No doubt, 2020 was pretty much a write off for travel with the Coronavirus pandemic, and the beginning of 2021 has not seen any improvement. However, with borders reopening for tourism and the introduction of vaccines, there is hope the tourism industry will pick up in 2021. If you are looking to travel in 2021, being a responsible tourist is imperative.
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What does being a responsible tourist mean? Well, in terms of travelling during the Coronavirus pandemic, it means taking every precaution not to get infected or infect anyone else.
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How Can You Be A Responsible Tourist In 2021
1. Choose your destination carefully
Do your research before you travel and choose a country with little or no reported infections. For example, Cambodia, Seychelles, Cayman Islands and Fiji have all reported less than 500 cases since the Coronavirus was first declared a global pandemic. You can check this on the World Health Organisation Data Table.
Choose more remote places or areas that are not your usual tourist hubs to reduce risk.
2. Get a test before you travel
Some countries require you to have a negative test before getting on a plane to their country. Some don’t. In order to be a responsible tourist, have the test done before you travel, whether it’s a requirement or not! It will give you peace of mind that you’re not carrying the virus into a new country.
3. Quarantine when you get there
If there is a quarantine period in the country you’re visiting, stick to it. It’s there for a reason and it’s their rules. But again, some countries don’t have this requirement, so how can you be a responsible tourist and ensure you’re taking every precaution? Quarantine for the first few days and get a test on day 5 (as it takes a few days to show in your system) to show you’re all clear and ready for adventures.
4. Wear a mask
We all know that studies have proven that wearing a mask reduces the spread of infection. In fact, hearing from a nurse friend of mine, she advised that respiratory disorders in general had reduced significantly in 2020 (Coronavirus aside), due to the majority of people wearing masks!
Some countries are enforcing mask wearing more than others. Whether it’s enforced or not, it helps us to be a more responsible tourist. Masks will soon be one of the must have travel accessories! Check out these cute masks that you can accessorize with your travel wardrobe.
5. Be mindful of others
Remember that we are visiting their country. They have opened their borders to allow you in, perhaps putting their own country at risk. Some people are more nervous of others, and that’s ok. Respect that. Stay the two meters apart, where at all possible, and don’t give anyone reason to look at you as if to say, ‘what are you doing? Don’t you know there’s a pandemic!’.
If you act like you have the virus, there is less chance of you catching it or spreading it in the event that you do have it.
6. Think about getting the vaccine
I’m not here to argue with ‘anti-vaxxers’ or have a huge debate about whether or not you should have the vaccine or not. Obviously, there is a lot of talk about it right now and people are going back and forth on their decision to get it or not. Personally, I have decided to get it and I think it will help me to be a more responsible tourist. There are obviously people who can’t have the vaccine and I feel that by having it myself, I am also protecting those who cannot.
7. Have travel insurance
While insurance companies are not offering Covid-19 cover, it is still essential as a responsible tourist to have travel insurance. I took Lonely Planet and National Geographic’s recommendation to use World Nomads for my adventures. You never know what might happen when you’re overseas and not having travel insurance can be detrimental in a foreign country.
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So whether you choose to travel or not, and really the choice is yours to make, just be sure to be a responsible tourist, keep safe and cherish your travel memories. We all know how much we took travel adventures for granted before 2020.
Are you planning on any trips in 2021? Let me know in the comments below!