As we head into the fall of 2020, what’s changed about the way you travel? If you’re like the majority of travelers whose normal routines have been disrupted this year, one likely area of change will be new health and safety measures as well as the addition of security tools such as employee itinerary monitoring. This recent article from Travel Daily News offered a bit of insight for travelers who plan to hit the road this fall and want to do it safely.
Take Precautions for Personal Safety while Traveling by Planning Ahead
Whether you plan on traveling for business or leisure, this article underscores the need for additional layers of planning. For planning related to the pandemic, for example, are there any airport or airline procedures or requirements that could cause delays if travelers are not prepared for them? Have there been any changes to normal logistics at your intended destination, such as availability of food service or public transportation? Awareness and planning can do a lot to ensure smoother travel.
Putting aside the pandemic, which has been 2020’s biggest travel disruptor, there are other factors that can impact your health and safety. Some things you can plan for and may need to adjust if severe weather hits before you arrive. Let’s say you need to go on a business trip to the West Coast for a meeting that absolutely must take place in person. Even if wildfires are not a direct threat, could you be negatively impacted by the poor air quality lingering in the region? It’s important to balance your health and safety with everything else you deem necessary, so taking precautions where warranted and planning for sudden health emergencies should always be part of your planning.
Have you thought about what you’d do if you are en route or at your travel destination and find yourself in the middle of a severe weather incident? An unfortunate reality is that travelers can check weather conditions in advance of a trip and not see any potential risk, only to have a storm path change suddenly out over the ocean and head right for that traveler’s location.
Advance planning can help navigate sudden, critical situations, especially in a city or town that’s not your home. Certain destinations have formal plans in place for dealing with severe weather emergencies if you’re traveling to a state that has an actual “hurricane” or “tornado” season. There are some things you yourself can plan for, such as what to do if the area loses power…you can pack battery packs for your mobile phone or a portable flashlight, for example. It can help to think about where you would go if you were forced to evacuate an area, though, or what impact it could have on you if flooding prohibited you from leaving as planned. Packing even a small amount of “backup” supplies and medicine can sometimes keep a major inconvenience from turning into a medical emergency. One thing has become clear so far for travelers as we continue through 2020: whatever your new travel normal looks like, it should probably start with planning.
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