Traveling for Funeral During COVID-19

Posted on 13 January 2021 (0)

A while back in December of 2020, I listened to a podcaster by the name of Jiggz, from the Techy Ninjas group, and he explained his experience on traveling in 2020 and says that due to the high risks of transmissions during travel, every government has taken measures to impose travel restrictions and advise its citizens to reconsider international trips. However, travel is beginning to pick up slowly as some countries have announced opening up their borders for travelers. While mourners are allowed to attend funerals, there are still restrictions and guidelines on how they should conduct themselves for safety. The following are important reminders for traveling during COVID-19. 

Maintain Social Distancing 

Generally, events where communities and families come together such as funerals bear an increased risk of transmission. Although it is important to recognize the demise of loved ones and condole with them, the safety of those who are still alive is worth so much more. Therefore, mourners are advised to observe the rules for social distancing during funeral services and, also movements to and from the functions. 

In case the deaths are confirmed or suspected to have resulted from COVID-19, there could be chances that the close family members have been exposed during their illness. Such cases require a lot of precaution and, steps must be taken to ensure that those who are suspected to have got the virus are quarantined to avoid further exposure. 

Check Travel Restrictions in Your Destination

Despite some governments opening up their borders, many countries and states across the world are still on lockdown. Thus, you should also find out about the prevailing travel restrictions in your destination before departure. That will allow you to plan your trip in a way that will not go against the travel restrictions. 

Enroll in STEP 

For US citizens planning to travel during COVID-19, the Department of State advises that you enroll in STEP; Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The program enables you to receive important information from the Embassy regarding safety alerts, health conditions, and travel updates. 

Although you can still travel to mourn with loved ones at funerals, you must always take all the safety precautions to avoid any chances of coronavirus transmission. In case you do not have travel insurance, it is advisable to get one too before departure. 

Recommendations for a Perfect Tour of Thailand

Posted on 31 July 2020 (0)

Thailand has continued to top the lists of some of the most visited tourist destinations in the world for many years. The Southeast Asian nation boasts rich cultural attractions, historical monuments, beautiful beaches, extravagant food scenes, and a friendly atmosphere to spice up every trip. Whether you are visiting Thailand for the first time or a return visitor, having a few travel tips up your sleeve could make a great difference to the adventure. 

Thailand is usually segmented into three regions for travelers, which include Northern Thailand, Southern Thailand, and Central Plains. The following is a breakdown of the three regions concerning the top tourist attractions at those destinations. 

The Northern Thailand Region 

 The Northern Thailand region is famous for its culture, nature, and wildlife. It is home to diverse ethnic communities, rugged terrains, pristine rainforests, and elephants. Chiang Mai is one of the most incredible destinations in Northern Thailand with temples, local markets, national parks, museums, and festivals. 

Some of the top fun activities to indulge in when visiting Northern Thailand include sightseeing at the nature parks, zip-lining in the Chiang Mai rainforest, Thai cooking classes, and Thai massage and spa treatments. 

The Southern Thailand Region

The Southern region comprises of beautiful sceneries with beaches and islands lining up both the western and eastern coasts. It is the go-to destination for travelers looking to experience the best of Thailand’s seafood, water activities, and luxury resorts. Some of Southern Thailand’s top attractions include Phuket Island, Ko Samui, Ko Tao, and Ko Pha-Ngan. 

The best things to do in Southern Thailand include surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, biking, cooking classes, yoga, Muay Thai, and various kinds of soft adventures. Visit the Khao Sok National Park to learn about plants and also indulge in hikes and canoeing. For activities like bird watching and animal safari, you should visit the Khao Yai National Park. 

The Central Plains 

The region covers Bangkok and its environs, which are renowned for exciting city tours, cultural experiences, and exotic cuisines. Bangkok is a popular travel destination with palatial temples, extravagant palaces, a floating market, and unique cultural highlights. There are lots of fun activities to do here such as taking river cruises, exploring the food streets and nightlife. Bangkok also hosts various cultural festivals throughout the year. 

Although Thailand experiences varied climates, it is generally safe to visit all year round. However, the months between November and April are usually the best times to experience the perfect Thailand tour. 

Traveling with a Viral infection

Posted on 31 March 2020 (0)

Although some viral infections like common colds usually have minor symptoms, others can induce severe impacts on your physical and psychological wellness. Therefore, there are a few things that you must consider to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Check out the following tips for traveling with a viral infection. 

