep in mind that banking, booking and travelling, in particular, are embedded in it and you should adjust. Moreover, with a span of several months it was discovered that internet traffic increased by around a quarter in many large cities. Eventually, all your travelling should be organised online from the beginning to the very end. Remember to use the advantages of online services to the fullest and save your precious time. For instance, if you need to find a writing judge for your paper research or thesis you can easily pick the writer online and have it reviewed within some seconds.
3) Check the place of stay in advance
You should be very cautious about the accommodation you choose for a temporary visit. Think not only about any availability issues but also safety means. You need to thoroughly review a hotel, hostel, Airbnb, or whatever else, to make sure you will not catch any infectious disease from an ill person who may have stayed there. Right now, social distancing and sanitising are top priority as it is your safety that is at risk. Likewise, exposing and checking the conditions of some common places or co-shared rooms should be included in your list of precautions. You want to get the most of your stay, right? After all, no one would ever want to come back from a dream trip with any form of virus, right?
What to note down in your itinerary?
1. After the global lockdown we have experienced, most of us are a bit stressed out. Make sure to create a safe and warm atmosphere before the preparation of your journey.
2. Since air travel changes the world, your travel habits should also be modified. Make sure you stick to all the necessary rules and advice provided by the World Health Organization.
3. When you finally land you should stop at screening checkpoints. This may include a questionnaire, detail a mandatory 14-day isolation plan, a touch-free temperature scanning, a disclosure of COVID-19 symptoms, and so on.
4. Prepare an isolation plan focusing on how you can best avoid close contact with people around you, including not only family members or travel companions but also other people, like seniors or those with chronic diseases or terrible immune systems.
5. Last but not least, take medicine that would help you in an emergency with the flu. You never know how your organism will adapt to new climates in your host country. So, always be alert with a first-aid kit.
To sum it up, travel frequency and its tendencies depend heavily on the country of your destination. While some countries opened their borders sooner, others will do so at a later stage. As you can tell, planning our travels is a gradual process requiring time and patience. But for us avid adventurers, we can start looking forward to exploring the world again.
Guest post written by: Jamie Fry
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