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The only big question for travel enthusiasts around the world right now is if they can travel, what travel precautions can be taken during this Covid-19. Travel is eye-opening, fun, exciting, and can completely change your perspective on life. Like most good things, exploring the world doesn’t come without its risks. We need to take more precautions when travelling during Covid-19.
It’s a strange time to be travel enthusiastic. These past few months of being at home, even walking down the street not a possibility. Now various travel destinations are being opened for tourists in different parts of the country and abroad. When you travel, you’re more likely to have greater exposure to shared spaces, such as restaurants, hotels and public restrooms, which increases your chances of being exposed to the illness. If we want to travel somewhere during this pandemic, we need to be careful enough. I have listed some safety tips about travel precautions. Which can help you with your next travel.
Maintain Your Lifestyle
Whether we go on a trip or not, first of all, we need more caution in our lifestyle. Many of our old habits need to be changed at this difficult time.
- First of all, we have to be careful not to touch anything unnecessarily, not any surfaces, railings, posts, doors, windows, handles etc.
- We have to take care to keep ourselves as clean as possible.
- Always have individual use drinking water or any kind of beverages.
- A little difficult but we have to be careful not to touch the eyes, face and nose as much as possible.
- Cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but if someone still smokes, it’s important to keep in mind.
Smoking as far away from others as possible and taking care not to pass the same cigarette to others.
Maintaining Social distance
The most important travel precautions is maintain at least a 3-metre distance from any others. This includes avoiding hugging, kissing, or shaking hands. Stay away from crowded places or large congregations as much as possible. If you can’t guarantee the distance, wear a mask. Be sure to check local and national guidelines on the use of masks.
Where you’re traveling
Many places in India are open for tourists at the moment, notably Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Darjeeling and many more. But each place has its own set of rules and regulations for travellers. First of all, you have to know the rules and regulations of those places. As a standard protocol, tourists will have to present a negative COVID-19 report, not older than 72 hours, from an ICME-recognised lab, upon arrival. International tourists will be required to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine and seven days of home quarantine.
Not all types of travel are equally risky. Traveling by air, for example, is riskier than crossing the city by your own car.
Airports are a high-risk area because you have a lot of people from different areas moving through a central location.
It is best to travel by your own car or hired car without using local transportation as much as possible. It is better to rent a bicycle or scooter and go around all day without using local transportation for sightseeing in different places. And make sure your bicycle or scooter is disinfected. If one is using local transport, it is important to use a sanitizer at the designated seating area and of course, wearing a mask is very important.
We need to be careful enough to choose our hotels, guest houses, homestays. Any kind of accommodation at the moment has to follow the rules of the government in this pandemic time. If a guest develops symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, dry cough or tiredness, they should notify the facility manager and seek medical advice by contacting local health authorities. Please ensure high touch areas such as door handles disinfected regularly throughout the day for your stay. Hotels and other accommodations should have procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and ventilating the room properly between every guest’s stay. These processes allow the accommodations to be used immediately afterwards. Make sure it is done.
There are plenty of things you can do while travelling that allow you to maintain a safe distance from other people. Hiking, camping, even dining in a restaurant that has implemented appropriate safety protocols can afford you sufficient physical distance to stay safe.
Last important thing
Travel, by definition, increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Before you get out of town, make sure to check state and local travel restrictions and do some research to learn whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area or where you’re travelling. Some states require out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine. If you decide to travel, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus is a respiratory virus, so the way to stop spreading it is your awareness.
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