As the world embraces the new norms as a result of COVID-19, we are now experiencing new ways of traveling. If you and your fellow travelers are ready to jump on a plane or cruise, it is important to stay safe and healthy as this virus continues to progress. Although we all deserve a break, we should also prioritize our health and safety. Read on as Jameson 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 public spaces, especially airports, airplanes, trains, train stations, etc. Note that mask mandates will vary depending on your location.
- Keep a small bottle of sanitizer in all bags during your trip — one in your backpack, one in a purse, and one in your luggage. This tip will allow you to use sanitizer no matter which bag is closest, and if you lose a bag, you’ll still have sanitizer somewhere else.
- When you land at your destination, stop by a local pharmacy to pick up a Lysol spray. When you check in to your hotel, spray all surfaces in the room, and then open the windows, allowing the room to air out. Take a walk around the block and return when the smell has dissipated from the Lysol, and you’ll have a disinfected room.
- Consider purchasing more than one hotel night at the front end of your trip. For example, if you’re scheduled to check in on Wednesday, consider buying your room from Tuesday night and allowing the room to sit unoccupied with any guest in it. Experts say the virus will occur after sitting on surfaces for around 48 hours, so if you can guarantee the room will be empty the day prior, this will aid in this.
- Avoid eating on planes and trains where you need to touch tray tables and other surfaces. The fewer touchpoints you need to touch, the better.
- Consider wearing a pair of “travel clothes.” When you get off the plane, change into other clothes for the rest of the day.
- Bring slippers or other footwear to wear in a hotel room. That way you don’t have to touch the floor.
- Wash your hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds) and frequently throughout the day. If you are unable to wash your hands, be sure to apply hand sanitizer instead.
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.
Jameson 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.