Everyone has been missing road trips these days. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are left at home to keep the virus from spreading further, while a number of us are staying in hospitals to recover from the virus. This pandemic has been an isolating experience, but it has also allowed us to reflect on essential things in life.
From gardening to working out at home, we have acquired many hobbies over the course of the global health crisis. We have gone through many trials and errors to figure out what could help us ward off symptoms of anxiety and depression caused by our lack of physical interaction with friends and family.
Once everything is finally settled, nothing can stop us from reconnecting with our loved ones whom we have only communicated with via virtual means.
While it is still a far-fetched notion to think about the end of the current pandemic, there is nothing wrong with staying hopeful for the coming days. As we wait out the effect and the developments of the vaccine, all we can do for now is to plan our future trips together.
Although we hope for a clean and safe world ahead, it would still be better to be prepared with sanitation essentials once we travel. Keep these things in mind for when you travel in the future.
Besides planning what to do on your post-pandemic road trip, you also have to plan the sanitation essentials you need to bring and the safety tips you need to follow.
The first thing you need to do is to research your destination. Although you should be making your road trip once everything has settled, you still need to make sure that your desired destination is completely safe to travel to. You wouldn’t want to be the reason for a new outbreak to happen in that area or the areas adjacent to it. Check the local government for news and updates about their COVID-19 status.
Prepare a sanitation kit with enough supplies for everyone in the car. You need to be ready with rubbing alcohol, extra face masks, and disinfecting wipes to make sure you have the essentials to sanitize frequently.
If you need to take a rest stop or a bathroom break, be extra careful in public restrooms. Although you should always take precautions in these places, it’s best to be extra careful nowadays. Use your foot to flush the toilet and wash your hands after using the cubicle. Also, sanitize your hands with rubbing alcohol before you get back into the car.
Roll down the windows to keep the air flowing inside your vehicle. This will improve the ventilation in your car, which can help prevent the transmission of the virus. Although this is a precaution, you might still want to consider using separate cars for each household, to be extra careful.
These are some things you need to consider before you head out for a road trip once everyone has cleared out. Make sure you don’t get too excited about going out when the time comes that you forget to follow any protocols that the government might implement by then.
Travel Trends Post-pandemic
Given the current state of the global population who are currently in quarantine, it can be said that the quarantine period has allowed us some time to reflect on our life choices and plans. This includes our preferences for future travel. It seems that the future of the travel industry can be affected by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of the global health crisis, sustainability has been a trend worldwide. Given this situation, many travelers will opt for more sustainable options when traveling. Responsible travel policies will be a trend for travel companies, and these companies can start campaigns that revolve around sustainability.
Traveling will be a more inclusive industry after the pandemic. With the progressive movements nowadays regarding gender, race, and even body types, there will be a wider range of travel options for diverse individuals who seek to see the world.
Travelers will also opt to support small communities in their industries and in protecting their local environment. There will be a greater effort from travelers to help out these communities, in line with their sustainability advocacy.
These are some ways that the travel industry will change after the pandemic. The quarantine period has allowed us to reflect more on our life choices and how we spend our travel privileges. Given this, hopefully, the travel industry will be a more loving community for the environment and the marginalized.
It’s still a long way to go before we finally get to travel freely and without worry. Although this is the case, we can still plan our future destinations to be more hopeful for the coming days. As we find the light at the end of the tunnel, we can then use it to guide the world toward becoming a more sustainable place to live in.