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Things You Need to Know When Travelling While COVID-19 is Still Around

Updated: December 3, 2021
Author: TripsGuard

You’ve been dreaming about this vacation for a while, and now it’s time to get up and away from everything. Whether you’re traveling with your family or friends, or just your partner, you want to make sure that you’re fully prepared to ensure that this vacation goes off without a hitch — both while you’re out of the city and while you’re in it.

Our experts have compiled this list of the top things you need to know when traveling during COVID so that your trip is full of fun and no unexpected trouble

Planning ahead is OUT spontaneity is IN

For quite some time now we have been living in uncertainty, traveling during COVID season can seem daunting if you’re unprepared.

You can not really plan in advance, a show, a restaurant, and of course a big trip that includes flights and hotels, if you are a type who would close a vacation half a year or even a year in advance, whether you’re going abroad or just across town, so for now, planning ahead is OUT spontaneity is IN.

Our advice - Try to book the vacation as close as possible to your vacation date, there is no certainty and you do not know what the restrictions will be in your country or what the restrictions will be in the country you are interested in visiting, things change frequently.

Explore your local area

If flying right now is an overly complicated procedure then It's time to explore your local area! You might find amazing places and adventures - We're pretty sure you will!

Not only will you rediscover your city or state, but you will also support local businesses, but you will also be able to travel more comfortably and more confidently and in fact everything becomes much simpler - because you are simply at home.

Before you travel, you should make sure that there are no major civic disruptions in your local area. If something like a natural disaster or protest breaks out where you live, it’s important that you can get out of town quickly and safely.

Checking for road closings or traffic jams via local news is a great way to ensure that your route will be clear. It’s also helpful to research what other issues have been occurring in your area so that you can avoid them when traveling.

Use your everyday precautions on your trip as well

Taking your everyday precautions while you’re at home helps you avoid getting not just COVID but a cold or flu in the first place. However, when you travel, things get a little trickier because of different climates and changing conditions in which you may be staying.

As such, there are a few additional precautions that can ensure that you have a safe and pleasant trip.

Wash your hands with soap & water, for at least 20 sec, especially after you use the restroom but not just and keep unwashed hands away from your face.

Try to avoid leaning against counters, walls and railings, and in general limit the number of surfaces you touch. Use of face masks recommended in public and make sure you always have Hand sanitizer in reach.

Check your health insurance coverage

Health insurance coverage often varies from country to country, even within individual countries.

Find out which vaccinations you may need before your trip, and call your health insurance provider if you have any concerns about your coverage. If you have a preexisting condition or chronic illness, it’s worth checking into whether or not it will be covered on your trip.

If possible (since planning ahead is OUT) we recommend calling at least a week or 2 in advance of your departure date so that you can get answers about any specific health concerns. When traveling, since we are in a very dynamic period with a new virus emerging into our lives, it is important to check what exactly the insurance company covers in case a slightly more massive treatment is needed in a foreign country ... Is the payment in place? Or pay and get a refund later? Is there a spending budget? And other important questions to ask.

You may find that it is no longer as lucrative as it used to be and you will make the decisions accordingly.

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Use a disinfectant and make sure you always have one on hand

Disinfectants are an important part of COVID time. Since viruses and bacteria can live on surfaces for up to two hours, it’s important to make sure they aren’t living in your house when you come back from vacation or a business trip.

Before returning home, use a disinfectant that kills all known pathogens and ensure that there are no airborne threats as well by running your air filter or wearing a mask when outside. In addition, in every bag, coat pocket and more, make sure you have a hand sanitizer that can be pulled out quickly.

Make sure there is a cancellation policy and what it includes before each booking

Depending on how long you’re traveling, having a cancellation policy in place will be important in ensuring you won’t be stuck paying a large fee if you need to cancel your trip. Typically, cancellations can incur fees between 10 percent and 100 percent of the total price, so make sure you know what your cancellation policy entails before booking.

Additionally, it may be smart to purchase some travel insurance if your trip involves airfare or activities that could result in an expensive emergency medical bill.

If you are booking a hotel with a specific cancellation date, make sure you refine that date in your calendar and ask yourself - last cancellation date, do I want to cancel or not? Sometimes it is better to pay a slightly more expensive rate with a more flexible policy than a cheap non-cancellable rate, it is definitely worthwhile in the long run if this rate has a more flexible cancellation policy.

Does the trip also include quarantine? If so, include it in your total vacation days and is it even worth it?

And in other words, if you're planning a short vacation and that includes in addition to a few days of quarantine, think again.

During a typical vacation, you spend only a portion of your time in airports and airplanes. If you’re headed somewhere like Florida, you might feel comfortable going outside without wearing a containment suit.

But, when we’re talking about extra dimensions and trying to keep dangerous creatures from slipping through cracks in our world—you know, things that can eat your face off—it may be best to err on the side of caution.

Make sure exactly how the quarantine is going to be, what the rules are and take lots of pictures and post them on social media for us! 😀 sharing is caring.

Check the cleaning policies of hotels, car rentals and airlines before booking

Just because you find an extremely cheap deal for a hotel, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore reviews on bed bugs and other unpleasantries. After all, no one wants to wake up with bites all over their body.

Car-rental companies and airlines also often have restrictions against traveling during flu season. If you don’t pay attention to these warnings, then it can ruin your vacation and put others at risk of catching COVID if they come in contact with your germs while flying or driving.