For the whole duration of 2020, domestic and international travel has been on a temporary standstill because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Governments all over the world reminded their citizens to stay put at home to prevent further spread of the virus in their country. This has resulted in more than billions of losses for the travel economy.
Now that the travel restrictions are beginning to ease this 2021, people all over the world are given a newfound hope of travelling again. Although there is still a lot to consider when planning for your 2021 travel goals, it’s still something that people can look forward to.
With this in mind, here are some tips from Shirdi Sai Travels on how to travel smart this 2021!
Some countries and tourist destinations have opened their doors to travellers this year to help recover from their losses last year. If you really want to travel and unwind after being trapped at home for a whole year, then here are some tips to keep in mind to keep yourself safe during your trip:
- Get yourself checked for Covid-19
Even though you think you’ve followed safety precautions while in quarantine, it’s still smart to get yourself checked. A swab test followed by a 14-day self-isolation is a small price to pay if you really want to travel outside the country.
- Follow the regional Covid-19 policies of the places you’ll visit
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a list of risk ratings by country from zero to level 3 that can help you plan your vacation accordingly. Although you have to keep in mind that, despite this list, various world leaders are still advising against unessential travel, including vacations.
If you really want to take a vacation this year then the smart thing to do is research about the Covid-19 policies and regulations of the places you’ll visit. This way you get to keep yourself safe and responsible while travelling.
- Consult a travel adviser
It’ll be a lot more expensive to consult with a travel advisor but in the case of a worldwide pandemic, this is the responsible thing to do. Consulting a travel adviser that knows how travel insurance works and can help you with additional requirements by various countries should be the norm this 2021.
- Pack surgical masks
Even with the vaccines beginning rounds this year, it’ll still take time for it to take effect on a wider scale. If you’re going to travel after getting vaccinated, still wear your mask for precaution so you won’t unwittingly spread the virus. Additionally, Covid-19 is still a fairly new virus that the world is facing and wearing masks is a good safety precaution to keep yourself and the others around you healthy.
- Opt for cashless transactions
There are a lot of payment options nowadays given that cash transactions can increase your risk of getting the virus. Get your debit and credit cards ready or ask your bank if their cards can be used outside the country. Doing cashless transactions can help save you and those you transact with during your vacation.