It’s truthful to say that thus far, 2020 has been a troublesome, and for a lot of, a tragic yr. For the reason that first case of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 was reported. In every single place you flip somebody’s both speaking about it, studying about it, or stockpiling sanitiser for it.
We all know that these unsure occasions could cause loads of stress and nervousness, particularly in the case of journey. Making certain that our travellers keep protected, wholesome and knowledgeable is on the prime of our agenda. So, with that in thoughts, we’ve pulled collectively all of the necessary info it is advisable to learn about travelling earlier than, throughout and after the coronavirus (COVID-19).
What’s Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Let’s get actual. It’s not fairly, but it surely’s necessary to know precisely what we’re coping with. COVID-19 is a brand new kind of infectious coronavirus unfold by small droplets from the nostril or mouth when somebody who has the virus coughs or sneezes.
It causes respiratory issues, that means the widespread signs are sometimes the identical because the widespread chilly or flu – fever, tiredness and dry cough.
That mentioned, we’re travellers, not virologists, so please search skilled medical assist in case you are anxious or are exhibiting any signs.
Ought to I nonetheless journey in the course of the coronavirus outbreak?
Many areas of the world stay protected and freed from journey restrictions, however in the end, it comes all the way down to your private desire and whether or not you are feeling comfy boarding that aircraft, boat or practice.
The chance of catching COVID-19 is alleged to be low for most individuals. All of it depends upon the place on the planet you’re, so you’ll want to examine the World Well being Group (WHO) coronavirus scenario stories and your authorities’s personal website for day by day updates, and to plan your journey accordingly.
Apparently, the WHO says: “Journey bans to affected areas or denial of entry to passengers coming from affected areas are often not efficient in stopping the importation of instances however could have a big financial and social impression”.
As travellers, we really feel greater than ever that we have to pull collectively, to remain linked with the world and to help all of the native communities on the market who depend on tourism. Plus, these folks at dwelling who’re sadly affected by xenophobia and racism because of the outbreak.
Even when meaning altering the place you go to, suspending your journey, or reserving a refundable journey for later within the yr, we imagine that selecting to journey has a extra highly effective and constructive position on the planet past Instagram and getting a tan. (Each of those matters, additionally okay with, obvs).
If I resolve to journey, what ought to I be reserving?
As with every journey, there are at all times related dangers. That two-week journey to Thailand, or month-long street journey round New Zealand may simply as simply be affected by pure catastrophe, political unrest, or another not-so-nice incident.
Journey for us has at all times been about freedom and discovery, which is why loads of what we promote already has flexibility constructed into it. For instance, all our scholar and beneath 31 BlueTickets (plus loads of our grownup tickets too) are date changeable and refundable for a neighborhood admin payment, plus, we’re providing one free date change on all new BlueTicket bookings. You may also e book now pay afterward lots of our flight tickets, that means which you could bag a cut price now however pay the steadiness earlier than you fly. Or cancel, if that’s what you resolve to do.
Likewise, our most popular touring companions reminiscent of Contiki and G Adventures all provide lifetime deposits if it is advisable to cancel or rebook your journey. Whereas there’ll at all times be prices to cancel your journey plans, reserving our versatile journey vary ought to assist to attenuate these. Be clear with our Journey Consultants what your priorities are, and so they’ll kind the remaining.
As at all times, we’re on the telephone 24/7 for help and gross sales. We’re hardcore like that.
How can I keep protected and wholesome while travelling?
Palms up in the event you’ve ever bought sick from travelling? Everybody then.
As travellers, we’re already consultants within the discipline of moist wipes, hand sanitisers and rehydration salts. Now greater than ever, it’s necessary to deploy all of your hygiene measures and customary sense to remain protected at dwelling and on the street.
Following these primary public well being pointers is one of the best ways to cut back your possibilities of being contaminated or spreading COVID-19:
- Wash your fingers commonly with cleaning soap and water for at the least 20 seconds (that’s the identical period of time it takes to sing the refrain of Britany Spears’ ‘Oops!… I Did It Once more’, simply FYI). Or use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when fingers aren’t visibly soiled.
- Cowl your nostril and mouth with a flexed elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Critically, nobody needs to be lined in your bodily fluids.
- Attempt to not contact your mouth and nostril.
- Comply with correct meals hygiene practices, particularly in hostel kitchens.
Bonus: don’t go round licking folks. It’s by no means a good suggestion!
In case you have every other questions or considerations about your upcoming or future journeys, please attain out to us. We’re nonetheless that greatest mate who’s right here to assist everytime you want it. Except it’s at 3am after a Full Moon get together on Koh Phangan. Then we want sleep.
Discover and safe your flight now with our e book now pay later program. Completely happy (and wholesome) travels!