The COVID-19 pandemic caused many families, couples and friends to miss their annual holiday two years in a row. For many people, this is a highlight of their year and something that they look forward to and set money aside for, for months on end. Now that travel restrictions are finally beginning to lift, it looks like 2022 might be the year that people can begin to move around again. Although the world seems to be returning to some form of normality, it’s important to remember that COVID is still a threat so it’s important to take steps to keep yourself safe when you travel.
Before you depart, be sure to check what the regulations are regarding both where you are travelling to and what your obligations will be when you return home. Many countries have different regulations depending on whether you have a vaccination cert or not so it’s important to be clear on what is required of you depending on your circumstances. The last thing you want is to not be able to travel because you failed to follow the pre-departure regulations. On the other hand, you don’t want to end up missing your flight coming back because you didn’t follow protocol. Understanding what is expected of you when you are travelling is crucial in ensuring that you can enjoy relaxing, hassle-free travel this year.
Let’s take a look at some useful tips to help you travel safely in 2022 and beyond.
Get Travel Insurance
Regardless of whether you are travelling domestically or internationally, it’s always wise to get a travel insurance policy that will provide you with the cover you need for your trip. Having the right travel insurance will allow you to enjoy more peace of mind during your trip knowing you have somewhere to turn should you encounter any problems. With so many different policies available nowadays, it’s important that you take the time to research your options so you find a solution that will give you the cover you need for your trip.
Wear A Facemask
Laws, regulations and government guidelines can change from one place to the next. While they can be a nuisance to wear at times, wearing a facemask, particularly in crowded settings can help to keep you protected from COVID. On your flight, at the airport and in any other transport you take such as taxis or buses, you should wear your mask. During your trip, if you are at any crowded events, you might consider wearing your mask to reduce your chance of contracting COVID. If you can get your hands on a mask with an N95 filter, these masks will provide you with the best level of protection.
Keep a mini-bottle of sanitiser with you at all times and sanitise regularly throughout the day to reduce your risk. If you see a sanitizer in the hotel lobby, at the door to the shopping mall, or anywhere else, just use a little to clean your hands. Sanitising regularly won’t do you any harm but it can help to reduce the spread of COVID. Sanitising regularly could prevent you from getting sick while you’re on holiday and having to return to isolation, or worse yet, having to delay your return home.
Follow Local Guidelines
Wherever it is that your travels are taking you, make sure that you research the local guidelines before you arrive. Remember, you are a guest in the country you are visiting so be sure to avoid stirring the pot and simply follow whatever the local guidelines are when it comes to COVID. Take the time to research what rules or restrictions are in place before you depart so that you know what to expect when you arrive. With this approach, you can avoid any frustrations or surprises when you arrive at the airport.
Have A Backup Plan
We are still living in an uncertain world and, as we all know, the situation can change very quickly and with little notice. Your holiday plans could be completely destroyed by a sudden lockdown either at home or in the country you are planning to visit. Be prepared for this to happen and that way you can at least minimise your disappointment. Better yet, have a backup plan in place that you can fall back on if your first choice trip falls apart. Perhaps have a more local destination in mind that you can visit instead to salvage the holiday and make the most of all that time you have booked off work.
Ensure Your Travels Are As Safe As Possible In 2022 And Beyond
While the world is certainly learning to cope better with COVID and some form of normality is beginning to return, it’s still wise to be safe if you are travelling this year. Following the tips above, you can ensure that you stay as safe as possible, regardless of where you might be travelling in 2022 and beyond.