Preparing for the first Post-COVID trip

Thanks to this pandemic, most of us are bound to see a change in the way travel moves ahead. This includes everything from our airport experience to the way tourists roam about in a different city. However, gradually cities and countries are opening up their borders for domestic and international travel allowing the travelers to safely go about and make memorable trips again.

It’s hard to predict what a post-coronavirus world would look like. As you plan along to create a safe and fun vacation, you might observe these few changes in your first post-COVID trip: 

Adjust your itinerary: Plenty of times, trips are organized for particular events, concerts, matches, etc. While everyone expects that these events will take place as per decided schedule post-COVID, you might want to keep a flexible itinerary that gives you refunds and alternatives in the case of cancellations or postponement. Some of these events might even have a different look and feel to them as organizers make adjustments based on safety.

Keep track: Global attractions around the world were the first set of locations to face closure. As lockdowns are lifted, many of these attractions have opened up partially and fully. However, in some parts of the world these closures might last longer than the others based on the intensity of the outbreak. Likewise, some borders might open up later than others. Keep track of when your favorite destinations are ready to welcome tourists again and if their local attractions are functioning the same way.

Never too late to drive around: In a post-COVID world, you may not have to worry about wearing masks all around but consider renting a car and driving around a new city as you head out to explore it. Having a car for just your family and friends would definitely be the safest option to avoid trouble and could even be a saving grace for spots that would be holding back on opening up public transport at full capacity.

Get that travel insurance: If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s to be as prepared as possible for any last-minute, unpredictable changes. A travel insurance will definitely become an essential. While it’s tricky to get a policy that gives refunds and coverages for a pandemic and its consequences, it’s definitely worth looking into and securing yourself as much as possible against flight, hotels, attraction ticket cancellations and get your hands on decent medical coverage in cases of emergencies. 

Continue to stay safe: Even if this nightmare of a pandemic is behind us, travelers are still encouraged to keep themselves clear of contamination and follow as many hygiene measures as possible. Washing your hands regularly and travelling with a pack of disinfectant wipes or a mini hand sanitizer will ensure that we don’t bring upon any other health complications upon ourselves. Tourists will be expected to be more aware and responsible as they enter a different country’s border by airport and airline authorities. 

A feel-good destination: With restrictions not breathing down your necks anymore, feel free to pick a journey and destination that helps your mind. Everyone’s vacation goals were put on a hold due to this pandemic and the external stressors have led to pressurizing, tough situations for all. It would be worth giving yourself a mental break and picking a place that allows for that – a relaxing spot or a city you’ve always wanted to visit, as a reward for surviving this tough year. 

It’s close to impossible to create a cutout of rules that everyone will follow post this pandemic. However, it doesn’t hurt to take necessary precautions and be a little mentally prepared to face some changes as you take your first trip post-COVID.

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