Are you ready for your next vacation?
With several places open now for business amid the COVID 19 pandemic. You may be considering taking a trip or vacation.
You’ve got the plane ticket, the hotel reservation, the itinerary and/or things to do. But have you given any thought or taken any steps to protect your health and safety? The worst thing that can happen is that you spend your vacation in a hospital— or bring home a weird, exotic virus aside from Covid-19 virus that has you bedridden for weeks.
You also want to avoid theft, mugging, or worst, terrorist attacks. Your resort may call itself an “island paradise” but let’s not be naïve and assume everyone is as friendly as they look in the brochures.
Be smart. Prepare, make informed decisions, especially if you’re traveling with your family. This vacation is supposed to be fun—and you can do your part by preventing most disasters.
1. Check Travel Advisories
Your embassy will list places that they recommend “caution” or right-out tell you to stay away from altogether. Be well informed of the Covid-19 advisories and /or could be a tense political situation, or a low level of security in underdeveloped areas.
But also take advisories with some degree of salt. You can safely assume that the capitals and major cities of a country will be more tourist friendly, since governments would’ve probably taken great efforts to develop them. The exception, of course, are countries going through civil war—in which case, read the international newspapers (or the web-version of their local English paper) to see how bad it really is.
2. Get Vaccinated
Check the travel health Information in your country or places where you’re going
Some viruses that are relatively rare in your country may proliferate in the climate of another—and you don’t have the natural antibodies to fight them. Get the full range of vaccines (your embassy website will also recommend which ones you really need, depending on here you want to go).
3. Bring Medicines and Prescriptions
Ask your doctor for two copies of your prescriptions (carry one in your wallet, and leave one in your luggage). Also bring enough anti histamines (for allergies) or any maintenance vitamins or medications. Asthmatics should carry have a nebulizer—especially since attacks can be triggered by change in climate or physical exertion (you never know how much walking you’ll be doing during the tour).
4. Never Flaunt Your Valuables
Wearing your Rolex or flashing large amounts of money practically screams “Rob me!” to the pickpockets. Keep small bills and change in your belt bag for easy access (these are for entrance fees, cab fares, snacks). Keep larger bills in a zippered pocket. To be very safe, divide the money and distribute it among several pockets—at least, even if you do get robbed, you still have something left.
You can also have a luggage service deliver to your door/hotel to and from your itinerary
Another tip: bring only what you need for that day and leave the rest in the hotel safety deposit box.
5. Travel in Groups
This is unfamiliar land, and you may not even speak the local language. So stick together (at least divide into pairs), especially at night.
Always observe social distancing and wear your masks.
6. Ask the Hotel Receptionist/Travel Agent Which Places to Avoid
Before exploring the area, get a list of places known for its crime rate, or streets that tend to get dark after a particular hour. Identify the areas on a map and avoid accordingly.
7. Tell the Hotel Receptionist Where You Are Going
This is very important if you are going skiing, hiking, golfing or participating in any activity where there is a risk of getting lost or injured. Name how many people will be in your party and what time they can expect you. Then, they can alert authorities if you have not returned.
8. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is an important but often overlooked part of your vacation. Whether you are traveling to a foreign country or to the next state you should consider travel insurance.
Have fun and travel safe!