Travel Habits Shaped By COVID-19 That Are Here To Stay

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and travel. After almost a year of staying home, travel enthusiasts are venturing out, but with caution. Besides, the rules of travelling have changed, and maybe forever. So, if you are looking to travel once the current wave is behind us, what are the new habits that you should inculcate? What is the most responsible way to travel? And how should you go about planning a vacation? Read on to find out:

Explore Local Spots

While globe-trotting was high on the agenda of travellers in the pre-pandemic era, it is not advisable currently due to health risks. This is an opportunity in disguise to explore the hidden treasures in your own country! Instead of feeling disappointed about cancelled international trips, hit the roads and travel to places close to you. You can visit hidden gems within your own or neighbouring states. For example, people in Mumbai can travel to places in the Konkan region of Maharashtra.

Click here to read about off-beat day trip destinations from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

Make All Bookings Online

Book your hotels, tours, activities etc., online before you venture out. This way, you will minimise physical interaction with people in the hospitality and tourism industry, thereby protecting yourself and them too. Also, online bookings will guarantee confirmation, and you can opt for personalised tours to reduce contact with strangers. Additionally, make requests on the phone before you reach the hotel. For example, ask for complete sanitisation of your room or a secluded table in the hotel restaurant for your meals. By making requests before your visit, you can ensure your safety and hope for a seamless vacation during these trying times.

Plan Cautiously

The pandemic situation is quite dynamic. One can never know when travel rules change or borders are shut. While you can prepare beforehand by learning about travel advisories and requirements of the place you wish to visit, don’t make bookings way in advance as you may lose your money if things change. Instead, book closer to your date of travel when you are sure of going.

And instead of planning long trips for days together, consider shorter ones, say a weekend or 4-5 days. Depending on the situation, your health and government guidelines, you can extend your trip and explore newer places.

Click here to read about off-beat day trip destinations from Pune, Kochi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.

Go Solo or With A Small Group

The safest way to travel during a pandemic is solo. Keep a safe distance from other tourists and choose when you step out. Do not eat in crowded areas; get a takeaway and eat in a nice secluded spot. And if you are worried about feeling bored during the drive or needing help with navigation, Ford’s SYNC 3 has your back. With an array of entertainment options and Apple CarPlay/ Google Auto connectivity compatibility, this voice enabled infotainment system in your Ford car will keep you company and on the right track during a solo trip.

Alternatively, you can holiday with a small group of family and friends whose approach to the pandemic and need for safety is the same as yours. Remember to keep to yourselves and stay cautious during the entire trip.

Take A Road Trip

Get inspired by Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – or, if you are a 90’s kid, Dil Chahta Hai – and set out on a road trip of a lifetime. Road trips are the best way to bond with your loved ones and make beautiful memories. The best part is that it’s the safest means of travel during the pandemic. With a car at your disposal, you can easily explore even offbeat locations of our beautiful country while avoiding crowded touristy spots.

Travel Mindfully

A trip is full of adventures, surprises, and fun. However, because of the pandemic, you must stay attentive and follow health precautions.

  • Keep washing/sanitising your hands if you touch anything in public places
  • Wear a mask every time you step out
  • Do not eat in crowded restaurants or on the street
  • Carry your own food and beverages whenever possible; you can stock your car boot with snacks and water
  • Use eco-friendly, disposable cutlery
  • Stay indoors if you feel even slightly unwell during the journey
  • Take care of others’ safety as well

Get Your Car Ready

If you’re gearing up for a road trip, make sure your car is prepared for the journey just as you are. If you own a Ford, simply Dial-A-Ford at 1800-419-3000 and avail doorstep inspection and servicing. A Ford technician will pick your car up, check it internally and externally, and deliver it back to your doorstep. The entire process is contactless. And if you ever need any help during the trip, Ford’s Roadside Assistance is available 24×7 at 1800-209-7400 or 1800-103-7400 for all kinds of emergency assistance or car breakdowns.

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