This is how you can (and should) be traveling during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Whether you’re an avid traveler or not, you’ve most likely been feeling cooped up over the last few months and are probably jonesing for a change of pace. Although various restrictions are slowly being lifted around the world, there is still a certain ambiguity to the idea of travel. When can we travel? Where can we go? What can we do? Are personal vacations even allowed or only essential travel? These are all questions that most of us are having a very difficult time answering. We’re hoping to help with this.
Firstly, you should keep in mind that essential travel generally refers to flying. Nobody can stop you from getting in your car and driving somewhere (unless you’re crossing a border that is still closed to non-essential travel). Please understand, we’re not saying to be rebellious and throw all precaution the wayside. What we’re saying is that you can still travel as long as you’re going about it reasonably. Here’s how:
How to Travel Responsibly During the Pandemic
- Go to isolated places without many other people. Nature is perfect. We see the current situation as the perfect opportunity to improve our wellness and what better place to do that than in an isolated natural environment? If you’re not convinced, then you’ll want to check out these 5 reasons to spend time outdoors right now.
- Stay in a vacation home instead of a hotel. Many hotels are still closed, but staying in a vacation home, such as an AirBnB, will virtually guarantee that you are not coming into contact with other people. If you’ve never used AirBnB, then here’s a coupon for up to $70 off your first stay.
- Don’t travel to places that are too far away (e.g. other continents). Trying to go abroad is still a little sketchy at the moment, so it’s better if you stay closer to home for now.
- Adhere to local regulations wherever you go. Obviously, you should always double check the policies for your area and anywhere you want to go, but the general rules of thumb right now are as follows:
- Avoid large groups
- Wear appropriate protective clothing (masks etc.)
- Maintain proper hygiene
We all already know all of this and at first glance, it might seem discouraging for anyone wanting to go somewhere. But there are a couple things to keep in mind, which we’ll cover in the upcoming points.
- Wear a mask in stores, gas stations and other higher risk areas. This really shouldn’t discourage you from going outdoors, since protective clothing is only required in public places with a higher likelihood of transmission.
- Wash or disinfect your hands after touching objects that could be touched by others (handles, gas pumps, etc.). We were taught in Kindergarten to maintain proper hygiene by regularly washing and disinfecting our hands, so that really shouldn’t be a big deal for any responsible adult.
- Don’t risk others by being selfish. Be patient, keep your distance and don’t unnecessarily crowd other people. Honestly, there’s no reason to violate someone’s personal space, even when we’re not in the middle of a pandemic. Aside from that, you’re supposed to be on a relaxing getaway. There’s no reason to be impatient and rush. Everyone is trying to get through this as best as possible, so just try to exercise a little more patience than usual.
So there you have it. Our tips on how to travel during the pandemic. It really is that simple. If you’re still set on waiting until this is all over, then you may be interested in these 5 places to visit in Germany after the quarantine or these 5 places to visit in the U.S. after the lockdown.
Are you planning on going anywhere soon or have you already taken some trips? Let us know about it in the comments and feel free to share any additional tips you have. 🙂
Need suggestions on where to go right now? We’ve already written about tons of great places outdoors, or you can drop us a message or a comment and we’ll help you figure something out. 🙂