Travelling and COVID-19: Should You Do it?

20th March 2020

Travelling and COVID-19

If you’re a traveller, now is a hard time for you. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know the coronavirus travel Europe situation is dire, and anywhere else is pretty much out of the picture. Even travelling domestically is a challenge. If you have plans, you may wonder if you should stick to them, postpone them, or what? Let’s talk about travelling and COVID-19.

Unnecessary Trips are Just That: Unnecessary

This is probably not something you want to hear, but right now, trips that are unnecessary should remain just that. Unless you have to do due to business or personal reasons, travelling and COVID-19 aren’t such a great pairing, so it’s best that you stay home whenever possible.

Not only do you put yourself at risk, or possibly others, but you’re probably not going to enjoy your vacation that much when all businesses and touristy locations have to close. Unless you’re planning a trip to the wilderness, you may want to postpone what you have.

For at least the next month, don’t plan trips whenever possible. This isn’t to say you can’t go outside, but be mindful.

Avoid Taking Cruises or Visiting Level 3 Areas

Two places you don’t want to visit, if you have to travel, are cruises and those areas that are high risk. These include Italy, China, and South Korea. Do your research beforehand to see what areas are problematic. For a cruise ship, you may end up catching the virus if you aren’t careful, and cruises are also susceptible to cancellations.

Travelling and COVID-19: Cancelling or Postponing

If you have any plans to travel soon, talk to your airline or event to see if you can cancel or postpone it. While many airlines and other businesses are strict about it, quite a few are lifting those restrictions because of everything that is going on.

It may be possible for you to postpone your flight plans for another few months, or get a refund. Don’t be afraid to call and ask.

Be In The Loop on Travel Advisories

Look up the travelling and COVID-19 advisory for your own country. As the situation develops, you can keep up to date on the latest warnings, travel advisories, and travel bans. It’s important to stay informed whenever possible. Also, it’s not like all other diseases disappeared since the appearance of COVID-19. It’s important to get informed about other diseases that might have been there before COVID-19 and still are. Websites like CDC and TravelHealthConnect have all the information about any health risks you might encounter.

To Mask or Not to Mask?

If you have to travel, should you wear a face mask? According to the CDC, it’s not needed. Unless you’re wearing a medical-grade mask, those throwaway masks you buy at the store are not going to do much, and you may end up lowering the supply for the sick people who do need the mask. Best to avoid it for now. The virus itself is too small for the filters to catch.

Should I Book Travel? It’s So Cheap!

Despite the warnings, many people, especially the younger crowd who tends to have less disposable income, are taking advantage of the travelling during COVID-19 deals. We understand why. Ticket prices are so cheap at the moment. However, we do not recommend anything immediate.

What about the future? You may be booking for a few months down the road. For that, book at your own risk. The situation may improve, or it may end up getting even worse and you may not get a refund. It’s according to your own discretion, but stay informed and don’t make a decision you’ll regret later on.

If You Have to Travel

You may have to travel, be it for business or another reason. How can you travel in peace? Here are a few tips.

• Airplanes are generally safe. The air is heavily filtered. With that said, you may want to practice personal hygiene and clean your seat with any disinfecting wipes. It won’t hurt to try.
• Avoid touching your face. It’s hard to do, we know, but practice mindfulness and stop yourself whenever you find yourself doing it. Use a tissue or something else to relieve any itching.
• Double-check if your insurance even covers you and double-check your hotel. Chances are, your hotel should be cleaned, but you can never be too sure. Some cleaning people don’t do a good job. Wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant wipe and toss it.
• Avoid crowds if possible. If you do have to walk in them, avoid touching your face or getting too close to someone who is coughing or looks sick. You may end up regretting it.
• Don’t bring any older relatives or children with you during the trip. While children aren’t as at risk, you still don’t want to risk it. As for older people, they are more at risk.
• Bring all documents possible should you be forced to leave the country.

Travelling and COVID-19: Getting Screened

You may have to be screened for the virus. If this does happen, make sure that you’re nice to the people and cooperate. It can be a hassle, especially when you’re tired, but it’s to ensure everyone’s safety.

Stay At Home When You Return

When you do return home, avoid doing much for a couple of weeks. This is to ensure that you don’t have the virus. If you feel any strange symptoms, speak to a health care professional as soon as possible. Avoid any older relatives for the time being. See if your workplace has any work from home options. If you’re in Berlin too, read my vegan quarantine guide.

Seek Help

In these difficult times, it’s important to keep your mental health up. Work out, eat right, get some sunshine, and keep yourself entertained. Instead of taking that grand vacation, you may end up having to stay at home a bit.

If you need any help, you may want to talk to a therapist or counsellor. In order to reduce your risk, online therapy is your friend in this battle. Speaking to a therapist online can help you in many ways, such as giving you someone to talk to and allowing you to express your feelings. Speak to a licensed therapist today and see what they can do for you. Chances are, you’ll need it as the development of this virus continues. You can learn more about online therapy and the different services by visiting the E-counseling online therapy guide.

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