Travelling in Times of Corona: A Guide

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Are you wondering when will you be taking international holidays? Well, that remains unclear thanks to Covid 19. But you can make the most out of local destinations when travelling in times of corona.
The “unlocks” and arrival of vaccines in India has been an immense sigh of relief. Whether it be holidaymakers or businessmen on trips, many are choosing to travel during Covid. We’re going to tell you how travelling during corona times can be done safely!

How to choose your destination wisely?

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The domestic travel industry is on a bounce back. Lots of states have lifted strict regulations, such as the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. This has opened up a lot of destinations to travel to during Corona.

Now, you don’t need to quarantine yourself in the place you’re travelling to. Instead, a negative RT-PCR test will get you anywhere you want to be. As simple as that! Even so, Covid 19 cases are still on the rise in many places, and regulations for travel are bound to change accordingly. For instance, Tamil Nadu is planning to extend a lockdown due to an increase in cases. Many cities have curfew, like Ahmedabad, where you cannot travel after 10 pm. Make sure you research Covid guidelines for the destinations you want to travel to.

Well, you’ve done the homework, have the necessary test reports and have finally arrived at the destination. You are so excited to visit the most famous landmark. But you reach there and find out it’s closed. What a bummer! This is why you must also research the spots you want to visit. Many tourist attractions might be closed, or have restricted timings to avoid crowds.

When travelling in times of corona, it is suggested to visit places where social distancing can be maintained- such as beaches, hill stations, treks, etc. Plan your itinerary keeping these tips in mind, and you will have a smooth journey.

Which is the best mode of transport, keeping in mind COVID-19?

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You also need to evaluate what the safer mode of transport is going to be. If you choose to go somewhere close, to a neighbouring state, for example, travelling by road is the best choice! If you’re going by car, it makes for a perfect road trip. Family and friends can join you too (as long as they’re tested and safe). There is a lot of flexibility, and it’s relatively safer than buses due to lesser people in one vehicle.

Next, train or flight? Both modes have their own regulations set in place. Domestic flights have become more accessible than they were a few months ago. Both trains and flights assure safety. There is proper ventilation, seat allocation is done keeping social distancing in mind, and sanitation happens regularly. Phew, not much to worry about there.

What you should worry about though, isn’t the actual plane or train itself. Instead, be mindful of social distancing at airports and stations. Train stations tend to get more crowded in urban areas (Ahem, Ahem- Mumbai locals). So that’s one downside of trains.

What about the Standard of Procedure for stay during Corona?

There are various options for stay- hotels, resorts, Airbnbs, homestays. Of course, all of them are prioritising the hygiene and safety of guests. But it’s a good idea to know what extra measures a hotel is implementing. For example – plexiglass barriers at check-in counters, digital menu, contactless services.

Choose a hotel that offers greater flexibility in booking policies in case cancellation is required. According to the recommendations of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), travellers should opt for online reservations and check-ins, and contactless payment. Opting for private accommodation is also not a bad idea. Short term rentals work great when you’re road tripping. It also helps small landowners propagate their business in these trying times.

Hey, let’s face it, there would still be a risk of contracting covid when travelling. If that happens, how will your accommodation deal with it? It is smart to find out how your stay addresses medical emergencies.

(Also see: 10 Luxury hotels for a magical stay)

What precautions should I take while travelling in times of Corona?

  • If you’re eligible, get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Take a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before embarking on your journey, even if it isn’t mandated by the place you’re travelling to!
  • Maintain social distancing at all times. Avoid crowds.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Wipe down surfaces, try to touch as less as you can. Carry your own bottles or containers for food.
  • Digital currency is the way to go.
  • Sanitize, sanitize, and of course, sanitize.
  • Seek help as soon as you feel you’re showing any symptoms.

It is possible to travel safely if you take a few precautions at home before you travel, while on the go and at your stay. Have a fun trip!

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