Are you wondering how to travel during COVID-19? Well, you have come to the right place! This list is not a substitute for any governmental guidelines, recommendations, or regulations. However, these are my suggestions based on the research I’ve done and my own personal experience of travel during COVID-19 (read about it here). Check it out and let me know what you think by contacting me or writing below in the comments!
Stay close to home. The less time you spend traveling, the less time you risk being exposed to COVID. Therefore, it might be best to take a short trip, close to home. At least for right now while we are still in a pandemic.
Opt to drive to your destination instead of fly. Take your own car, with only your household members in it. This obviously has a lot less exposure risk than a plane full of strangers. When you drive, you do have to make stops at gas stations or rest areas. However, these stops are relatively infrequent and quick. This poses less risk than waiting on long security check lines or in crowded baggage claim areas at the airport.
Choose to go camping or stay at a rental home/apartment. Staying at a campsite or at a private rental means that you have less contact with others. If you do choose to stay at a hotel, try to find one that offers social-distancing options. Many accommodations now offer online check-in, the use of a digital room key, and food-to-go.
Try to participate in outdoor activities as much as possible. Go for a hike, a bike ride, a long walk, or a run. Any of these activities can be a great way to explore a new place without being in a crowded area.
When it comes to food, get take out or delivery. Or if you have a kitchen where you are staying, cook your own! While going out to eat is always fun on a vacation, it might be safer to get it to-go. Whether you decide on curbside pick up or use a delivery service you can still try all the local favorites! If you’re renting or have a hotel room with a kitchen, you can pick up groceries and cook instead. The latter option will help save you some money as well!
Keep Lysol (or similar) wipes and hand sanitizer on hand throughout the trip. When you are able, sanitize high-touch surfaces such as door handles, remote controls, and light switches. Use the hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to soap and water. Such as before and after eating, after touching anything in a public area, or after using the restroom.
Most importantly, follow all local guidelines (wear a mask, social distance, don’t go if you’re sick, etc.) and quarantine/testing requirements for your destination. Also, pay attention to any testing or quarantine expectations for when you return home.
Please note again, I did refer to available information provided by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention when I wrote the above post on how to travel during COVID. However, this is an opinion piece that I wrote based on my own experience traveling during the pandemic. Please, always consult local and national COVID guidelines, a medical professional, and available research-based information while deciding if traveling during the pandemic is the right choice for you.