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The Future of Travel: Personal Changes You Can Make to Stay Safe

Coronavirus has impacted the travel industry like never before, causing people and businesses to take extra precautions. As many nations’ borders are cautiously opening up, travelers and tourism companies must learn how to navigate this new environment. What changes should a traveler make to survive this unprecedented time?

Ways to Protect Yourself and Others While Traveling

Wear a face mask

Face masks have become the staple item for travelers. Most airports and other transportation centers are requiring everyone to wear a face mask. The majority of airlines are requiring face masks to be worn during your entire flight.

Shops are also requiring masks and can refuse entry if a customer is not wearing one. Search for a mask that comfortably covers your nose and mouth and allows you to breathe normally. Online retailers such as Amazon have launched the Face Mask Store, which sells a variety of mask styles.

Carry Hand Sanitizer Everywhere

A useful habit to develop in the age of Coronavirus is the frequent application of hand sanitizer. Many food stores, shops, and restaurants have sanitizer dispensers at the entrances for easy access to customers. This is the best way to kill germs and prevent the spread of the virus. A good idea, however, is to keep your own small travel-size bottle on you every time you leave the house. 

Use Contactless Payment Options

Cash has always contained millions of germs, and there’s no doubt that contagious diseases can be spread from the exchanging and handling of cash. This is why you may see a cashier wearing rubber gloves throughout their entire shift. 

The best way to avoid the transmission of viruses like COVID-19 is to use a debit or credit card for contactless payment. Make sure that you have adequate funds on your debit or credit card before traveling.

Follow All Rules of Your Travel Destination

The severity of the outbreak has varied in different locations. As a result, social distancing measures may differ by area. Before traveling, do extensive research on your destination for pandemic restrictions, rules, and protocols. The last thing you would want is to get refused entry into your destination for failing to adhere to their rules for visitors.

Eliminate Handshakes and Other Physical Contact

Although we may still want to be polite and personable when we encounter new people, all physical contact including handshakes and hugs must be eliminated in order to control the spread of the virus. Avoid contact with people outside of your household, especially those who may have had or been in contact with someone who has had the virus.

Consider Domestic Road Trips

There are many advantages in opting to take a road trip. In this normal of mask requirements on airlines and all public transportation, a road trip in your own vehicle may be a delightful change. It is certainly much easier to social distance while traveling in your own vehicle. 

Gasoline prices per gallon have dropped since March, which makes another incentive to take that road trip. You are also spared some discomfort of wearing a mask for hours on end. And, you can avoid the anxiety you may feel in public transportation centers, aircrafts, trains, and buses, unaware of your neighbor’s health conditions or exposure rate.

Social Distance Everywhere

Places like museums, hotels, and other indoor tourist destinations have established new protocols for visitors. These may include making reservations beforehand online prior to your visit to control capacity. The social distancing standard seems to be at least a separation of six feet between you and others in public spaces. Check online for your venue’s social distancing requirements.

Be Patient and Courteous to Hospitality Industry Workers

We are all going through this pandemic together. Most of us have faced some form of hardship whether it be economical or social, including many of our favorite events getting canceled. 

The employees of the hospitality industry have been hit particularly hard during this time. Be kind and patient when interacting with others. Many have been out of work for months, and others are adjusting to several new safety procedures to resume work.

Stay Up to Date with Changes in the Travel Industry

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the travel industry worldwide, as well as local tourism, transportation, and hospitality businesses. To ensure we’re protecting ourselves while also having a good time, we must  work together to adjust to a new normal. Contact us to learn more about how you can adjust your travel plans for COVID restrictions and keep your life moving.meetings and conventions are slowly coming back in the era of events during Coronavirus.