The United States — and the rest of the world — are still far from a COVID-19 vaccine, with many states still deciding whether to close down again after reopening. So, for now, social distancing and minimal movement in public are still the best practices to follow. Unfortunately, sitting at home with nothing to do can drive you a little crazy after a while. Many people still have the travel itch, but they’re unsure if there’s a way to scratch it safely.
While staying at home is still the safest option, there are many ways to travel without posing a significant risk to yourself or others. So, let’s take a look at some Do’s and Don’ts of traveling during the pandemic:
Airports and airplanes make it nearly impossible to practice social distancing. Moreover, there are many travel restrictions for U.S. citizens at the moment. So, if you want to travel internationally, you should wait until travel restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to be in public spaces again.
Since you shouldn’t fly, this means that you’re mostly limited to travel by car or public transport. For the same reasons listed above, we recommend the former over the latter. Traveling by car is by far the safest way to travel at the moment.
Do Practice Safe Driving
There might be fewer people on the road right now, but that doesn’t mean should ignore the rules of the road or drive recklessly. This is especially important when you’re driving in unfamiliar places. If you’re visiting a new city, take extra precautions. There may be detours, construction barricades, traffic congestion, and many other issues that slow you down and increase the risk of an accident.
Don’t Go to Popular Attractions
It may make your planning tough, but you should avoid popular attractions as much as possible. This is not to say that you can’t go to places that other people like, but if you do choose a popular attraction, make sure that it is one that won’t put you in close proximity to large groups (amusement parks, concert halls, etc).
Do Try to Find New Places in Your State/Region
The farther you travel, the more stops you will need to make for food, gas, and lodging along the way. Stopping and getting out of your vehicle puts you at greater risk. This means that driving from one end of the United States to the other may not be the best option at the moment.
Instead, look for places that you’ve never seen before in your state or region. This will decrease your need to come into contact with other people. You’ll make fewer stops and may be able to go there and back all in one day!
Do Practice Social Distancing and Proper Hygiene
Finally, it is extremely important that you practice social distancing and proper hygiene while you travel. You should have masks, hand sanitizers, and sanitation wipes with you at all times. This may sound extreme, but it could mean the difference between life and death for you or your loved ones. At the end of the day, no trip is worth dying for, so be safe!