Travel can be nerve-wracking at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. The fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus or falling victim to border regulations can make even the most seasoned traveler anxious. Luckily, you don’t have to take anxiety as your carry-on item. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your travel worry during the COVID-19 era.
Take care of business back home
If you have a trip planned, make sure your business and personal affairs are in order before you leave. If possible, enlist someone else to handle tasks for you that may be too difficult or dangerous to accomplish long-distance. If all else fails, take care of what you can in advance.
For example, having bills paid before departure will assuage some of the financial anxiety that might accompany your travels. If you lie awake at night envisioning your packages stolen by porch pirates, you can subscribe to a virtual address to receive mail on your behalf while you’re busy traveling. A virtual address service will send you scans and emails about your mail when you’re away, making it a perfect solution for the chronic postal worry-wart.
If you have all of your ducks in a row before you check-in for your flight, it’ll be one less nail-biter to contend with while you’re making your way through security.
Protect yourself from COVID-19 when possible
If you’re traveling during COVID-19, make sure you have the proper documents for entering any country. The CDC recommends having a vaccination certificate and proof of immunization for re-entry any time you leave the United States. It’s also wise to follow guidance from local health officials on safe food and water sources.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and take note of possible COVID-19 contamination zones as you move through the area.
Avoid public places that might spread infection, such as bus terminals or train stations, where sanitation is not as strictly monitored as in other parts of a city or town. In addition, staying away from mass gatherings will reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 while you’re away from home.
Keep track of your surroundings
You can use an app to ensure that you’re keeping tabs on potential COVID-19 outbreaks in the area. The CDC is partnering with leading technology companies like Google and Apple to create apps that monitor COVID-19 activity in real-time.
You can also use apps from these companies to contact trace and stay updated if you’re exposed to someone who tests positive.
Learn from the locals
Different regions have different ways of coping with a pandemic. As you travel, ask your guide or hotel concierge about how the region is dealing with COVID-19. The more you know about how others are coping, the better prepared you’ll be to deal with it on your trip.
For instance, some countries may cancel flights, close markets early, and suspend public transportation services in an attempt to bring an end to COVID-19’s spread. By learning about any potential changes in the area before they happen, you can ensure that your plans remain intact and continue as scheduled without interruption.
It’s never easy to travel during a pandemic. However, you can reduce any anxiety you might have by taking care of things at home and protecting yourself while abroad.
Familiarize yourself with how the region is coping with COVID-19 and learn from the locals about how they’re dealing with it before you leave. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without experiencing unnecessary stress or worry.