So the panaramic, pan-demimoore, pandy express (insert all the creative way to say pandemic) is over and the wider world can finally travel! A lot of people have been messaging me on instagram about how I travel as if it is nothing is happening. Firstly, I am not – I am just fully vaccinated and I have taken measures to travel safely.
I know many people have opted out of getting the vaccine and that is their own personal choice – not my business. Travel doors opened up to me because of it and I am not afraid due to the two times I have had covid were times when I was not travelling. First time I was back home in Dominica and the second time I was in London working (insert eye roll here).
If you are getting anxious at the prospect of not being able to travel when you are used to flying to a random destination on a whim, then I got you. Not only does my website have frequent travel updates but so does my instagram with up to date breaking news surrounding travel for both vaccinated and nonvaccinated travellers. While travel may need to be put on hold for a few months, the world will open up once again.
However, in a post-pandemic world, flying, travelling and enjoying new sights and sounds will not be as straightforward as it once was. Instead, you will need to consider how to master the art of queuing, enjoy seeing a new vista with a mask on, and dining out without many fellow foodies around you. However, this is the new world and how we will live for the foreseeable future.
I have decided to create a list of top travel tips for a post-pandemic world:
It’s more important than ever to limit the number of people touching your luggage. Forget about that massive suitcase that needs to be checked into the hold of the plane. Instead, opt for a carry on cabin luggage that you can still fill with a week’s worth of clothes, your travel gadgets and that you can have with you on the flight.
Although, be wary, Ryanair and Easyjet are forcing people to now pay for cabin bags and only allow you to travel backpack. However, a small cabin bag be small enough to keep with you in the cabin of the plane, limiting exposure of your baggage to others.
The old trends of following the locals is always an option but be careful of it unless it is a country you have been to before. More often than not following locals tends to mean that the places to eat you are checking out has a good reputation for hygiene, will use excellent cooking practices, and will provide you with a decent authentic meal.
Wash your hands before eating, and wash your hands or use your antibac wipe (or hand sanitizer if you can hack it) after you’re done eating and when you leave the restaurant. Be alert to maintain social distancing.
Always carry medicine with you – check out my list of must haves when you travel here.
Heading abroad means exposing your system to a whole host of new bugs, bacterias, foods and lurgies that you wouldn’t normally be exposed to at home – keep this in mind the same is for even heading for a flight on a domestic flight. You will need to be more resilient when you do begin to travel again and not be scared of germs (says the germophobe).
If you are feeling unwell with any coronavirus symptoms, you will need to self-isolate, until you have had a test. This may mean staying in your hotel room. This is not ideal, but is a newfound reality that you will have to cope with. While you may feel fine and just have a cough, you cannot risk infecting others, and you must be responsible. And, don’t forget to wear a mask in crowded places.
If you do not have a strong stomach or a travel belly you may need constipation tablets or Antidiarrheal medicines. This is a common travel issue, especially if you are experiencing new foods that your palate is not used to. Keep these tablets, alongside basic painkillers, band-aids, and diarrhoea remedies, in your travel medicine pack.
Travel needn’t be too risky. You need to mitigate this risk with sound hygiene routines, keeping in mind things I said above and maintaining a sense of perspective. This ways you will enjoy travel in a post-pandemic world once again.
Love and Hugs,