1. What are the pandemic-related conditions in your potential destination?
While we may not want to change our plans, the current situation requires some flexibility. If your destination is one that presents a high-risk situation, reconsider your travel. Review what’s going on in your destination city or country: what are the statistics on the spread and the rate of infection? Are hospitals filled with Covid-19 patients? Are pandemic measures, such as mask-wearing and social distancing, in place, and are they enforced? If the answers to these questions cause you to doubt the safety of your destination, in terms of your health, you may prefer to cancel or postpone travel.
On the other hand, there are countries that have more effectively managed the pandemic response and the risks, while they do exist, may be lower. Whatever you decide, your own health and peace of mind are top priorities.
2. What type of holiday have you planned?
If your vacation included attending concerts and festivals, that may already be a reason for postponing the trip: most of these events have been cancelled, at least for this year. While it is possible to maintain social distancing even in high-density cities, it is a good idea to check whether the museums or sights you’d planned to visit are open. Many are – but with limited admittance, due to pandemic measures.
However, if your dream holiday consists of renting a caravan or pitching a tent in a quiet forest or bay, this may be the perfect time to make that dream come true! An outdoor vacation, far from the crowd and surrounded by nature, could be exactly the ticket you need.
3. What’s your gut feeling about going away on a holiday?
Different people react to situations in different ways, and behavior during a global pandemic is no exception. The toll of the pandemic has affected us emotionally and mentally, as well as physically. For some of us, the idea of taking a trip during this time generates anxiety and stress. Listen to your intuition. This may not be the right time to ‘get out of your comfort zone’; in fact, if you’ll feel safer staying at home, do so. Maintaining serenity is important, especially when everything else feels so chaotic.
And try not to compare yourself to someone who may not have the same concerns. This is your decision. This holds true, as well, for those who do feel ready to get away. If you’ve done the research and are prepared to undergo the various measures necessitated by the pandemic – and you’re comfortable with the decision – bon voyage! Just stay safe and enjoy your holiday!
4. How will you travel?
You’ve completed your mental preparations; now it’s time to consider some of the details, which include getting to your destination. Now it’s time to think about the details of the trip. You may be considering driving, either in your own car or in a rental car. If so, be sure to bring enough water (and snacks!). Limit stops along the way to bathroom breaks (wear a mask and use social distancing guidelines) and quick walks outside.
If you’re not driving, the optimal method of transportation is flying. First, it takes less time, thus limiting risk. Second, airports, planes and related processes are subject to strict inspections, rules and regulations. So, put on your mask, buckle your seat belt and get ready to enjoy your vacation.
5. How is your health?
All of the aforementioned criteria mean nothing if you – or your travel companions –are ill or suffering from other conditions. A global pandemic, needless to say, is not the time to minimize health issues or “play it by ear”; hospitals and medical care may not be as easily accessible, should something come up while you’re in an unfamiliar environment.
Even the healthiest and fittest among us should consider our nutrition and exercise regime. Eat foods that boost the immune system, get enough sleep and exercise, and don’t forget to bring your regular medications and vitamins.
You can find further information on destinations and tips for a safe vacation in our New Normal holiday category.