With a little over a week left of 2020, the New Year is fast approaching. Although none of us know what state the world is going to be in during 2021, I’m holding on to hope that at some point in the next 12 months we will be able to travel again. So for today’s Blogmas post, here are 5 travel tips to make sure you stay safe in the New Year.
Bring Your Own Sanitising Products
While some airlines and other transport companies will give out sanitising wipes upon boarding, it’s always best to have your own stash handy.
I always take a little pack of anti-bacterial wipes with me (even before 2020) because to be honest, you never know how well your seating area was cleaned before you sat down. It’s better to be safe than sorry after all!
Be Prepared to Wait
Some countries will have vigorous travel and health checks either on departure or upon arrival. And it’s highly likely this is going to increase waiting times at security and border control So make sure you factor that into your travel time!
Desperate to Travel? Stay local.
Travelling doesn’t mean just going abroad. Just think about it for a second – how much of your home country have you actually explored? If the answer is not a lot, why not try exploring your own backyard until things have settled down in the international travel world.
Saying that, please make sure you check your Government website before you travel to find out about any local restrictions which may be in place!
Research your Trip
I don’t mean the usual stuff here like the weather or the culture. Make sure you research where you’re going and find out some of the vital facts you need before you book anything – can you even travel to that country right now? What are the restrictions on restaurants, accommodation, social distancing, meeting other people? There is so much more to take into account than ever before, so make sure you do your research!
Be Kind to those Serving You
I don’t know about anyone else, but during this whole pandemic I’ve heard horror stories of those working in the hospitality industry, in supermarkets, and in hospitals who have received verbal and physical abuse from the public. As someone who works in hospitality, I’ve experienced this firsthand.
Our key workers and those working in struggling industries are just trying their best. They’re trying to get through the day, to keep their business going, to keep people employed. The rules which have been put in place to maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading the virus are not their fault – they legally have to follow them. So be kind, say your please and thank yous, and just be patient.
I hope 2021 is a little bit kinder to us all, and this time next year we will be looking back on an incredible year which has been filled with so many incredible memories. But for now, stay safe, count your blessings, and just be kind.