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Seven recommendations to make your trip safer and more enjoyable

After strict lockdowns and quarantines, going out and traveling can be exceptionally beneficial for your mental well-being.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our daily lives and prevented millions of people worldwide from traveling to some of their favorite locations. However, you can still have a beautiful, safe vacation if your government allows traveling within your country. So, you just need to find a suitable local destination and take a few extra steps to ensure that you will be prepared and safe. So, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to make your experience enjoyable despite the imposed regulations. 

Bring masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers 
You should always have a mask and gloves on you when you have to be around other people. Besides social distancing and self-isolation, it’s the best way to limit the spread of the virus. So, when you’re traveling, it’s crucial to pack extra just in case. These products are quickly getting out of stock, and you don’t want to find yourself in an unfamiliar location without proper protection. Make sure you pack enough and remember to use plenty of hand sanitizer. 

Make a copy of all your documents 
International travel is strongly discouraged during the pandemic, and this has already had a substantial impact on the tourism industry. So, many enthusiastic travelers have decided to explore their countries instead of traveling abroad.

If you’re one of them, it’s important to remember to bring all the necessary personal documents with you and have copies on hand as well. While you might not need a passport when you’re traveling locally, you still need to have some sort of valid ID, credit card, and more. Should you lose any of those important documents, it’s a good idea to have a photocopy of them. You never know when it will come in handy. 

Do some research beforehand 
Traveling during a pandemic can be dangerous, so you’ll want to avoid places that attract large numbers of tourists. To do that effectively, you’ll need to do some research and find out which of your locations are popular, and which are considered hidden treasures. 

For instance, going to the beach or pool presents a set of rules that visitors need to follow. Hence, you might want to consider spending your summer vacation in a more remote location. Instead of booking a room in a hotel, rent a small house in a rural part of your state. You can have plenty of exciting experiences when you go off the beaten path, and you’ll find it easier to avoid large groups of people who might be contagious. 

Make a travel plan 
To ensure that you can follow the recommended social-distancing measures, you should create a detailed and flexible travel plan. Write down which destinations you’d like to visit on which date and include a few alternatives if it turns out that the location is too crowded or unavailable during the pandemic. It will make your travels much safer and easier. 

Protect your digital privacy
One thing that many have forgotten amid the pandemic is cybersecurity. Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, there has been an increase in cybercrimes globally, and everyone who’s not careful is vulnerable. 

Don’t neglect your cybersecurity while you’re trying to recharge your batteries during your local trip. Since you probably won’t bring your laptop, you will perform most of your online activities via smartphones. If you are in a more remote place, you will value places that have free Wi-Fi. However, connecting to them is not a good idea. Most of them are unsecured and can serve as the tool hackers exploit to steal your data. Hence, consider getting a VPN for Android or iOS. It will secure all your online interactions and prevent accidental leaks of data. 

Additionally, update your passwords, and always practice caution when accessing sites and apps. Keep in mind that this advice isn’t solely for traveling. You should follow proper security measures at home, in the office, on the go, wherever you are. It’s crucial to take your cybersecurity seriously. Otherwise, you risk becoming a victim of identity theft, credit card fraud, DDoS attacks, and more. 

Back up your files 
Backing up your files is always a smart thing to do, especially when you’re traveling around. You could easily lose your electronics, have your laptop stolen, or have your smartphone broken. So, it’s always best to take a few preventative measures. Back up all your files, pictures, work documents, and more. Either keep them on an external hard drive or upload them to the cloud.

Focus on experiences, not souvenirs 
Pandemic or not, when you’re traveling, it’s always best to focus on having memorable experiences. Instead of spending your days shopping or buying souvenirs, spend time with your travel partners and enjoy exploring and learning more about your local area. The only tokens you’ll need are a few good pictures. 

Final thoughts 
While it would be best to stay at home and wait for the pandemic to end, that’s not always possible. After strict lockdowns and quarantines, going out and traveling can be exceptionally beneficial for your mental well-being. Just remember to be cautious, avoid large gatherings, and take preventative measures such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.