Many countries around the world have lifted bans and restrictions in a bid to recover and stabilise their economy. If you are a student, although travelling around the world is still risky at the moment, you can take precautions to avoid becoming infected. If you are a student and want to travel over the holidays, how can you do it safely?
Feet Do Travel share a few essential travel tips for students during the 2020 pandemic.
Before you start making travel arrangements, you need to check the status of your travel advisory, and follow its recommendations. Even if your chosen destination is safe to visit, you need to prepare yourself that advice can change at short notice, therefore putting you at risk. Your government may not be able to help you, and you could end up stranded.
Depending on where you are coming from, the government may require you to self-isolate upon arrival in either a state-run facility, or in a hotel at your own expense. During self-isolation, if you want to make the most of your time and study online, you can just pay for your essay and get it done in time. Travelling within your own country instead of going overseas will help satisfy your travelling urge whilst minimising expenses. As a student, time and financial management is everything.
Tourism plays a critical role in most countries’ economy, however even if a country is eager to welcome tourists, they do not want their citizens contracting coronavirus. Most countries around the world have created programs which enforce hygienic standards for businesses, hotels, and tourist destinations.
The World Tourism Council has put together a Safe Travels program for eleven industries including aviation, hospitality, and tourism. The Adventure Travel Association has protocols for the adventure industry, which at the moment have guidelines for activities such as cycling, trekking, culinary experiences, snowboarding, skiing, and wildlife safaris to name a few.
One of the best ways to ensure your accommodation and activities are adhering to COVID-19 guidelines is to look for operators who are participating in such programs. Do note this does not mean the risk of getting infected has been eliminated. Alternatively, look for eco-friendly accommodation which has plenty of space for physical distancing, and check the company website for their COVID-19 precautions.
There are some countries who have not been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (at the time of writing, but things do change). If a country has a low number of cases, the risk of catching the virus is a lot less.
Regardless of where you travel, always try to avoid crowds and stick to open spaces. Activities such as visiting a museum, hiking, and camping have a lower risk compared to eating in an enclosed restaurant.
4. Flying during the pandemic
According to the IATA (International Air Transport Association), the air quality on planes is the equivalent to a hospital operating theatre. This is because the air is filtered through high efficiency particulate filters (HEPF) which capture 99% of virus and bacteria particles.
Airlines have also implemented strict measures requiring passengers to wear masks, and some perform temperature checks before allowing passengers to board. However, it’s not easy to maintain social distancing on a plane, especially if the flight is full. Therefore, it’s important to wear your washable/reusable mask at all times, and wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or before eating.
It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. As a traveller, one of the best things you can do for yourself and locals is to comply with their requirements. You should always:
- Wear your washable/reusable face mask, especially in public spaces.
- Practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet.
- Carry a hand sanitiser with you and user it after touching an ATM, supermarket trolley, hand rails, door knobs, light switches etc.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water upon returning home.
- Complying with all the health regulations. If your destination requires visitors to quarantine themselves in a government facility, know this before going.
After your travels, you may be exposed to COVID-19, may not show any symptoms, however you can spread the virus to others. This is knows as being asymptomatic. After travelling especially to a high-risk area, it’s important to self-isolate, wear a reusable facemask to keep your mouth and nose covered, maintain high levels of hygiene, and watch out for any possible symptoms. Do not be afraid to seek help if you start to feel sick.
Even in the middle of a pandemic, avid travellers will always find a way to see new places and meet new people. You should do your research before visiting a new destination to avoid catching Coronavirus on your travels.
James Collins is an exceptional writer and proofreader. He is interested in travelling, painting, psychology, and metaphysics. He enjoys drawing and travelling with his toddlers during his free time.