As the pandemic continues to put travel plans on hold for people all over the world, it can be easy to start feeling restless.
You might be dreaming about immersing yourself in new cultures, seeing new vistas and sampling local delicacies. However, coronavirus has different ideas for 2020.
The tourism sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. So much so that travel is down by up to ninety per cent. These really are unprecedented times for all sectors of society, and global tourism is one industry that is taking the brunt of the impact.
So, what can you do instead? Safely exploring your own country is one option. Or you could start saving and planning for the next travel adventure when lockdown, social distancing and the pandemic is over.
Let’s take a look at how to safely travel during coronavirus times. And how to plan for the future.
Planning Your Trip
Think about how you want to travel and where you want to go for your next trip.
If you’re happy not to travel by plane and you want to reduce your carbon footprint, think about heading to a company like Austrack Campers and investing in an off-road camper that you can hook onto the back of your car. This will give you the chance to live a truly nomadic lifestyle and head off traveling whenever you fancy.
An off-road camper is also a great way to explore your backyard – aka your home country. After years of jetting off to foreign countries, this can be just as exciting as going overseas.
And finally, take some time to plan your trip rather than going off on a spontaneous holiday. This may seem tedious but you will end up experiencing a richer journey as a result. Plus, it makes more sense to research a destination during a global pandemic. Safety first!
If you’re adamant that you want to go long haul, you will have to get used to a new normal.
Face coverings will probably be the norm on flights for the foreseeable future and COVID testing will depend on the country you travel to. Make sure that you have a visa (if required) and a valid passport before booking anything.
A great part of the world to visit is the Far East. The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan, is full of culture, spirituality, the buzz of the city and the charm of feudal Japan.
You can enjoy visiting temples, sampling sushi, climbing Mount Fuji, heading to the gaming district of Tokyo, seeing the solemn sight of Hiroshima and getting to know the numerous Buddhas all over the nation. Alternatively, you can trek the Inca Trail, head out on safari, or venture to a desolate island.
And if travelling overseas is not on your radar right now, it’s never too early to plan and dream. You could even start a travel blog to document future trips.
This is a big one if you want to see the world because travel is not cheap.
A good way to save is to put away the money that you’re no longer spending on eating out, heading to the cinema or going for drinks. This can now be your travel fund. Then, with a big pot of travel money, you will be able to afford a longer layover, an upgrade or an extra souvenir.
It might seem like the days of travel are over, but we will be traveling to the ends of the earth again soon. So, get planning and get saving.