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DISCLAIMER: I am not suggesting we travel right now nor do I plan to travel myself but I am just writing this post for people who are in countries where there are no known cases/limited cases of any health outbreak. This post has been inspired by New Zealand coming out of lock down after confirming zero new cases!
I question I ask myself a lot, okay almost everyday, is…… ‘When will it be safe to travel?’ which is then followed by a ‘What will travel even be like?’
I am sure many of us are missing our global adventures right now but it is more important than ever to be wary and cautious given the horrific outbreak. I have researched extensively on this topic so thought I would report back to you my findings on how to stay safe when you next travel. Travel will probably be one of the most difficult things to ‘re-open’ as there are so many potential risks however what is certain is that travel will probably change for the better to make it a safer activity for everyone.
- First and foremost, please be aware of quarantine rules in both the country you are travelling and your home country. This is so important not only if you are working and cannot take more time off, but also so you are not fined if you are outside. A lot of countries, like the UK, will be placing a 2 week quarantine period where you are required to self-isolate, this means not even being able to get groceries so please take time to look this up!
- A common theme I noticed on a lot of websites is that taking medical documents is an incredibly smart move. These documents might include any testing you have recently completed or any relevant vaccines. This is particularly true if you are flying for a specific reason such as work or if you are flying back to your domestic location.
- Continue to check airline policies. Believe it or not, most airlines are not offering a straight up refund. Sure, they offer you are refund if all options fail but their primary ‘refund’ is a travel voucher. Annoying right? Some VERY well known airlines are only offering refunds in a year’s time. YUP…… This is a good opportunity to FINALLY read the terms and conditions to make sure you are well-aware of any policies which may arise. You may have seen on the news airlines like Ryanair are resuming 40 percent of their flights in July so bear this in mind if you need to make an urgent trip during this time period.
- To purchase a seat or not? If you are like me you probably always just take a huge sigh and press ‘random seat selection’ when booking a flight to avoid those hefty hefty HEFTY prices. However, as many places have adopted social distancing, airlines will most likely take this into account. It is highly plausible airlines will not be flying with full planes as social distancing measures will need to be in place. This means purchasing a seat may not be fully necessary as it is doubtful an airline will cram you next to 2 other passengers in a tiny plane seat.
- The plane itself may be more safe than the journey. The thing is, an airplane has ventilators which small check points or luggage controls may not have. The general evidence suggests air does not transmit the illness, it is the physical contact element which transmits. If you are worried about the whole ‘giving your passport to a staff member’ then you could always pop it into one of those clear plastic folders.
- Be prepared to fly with a mask. It has been mentioned recently that public locations such as shops and transport require you to wear a mask and airports are no different. You can expect the flight attendants to be wearing masks. Some little tips you might want to consider though, you can always take a large plastic bag to put over your seat and wipe down the sides of the seat with wipes. I am sure airlines are aware of the necessities to clean aircraft even more regularly now (did they ever clean it to begin with lol??) but if you are still wary then disposable gloves, disposable raincoats (to put over seats) and masks are the way to go. Take elastic bands with you to put on your wrists to keep gloves in place. The way they slip and slide is not handy at all so rubber bands or hair ties help to keep gloves up.
- Whilst scanning endless articles about the list of countries that are opening up soon, I noticed very rapidly that a lot of European countries PLAN to open borders from July. I’ll give you an example, from the 1st of July Spain will open borders so anyone travelling will have access to any part of Spain. However, this does not mean all shops and public transport will be running so do check.
- Need to touch buttons but don’t want to touch buttons? I feel you on this, how are you meant to press a card machine button or an elevator button without touching it? I heard one of my friends mention they use toothpicks to press buttons and I think the idea makes so much sense. Might have to give that tip a try next time I am stuck in an elevator for 5 minutes thinking how to get out because I don’t want to touch anything haha.
- There was some debate whether airlines will see a rise in bookings in a few months or whether people will still avoid them. The truth is, no-one really knows but here are some suggestions. If you book for the end of the year, it is pretty much expected flights will resume by then. This is not to suggest everything will go back to how it was but rather with social-distancing measures and cautious you will probably be able to enter another country and snap up a good deal in the process.
- Be aware that virtually all flight insurance policies do not cover the virus!
- Finally, domestic travel has not been given the green-light either. You may feel safer travelling domestically but the virus is still present. It looks like our holidays this summer will be social-distance camping in our gardens…….
Please continue to stay safe, until next time!