Traveling Safely During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Travel has been difficult to do since the COVID-19 pandemic shook the United States back in March. Many people had to cancel their trips because locations were no longer taking tourists or because they didn’t feel comfortable traveling during a pandemic, fearing they would catch the virus or bring it home to a loved one. Fast forward to today, and travel has loosened up quite a bit. Although many places are allowing tourists and people are traveling in all sorts of ways, that doesn’t mean it’s one hundred percent safe to do so. Travelling is currently on an “at your own risk” basis, so it’s up to you to understand that you’re at risk by going on a trip and subjecting yourself to environments where you could contract the virus. If you’re really itching for travel, or need to travel for work or family reasons, here are a few tips to help you do so safely.

Go Somewhere Less Crowded

If you’re trying to go on a vacation, a great way to keep yourself safe is by avoiding crowded travel destinations. Many people have chosen to go to beach areas, meaning many of them are packed and leave little room for you to comfortably enjoy yourself. To top it off, many people will choose to not wear their masks even if the area they’re in requires it. A good recommendation to avoid crowds on your next vacation is by going on a camping trip. Bring a small group of people who you feel comfortable being around and set up tents at a campsite or rent a cabin in the woods. You’ll be able to have a fun outdoor experience with friends and family while keeping everyone safe.

Think About Transportation

One of the most important things to think about when you decide to take your trip is how you’re going to get there. Depending on where you’re going you’ll likely have various options, all that have their own upsides and downsides. Flying is likely the most popular choice for travel in general, but it can be a rather high risk. Every airline is handling the pandemic differently, so it’s important you look into how the airline you’re choosing is keeping its customers safe. Train and bus travel have similar risks, especially if the vehicles are crowded. A great way to take a train or bus and protect yourself is by booking a ticket during an off-peak time where it’s less likely to be crowded. Ultimately, your best option will likely be to drive yourself if you have that option. You know where your car has been and where the people driving with you have been, meaning you’re ultimately in more control of the situation and your health.

Pack a COVID-19 Safety Kit

If you’re insisting on traveling, it’s wise to pack yourself a COVID-19 safety kit with all of the essentials to protect you and your loved ones. Your safety kit should have items such as masks, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wet wipes, and possibly even spare bars of soap. Disposable masks can break if not properly taken care of and non-disposable ones are likely to get gross with more use, so it’s good to have backup masks when you need them as opposed to using the same one your entire trip. Hand sanitizer can be useful for quick moments when you want to clean your hands but don’t have access to a place to wash them, but it’s also wise to bring some soap with you to make sure you can wash your hands when the opportunity arises. Wet wipes can be useful for wiping down surfaces you touch such as tables or doors as well.

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Tips For Travelling From Home

For the last few months, travelling has gone through a lot of changes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been avoiding travel and are even trying to quarantine in their house as much as possible. The travel industry took a small break in the beginning, but with summer time in full swing many have begun travelling again. If you’re someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with travelling yet, there are plenty of ways to experience other places and cultures from the comfort of your own home.

Eat A Meal From Another Country

One of the best ways to experience another culture when you can’t travel is by cooking a meal from that culture. Many cultures have their own unique styles of food and can provide plenty of new and interesting dishes to try. Think of places you’ve traveled to in the past or check out signature dishes from places you’d like to visit. This is a great way to experience something new and that you can make again and again.

Take Virtual Tours

Due to technology and the Internet we can do things we couldn’t do 30 years ago from the comfort of our home. One of those things is taking a virtual tour of a place you want to visit. There plenty of places that offer virtual tours over the internet, such as being able to view national parks on Google Earth. This is a wonderful way to learn about the place you want to visit while getting to see great views on your computer or television.

Play a video game

If you have a video game console or a good computer you can always check out video games. There are plenty of video games that take place in the real world and feature real world locations that can be considered fairly accurate depictions. Check out games like Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, which takes place in Ancient Greece and has accurate depictions of buildings such as the Parthenon. You can also play fictional games, as many of them feature interesting and beautiful fictional locations that can transport you to another world.

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Packing Tips for Your Next Overseas Trip

Planning a trip to a new place across the world can be fun and exciting. When planning your next overseas adventure, it’s important to have everything you need. Many people make the mistake of overpacking and it ends up putting a hindrance on their trip. To avoid this, follow these packing tips for your next overseas trip:

Packing Cubes are Best

To make packing your trip easier and more organized, opt for packing cubes. Using color-coded cubes helps you know exactly where all your belongings are as soon as your suitcase is unzipped. Instead of rifling through the suitcase looking for that one item, you can neatly find it in it’s assigned cubes. These packing cubes also easily move your items into the drawers of your hotel dresser for an even more organized trip.

Plan Your Outfits

It’s easy to overdo it on the packing in all the excitement of going somewhere new. To make sure you don’t overpack, plan out what you’ll be wearing on the days of your trips. This way, you can avoid bringing something you won’t end up wearing and make the load a little bit lighter. This can also help you dress according to the activities and itinerary you have planned for your trip.

Choose the Right Footwear

Heading out to a new adventure usually means a lot of exploring and a lot of walking. When packing for your trip, go for comfort over fashion. Choose shoes you’ll be able to wear more than once with each outfit and ones you’ll be comfortable wearing for long periods at a time. Not only does this ensure your trip won’t be ruined by foot pains and aches but bringing only a few select footwear can leave room in your suitcase for more essential items.

Use Sample-Sized Toiletries 

Many people make the mistake of bringing their entire bathroom of beauty products with them. This is not only a mistake because of how much room it takes up, but airports only allow a certain amount of liquids. To avoid this, but sample-sized versions of your favorite toiletries. This helps you pack light and chances are you won’t even use all of it even given their small size. When you’re home, you can simply add what’s leftover to your regular-sized products.