This holiday season, I can vouch for most of us when I say we all want a break. With restrictions easing up and more places allowing international travel, people are eager to get back to travelling. However, it can be overwhelming, especially during the holiday season, so here are some useful tips that you can use to ensure you are travelling safely during the holidays:
1. Book a COVID Test
Before boarding your flight or train, it is a good idea to book a COVID test about 1-3 days in advance to make sure that you are staying safe. If you are flying internationally, some countries may require you to have a COVID test so make sure that you double-check your destination country’s requirements.
2. Ensure You Are Fully Vaccinated
Most countries require that you are fully vaccinated in order to board a flight or train, so make sure that you have gotten your full dose. Before boarding you must show your proof of vaccination, so confirm that you either have a digital version on your phone or a paper copy ready to go.
3. Check Your Destination’s Travel Requirements
It is important to make sure that you are familiar with your destination’s local travel requirements and restrictions before travelling. When you arrive at your destination, ensure that you are following all of the local health and safety measures to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of COVID-related information, try connecting with a travel advisor to help you through this process. Travel advisors are always up to date on any changes in travel restrictions and requirements in order to help make your travel experience as easy as possible.
4. Stay Safe While Travelling
When you are on the plane, or train, or whatever mode of transportation you are taking to reach your destination, make sure that you are staying safe and taking the necessary precautions. Most countries require that all passengers wear a mask during their travel journey, with some exceptions such as individuals with medical exemptions or young children. It might also be useful to pack a carry-on bag to hold your mask, hand sanitizer, wipes, and other necessities so that you can easily access them on the go.
5. Avoid Crammed Indoor Spaces
When you reach your destination and are looking for things to do, it is best to avoid very crowded indoor areas as you do not want to increase your chance of getting sick in a new place. That being said, it doesn’t mean that your trip can’t be fun. Try looking for outdoor activities to do that are just as fun!
6. Have Fun
As much as it is important to stay safe when travelling, it is also important to give yourself time to relax and enjoy your vacation. This year has taken a toll on everyone, and prioritizing your mental health is more important than ever. That being said, make sure you are travelling safely and smartly in order to make the most out of your trip. Enjoy your travels and happy holidays