For those who love to travel, you’ve probably had itchy feet for the last twelve months. The global pandemic has made international travel all but impossible and even when it has been allowed, growing virus levels around the globe have made it fraught with risk.
But things are starting to look up and the future is brighter than ever. And you may be starting to think about booking your 2021 summer holiday. It’s been a tough year for everyone, and you deserve a chance to get away and relax for a few weeks without the dreaded C-word even crossing your mind. But there’s a good chance you may still have some residual worry about you or your family catching the virus.
If you want to travel with peace of mind this year, there are several things you can do to minimise the risk. By following these four tips you will be able to protect yourself from harm and feel safe for the duration of your trip.
Do your research
Before settling on a travel destination, it would be wise to conduct some research on your chosen location. You should familiarise yourself with the current virus levels in the country as well the restrictions that are in place. Will you be required to have a negative coronavirus test or proof of vaccination to enter? Will popular tourist attractions be open at the time of travel? Can you even get travel insurance that covers you in this country? These are all important questions you’ll need to answer, and this information may determine whether or not it is possible to travel to your preferred spot. You may need to be a little flexible with your travel plans as a result.
Choose Covid-safe operators
When it comes to booking with airlines, hotels, and activity providers, you want to have peace of mind that they are doing everything in their power to keep you safe. Before making your reservations you should take a good look through the company’s website for their coronavirus safety policies. You want to be sure that there are social distancing guidelines in place as well as limits on the number of guests or bookings. It’s also essential that they have flexible Covid policies so you can cancel or change the booking if anything changes.
Minimise your time on public transport
The more you interact with others and spend time around them the higher the risk of catching the virus. If you would like to minimise your time on public transport you should consider hiring a private airport transfer to take you to your destination.
Spend time outdoors
To avoid catching a deadly virus, the best place you can be is outside in nature. If you usually prefer a city break, try mixing things up with a more laid-back holiday in the great outdoors. Spend your trip hiking, because a hiking holiday is more and more upcoming and it is the ideal way to not be close to a lot of people in a big city. Think about a completely arranged walking holiday in Switzerland! mountain biking, or swimming in the sea.
Avoid tourist hotspots
After a disastrous 2020, everyone is looking forward to being able to travel freely once more. But it’s a good idea to set your expectations. There are still risks and restrictions, and as a result, it may not be possible to see the Mona Lisa or climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you want to feel safe and secure, avoid tourist hotspots and spend your trip in a less popular area. You will eliminate any worry and you’ll be helping out small communities at the same time.
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