The world seems to be slowly returning to normal. In some countries, these changes are small. In others, the rules have been completely relaxed, we’re heading back to work, and things like pubs and restaurants are starting to reopen tentatively. The last few months have been challenging for all of us, and as COVID-19 continues to be a part of our lives, the next few months, or even years could still be vastly different to what we have been used to.
As we embrace a new normal and start stepping out into the world again, it’s crucial that we remember that it hasn’t gone away. In some countries, infection rates are still growing, and we’re all worried about a second wave hitting in the autumn.
But even as we take precautions to protect ourselves and our families, as well as the health service and the wider community, most of us are ready for a break. As holiday sites and hotels start to reopen, you might be keen for a change of scenery, after spending far more time than you are used to at home. This first post-lockdown break, however, might be a little different, so here are some tips to help you to prepare.
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Consider a road trip
Many of us are worried about taking trips abroad. What if things change while we are away? What happens if lockdowns are imposed? What would we do if our travel operator went out of business? It is a worrying time, and many families are choosing to stay in this country for the time being.
The good news is, tourism in our own country is craving support, and there’s plenty to see not too far from home. Drive if you can, to avoid public transport, and think about places that you’ve always wanted to visit.
Check your car
If you haven’t driven much for the last few months, you will want to check your car over thoroughly, or even look at Davies Car Sales for something new if you need to. If your car has been sitting in the drive, you should check tyres, brakes, lights and fluid levels before heading off on a long journey.
Book plenty of activities
To avoid overcrowding and assist with extra cleaning, most tourist attractions are now asking you to book, instead of just turning up. Book plenty of activities now, before you leave home for your break, so that you know there’s plenty for you to do while you are away.
Keep an eye on the news
Hopefully, your trip won’t be affected by any local lockdowns, but you never know. Keep an eye on the news and prepare for changes.
Consider quieter locations
Try to stay away from popular tourist hotspots, and instead look for more remote areas with quieter beaches.
Pack a picnic blanket
Restaurants and cafés are reopening, but with booking systems and reduced capacities, we can expect queues and issues booking tables when we want them. Pack a picnic blanket so that you’ve always got another option.
Invest in some walking shoes
A long walk in a new location can be a wonderfully relaxing way to spend your time, especially after so long cooped up at home. Pack walking gear, so that you’ve got plenty to do away from crowds and indoor spaces.