If you are getting anxious at the prospect of not being able to travel when you are used to flying to a random destination on a whim, you might worry about never being able to travel again. While travel may need to be put on hold for a few months, the world will open up once again. However, in a post-pandemic world, flying, travelling and enjoying new sights and sounds will not be as straightforward as it once was. Instead, you will need to consider how to master the art of queuing, enjoy seeing a new vista with a mask on, and dining out without many fellow foodies around you. However, this is the new world and how we will live for the foreseeable future. Take a look at these top travel tips for a post-pandemic world.
It’s more important than ever to limit the number of people touching your luggage. Forget about that large bulky suitcase that needs to be checked into the hold of the plane. You will lose count of the number of potential contamination points that your luggage will go through. Instead, opt for a forty-litre front-loading backpack that you can still fill with a week’s worth of clothes and your travel gadgets. This backpack will be small enough to keep with you in the cabin of the plane, limiting exposure of your baggage to others.
The old adage of following the locals has never been more apt. Go where others seek to eat. This tends to mean that the eatery you are checking out has a good reputation for hygiene, will use excellent cooking practices, and will provide you with a decent authentic meal. Wash your hands before eating, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you leave the restaurant. And always maintain social distancing. This can inhibit the spread of any virus.
Heading overseas means exposing your system to a whole host of new bugs, bacterias, foods and lurgies. Even heading for a flight on a plane exposes you to that human being sitting close to you that is constantly sneezing and coughing. You will need to be more resilient when you do begin to travel again. If you are feeling unwell with any coronavirus symptoms, you will need to self-isolate, until you have had a test. This may mean cooping up in your hotel room. This is not ideal, but is a newfound reality that you will have to cope with. While you may feel fine and just have a cough, you cannot risk infecting others, and you must be responsible. And, don’t forget to wear a mask in crowded places.
If you aren't used to the usual travel belly you may need constipation tablets or Antidiarrheal medicines. This is a common travel issue, especially if you are experiencing new spicy foods with different ingredients used. Keep these tablets, alongside basic painkillers, band-aids, and diarrhoea remedies, in your travel first aid kit.
Travel needn’t be too risky. You need to mitigate this risk with sound hygiene practices and maintaining a sense of perspective. You will enjoy travel in a post-pandemic world once again.
by Natalie Marie.
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