A virus that's changed the world
We're all scared, fed-up, bored and anxious whenever we hear about the Corona Virus. As the public grows more conscious, flights get cheaper... and I cant stop thinking if I should take the plunge and take a risk. Long haul or Short haul, travelling is what I absolutely live for. Although scared is an understatement, my heart thumps with excitement and my head pounds with anxiety.
Covid-19 has really put a damper on many of our dreams, and while we were locked inside, many people has had to suffer in silence. Some people are lucky to still be able to travel due to work purposes, but for many of us, we have to obey the rules.
I already have one holiday booked this year, and my finger is ready and itching to grab hold of that 'book' button for the second one, but I stay patiently waiting for this virus to die out. Over- excitedly, I have already started planning my 2021 travel list! How can you live your best life without taking risks. So I'm counting down , taking advantage and pinching a deal for 2021! Who's with me??!!
If you are based in the U.K, I would always suggest to visit Direct Gov and type in your queries regarding travelling to your chosen destination. Direct Gov will have all up to date information, advice, restrictions and requirements. They will also inform you to check the country you are visiting official site, where you will also find a list of their updated requirements and restrictions.
From 2020 - 2022, my dream holiday to Bali, was booked and cancelled over and over again, and I took that as a sign that I was not supposed to go. My lists of places I wanted to travel too, then began to change and that was something I couldn't help. Nevertheless, it didn't stop me for wanting to continue my travels, as so, I did.
Update: Towards the end of 2022, I was desperate to get away. Anxiety had taken over, so I did continue my travels with small U.K trips, which enabled me to take train and coach. Bear in mind, if you are taking the Eurostar from one country to another, you will still need to present proof of vaccinations and possibly a PCR test. I had just recovered from the virus and I needed a break away from the London's polluted air.
Fast forward to 2023, I have just come back from my first holiday post Covid-19. I must say that I had conquered many fears and have finally put my travel anxiety to rest. (for now) Getting back in the swing of travelling post corona, is hard, but once you plan your holiday many months in advance you will be fine.
Do your research, as the countries restrictions can change at a moment's notice so I would suggest keeping an app on your phone, that allows you to monitor and keep updated with travel requirements in the countries you are interested in visiting.
Here are some things to remember:
1) Masks still may be mandatory in some countries. Please do your research and check prior to travelling.
2) You may need to have been vaccinated 3 times to be considered as FULLY vaccinated.
3) Curfews may be reinstated at any given notice.
4) Check if you need to present a negative PCR. Some countries still require this.
5) An online passenger locator or health form may need to be filled out prior to travelling, and some countries require this up-to 72 hours prior to your departure.
6) Check all requirements every so often as things can always change.
7) Some countries have re-opened their borders to non-vaccinated travellers, and you can freely travel around the country, so don't rush to get the vaccine if you are against it, or feel like it is something you are unsure of.
Remember to treat yourself, because sometimes... you do come first.