The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has altered the way we live, work, and travel. With
countries easing lockdowns and infection numbers slowing in some areas, people’s minds
are naturally turning towards the prospect of going on holiday again. While holiday travel is
largely discouraged at the moment, some countries are gradually opening back up to
tourists, which means a week in the sun might not be too far away.
If you’re wondering how to start planning for a potential vacation amid the new Covid-19
regulations, below are a few tips that may help.
Thoroughly Research Host and Destination Guidance
While it can be tempting to just hop on a plane and head over to the first country that opens
its borders to tourists, it is advisable that you do your research first. There are ongoing
regulations about quarantining new arriving passengers in some countries and these may
even apply in your home country. If you’re a resident of the US, check the Travel.State.Gov
website for information for traveling into and out of America. The Center for Disease Control
(CDC) also provides FAQs, travel recommendations by country, as well as information for
people traveling within and outside of the US.
Plan for the New Normal
Even as restrictions are lifted across the globe, travel won’t be what it used to be for quite
some time. Social distancing is likely to be enforced wherever you go, which means that
there will likely be queues at attractions, restaurants, and cafes at your destination. This
requires additional planning on behalf of the traveler, so if you are going on holiday, be sure
to consider the new restrictions before you map out your itinerary. You may need to alter
routes, avoid certain areas, or allow for additional time, depending on where you’re going.
Pack with Safety & Hygiene in Mind
If your destination is a sunny one, be sure to include extra hand sanitizers, face masks, and
other precautionary items along with your suntan oil. This might even include additional
articles of clothing. If your budget is stretched, Old Navy coupons could get you some good
deals on last-minute holiday items.
Remember, being a tourist doesn’t mean leaving your Covid-19 hat at home. It requires that
you ensure you have everything you need to adhere to social distancing guidelines. If you
don’t, you could end up getting fined or banned from certain areas. Again, research the
distancing regulations of your chosen destination. It could mean the difference between the
vacation of a lifetime and one you’d like to forget!
Have a Contingency Plan
Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the changing regulations of each country, state,
and region, it is good to have a contingency plan in case something goes wrong. So much
can happen in the current climate that it is best to have a plan B if something closes down or
you are redirected elsewhere. Make sure you have budgeted or set aside extra funds for
your contingency plan and research all means necessary.
If you are planning a holiday in the not so distant future, follow the above-mentioned tips.
They may prove helpful while you plan and will allow you to have a vacation that is free of
stress and full of sun and adventure.
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