It’s truthful to say that to this point, 2020 has been a troublesome, and for a lot of, a tragic 12 months. Because the first case of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 was reported. All over the place you flip somebody’s both speaking about it, studying about it, or stockpiling sanitiser for it.
We all know that these unsure instances may cause loads of stress and nervousness, particularly with regards to journey. Guaranteeing 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 vital data it’s essential 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, but it surely’s vital 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 stated, we’re travellers, not virologists, so please search skilled medical assist if you’re anxious or are displaying any signs.
Ought to I nonetheless journey throughout the coronavirus outbreak?
Many areas of the world stay protected and freed from journey restrictions, however finally, it comes all the way down to your private choice and whether or not you are feeling comfy boarding that aircraft, boat or practice.
The danger of catching COVID-19 is claimed to be low for most individuals. All of it is dependent upon the place on the earth you’re, so be sure you verify the World Well being Group (WHO) coronavirus scenario experiences and your authorities’s personal website for every 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 circumstances however could have a big financial and social influence”.
As travellers, we really feel greater than ever that we have to pull collectively, to remain linked with the world and to assist 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 because of the outbreak.
Even when which means altering the place you go to, suspending your journey, or reserving a refundable journey for later within the 12 months, we imagine that selecting to journey has a extra highly effective and constructive function on the earth 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 all journey, there are at all times related dangers. That two-week journey to Thailand, or month-long highway journey round New Zealand might 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 pupil 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 as well e book now pay in a while lots of our flight tickets, that means which you could 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 well-liked touring companions similar to Contiki and G Adventures all provide lifetime deposits if it’s essential 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 cellphone 24/7 for assist and gross sales. We’re hardcore like that.
How can I keep protected and wholesome while travelling?
Arms up should you’ve ever acquired sick from travelling? Everybody then.
As travellers, we’re already consultants within the area of moist wipes, hand sanitisers and rehydration salts. Now greater than ever, it’s vital 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 the easiest way to cut back your possibilities of being contaminated or spreading COVID-19:
Wash your fingers frequently 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 fingers aren’t visibly soiled.
Cowl your nostril and mouth with a flexed elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Critically, nobody desires 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 individuals. It’s by no means a good suggestion!
When you have every 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 celebration on Koh Phangan. Then we’d like sleep.
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