Traveling has nearly ground to a halt this year, as millions of people have been subject to different local, regional, and national lockdown levels. Travel bans have made it even more difficult to get away, and the reduction in in-flight services has meant that many flight paths are temporarily closed or restricted. Meanwhile, traveling exposes you to more people than usual, which could put your health under threat if you share planes, trains, and coaches with strangers. This article aims to show you how you can travel – safely and confidently – in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that hit earlier this year.
The key to travel at present is to be in isolation as much as possible. There are many ways to travel that don’t involve sitting in enclosed spaces with other people whose health you cannot be sure of – and this should be your hop-off point when planning your next trip away.
For instance, you should consider what you can do – and where you can go – without taking public transport. Can you drive out into a local area of natural beauty and set up camp with your friends or family? Can you hike, cycle and swim, instead of going to attractions in cities where there are thousands of people around you? COVID-era travel is all about finding solitude and getting away from the crowds.
Travel needn’t see you fly to the other side of the world. It’s quite possible to hit out from your home, in your car, to find the hidden gems and local treasures that have always been located right on your doorstep. If you’re a resident of Adelaide, for instance, you can try Camping Adelaide Hills to get your fix of the outside world – and your replenishment of that sense of adventure that you’ve been missing for months.
Meanwhile, if you’re able to get to the coast, a sea-side villa, chalet, apartment, or beach house is the perfect place to spend some time in isolation, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the sea while staying safe from the pandemic.
Trying New Things
Traveling in the pandemic shouldn’t mean that you have to downscale your ambitions and have a worse time – it just means changing your travel habits and refocusing your perspective on local areas and new activities. For instance, your local traveling might involve picking up shells on the seashore to make a necklace or making a den for your children in the woods.
Get creative with your new vacation activities in order to forge a truly memorable trip during which you practically forget that the world is still in the grip of a pandemic. Make the most of natural sights, and try your hand at orienteering around woodland and open plains – giving you a deep satisfaction that you’re able to navigate and explore the landscapes without the help of a phone or a guide.
There are hundreds of COVID-safe travel options to explore this winter – and, as this article demonstrates – many can be truly memorable and unique.