Being that it’s 2021 and there is likely a need to relieve stress, you might be planning a few new year trips! Travel safely and follow the helpful tips below.
Do you have big plans for yourself in 2021? You should. After all, you have had a lot of time to think them through in 2020. The global pandemic we have been facing with COVID-19 has grounded us more than anything ever has. It has kept us at home more (probably more than we’d have preferred) and taught us just how precious life is. If you are feeling the itch to get out, explore, and travel more – it is likely because you have learned the importance of living life to the fullest.
You can’t sit still in fear and give up on life. Heading into a new year, you want to kick it off on the right foot this time – you want to make sure that 2021 is full of the joy that 2020 stole from you. Sound familiar?
Here’s the deal, though – COVID-19 is still very real. So, if you want to commit to traveling in the new year, whether it is to celebrate the new year or starting the beginning of 2021 in a new place, careful planning is an absolute must.
Planning It All Out
Planning is important any time you travel. It is what makes the trip flow smoothly and without any unexpected hiccups. However, when you are traveling this new year, with all the pandemic activity still out there, you need to make sure you dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s.
You need to do some research on your destination. COVID-19 is resurging in so many places. To protect residences, some countries are initiating travel bans entirely, others are requiring a 14-day mandatory quarantine, and some may even order you to provide proof of a negative COVID test within a specific time frame.
Not being prepared with the things required by your destination could cause your travel plans to fall right through the crack. Do your research before booking – and then again just before your day of travel. Remember, things can change quickly.
Traveling in a Pandemic
When it comes to traveling during a pandemic, you will want to take some extra steps of precaution. For instance, the biggest thing you can do is to plan your travel around crowds while also taking care to avoid COVID hotspots. Though in the process of traveling, there are a few things you need to do, too, that will help you stay safe.
- Get a COVID-19 test before you go whether it’s required or not.
- Always wear your mask.
- Bring sanitizing wipes to wipe down areas you will be touching, such as tray tables and armrests on the plane or inside the terminal. Steps are being taken to sanitize public areas but doing so yourself can give you added reassurance and safety.
- Keep your distance when possible.
- Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when it’s not possible.
Perhaps the best way to maintain your safety while traveling in a pandemic is to consider flying private. Choosing to do so allows you to avoid having unnecessary contact with hundreds of other passengers – which, in turn, lowers your risk of encountering someone carrying COVID-19. Private jets allow for a more isolated travel experience so that you can get to and from your destination safely.
In a pandemic world, adjustments need to be made if we want to continue doing the things that we love. Taking the right precautions and flying private are the most important steps you can take.
Staying Safe Wherever You Are
As you reach your destination, take care to keep yourself safe. You can do this by following local guidelines and mandates, as well as also wearing your mask, frequently washing your hands, and maintaining your distance from others.
Avoid crowded areas, especially tourist destinations. Use this trip to dig deep into the local culture. Not only will it keep you safer, but it will also give you a better appreciation of what your destination has to offer.
Hotels are taking steps to make sure their rooms are fully sanitized between guests. Take the initiative to learn the procedures your chosen hotel is taken to do so. And of course, always wipe down surfaces with your sanitizing wipes as soon as you arrive.
It is possible to enjoy all that your New Year destination has to offer while still maintaining safety.
Trending Destinations for New Years
Have you decided on a destination yet? Still up in the air on where you should go? Well, there are a few trending destinations to ring in the new year. Just be sure to do your research before you book your travel as restrictions and such can be put into place rather quickly.
Think about it. Starting your new year on an island surrounded by beautiful blue water and warm weather. What more could you ask for? This past year has been a tough one. And, depending on your experience during the whole pandemic, there’s a good chance it was really stressful and life-changing too. Spending the new year in Kauai can be the perfect answer to refreshing your mind, body, and spirit.
Florida Keys, Florida
If you are looking for a tropical adventure while staying closer to home, then this may be your best option. This archipelago is the southernmost tip of the continental United States. And, it’s about as close to a tropical island you’re going to get without leaving dry land. The rejuvenating surroundings you find here will be a great place to kickstart a new year.
The Great Smoky Mountains
If you want to get away but the ocean just isn’t your thing, perhaps seeking the breathtaking views of the mountains is. Go for a hike, sit by the fire, soak in an outdoor jacuzzi, and enjoy nature – that’s what the mountains offer. It is an escape that will encourage wellness and mindfulness. And, well, those are two important things to have when heading into a new year.
Planning Your New Year Trips
While huge celebrations aren’t likely going to happen this year, you can still ring in the new year anywhere around the world if you plan carefully. Research restrictions, avoid large crowds, wear your mask, wash your hands often, and most definitely choose to fly private.