Many countries around the world have closed their borders to travellers, and for some, domestic travel isn’t an option either.
While this might be frustrating to some ofus who want to get out and explore the world, the good news is that this is only a temporary set-back.
While we wait to get back on the road again, now is the perfect time to think about all the places you still want to see, and to start planning your next adventure.
So where to start? Hi I’m Nick from Hello Adventure and today I’m going to share with you our top 6 tips for travelling after the Covid19 Lockdown.
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Start Your Travel Bucket List Or Wishlist NOW.
What we like to do when we plan our travels is to choose our top 3 places that we’d love to see, and from there we start researching these places and narrow down our list of favourites until we have our best pick.
It’s a good idea to have a list of international places you'd like to visit, as well as local places – because we don’t know when allthe borders are going to reopen – and it’s also a good idea to have a few possible travel dates in mind.
While you’re doing your research, make notes for each of your options and ask yourself these important questions… How safe are they to visit? Do they have Covid19 safety procedures in place? And how long do you have to travel with public transport to get there? With these notes you’re able to get a clearidea of what the best fit will be for you right now.
You can use blogs, social media, YouTube and conversations with other travellers to get ideas and inspiration.
Choose Destinations That Are Less Crowded.
Something that travellers are good at, isadapting.
And now we have to adapt the way we plan our trips, just a bit.
When you’re narrowing down your list offavourites, try to choose places that are less crowded, and places where you can self-isolateif you need to.
Some good examples of this would be self-drive tours, camping, self-catering cabins and visiting national parks.
Every destination has something unique to offer – you just need to look deep enough to find one that fits your personal anti-Covid criteria.
Try To Support Local Small Businesses And Agents.
The larger booking platforms can seem safer, but there are some questions you should ask yourself Are they local to the country you’re visiting? In other words, does your money go to that economy or will it benefit a different country? When booking with an international agent or platform, a portion of your money goes to that company instead of being invested back in the local economy.
Do these platforms support the smaller local businesses, or make it harder for these guys to survive? The reason you should ask yourself this question, is that there are so many smaller businesses in tourism who are struggling to survive after the pandemic.
These guys don’t have major ad budgets, nor do they have huge teams to manage their social media, but they can offer you a unique and personalised experience.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with booking through an agent or a platform, but consider using the local ones where possible.
And when booking directly with local businesses, do some checks to avoid any possible scams.
Sustainable, ethical travel is where the world is heading in right now, and this is one easy way that you can make a huge difference.
Consider Travelling Closer To Home… For Now I know we said you should include local andinternational options when planning your travels, and you should, but if you’re hoping totravel in the next few months then domestic travel is the way to go.
You might find that there are a lot more options available right now if you travel closer to home, and it’s also a lot easier to stayself-isolated if you’re travelling in your own car instead of using public transport.
In South Africa, we’re already gearing upfor the new style of tourism, with many local places offering local travel packages at reduced prices.
Check to see if your country’s doing thesame thing? 5.
Check Cancellation Policies And Travel Insurance.
When you make your booking, whether it’sfor an activity, accommodation or for a tour, check the cancellation policy.
It’s better to know that your money andbooking is safe during situations like Covid19 and that you won’t have to pay high cancellationfees if you need to cancel.
Check if your travel insurance will pay yourmedical bills if you do get sick while travelling, and if they offer trip cancellation insurance.
Stay Safe and Healthy While You Travel.
This tip is obvious but necessary… When travelling, be prepared: Pack in your protective gear, like a few face masks and alcohol based hand sanitizer.
We’ve found that alcohol wipes come in handy for cleaning electronics like your cellphone and small surface areas as you go.
Something that’s part of everyday life nowis to wash your hands as often as possible and avoid touching your face.
Pick accommodation, restaurants or tour packages that have Covid19 preventive measures in place and that allow for social distancing.
Try to avoid crowded public transport or areas.
And of course, boost your immunity by keeping your body in good health before and during your travels! And Our Final Tip: From The Perspective Of A Tour Guide.
Wherever you travel to, save the local emergency numbers to your phone.
We’ll link the emergency numbers for South Africa in the description below.
And those are OUR tips for travelling afterthe Covid-19 Lockdown.
If South Africa is on your bucket list totravel to and if you have anything you’d like to know about travelling here after Lockdown, please chat to us in the comments below.
Or share your own travel tips with us.
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