Consult with Your Doctor 

Before the trip you must talk to your doctor for an examination and advice on your fitness to travel. You may not be feeling too bad before the trip but, things could change in an instant on the way. So, make sure you pay a visit to the doctor for advice on how to effectively manage the infection without compromising the trip as well as the health of other people. 

Do Research About the Infection 

Most viral infections usually share various symptoms that may slightly vary according to the affected areas on your body and the severity of the infection. The doctor will no doubt tell you the basic precautions for managing the infection. But, you should also do a little more research to gain a better understanding of the situation and its remedies. 

Carry Medications and Take them as Prescribed 

Many kinds of viral infections can easily be cured by common medications and therapies. If you will be on medications during the trip, make sure you carry adequate dosage and take them according to the given prescriptions. 

Observe Basic Health Precautions 

In addition to the doctor’s instructions and the information gathered from your research, you should also exercise basic health precautions to reduce the chances of transmission. Maintain proper hand hygiene, eat balanced diets, avoid overcrowded places and drink plenty of water. 

Generally, traveling with a viral infection should not raise eyebrows. By following the above guidelines and planning, you will no doubt experience safe and fun adventures. 

What to Do with Your Pet When You Go Traveling

Posted on 30 November 2019 (0)

Pet lovers know too well the hassles of trying to figure out what to do with your pet when leaving for trips. Even if you are just going away for a few days, there is always the constant worry that your pet will not get the desired attention and care in your absence. The following are suitable suggestions on what to do with your pet when going on vacation. 

Get a Trusted House Sitter 

Even if you may have friends willing to keep the pet while you are away, pets often feel much safer in their homes. As such, you should first consider finding a trusted house sitter with experience in taking care of pets. That will ensure the pet is taken care of in your home where they feel much comfortable and safer. 

Try Pet Swapping with Your Neighbors 

In case your neighbors have pets and also go on holiday, you can agree to take care of each other’s pets whenever they are away. You can plan such that whenever you are away, they come to your home to sit the pet, give if food and water as well as do cleaning and vice versa. Neighborhood pet swapping is a good idea because you know your pets are with people that can be trusted. 

Book a Pet Hotel or Kennel 

If you are going away for an extended period, you may also want to consider booking a pet hotel or boarding kennel until your return. Just like booking a hotel, the pet will be taken care of for the agreed period at a fee. However, you should first do a little research to find reputable facilities that will keep your pet safe and healthy. 

Friends and Family 

If you have friends and family members around, you can also talk to them to take in your pets in your absence. They can also come and sit, clean and feed the pets in your home once or twice a day. 

With all the alternatives offered above, you no longer have to leave your pet in desperation when going on vacation. Simply choose a suitable option that will ensure the comfort, health, and safety of your pets then, go on and experience the world!

How to Ensure Your Safety during Adventure Travel

Posted on 13 June 2019 (0)

There are several ways to ensure your safety during adventure travel. Planning will make your trip more enjoyable and successful. Follow these safety practices to prepare for vacation the right way.

Get Vaccinations

There are different vaccination requirements for different destinations. It’s therefore important that you visit your doctor to get vaccination recommendations. Tell your doctor where you intend to travel to and the adventurous activities you intend to engage in.

Train Properly to Know Your Limits

Undergo specialized training for the activities you intend to engage in during the trip. Some extreme adventures and sports need unique skills. Some are more physically demanding. Pushing to your limits will enable you to enjoy and experience adventure travel better. However, your abilities and fitness level should be aligned with a training plan in order to control performance and ensure your safety. To maximize performance, drink and eat regularly. Also avoid alcohol and get enough rest.

Have Emergency Supplies and Proper Gear

Carrying the right gear for adventure travel is an important aspect of your safety. Buy travel gear and supplies that have been tested and proven safe and effective to avoid equipment failure whish can put you at risk. An ill-fitted gear can leave you in a life-threatening condition. Therefore, carry adventure travel gear as well as emergency supplies whose quality has been approved.

Prepare and Share Your Itinerary

Preparing and sharing itinerary with friends and family can be what will save you in the event that the unexpected happen. Weather can be unpredictable and tough. It can affect your arrival or departure time. However, it’s important to avoid deviating from the original route. When you share your itinerary, you reduce the overall time that your loved ones might take finding you in case the unexpected happen.

Be Safe

There are different regulations and rules that relate to safety in different countries. To ensure your safety, ask your tour guide or operator about them. Additionally, use an established, reputable tour guide only. Only a professionally trained guide with vast experience knows how to ensure your safety during adventure travels.

In addition to these tips, conduct a research of your adventure travel destination. Know where to go and when to go to avoid risky situations.