We are passing through a phase that is indeed difficult to comprehend at this moment. And pandemic such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has rapidly transformed our day to day life, businesses, disrupted the world trade and movements.
Having said that, the future looks hopeful now with more reasonable restrictions. And the relaxation in lockdown rules has got Indians venturing out into road trips; a much-needed break from isolation at home. But a road trip during a pandemic needs meticulous planning and special considerations. And stricter cleaning protocols and additional supplies are just a few extra things to consider when hitting the road.
So, here are road safety tips to help you stay safe when travelling during the pandemic.
Verify The Official Government Guidelines
Most importantly before you travel anywhere check official government guidelines. If you are from India the website you need to go to is https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/staying-during-coronavirus. Here you will find news and information about every destination, along with entry specifications, safety, security and more. If it's declared that you shouldn't travel to such and such place then that implies you clearly shouldn't travel. It's for your safety.
Access The WHO Website
The WHO or World Health Organisation gives information on endemics, pandemics, diseases and other types of health-related problems. They are an official resource to use to learn more about health-related matters that you should know before you drive.
Possibly Go Someplace Closer To Home
During a pandemic, it is wiser to travel a bit closer to home rather than other states. If you do wish to travel to other states then maybe head to a state that isn't too far - meaning that if the pandemic, restrictions or lockdowns or any other national crises kick off again, then it should feasibly be a bit easier for you and more convenient to return home.
A few suggestions on more domestic/national trips rather than foreign trips include:
- Travelling to national parks
- Heading to coastal towns
...to name a few ideas.
Stay In Self-Catered Accommodation
Travelling during and after the pandemic will make being around other people less sought-after, such as in bars and restaurants. So if you would rather have more space and cook for yourself then choose a self-catered apartment. These are available through booking.com, Airbnb and sometimes directly through property owners.
Visit And Stay In More Rural Places
Added option for travel after the Coronavirus might be to book accommodation in a more rustic environment or destination. This could be within your state or even neighbouring state. Such as staying in a cottage somewhere in Coorg, Kodaikanal or Kumarakom.
Go On Small Group Tours
When it becomes possible to travel again Indian may still have some restrictions on social distancing. This means that going on large tours might be less common. New travel itineraries may sometimes be a bit more expensive, but they will also be more personal and allow you to learn more about the destination.
Pay With A Credit Card
If possible then use a credit card to pay for your holiday. Depending on where you're from this can provide extra protection if you don't get what you paid for. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it's worth checking the terms and conditions in case the credit card company has put any clauses which prevent payouts in these situations.
Follow A Trustworthy Media Outlet
To stay informed before your travel on events around the world then make sure you follow a trustworthy news outlet. Unfortunately, there is lots of fake news and people trying to take advantage of people during a crisis. To ensure what you read is trustworthy then only trust information from major sources. For news, we recommend the ANI. If the ANI website isn't local enough for you then make sure whatever your choice is impartial, backed up by trustworthy facts and not overly subjective to the journalist.
Improve Your General Hygiene
A few other ways to ways to protect yourself after a pandemic might be to wear a face mask, washing your hands regularly and also carry hand sanitiser. Depending on the nature of the pandemic, this might or might not be sufficient to fully protect you against a virus, but it's best to take as many precautions as possible to improve your general hygiene and the spread of germs.