The Corona Virus has changed the perception of safety for the world. While we wait with bated breath for things to return to “normal,” it’s important to be mindful of how things will change going forward. Cleanliness and safety will become synonymous with one another, making travel a bit harder than it was before. While we won’t let the virus stop us from living, we have some Travel Safety Tips to ensure everyone can be safe and healthy.
1. Keep your hands clean.
It should go without saying but clean your hands regularly. We touch so many surfaces full of germs on a daily basis. Washing your hands consistently lowers the risk of spreading germs and catching infections.
2. Keep yourself hydrated.
A healthy body is better at fighting off germs and infections. Staying hydrated won’t guarantee immunity against the coronavirus, but it will help your body fight it off. Drinking water boosts your immunity, which in turn helps defend against the virus.
BTSQ offers free bottled water upon request so you can stay hydrated throughout your trip.
3. Bring plenty of hand sanitizer.
While washing your hands is always the better bet, hand sanitizer is great if you’re in a bind or spending time on the road. As a rule, travel safety tips usually include hand sanitizer because it’s great for beach days or locations where washing your hands isn’t an option. You can actually make your own sanitizer with isopropyl or rubbing alcohol, aloe vera, and an essential oil. However, a homemade option should only be used in extreme situations as the ingredients can be harsh on the skin.
4. Stay at trustworthy, sanitized hotels.
Reputable hotels that are taking sanitation seriously should be your only choice when it comes to safe traveling. Hotels with post-COVID-19 health protocols will give you peace of mind and ensure your safety. When you book through BTSQ, we guarantee that all hotel rooms booked through us are sanitized daily.
5. Use a no-touch payment method.
Technology such as Apple Pay is an excellent alternative to cash and credit cards. It lessens the chance of spreading germs person to person. It also means you touch fewer items. No more having to get out a wallet to pull out a card or touch cash. Just one swipe and the transaction is done without any physical contact.
6. Choose secluded destinations to travel immediately after reopening.
Running into crowded locations right after a pandemic isn’t great for anyone, meaning vacations will need to be in remote areas with less chance of physical interaction. Locations that are ideal are open spaces, something close to nature, and any resort that offers space from other guests.
Beyond Times Square offers private tours in all the secluded destinations in the Northeastern U.S., including Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport, The Hamptons, Cape Cod, Niagara Falls, Hudson Valley, and more.
7. Avoid public transportation.
Public transportation is not a safe place to be right now. With so many people crammed into one space, the risk intensifies. Instead, try booking a professional black car, boat, or aerial services to get where you need to go. All the Beyond Times Square drivers and crew members follow the CDC preventive guidelines. Our vehicles are equipped with free hand sanitizers and sanitized before and after every trip.
8. Choose private dining experiences.
Post-COVID-19 won’t be business as usual. There will still be an adjustment period where safe distancing is still in effect. But if you crave a night out with loved ones, Beyond Times Square can arrange private dining experiences. BTSQ can book a private dining area in restaurants or deliver a high-end culinary experience at a private chef’s studio. So, at the end of the day, you get the best of both worlds while remaining safe.
9. Book private tours to limit exposure to crowds.
As states slowly begin phase one and two of reopening, people are naturally going to want to venture out. Whether they have been stuck inside a cramped apartment, or hidden away in their homes, getting out will be a big treat for so many. While crowds are not the best idea, you can utilize travel safety tips so you can tour cities safely while avoiding crowds and following CDC guidelines.
Beyond Times Square offers a stress-free experience in all of its four main destinations: New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia. We can arrange both pre-opening and after-hours tours to museums, iconic buildings, and other attractions. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you to choose, such as biking in Central Park with a picnic, graffiti tour with a workshop, and even a tour of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
10. Hire professional, private tour guides
To get the most out of your travels, try hiring a professional tour guide. They are trained in protecting your safety and health during this unprecedented time, while still offering a fun experience. Tour guides strictly adhere to CDC guidelines so that all activities will be safe for your group. They can even get tickets for you, open doors for you, and help you avoid crowds with their expert knowledge of the destination.
Whether you just want to get out for a day or you’d like to make a long weekend in one of BTSQ’s destinations, travel safety is crucial, which is why these travel safety tips can come in handy. COVID-19 won’t last forever, but it will take everyone working together to ensure that safety and health remains a priority.