+++ UPDATED 2022 +++ Traveling might not be the same as it was before, but we can all contribute to travel safely. It’s our responsibility to do so as travel lovers. It’s absolutely important that we stay safe and therefore are of no risk for locals in a foreign country. I made up a list of crucial aspects for you. Most of them are also published by health governments enriched with my personal perspective on how to prepare best as a female world traveller during the pandemic.
As we will get to know the corona virus better since the pandemic started, new advices might appear and for sure the vaccination might be an important aspect in the fight against the virus all over the world. Unfortunately, still not everyone gets the offer of a dose and new virus variants appear regularly that might be immune against vaccines. However, let’s make travel the safest as possible and the most fun, explorable, and overwhelming – that’s why we all love it so much, right?
Suffering from wanderlust? I have some ultimate tips for you to cure your wanderlust when you can’t travel!
Tip 1. Research, research, and again research.
Doing research will become your best travel buddy girl! Research carefully regarding the current local safety requirements. Check the visa requirements as well as the quarantine rules that apply to you. For these questions the good old travel book will not help you as the situation changes too shortly and often. It’s crucial that you check the requirements on a regular basis. Same so for any behavioral rules that you have to follow at your travel destination, if this might be mask requirements, the guidelines to visit sights or restaurants, or even curfews at night might be in place. Regular checks help to avoid unwanted trouble or fees.
Babe, please do your research also right before you travel, when you’ll arrived and before every activity you undertake. This will help you to be prepared for spontaneous changes, such as cancellations and alternative activities without loosing too much time of your trip for rearrangements. Good websites to check regularly on the general requirements for your travel destinations are:
- Local health governments
- Immigration office of destination country and your country of origin
- Major travel booking websites (e.g. Booking.com, Expedia, Tripadvisor)
- Websites of airlines, accommodations, and providers of activities
- Social media postings from destinations and influencers who just travelled to a specific destination
- ✈ Overall, please check the date of their postings to make sure you get only brand new information
Tip 2. Intensify travel planning and become more flexible at once.
This might sound a bit weird. But in the sense that we increase the planning beforehand, we have more options in our travel portfolio for the likely event that we have to change activities spontaneously. So to say, a better preparation makes the deal for you girl to travel safely. To be honest, becoming more flexible will be needed for all of our travels in the future. This means being ready to switch, adjust, and skip things as a powerful female traveller.
Regarding the profound preparation, I have some great advices for you that will keep you even safer on your future journeys. Planning will affect your airline picks, stays as well as activities at your destination.
- Plan your travel routes accordingly and make up different alternative routes, transportations, accommodations, or activities for your travels
- Choose airlines that adhere to strong safety measures (e.g. regular cleaning of the airplane, staff wears special protective gear, booking of free middle seat, availability of cleaning tissues, adjusted board service, wearing masks or even vaccinations or negative tests required for passengers).
- Pick accommodations that adhere to strong safety measures (e.g. adherence to local requirements, availability of hand sanitizers, temperature checks, staff wears masks, cashless payment, specific COVID cleaning, disinfection of rooms for new guests, specific washing of towels and sheets)
- Visit restaurants that adhere to strong safety measures (e.g. adherence to local requirements, availability of hand sanitizers, temperature checks, disinfection of tables for new guests, distance between tables, staff wears masks, digital menu, cashless payment)
- Go on activities that ensure to be safe (e.g. certificate by provider, small groups, outdoors, masks or even vaccinations are mandatory for all participants)
- ✈ Overall, book flexible tickets only, i.e. for airlines and accommodations, same so for activities. Additionally, make sure if they or you have to cancel your booking, that you get a full refund rather than a voucher. The cancellation policy should allow this even until your arrival date
Tip 3. It’s all about getting tested.
Whenever possible, get yourself tested to travel more safely. In advance, during your stay, and even after you returned home. If you want to stay safe during your trip, you can bring rapid antigen test kits with you and check yourself on a daily basis. Same so with doing temperature checks everyday. Defined by the local requirements of your travel destination, this might get enriched by mandatory temperature measures, PCR tests, rapid antigen tests or other measures. The health government of your travel destination and also hotels will let you know about the currently applicable safety rules. They will also help you with further information on institutions and addresses where you can tested.
Tip 4. Add new items to your packing list.
What to pack for your travels to make it safer babe? Of course, you have to bring a big pack of face masks with you. You can switch to masks allowing better protection against COVID-19, i.e. medical masks certified as FFP2 or even FFP3 masks. Additionally, hand sanitizer is a must. You can enrich your suitcase with rapid antigen test kits and a clinical thermometer for your daily self-checks. Some gloves or cleaning tissues might support extra protection. There are also medical mouthwash solutions or medical sprays for your throat available that can help to reduce the viral load in your mouth. They could be seen in your extended first-aid kit. And of course don’t forget your hottest and newest bikini for the beach.
Tip 5. Adjust your travel safety behavior.
In general, it’s more about reflecting on your own behavior. Take care of what you are doing, how you behave in specific situations. And stay safe by protecting yourself. For instance, frequently use hand sanitizer and wash your hands properly and frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds. Wear a mask, wear that mask as officially described for full protection, change disposable masks regularly. Don’t touch your face, try to avoid touching door handles, use a tissue or elbow instead, and sneeze into your elbow while turning away from others.
Further, keep the required distance of 1 to 2 meters to others and avoid as much contact with others as possible. Don’t get that close to strangers and other people who are refraining from wearing a mask at all. It is recommended to avoid crowded places in general, crowded transportations, crowded shopping malls and markets and many more to travel safely. Stay outdoors as often as possible and ask for outdoor seating in restaurants whenever possible. If not possible, check out their health precautions if they’ll fit your personal comfort expectations or order meals to take away.
Let’s be honest: If you don’t feel comfortable at a place or with observed behavioral issues, you are absolutely ok with saying NO. It always depends on your own feelings of safely travel. Of course, this might sound rude at first sight, but it’s for your own safety and the safety of others. Avoid places that might cause discomfort for you. There is no need to force yourself to stay in these situations, you’ll definitely find other nice places to enjoy.
Are you going on a solo trip soon? Continue reading my blog post on how to stay safe as a solo female traveller.
// Disclaimer // I was not paid for my reviews and recommendations mentioned in this blog post. The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are purely my own and can be considered as honest evaluations.
I hope that we can all contribute to keep traveling alive and support the tourism industry by acting as good travel role models. Have something to add to these tips girl? Please leave your comments and thoughts below and share these insights with other travel lovelies. You are amazing ♥