Post-Pandemic Family Travel: A Detailed Guide
Traveling during and after the pandemic will definitely be different, but if you follow the rules and keep your family safe, you’ll be able to have fun.
The Covid-19 pandemic is still in full swing in some places, while in others things are getting progressively better. If you’re lucky to live in an area that isn’t under lockdown at the moment, then you can slowly start planning your first post-pandemic getaway. However, if you have kids, then you should take extra steps to ensure they’re safe, especially if they’re already sensitive, to begin with. Once you ensure they’re okay, you’ll be able to protect the whole family. Therefore, here’s a detailed guide for your first trip after lockdown.
Learn about all the COVID-19 guidelines beforehand
Not all places have been equally hit by the pandemic, meaning that they all have different rules and guidelines for tourists and other visitors. So, it’s of utmost importance to learn everything you can about them before leaving home. That way, you’ll be properly informed which will also help you relax and have fun with your family. Most countries and hotels require you to possess negative COVID-19 test results, so make sure to test yourself and your little ones at least 48 hours prior to the trip.
Find the best method of travel
Flying at this age can be costly, especially if you’re planning a family trip. That’s why it’s advisable to use other means of transport, such as buses and trains. For instance, in Australia, many families opt for driving as it’s easiest and most efficient. In that case, you should consider car hire since having small kids on board requires you to take frequent breaks, and driving is the most accommodating type of transport out there.
If you’re going to a foreign country, then use a travel agency
Currently, a lot of people are advised to stay home and refrain from traveling abroad, however, if you’re careful, it’s possible to visit a new country, as long as you follow their safety guidelines. Since there are fewer people traveling right now, using this is an opportunity to visit places you’ve always dreamed of visiting is a great idea. For example, booking a family trip around Australia is a nice way to spend your vacation, especially if you’ve always wanted to go Down Under. And, since such trips can be difficult to organize, using a reliable travel agency will take a huge load off your back, as you’ll be able to plan fun activities instead of worrying about organizing the trip.
Plan entertainment activities for kids
Kids can get easily bored, which is why it’s necessary to have various entertainment options at hand, especially during long car rides. You can always opt for a tablet and other gadgets to keep them busy, but there are alternatives such as coloring books, toys and regular books that are age-appropriate and fun. Aside from that, you can also play games such as “I spy”. Older kids will appreciate it if you give them journals to document their trip in a fun and engaging way.
Make sure everyone is safe and protected
Since this pandemic is still happening, it’s crucial to make sure you and your family are safe. So, when going on a trip, don’t forget to bring masks, visors, antibacterial baby wipes, gloves and hand sanitizers for everyone. This is especially important if you’re going somewhere for the first time, because being in an unfamiliar place requires you to take additional steps to ensure the safety for your whole family.
Wake up early to use the most of your day
Sleeping in during the vacation is a dream come true for many, but during the pandemic, it’s definitely better to wake up earlier in order to avoid big crowds, mainly if you plan to visit museums, monuments and other tourist hotspots. Being in a place with fewer people gives you more room to relax and spend some fun time with your family without worrying about others and their behavior.
If hotels are not your thing, opt for an Airbnb or similar rental service
Many hotels are slowly reopening, but with caution, so if you’re not ready to follow the strict rules, then opting for an Airbnb or something similar is definitely a better idea. Besides, opting for such type of accommodation can offer more privacy, especially if you opt for a house with a backyard pool or a big garden. Maybe it’s not as luxurious as a hotel resort, but it is definitely more affordable and flexible for a family.
Traveling during and after the pandemic will definitely be different, but if you follow the rules and keep your family safe, you’ll be able to have fun regardless of the circumstances. Just remember to bring all the necessities and only travel to a place that has a lower number of COVID-19 cases, because that will reduce the risk and give you and your loved ones a sense of safety.