How Do I Add Travel Back Into My Self-Care Routine?
The short answer is safely, but the devil is in the details.
With both international and domestic travel grinding to a halt this year, the itch to get away may be feeling particularly strong these days. Now that borders around the world are reopening and states are relaxing travel restrictions, the thought of taking a much needed vacation may start to feel more and more appealing.
That said, the threat of COVID-19 still looms, especially in confined indoor areas like airports and planes. But traveling with proper safety precautions is possible, and it’s certainly encouraged if you’ve been feeling pent-up with cabin fever. For many people, traveling is a necessary form of self-care, one that relaxes, inspires and educates as they experience unfamiliar parts of the world. However, traveling in uncertain times with a good plan and peace of mind will ultimately make it more fulfilling.
If you plan to take a trip within the next few months, check out these tips for doing so as safely as possible!
Check In On Local COVID Restrictions.
Before traveling anywhere, be sure you understand the local restrictions of your destination. You may face certain closures or time limits when visiting places like restaurants and museums, though most tourist destinations are well-adjusted to this new era of travel.
Wear Your Protective Gear.
Be sure to wear your mask in public, especially when on any form of transit and in airports. If it makes you feel more comfortable, a face shield can also be of use in addition to the mask. However, be aware that wearing a mask for prolonged periods of time, like on an airplane, can lead to issues like maskne (acne from wearing a mask). If you find yourself running into this issue, it can help to update your skincare routine and use a lightweight, 100% cotton mask.
Don’t forget your hand sanitizer or hand wipes, and if you’re the kind of person who likes to take immunity boosts like Emergen-C or Elderberry Syrup, this would be a good time to stock up!
If Possible, Invest In Travel Insurance.
Pandemic aside, travel insurance is always a good idea. In many cases, if you get sick, injured, or lose your luggage, travel insurance will refund you or get you back home if needed. Here are some of the best-rated travel insurance plans for trips big and small.
Consider Road Tripping.
Who doesn’t love a good road trip? If possible, pack the car and head to your destination — this will limit your interactions with strangers and reduce risk of exposure.
Choose Socially Distant Destinations.
If possible, avoid making a visit to a crowded city. Instead, this is a great time to pack your camping or hiking gear and explore the bounty nature has to offer! Generally speaking, sharing the outdoors with other people (while still at a distance and taking proper precautions, like mask-wearing and hand-washing) is safer than being inside.
However, if you’re not much of an outdoorsy person, you can find amenities like hotels and rental homes that uphold strict sanitization standards for their guests.
A side note: during this time, it may help to choose one place to stay for the majority of your trip, versus bouncing around to different locations. Not only will this make for a more relaxing vacation, but you’ll limit your chances of potential exposure.
If you can, carve out time to recharge. Prioritizing rest and relaxation while traveling will make your trip less stressful and ultimately more rewarding. Whether that means treating yourself to a DIY facial, taking a walk through a new neighborhood, or napping under the palms on a beach, you’ll be ready for the next adventures lying ahead.