The New Normal For Travel After COVID19
As restrictions in some parts of the world begin to ease, while others continue to lock down amid COVID-19 clusters, the future of travel is uncertain. However, there is one thing we can know for sure, and that is that the world of travel will never be the same again. We can find comfort in knowing that airlines, restaurants, and other service providers are taking more precautions than ever before, with sanitization and clean focus a high priority. While we cannot perfectly predict what this will look like, we can prepare. So what can we expect for the new normal of travel after COVID-19?
Check your travel insurance
If you are overseas or interstate and need medical care, you may face unexpected challenges. Likewise, if your travel plans are interrupted for any reason, you may lose a lot of money. Before making any travel arrangements, it is important to check your insurance. Make sure you have cover for COVID-19 related illnesses and disruptions. For peace of mind, obtain a letter from your insurer that states what you are covered for and what you are not covered for.
Beyond insurance, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks of going on a trip, particularly if you have a low immune system or are elderly. This will allow you to be armed with as much information as possible.
Understand the rules
Are there any particular rules that you will need to adhere to on the plane or at your destination? Different states and countries have varying rules, with some requiring a 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival and others requiring strict reporting. It is also important to note that these rules can change very quickly, especially if clusters of the virus appear in particular areas. So it is helpful to subscribe to travel alerts and stay on top of current information from the media.
Prepare for travel
Pre COVID-19, travel was a fairly straightforward process. The new normal for travel after COVID-19 is much more complicated. Prepare for travel by understanding the scientific and medical advice.
Keep yourself and others safe in public spaces, whether that is in an airport, on an airplane, bus, train, or any other space, by doing these simple things.
- Keep your mouth covered with a mask
- Avoid others who are not using masks
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your face
- Keep 2m away from others at all times
- Keep your immunity strong and be hydrated.
There is no doubt that physical distancing can be difficult at times, like when you are on an aircraft or sharing public transport. Before you book, you may want to do your research to understand how airlines or transport providers are operating safely. Most airlines will now have stringent commercial cleaning procedures, including sanitization. This is something that airlines have always done, but there is no doubt they will be tightening their policies in the post-COVID-19 world. You may also want to understand how airlines and other transport operators are adhering to social distancing advice and removals. Some airlines are blocking middle seats or adjacent seats, which may provide protection.
Regardless of the transport provider’s procedures, it is important that you take as many precautions as you can, personally. You could consider bringing a packed meal with you when you travel to avoid contact and contamination. You should wear a mask when you are on public transport or on an airplane. It is ideal to bring multiple masks, so you have clean masks at the ready.
You should also make sure you have enough sanitizer for a trip, particularly if you will be going through airports. A spare change of clothes and shoes are also helpful for keeping yourself clean and refreshed after spending time in public places.
Take a road trip
While air travel is more difficult at the moment, taking a road trip is a great alternative. This is a good time to explore your local area, whether that is by having a staycation in your city, driving a couple of hours, or exploring the rest of your state. Remember, travel is what you make it! Road trips can be just as exciting as getting on a plane because you can still explore areas that you have never been to before. Plus, you can spend quality time with your loved ones. Not to mention you can enjoy the open-air (something that has been a luxury for many during lockdown periods).