What It’s Like to Travel in the New Normal

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Traveling during and after the COVID-19 pandemic has its own set of challenges and considerations. But for those who are determined to travel, there are ways to make it work. Here are some tips for traveling during the new normal.

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Plan ahead

One of the most important things when planning to travel during a pandemic is to plan ahead. Not only does this mean research on your destination, but also understanding fundamental travel precautions.

* How will you get there? What are the airports and carriers that are operating in your final destination? Is there a chance of cross-country transmission or is it contained locally? Can you take public transportations to your destination, and if so, what conditions and precautions should be taken?

* What is the risk of transmission at your destination? Is it contained locally or does it spread internationally? If there’s a containment zone at your destination, you might not be able to enter. But if it’s international, this becomes much more complicated as border crossings become stricter than ever before.

* What is the status of your final destination? If it’s completely shut down, then you might not be able to get in at all. But if there are limited cases, access might still be possible. Keep in mind that even though someone says you can go somewhere, always err on the side of caution when crossing borders.

* What are the risks to you and your loved ones if something goes wrong? Before traveling, always have a plan in case something happens and you can’t get back home. This includes having travel insurance that will cover pandemics and knowing the embassy’s contact information for your destination country.

Pack light

Given increased border restrictions and the fact that travel will take much longer than normal, ensure that you pack light. Check with any liquids in your luggage, and only carry on the necessities to reduce the risk of damage or loss.

Keep a low profile

Try not to stick out at your destination. This means no loud or flashy clothing or jewelry. Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. If you are feeling sick, do not travel.

Stay connected

One of the great benefits of technology is that it allows us to stay connected with loved ones, even when we’re far away. Make sure to download any necessary apps ahead of time and bring a charger. But don’t overdo it. It’s not worth the risk of your phone running our battery while you’re out on the street.

Know what to expect when arriving at your destination

Some countries are known for thorough checks at their airports, especially in high-risk areas. This might be anything from having liquids poured out to swabbing your hands and luggage for explosives. Make sure you are aware of these procedures and have everything ready when you arrive.

Follow the rules

This is probably the most important rule of all. Follow the guidelines that have been put in place by your government and the governments of your destination country. This includes things like social distancing, quarantining, and self-isolation. By doing so, you can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Top Destinations for Nature Lovers

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest on Earth. It spans nine countries—Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, and French Guiana. Most of it lies in Brazil which contains 60% of the entire forest. You can find many wildlife here including monkeys and caiman, which you can see on a boat cruise. This is the most popular destination in South America and it is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth with 330 billion individual trees.

If you’re a lover of nature and seeking somewhere with a lot of wildlife, then the Amazon rainforest might be for you!

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands in Ecuador, and they have been shaped by nature to be a wildlife haven. There are many types of animals here including iguanas, flamingos, and sea lions. The waters around the island also abound with marine life like manta rays, dolphins, and humpback whales!

Tanzania

Tanzania is a landlocked country located in East Africa. It’s bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, and Zambia and Malawi to the south. The country is home to an abundance of wildlife, including lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinos. Wildlife safaris are popular tourist attractions there.

Traveling after the COVID-19 pandemic may seem daunting, but with proper planning, it can be done. Just remember to follow the rules and be aware of the risks involved. With luck, you’ll make it to your destination safe, healthy, and happy.

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