While we are undoubtedly enjoying more freedom this year, the pandemic is far from over. Shanghai, a city of over 26 million people, just shut down for a week due to rising cases of COVID. That could be part of why people are taking advantage of traveling as much as possible right now. None of us know what the future will bring. And travelers aren't just planning quick weekend get-aways. They're planning "bucket-list" trips. That's why Expedia calls 2022 the "year of the GOAT" (the greatest of all trips). Exotic travel is on the rise, along with the accompanying astronomical price tags. But remote locations can also bring travelers unique challenges, especially in the world we live in right now. safetravelRX wants to make sure you get the most out of your upcoming travel adventure. So, read on for some tips to ensure that your “bucket-list” trip is memorable for all the right reasons.
1. COVID Updates and Alerts
While we all would like to forget that COVID exists, it’s still going to present travel challenges for the foreseeable future. In fact, there are still countries that haven't fully opened their borders. Add that to the fact that things can change overnight, and cities and countries must respond accordingly. Ensure you have the latest up-to-the-minute information about COVID restrictions and Vaccination requirements.
2. Securely Store Important Documents
Part of the fun of travel is the unexpected. However, it's not always the good kind of unforeseen, so you need to be prepared for anything when traveling to remote locations. You never know when you will need to show a Vaccination record or need access to other important documents. The best way to ensure that you have what you need (when you need it) is to securely store online copies of insurance cards, medical information, travel documents, etc.
3. Stay Safe
Exotic locations are unique because they're off the beaten path, but that also can mean less access to information and up-to-the-minute information. While we could all use a break from some of the more depressing news, you don't want to miss important updates that could affect your trip. That's why it's helpful to have important alerts set up before arriving at your destination and while you are there.
4. Stay Healthy
As many as 43%–79% of travelers to third-world countries become ill with a travel-related health problem. That could mean anything from an upset stomach to something more serious. Have you ever thought about how you would find a medication you needed in a country where you don't speak the language? Or how would you be able to get a COVID test if necessary? The last thing you want to do when you are sick is research. The best way to avoid that is to have access to translation services and locations to the nearest pharmacy where they speak your language and have the medication you need.
5. Take Worry Off Your Itinerary
While a lot of preparation goes into planning for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it. You just need to find the right partner. Fortunately, the safetravelRX app can be your best travel companion and take the worry off your itinerary. It gives you real-time information about your destination, safely and securely stores all your documentation, provides information about pharmacies or hospitals, and even can find the 911 equivalent in the country you are in if necessary.
So, if you are thinking about making 2022 the year you cross a destination or two off your list, do it! You never know if 2023 will be another year of being locked down at home, so go big but do it safely and worry-free!
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