As we enjoy a new year we’re still battling some of the issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the world in 2020. When it comes to travelling, it seems that stress and anxiety are still a reality for many people and it might be here for a while.
It’s estimated that one of the main travel fears among U.K. travellers is that they may catch COVID-19 abroad. Many travellers also worry about having to quarantine when they arrive at their destination, while the fear of being stranded in another country being a close follower.
Around 48% of people in the U.K. also believe that they won’t be able to travel as often as they normally would as a direct result of the pandemic. Anxiety is real among travellers and unfortunately, this leads to people missing out on relaxation, seeing friends and family abroad, and enjoying new experiences.
But post-pandemic travel shouldn’t be stressful or lead to anxiety at all; in fact, with a few helpful tips, you can safely enjoy your travels and make the most out of every experience during these times.
Let’s take a closer look at a few tips that can help you safely overcome your travel anxiety so that you can start enjoying your travels and start experiencing the world again.
1. Organise All Travel Documents in Advance
Many people worry about becoming unwell abroad, but with the right medical insurance, you will be covered in the event that you may need medical attention while travelling.
Taking out medical insurance for your travels abroad might seem a bit expensive and even complicated at times, but it’s essential to have the right medical cover in the event that you may need assistance. You never know what might happen when you’re away from home so being covered will give you peace of mind.
It’s important to remember to declare any medical conditions when you take travel insurance as leaving them out might invalidate your insurance. Having all of these documents ready along with your passport will make things much easier and reduce your travelling anxiety.
Another fact that might make organising your travel documents much easier is that there are now digitized travel passports with vaccine info available. This means you can have your necessary travel documents with you along with any proof of vaccinations that you may need when entering a specific country. This gives a lot of travellers peace of mind knowing that they will have their documentation and vaccine info readily available.
2. Prepare any Necessary Medication Before Your Trip
If you need to take any specific medication with you when you travel, make sure to plan ahead of time so that you don’t forget anything. Remember to take your medication in your hand luggage in case your hold luggage should go missing along the way. Some medication might require a doctor’s letter but you can confirm this with your physician.
When preparing your medication, make sure that you take enough with you to cover the length of your stay. If you need a repeat prescription, be sure to take that with you as well.
If you have enough medication packed and ready for your trip it might help to relieve stress and anxiety when preparing for your travels, so make this one of the priorities when you plan your next holiday!
3. Familiarize Yourself with New COVID Safety Precautions
Knowing what the latest score with 19 safety precautions are in the U.K. as well as the destination you will be visiting, will also help to ease your anxiety as you will be able to prepare in advance. For example, you will know what to expect at the airport as well as your destination, when and where to wear a face mask as well as any tests that you may need before travelling.
Don’t forget to pack plenty of face masks and hand sanitiser to last the duration of your trip.
People are often unfamiliar with all the latest safety precautions that are necessary during the pandemic and this is a great source of anxiety for them. Knowing what to expect and preparing in advance will help you to relieve the stress around planning your holiday and allow you to focus on enjoying your travelling again.
4. Travel with a Friend
Between all of the safety precautions and the uncertainties around the pandemic, travelling alone might be a bit scary for most travellers – even for those who used to do this all the time.
When you plan your next trip, how about taking a friend or a colleague with you to ease anxiety and make sure you can be at your most relaxed and comfortable on your trip? When you travel with someone else you might feel more at ease when you think about the different restrictions and what you might find in another country.
Travelling alone used to be second nature for many people, but since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have avoided travelling altogether, so going at it alone might be too challenging for some.
Travelling with someone will also allow you to enjoy your experience a bit more, as you won’t stress about being alone in uncertain times but rather have a friend with you to enjoy the adventure.
5. Help Boost Local and Foreign Tourism
It’s no secret that the pandemic has taken a toll on the travel industry, both locally and abroad. By travelling again you will do your part to help boost local and foreign tourism industries and help get them back on track.
It’s estimated that a staggering 100 million jobs will be impacted as a result of this pandemic, with trillions in global GDP losses. This gives you some perspective on just how much the travel industry already suffered since the start of the pandemic.
Where possible people are encouraged to take up travelling again to help boost local and international travel markets. The industry is in desperate need of revenue but with so many new safety precautions available people can now start to travel – even with some restrictions in place.
Some people choose to start by travelling locally in the U.K. and taking a small step towards exploring new destinations closer to home. You can do the same and take a few short trips to ease your anxiety around travelling during COVID-19, before moving on to international travelling.
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