The world of travel has been completely turned upside down in the past year, as has just about everything else, but as we begin to return to some form of normalcy, albeit a different way of doing many things, many of us are starting to think about how we can safely travel in a post-pandemic world.
Some of these guidelines are self-evident, while others are less so, but we hope that this handy guide will help you travel with confidence and a sense of security.
Regardless of your feelings about wearing masks, it is a good idea to do so when traveling through congested areas like airports and train stations. With some governments making masks compulsory in particular areas, you will want to bring more masks than you think you will need — they are easy to lose, and you can give them to anyone who may have forgotten theirs.
If the prospect of planning an international trip seems to be more bother than it is worth, look closer to home and take in the beauty that can be found all throughout the United Kingdom. Within a few hours' drive of your house, there is a lifetime's worth of wonderful adventures waiting to be discovered.
From the craggy Cornish coast to the breathtaking mountains of Wales, it is time to rediscover the beauty that is Great Britain.
Long gone are the days where a passport was all you needed to travel. For many destinations around the world, a fit to fly certificate is mandatory, as is a negative COVID test result. If the latter is required, you would need to book a private covid test. Remember, rules and guidelines are continually changing so make sure that you check on the government or airport website to see what you need for traveling.
We could expect some travel delays as governments throughout the world strive to make sense of this new reality. People must be thoroughly screened to protect everyone's safety. Hold off on scheduling any transportation until you have your bags in hand if you are transiting through countries or waiting to go through immigration.
Even if you believe you have the highest level of insurance, it is always a good idea to double-check. What does it mean for the rest of your family if one of your family members has a fever and is denied entry? It may be necessary to get COVID-specific travel insurance in some situations.
It is also important to be aware of any foreign travel limitations imposed by specific countries. If you travel before the restrictions are relaxed, your insurance may be voided.
Despite the fact that the laws and regulations have been loosening, it is still prudent to approach with caution. If you are on the beach, find a deserted spot and try to eat your lunch later in the afternoon rather than at 12 pm, when the restaurants will be busiest. If you are passing through town, avoid taking public transportation during rush hour.