Since a few weeks now, the political infrastructure of the country has slowly but steadily started encouraging its citizens to travel. There have been social media posts, newspaper articles and other media subtly hinting that travel and tourism is back in the scheme of things.
While political interest in travel is more to do with getting the Travel & Tourism and Hospitality industries back into gear, what is your take on it? Have you been bitten by the travel bug after being cooped up at home for 18+ months due to the pandemic?
If yes, it is important that you have a look at our 6 tips to have a safe trip (we promise, only 1 out of 6 will be COVID-related)!
Keep an eye on the minimum COVID-related requirements of your travel destination
In these challenging times, a bit of research from home will not only save you from disappointment once you reach your destination but will also save you a lot of time and money. Make sure your travel destination’s minimum requirements are met for all travellers before you leave home. This includes vaccination status, whether an RT-PCR Negative test will be valid for 48 or 72 hours, updated status on the Aarogya Setu app, and others.
State government websites, airline websites as well as your travel agent should be able to help with the minimum requirements in the state you are visiting.
Apart from the passport, visa, tickets, and travel insurance, here is the list of essential travel documents that you must carry for a hassle-free trip:
- Maps and guidebooks of the places you’re traveling to
- Hotel accommodation proof
- Identity documents
- Debit/Credit cards
Distribute Your Money
Theft and robbery are part and parcel of a trip, for which you must be prepared in advance. Globetrotters suggest that you MUST NOT keep your money in a single place. Instead, divide and distribute it among different pockets and bags/satchels, just like you would distribute your savings in different investment options to reduce risks.
When traveling, always carry only important things in your bag. Be a roller when it comes to packing your clothes, because it saves space. Seasoned travellers suggest your clothes shouldn’t add up to more than one-third of your total luggage weight.
Don’t put this on the back-burner. Consult an expert and get an adequate travel insurance policy before you embark on your journey. Travel insurance will provide you financial assistance for the following undesirable circumstances:
- Hospitalization resulting from accidental injury or sickness
- Loss/theft of baggage or passport
- Flight delay
- Trip cancellation
- Disability compensation resulting from an accident
- Plane hijack
This applies to domestic as well as international travel insurance.
Bye-bye social media!
Traveling becomes a beautiful experience only when you put your eyes on the road and experience new cultures and lifestyles. This will require you to get a little detached from your phone. Of course, you must keep your loved ones updated, but do your best to avoid social media when traveling.