Is traveling risky during COVID? Can you actually plan a holiday in between this pandemic? Is it safe to travel to New Zealand? There are many such questions that hit the minds of globetrotters who have been craving for almost two years to have some respite at a place without fearing the virus.
Traveling has become a lot stressful these days which was once supposed to be an act that used to kill stress. A lot has changed over the past two years but you can still travel by practicing all the essential protocols and guidelines.
Though vaccines and COVID protocols are being put in place, still there is a need for all the tourists to be careful and safe during the trip. Here are a few tips that you should follow when you head out for a trip during these gloomy times:
Learn about the local rules
Local regulations may vary in different cities and countries. Thus before you head out for such a group trip, make sure that you are aware of all the mandates. COVID cases are fluctuating in nature and thus you are prone to encounter different rules and regulations in different parts of the year.
So make sure you learn about all such rules before the trip so that you do not accidentally tend to break any such regulations.
Chalk out an itinerary
Unlike a few years back when you could land down in any tourist spot and roam around as per your wish, you cannot go lazy and carefree in these unprecedented times. You need to ensure that things fall at the right place when you are out with your group.
Hence, chalk out an itinerary beforehand as per the rules and guidelines of the place where you are traveling. There may be restrictions on the opening and closing time of a spot, there may also be limitations on the number of people seeking entry to a place due to COVID protocols.
Make sure that you research all such mandates and requisites beforehand to save yourself from chaos and fuss at the last hour.
Travel in small groups
We understand that the bigger the group, the bigger is the fun factor and excitement during the travel. But the current scenario is not so good these days to travel in big numbers. Traveling in groups with fewer members is a better option to lessen down the risk of the spread of the virus.
Keep your COVID essentials ready
Masks, sanitizers, etc. have become the new normal these days. Make sure that you carry enough of them during the trip. These staples can help you stay safe and prevent the spread especially when you are in an area where precautions and safety protocols are not followed properly.
Avoid touching face
Touching your own face is a random reaction that can happen at any point in time without you coming to know about the same. But avoid doing this act whenever you are out because there may be minuscule germs that exist around you and may cling to your palms and hands being carried to your face further when you touch it.
The virus can further make easy way through your eyes, nose, and mouth and thus you should avoid touching your face to let the virus and germs gain an easy entry.
Book spacious vehicles
Traveling in groups may compel you to split into smaller-sized groups and hire different cabs for sightseeing purposes. This may seem to be a cost-savior approach at first but not at the cost of your safety. It is always better to go for Bus Hire New Zealand instead of cars and cabs.
Not only will traveling in buses accommodate all the tourists of the group together in one vehicle but it also has enough space for the group members to maintain distance. Hiring buses also promotes safety, comfort, and convenience allowing enough space for the travelers to stretch out and experience ease during the travel.
Stay back if you are not keeping well
Though one may want to hit the tourist places and camping sites when out for a trip, avoid doing the same if you are not feeling well. If you are ill and if you still take the call to explore with your group members, chances are that you make the other members fall ill too due to the contagious nature of the germs and virus.
Therefore, if you feel unwell, make sure that you skip sightseeing for the day, get yourself checked, and continue only when you discover that you are not under the clutches of any such virus that can further spread the same amongst your group members.
Bring your own food and drinks along
Eateries, cafes, restaurants, etc. are places where you will find people taking out their masks for eating purposes. Hence if there is an infected person at the place where you are dining, chances are that you may also contract the disease due to its high spreading nature. Thus it is a good idea to avoid eating outside food and bring your own food along.
Though you cannot pack food and drinks for the whole trip, especially when it’s a long one, consider packing non-perishable stuff that can give you relief from eating out all the time. And, even if you have to eat food outside, you can consider taking it as a parcel and having it in your room rather than dining out at a place where there are too many people.
Things have changed a lot after COVID 19 especially in the travel and tourism industry. Despite all the fear and chaos that COVID has spread worldwide, you still deserve a good time. All it needs is a sound and sane mind.
Satisfying your wanderlust is something that comes from within and can force a travel freak to give wings to their desires. But things are not the same as before. Hence make sure that you follow the above-mentioned tips and hacks to have a careful and safe voyage. Happy holiday!