How to Travel in 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel has been restricted throughout much of 2020. With some countries shutting their borders and many airlines grounding their planes, millions were forced to abandon their plans for a summer holiday and stay at home instead.

Fortunately, the worst of the pandemic appears to be over and industries are once again re-opening. As well as getting back to work and school, people can once again look forward to taking a holiday or going on a mini break. 

Of course, there’s a lot to consider when you’re arranging travel plan in a post-COVID environment. To ensure you’ve got everything covered, take at look at these top tips for how to travel in 2020.

1. Check Up to Date Travel Restrictions

COVID-19 remains a threat and the global situation is changing all the time. Due to this, it’s essential to keep up to date with the latest travel news. Towns, regions or entire countries could be closed to tourists suddenly, so keep track of what’s happening at your destination. 

In addition to this, pay attention to your country’s quarantine list and/or travel corridors. Depending on where you’re travel to, you may be required to quarantine for 10-14 days upon your return. Although countries can be added to the quarantine list with no notice, staying on top of the news can give you an idea of whether or not your destination is likely to be added to the list. 

2. Get Comprehensive Travel Insurance

Prior to 2020, most travel insurances listed pandemics as an exemption, which meant that you wouldn’t necessarily be covered if your holiday was cancelled due to COVID-19. In fact, many travel insurers still don’t offer policies that include COVID-19 cover. 

Fortunately, you can obtain travel insurance that covers COVID-19 by choosing your insurance provider carefully. If you want your travel insurance to cover coronavirus, take a look at Staysure. Their policies include COVID-19 cover as standard and you don’t even need to pay anything extra. What’s more is that you can choose from a range of single trip and multi-trip policies to suit your needs.

3. Look at Local Guidelines

All countries are responding to the threat of coronavirus slightly different and, in many cases, the guidelines differ greatly from one region to another. While some places are advising people to wear masks, for example, this is mandatory in other areas. You can face serious sanctions for breaching these regulations in some locations, so check what’s required before you book your trip. Once you know what measures you’ll need to take, you can add certain items to your holiday shopping list and begin to prepare. 

4. Remember to Practise Social Distancing

When you’re on holiday, it’s easy to relax and forget to socially distance. However, this remains a critical element in the fight against COVID-19, so it’s important to keep it at the forefront of your mind. In the UK, many businesses have installed temporary reminders, such as lines on the floor or displays, but this isn’t true everywhere. 

If you want to protect yourself and others, aim to remain at least 1 metre away from people who aren’t within your household. Remember – if local guidelines are more stringent, you should follow these at all times. 

Enjoying Your Holiday in 2020

Travel in 2020 might be a little different than usual, but you don’t need to let this stop you from enjoying your time away. By taking the right precautions and keeping on top of the latest guidance, you can book your vacation and look forward to exploring the sights and seeing the world.

Health Factors To Consider Before Your Next Trip

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, researching your destination and planning your trip is all part of the fun. Before you embark on your next jaunt, you’ll probably spend time looking for low-cost travel options, identifying popular tourist sites and learning a little bit of the local language. However, there are other elements of your trip that you’ll need to consider too.

Before you confirm your travel plans, it’s important to consider the health implications. While your health should always be a top priority, the COVID-19 outbreak means it’s more important than ever to think about your health before you travel to any location. To ensure you’ve got everything you need, take a look at these top health factors you need to consider before your next trip:

1. Are You Medically Prevented from Travelling?

If you’ve got an on-going health problem or you’re currently experiencing an acute medical issue, doctors may advise you not to travel. Often, the method of travel can exacerbate symptoms and/or make it difficult to access medical help, if it’s required. Due to this, you may be prevented from travelling until you have recovered from an injury or illness or until your symptoms are under control. 

2. What are the COVID-19 Restrictions?

In a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries are preventing people from entering their jurisdiction. Alternatively, some regions are restricting travel to essential trips only. This means you won’t be able to enjoy a holiday in many popular tourist hotspots. Furthermore, even if your destination is accepting visitors, you’ll need to check whether your home country is willing to allow you to re-enter upon your return.  

Remember – COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing all the time, so be sure to keep up to date with the latest news and keep your travel plans as flexible as possible. 

3. Can You Get Medical Insurance? 

No matter where you’re travelling to, it’s always a good idea to have travel insurance in place. If you’re injured or become unwell during your trip, medical travel insurance will enable to access free or reduced-cost healthcare. However, there are many different types of travel insurance policies. To ensure you’re getting the best policy for you, be sure to read the terms and conditions before you purchase. With Staysure travel insurance, for example, COVID-19 cover is included at no extra charge. Furthermore, you can opt for unlimited cover when you take out a comprehensive policy, which means that you’ll have total peace of mind when you’re travelling. 

4. Will You Be Able to Access Medical Treatment?

No-one wants to consider the possibility of being injured or becoming unwell when they’re away but it’s important to be prepared for any eventuality. If you’re planning a holiday or international trip, be sure to consider how easy it will be to access medical assistance, if you require it. 

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, trekking in remote locations probably isn’t going to be the best idea. Instead, choosing a destination that makes it easy for you to access medical assistance will ensure that you can enjoy your trip and feel confident that you’re in safe hands. 

Planning a Trip During a Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, there are many restrictions when it comes to international travel. However, this doesn’t mean you have to abandon your plans for a well-deserved holiday or a visit to see friends and family. With the right research, planning, and precautions, you can continue to travel and enjoy experiencing different cities, countries, and cultures. 

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I Love Lowcost, but Here’s Why I’ll Never Travel with Easybus Again

Buses every 15 minutes? It's more like every hour... and they won't be on time.
Buses every 15 minutes? It’s more like every hour… and they won’t be on time.

I had an awful experience with Easyjet’s sister company. Moreover, I don’t think the lowcost model followed by no-frills airlines works very well for ground transportation.

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Where to go for Easter in 2014

Orthodox Easter goodies
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Tuscany through the Eyes of a Chef

Chef Justin Cloud
Chef Justin Cloud

Justin Cloud is a professional cook and world traveler based in Boston, USA. Justin has over 14 years of cooking experience, having worked at a variety of culinary establishments in Europe and the United States. For about seven years, he taught cooking at Toscana Saporita, a cooking school in Tuscany.* He has been a students’ finals judge at the prestigious International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) in New York City. Here, he gives travelers tips on how to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the gorgeous Italian province.

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best-manFrom the moment that you are announced as the Best Man, you know there is only one thing you need to get right. Forget the speech, don’t worry about the rings, it’s all about the bachelor party.

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Low cost airlines have also opened up parts of Europe that people wouldn’t even have thought of visiting ten years ago, and cheap alcohol and a guaranteed great night out have made going abroad the only way to execute a memorable bachelor party.

But if you’re the Best Man and you are tasked with the honour of planning a bachelor party abroad, where do you even begin? Continue reading “Planning the perfect bachelor party abroad”

Experience the great American landscapes from a different perspective

The American landscape is diverse and seemingly never ending. Whilst it can be experienced through a movie screen or via a driving holiday, there can be no better way to immerse yourself in the majestic surroundings than by taking a walking holiday.

Take a hike

Whether your passion lies in the desert landscapes of the wild west, or hiking in the mountains is more your thing, there is bound to be a walking tour that will satisfy your desire to explore. Similarly, if you’ve got moderate experience in walking, most walking tours have planned hikes of around four hours. If however you’re more experienced and really want to take in a challenging hike, optional walks of up to eight hours can challenge anyone! Continue reading “Experience the great American landscapes from a different perspective”