As the world adapts to the new realities brought about by COVID-19, our approach to travel is evolving correspondingly. If you and your travel companions are ready to board a plane or embark on a cruise, it’s important to prioritize safety and health in the face of the lingering effects of the pandemic. While we all yearn for a reprieve, our well-being should always take precedence. Read on as Barclay Vacations reviews safety tips from top travel experts.
Helping you stay safe and healthy is as important to us as much as it is to you. We have asked travel experts to share their tips and advice to prepare you for your upcoming travel adventures.
Tip: Plan to Be More Prepared than Before
There is no doubt we have all traveled enough times that we have packing down to a science, and planning an itinerary can be done in a snap. However, being more prepared to handle every COVID-19 restriction, mandate, and regulation to keep you and your travel companions healthy is just another process added to your travel plans. These tips can help you be more able to adjust to the COVID-19 changes and find relaxation during unpredictable times.
- Consider wearing a mask in communal areas, particularly in airports, airplanes, trains, and train stations. Be aware that mask requirements can fluctuate depending on your location.
- Always have a small sanitizer bottle within reach during your journey — one in your backpack, another in your purse, and one more in your luggage. This way, you can disinfect your hands regardless of which bag is nearby, and losing one bag doesn’t mean losing all your sanitizers.
- Upon arrival at your destination, consider visiting a local pharmacy to purchase a disinfectant spray. Spray this on all surfaces in your hotel room upon check-in, then open the windows to ventilate the room. Take a brief stroll and return once the disinfectant odor has faded, ensuring a sanitized space.
- Think about reserving an extra hotel night at the start of your journey. For instance, if your check-in is scheduled for Wednesday, consider booking from Tuesday night, keeping the room vacant before your arrival. As experts suggest the virus can survive on surfaces for about 48 hours, this step can enhance your safety.
- Refrain from eating on planes and trains where you need to interact with tray tables and other high-touch surfaces. The fewer touchpoints, the better.
- Consider designating a set of “travel clothes.” After disembarking from the plane, change into a fresh outfit for the rest of the day. Pack slippers or other indoor footwear for use in your hotel room, avoiding direct contact with the floor.
- Ensure regular and thorough hand washing (for a minimum of 20 seconds) throughout the day. If hand washing isn’t an option, use hand sanitizer as an alternative.
Tip: Research is a Priority
With every new change associated with COVID-19, your travel preparations now require some additional research to ensure that you can have some enjoyment during these challenging times. Here are some essential tips to consider when choosing where you might want to travel.
Make sure to really do the research about the destination or get a travel advisor to help you research. Many countries, states, and counties all have different rules around what you can and cannot do. You must be vigilant in understanding if you need to wear a mask at all times or what is open. This research will help you set the right expectations for your trip!
Consider resorts that are smaller and choose a resort that you are okay with staying in. If things aren’t open, it’s important to know that you may be spending more time at the hotel than you would on other vacations. Also, smaller resorts will give you more space to spread out.
Consider a vacation that lets you get outdoors, but book ahead! Domestic travel to the national parks is expected to increase but most likely will have reduced capacity. Make sure to book ahead!
Tip: While Traveling, Stay Healthy
Although you are desperate to take a vacation, the thought of traveling safely and staying healthy during COVID-19 can take a break. Read on for some great tips for travelers to stay healthy during their travels.
When traveling, it’s important to take care of your physical needs. We can still use essential vitamins and nutrients and adequate sleep to prepare our bodies to combat anything we encounter. Adding a few nutrient-dense foods to your road trip snacks can make a big difference to overall health. Sleeping 7-8 hours a night has also been shown to boost your immune system.
It’s also important now more than ever to have an emergency health plan. When looking at hotels, flights, and sites to see at any destination, it’s also important to look for hospitals and pharmacies in the area. Even if it seems unlikely you’ll get sick, it will still provide peace of mind throughout your vacation.
Tip: Current Cruising Requirements
Our cruising partner, Margaritaville at Sea (formerly Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line), wanted to share important information regarding Covid sailing protocol. The Bahamian government has recently updated its policies regarding visiting guests. Please read the list carefully to make sure you understand the current vaccination requirements.
- Updated Policy as of October 5, 2022: Margaritaville at Sea is now welcoming all guests traveling to the Bahamas onboard regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. There is no vaccination or testing documentation required to sail aboard the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. Additionally, the Bahamas COVID-19 restrictions and testing requirements have been lifted as of September 20, 2022.
Click here for more information about Margaritaville at Sea’s travel and testing requirements.
Barclay Vacations Reviews: How to Stay Healthy and Travel Safely
Nearly everything in the world has changed, including how we fly, relax, and discover new places. Many people want to get away and rest, but they want to be safe and healthy to enjoy a nice vacation. Take the time to research these tips to make your trip more comfortable, safe, and enjoyable.