It’s honest to say that to date, 2020 has been a troublesome, and for a lot of, a tragic yr. Because the 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 instances could cause quite a lot of stress and anxiousness, particularly on the subject of journey. Making certain that our travellers keep protected, wholesome and knowledgeable is on the high of our agenda. So, with that in thoughts, we’ve pulled collectively all of the necessary info it is advisable to find out about travelling earlier than, throughout and after the coronavirus (COVID-19).
What’s Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Let’s get actual. It’s not fairly, however it’s necessary to know precisely what we’re coping with. COVID-19 is a brand new sort of infectious coronavirus unfold by means of small droplets from the nostril or mouth when somebody who has the virus coughs or sneezes.
It causes respiratory issues, which means the frequent signs are sometimes the identical because the frequent chilly or flu – fever, tiredness and dry cough.
That mentioned, we’re travellers, not virologists, so please search skilled medical assist if you’re apprehensive or are displaying 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 finally, it comes right down to your private desire and whether or not you’re feeling snug boarding that aircraft, boat or prepare.
The danger of catching COVID-19 is claimed to be low for most individuals. All of it relies on the place on this planet you might be, so you should definitely examine the World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus situation reports and your authorities’s personal website for each day updates, and to plan your journey accordingly.
Curiously, 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 major financial and social affect”.
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 individuals at residence who’re sadly affected by xenophobia and racism on account 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 consider that selecting to journey has a extra highly effective and constructive function on this planet past Instagram and getting a tan. (Each of this stuff, additionally okay with, obvs).
If I determine 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 highway 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 quite a lot of what we promote already has flexibility constructed into it. For instance, all our pupil and underneath 31 BlueTickets (plus quite a lot 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 can even guide now pay in a while lots of our flight tickets, which means that you may bag a discount now however pay the steadiness earlier than you fly. Or cancel, if that’s what you determine to do.
Likewise, our most popular touring companions similar to Contiki and G Adventures all supply 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 reduce these. Be clear with our Journey Consultants what your priorities are, and so they’ll type the remainder.
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?
Arms up if you happen to’ve ever acquired 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 residence and on the highway.
Following these primary public well being pointers is one of the simplest ways to scale back your possibilities of being contaminated or spreading COVID-19:
- Wash your palms recurrently with cleaning soap and water for no less than 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 palms 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.
- Observe correct meals hygiene practices, particularly in hostel kitchens.
Bonus: don’t go round licking individuals. It’s by no means a good suggestion!
In case you have some other questions or issues 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. Until it’s at 3am after a Full Moon occasion on Koh Phangan. Then we want sleep.
Discover and safe your flight now with our book now pay later program. Joyful (and wholesome) travels!