Going on a vacation during a pandemic sounds like one of the most daunting ideas to try right now.
With over 20 million cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) reported globally as of writing, traveling undeniably raises your chances of contracting the virus and is highly discouraged at the moment. However, if you’re willing to risk it all for a quick escape from all this chaos—perhaps, go for a quick drive to somewhere distant with the family or pitch a tent in the middle of a remote area—there are some ways you can minimize your contact with others and lessen your chance of getting infected. Here are some of them:
Air travel these days is not only expensive but also highly risky. And while airports are a lot less busy than they used to be, being confined in a small space like an aircraft will certainly raise your odds of getting the virus, no matter how careful you try to be throughout your trip. So keep your trips domestic, preferably somewhere fascinating yet close to home that you can drive to. Traveling by your family car is still safer than sharing a closed mode of transportation with total strangers.
Plan your trip well.
Now’s not a good time for spontaneous trips. So if you’re the type who travels in the spur of the moment, you should keep the excitement at bay and plan your vacation thoroughly. Among the most important things you should do is to stay updated with the news. Find out about road closures, which areas are open to visitors as well as the places that are considered as coronavirus hotspots. Needless to say, you should avoid traveling to those areas at all costs.
Try a physically distant activity.
Once you’ve decided on a place, it’s time to choose a safe activity to try on your vacation. Avoiding crowds is a must, so experiences like camping, glamping, and staycationing are ideal. Having a space to yourself away from others is your best bet for your holiday.
Keep your anti-virus arsenal well-stocked.
Whether you’re going alone or with a small group—be it your family or inner circle—it’s important that you bring (and wear!) protective gear. Stock up on face masks, and gloves, have a face shield ready, and keep an antibacterial hand rub (isopropyl alcohol or hand sanitizers) in your pocket or bag. You may also bring an antibacterial liquid soap in a small container for when you have access to running water. After all, proper hand washing is still one of the best ways to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Get tested before and after your trip.
If you want peace of mind before and after your trip, consider getting yourself and your companions tested at a local healthcare center. This is the only way you can tell whether or not you’ve contracted the virus at any point. Moreover, do not push through with your trip if you or anybody who’s supposed to come with you is not feeling well—tested or not tested.
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