5 Critical Tips for Traveling in a Post-COVID World

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As much of the world starts to open up following the 2020 shutdowns due to COVID-19, many people are ready to jump out there and go on a big adventure. After more than a year of being worried and having to stay home, it might be time to stretch out and see something new. However, it is still important to be careful when traveling in a post-COVID world. The virus is still a big threat and we need to take special care to not get others sick. Here are a few tips that everyone can consider when traveling in a post-COVID world.

Check the Local Requirements

COVID-19 has changed travel more than anything else. Due to this, many hospitality industries are taking new steps to make sure that passengers and others are as safe as possible when they travel. Because of this, there could be some requirements in place for travelers, but the exact requirements are going to depend on where you live and where you want to travel. 

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Check out local COVID-19 regulations. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

For example, there are some areas that ask you to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive. Others require a negative COVID-19 test when you get to the new location. You should read up on the requirements where you plan to travel and take these into consideration while you do some of the planning. 

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Check Hotel Policies

Sometimes you can figure out the hotel policy based on what the local requirements are at the time, but it is still important to read up on them. Many have special COVID-19 policies in place that you can follow to stay safe. If the policies are unclear, it is a good idea to call the hotel ahead of time to make sure you are safe. 

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Tips for Traveling in a Post-Covid World

Check for local hotel COVID-19 restrictions and policies. Photo by Space_Cat via iStock by Getty Images

Consider Traveling By Car

While traveling by car can take a lot longer to complete, it is one of the safest ways to get around the country without catching the virus. You will not be jammed into an airplane with others, having to worry about whether you will catch the virus or spread it to others. 

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You will still need to take some precautions, though. Pack lots of hand sanitizers and bring face masks for when you stop at the gas station or other locations. Bringing your own food is often the best option so you do not have to interact with others as much. You can even pack a small tabletop grill so you can cook on the road. If you do choose a restaurant, go with a drive-thru or pick-up service to help. 

Have Your COVID-19 Essentials

There are a number of products that you should bring along on the trip with you to stay protected against COVID-19. We already know that face masks, sanitizers, and disinfecting wipes are a good place to start. Bring along other essentials that could be hard to find while traveling, including toilet paper. These are essentials when traveling in a post-COVID world.

Tips for Traveling in a Post-Covid World

Make sure you have hand sanitizer and face masks when traveling in a post-COVID world.

Be Prepared for Vaccine Passports

Many areas are considering varying options in vaccine passports to provide those who have gotten a vaccine with easier access to different parts of the country and even internationally. If you plan to travel quite a bit, you may need to consider whether getting the vaccine is right for you. This not only helps keep you and others healthy but could allow for easier travel wherever you go. These passport options will be easy to get for those who have gotten the vaccine and can cut out some of the hassles of traveling. 

Tips for Traveling in a Post-Covid World

A digital COVID-19 passport. Photo by RobertAx via iStock by Getty Images

Traveling Safely After Covid-19

Doing your part can make traveling after the pandemic safer for everyone. If you feel sick, you need to postpone your vacation. This will make it more fun for you while ensuring that you do not get anyone sick. By following the recommendations above and paying attention to the CDC recommendations, you will be able to have a safe trip along the way and enjoy traveling in a post-COVID world. Check out Wander for more information about pandemic-safe travel

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After more than 18 months, many people are ready for a big adventure. However, COVID-19 remains a threat. Here are a few tips that everyone can consider when traveling in a post-COVID world. #pandemictravel #sponsored

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders, Alamo.com, Hotels.com, Fairmont.com, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury, Marriott.com, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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