The global travel industry was on a roller coaster in 2020. Even as COVID-19 vaccinations campaigns begin in Europe and the United States, most countries slammed shut their borders to travelers from Europe due to the new coronavirus strain. While the number of travelers flying in the United States is on the rise (topping about million daily on the weekends before Christmas), a patchwork of coronavirus testing and quarantine regulations remain in place in most parts of the United States and other countries.
So far, Coronavirus has killed over 1.5 million people globally, sickened millions more, crippled economies, and short-circuited the global supply chains. Of all the global industries reeling from the destructive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global travel industry was appended like no other. Airports suspended most flights for several and travelers cancelled their vacations.
Infection control measures are becoming an integral part of today’s travel experience. More restrictions are likely to be enacted in attempts to control the spread of Coronavirus and ensure travelers’ safety. If you are planning a vacation in Put-in-Bay or any other popular destination, it’s essential to prioritize your safety. Here are a few tips you should know.
Tip #1: Keep it simple
Plan a direct trip, and avoid using numerous means of transportation. For instance, if you have planned a trip to Put-in-Bay, you can use a ferry to get to the bay and rent a golf cart to get around on the island. That means you will not use more than two means of transportation.
If you must fly, it’s in your best interest to book a non-stop flight instead of one with layovers. This way, you will minimize the chances of getting exposed to the Coronavirus at the airports. If you can reach your destination using your family car, it is safer that way than trains, buses, planes, and other means of transportation that involves traveling is a group.
Tip #2: Choose accommodation wisely
Each travel destination has different accommodation options for travelers. For example, there are many lodges, resorts, condos, and hotels in Put-in-Bay. If you must choose hotels or lodging, opt for a place with sufficient air circulation through open windows. A room with a balcony or terrace is a great option compared to an enclosed room with a single-window.
It is recommended to choose hotels with high-quality air conditioning and good filtration systems. The point is; choose establishments with thoroughly cleaned rooms and have implemented all recommended infection control policies.
Tip #3: plan your trip effectively
Before the covid-19 pandemic, people used to travel. Some of the essential factors you considered before this pandemic include finances, the best time to travel, the number of your travel companion, and more. These factors have not changed. As much as you will want to stay coronavirus infection-free, it’s equally important to ensure that you don’t run out of money while away from home. So, it would be best if you planned financially and also determine the best time to travel to various destinations around the world.
Tip #4: Remember, safety first
Your health is more important than exciting vacations in the Bahamas, Costa Rico, Venice, and Puerto Rico. Besides, even the best-laid travel plans can be set aside when pandemics strike. So, plan your vacations with your safety and that of your loved ones in mind.
Learn more about your destination and the COVID-19 infection patterns in that area. It’s also essential to find out about the daily infection numbers and infection control measures. Check the WHO and CDC official websites to learn more about travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.