If you’re anticipating travelling for the upcoming holiday season, it may be significantly challenging considering the ongoing pandemic. But, don’t cancel all your plans just yet. There are ways to safely travel and ensure the health and well-being of your family. For example, instead of staying in a big hotel, you can rent a house for a weekend stay. Renting a house will reduce the risk of infection since you won’t be staying in crowded public accommodation.
What makes a vacation home a safer option?
For holiday travellers, vacation rentals offer many benefits. There are large houses to rent for weekends perfect for big families. Also, many rental homes can be booked remotely, which means you don’t need to pay or confirm your reservation physically. Since a majority of these rentals advertise online, transactions are seamless and safer too!
But, despite renting a vacation home being safer, you still need to take extra precautions to avoid exposure to the virus. Here are several suggestions on how you can feel more at ease about pushing through with your travel plans this coming holiday season.
Find updated information on local infection rates and government protocols
If you already have a destination in mind, you need to consider the local infection rate. Are there quarantine protocols you need to follow? If so, will it prevent you from going in and out of your destination according to your preferred schedule? If local infection rates are low, the local government may not impose that many restrictions. However, it’s best to avoid going out in public during your stay. Bring groceries and other necessities so that you don’t need to shop locally.
Check regulations for local tourist spots and other attractions
Going out to see the sights is acceptable as long as you follow social distancing guidelines. But, there may be attractions that aren’t open to the public. Before going to your destination, research more information about the area and the places tourists are allowed and aren’t allowed to visit. Eating out at restaurants or going to parks may also be a bit riskier at the moment, but not entirely prohibited. Nevertheless, taking extra precautions by avoiding public spots is still the safest option.
Ask about the rental property’s cleaning and disinfection protocol
Before booking a vacation home, ask about their process in cleaning and disinfecting surfaces before and after guests arrive. Booking through a verified travel site will also guarantee that the rental home follows these protocols. You can also check reviews and comments from guests for more objective information about the property’s protocols. Lastly, you can ask the host directly about how they maintain cleanliness and disinfect for new guests.
Be extra cautious during your stay
Before your trip, check on every person you’re travelling with. Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness should be isolated. Everyone should be briefed about following safety protocols such as wearing masks and disinfection. Driving to your destination is also safer than taking public transport. As much as possible, avoid stops, and always sanitize after buying essentials while on the road.
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