As a traveler you may currently be checked in to your flights, have your bags packed, and ticket in hand, but also wondering, should I be traveling during the Coronavirus Outbreak?
With numerous cancellations and travel restrictions to affected areas, travelers are left to make the decision — to travel or not to travel. Many national and international airlines and transit stations are still fully operational as your destination may be in a green zone.
However, due to the rapid rate at which the outbreak is spreading, it is always a good idea to check ahead to make sure you are entering a safe and secure area.
With preparation, caution, and some helpful tips from CuddlyNest your travel can go perfectly smoothly and according to plan.
Airports and Transit Stations:
If you are traveling through an airport or transit station in any location at this time, you are likely to come in contact with other travelers and employees of the facility. Try to avoid the self-check-in kiosks and fingerprint scanners in lounges.
When you arrive at the counter show your boarding pass or ticket on your mobile device. Or bring a printed out a copy to prevent passing your mobile device between yourself and the attendant.
CuddlyNest tip: Keep copies of your boarding pass on both your person and mobile device.
Practice Personal and Public Hygiene:
The best practice is to keep hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes on hand at all times. Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds, and try to avoid shaking hands or physically touching another person. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and always cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
To greet a friend or colleague you can wave, bow, or namaste! These gestures go along way to maintain your health and prevent the spread of infection in public settings.
CuddlyNest Tip: Hand sanitizers that have between 60-95% alcohol are the most effective, according to the CDC.
Practice Social Distancing:
You may be hearing the phrase “social distancing” a lot over the next couple of weeks. It’s simple. Avoid large crowds and smaller spaces. If you have plans to attend a large event of more than ten people, email or call ahead, as many events have been canceled or postponed.
For something to do and see during your trip, choose an outdoor setting that is open and allows you to explore in seclusion.
CuddlyNest Tip: Check out lists of free open-air things to do in the area you are visiting, like a stroll through a scenic park.
Prepare for Unforeseen Changes:
While you may be traveling to an area that is not yet affected by the current outbreak, unfortunately, this can change in a matter of days. It is always a great idea to have a trusty Plan B. Know your options in case you have to modify your travel plans.
Some of your planned activities may change as a result of businesses closing their operations during the outbreak. Follow travel and news accounts in the area so you can be sure to get updates immediately.
CuddlyNest Tip: Familiarize yourself with the national website or state website for the area you are traveling to. These sites will have the most up to date and accurate information.
Cancellations and Rebookings:
Many airlines and online travel agencies, including CuddlyNest, have flexible cancellation and rebooking policies, especially during the outbreak. If you choose to travel, be aware that the information about COVID-19 and travel policies are being updated daily. Before you travel be sure to contact your insurance provider and check the policies on travel in the location you will be visiting.
For more information on the current Coronavirus Outbreak check the official WHO website.
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CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at an unbeatable price. This blog post is the second in a series by the CuddlyNest team, on the Coronavirus Outbreak. To see more information about our COVID-19 policies please visit our response page.