Plan for safe summer #6 – safest countries

As countries are reopening up their borders, many people are planning on summer vacations just like pre-new normal era. Numerous articles have speculated about safest regions or countries to visit during COVID-19 but many were based on simple statistics or numbers. However, yesterday I found an interesting research done by Deep Knowledge Group which made a list of safest countries to visit based on data analysis.

In a recent Forbes article, titled “The 100 Safest Countries In The World For COVID-19, a senior contributor John Koetsier shared the list of safest countries created by Deep Konwledge Group and also briefly explained how each country was analyzed.

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Plan for a safe summer #5 – what to pack

As a traveler who has been traveling around the world for over 10 years, I have given up hope of getting back on the road until early next year. However, if you still have plans to travel during summer, consider overpacking.

In a recent Business Insider article, titled “What to pack and how to prepare before planning a road trip this summer — 9 medical and hospitality experts weigh in with advice and tips, a journalist Jen Karetnick shared information about how to get well-prepared for summer road trips. With great insights from many experts, the article is certainly worth a look.

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Will borders be open?

Many states and countries are opening up their borders again for travelers. However, it does not seem to be the case for U.S. travelers who want to travel to EU countries. EU diplomats have told various media that, with cases increasing rapidly again in the U.S., they do not see the chance of opening the EU border to U.S. travelers.

In a recent CNN article, titled “US travelers ‘unlikely’ to be allowed into EU as bloc reopens, diplomats say, journalists James Frater, Vasco Cotovio and Laura Smith-Spark shared information about matters being discussed among the EU leadership regarding border opening.

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Plan for a safe summer #4

If you have been following my articles, you would probably have a good idea on how to stay safe during summer. However, your abiding by rules and guidelines does not guarantee that others or even your destinations are doing just like you are. Is there any way you can check your destinations are operating under any safety protocols?

In a recent AFAR article, it talked about how the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) created UN-backed safety protocols and a stamp that recognize businesses and destinations following their guidelines.

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Plan for a safe summer #3

We have gone through so many things this year starting from coronavirus, economic doldrums and to the high likeliness of the second wave in fall. To relieve physical and mental stress, many are now planning on summer vacations. But, is your summer vacation going to be a real getaway? Or a guilt trip?

In a recent Forbes article, titled “8 Tips To Make Your Summer Getaway A Real Vacation Instead Of A Guilt Trip” a contributor Bryan Robinson shared great insights on how to plan for safe getaways during this summer. His insights into ‘stay-cation’ and ‘day-cation’ are so interesting and useful that I highly recommend you read his article.

Some insights include:

  • Follow CDC suggestions if you decide to go on a vacation
  • Replace your getaways with stay-cation or day-cation
  • Make sure you are “away” even if you “stay”

As a person who has been traveling for the past 13 years, I am as desperate to travel as so many others around the world. However, with the advice from Bryan Robinson on stay-cation and day-cation, I feel like I can certainly plan something exciting even if I stay home. Please check his article if you want to have a safe getaway during this summer!

ACTION ITEM

  • Avoid international travel
    • Risk outweighs its value
  • Plan day-cation
    • You don’t have to be in Iceland to enjoy getaways
  • If not, stay-cation!
    • Why not try something entirely different and safe when we have already gone through so much?

Stay safe, travel wise

Places that must reopen last according to MIT researchers

Stores are opening up again after the long lockdown. Yet, the question remains. Where are safe places? Where should we avoid?

In a recent Bestlife article, titled “6 Places That Should Reopen Last, According to MIT Researchers” a journalist Colby Hall shared some findings by MIT researchers that were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research was interesting in a sense that researchers “juxtaposed how different locations fare in terms of importance versus transmission risk.”

The list includes:

  • Cafes, juice bars, and dessert parlors
  • Gyms
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Bookstores
  • Tobacco shops
  • Liquor stores

These businesses might be more valuable than any others to some people. But I think this article alerts and reminds us about the fact that the risk of getting infected is still prevalent. Medical staff, researchers and other health-related officials are doing their best to control the situation for our world. What can you do? At least pay attention to their advice.

ACTION ITEM

  • Stay informed
    • New findings and research are being released everyday
  • Be responsible
    • Take necessary measures as advised by researchers
  • Check store websites
    • See what measures stores are taking before the visit

Stay safe, travel wise

Plan for a safe summer #2

Even though the second pandemic is well anticipated, the travel industry is still ready to greet eager travelers who have long been waiting. However, the situation is as chaotic as it was in the beginning of the shutdown.

In a recent Forbes article, titled “Ready To Travel Again? What You Need To Know About Tourism’s Grand Opening” a contributor Christopher Elliot shared some great findings on what this grand reopening of tourism looks like.

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Plan for a safe summer #1

My last two articles emphasized how the second wave in the fall is “inevitable”. At the same time, I understand some people still need to plan at least some minimal summer activities for their children and family.

In a recent National Geographic article, titled “Pools? Movies? Restaurants? How parents can give kids a safe summer”, a journalist Michelle Z. Donahue cited experts’ ideas on how to navigate summertime activities for children.

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Is travel safe? #3

The number of coronavirus cases top 8 million globally. Some experts say we are currently facing the second wave. But some say we are right in the middle of the first wave. Dr. Anthony Fauci indicated that the second wave in the fall is “inevitable”, hinting we are still in the first wave of coronavirus.

In a recent cnet article, titled “A second wave of coronavirus: Is it here, how long it could last and more.”, a writer Dale Smith shared important news regarding coronavirus’ recent developments, effects of reopening of the economy, why the second wave is linked to the fall, and more.

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Is travel safe? #2

Air travel is up by almost 400% compared to its record-low since the pandemic. Many countries are hoping to restart international travel around the world. Yet, only yesterday, the possibility of the second wave of coronavirus during the second half of 2020 struck the world. As a frequent air traveler, I also cannot hide my skepticism over air travel.

In a recent Advisory Board birefing, titled “Is it safe to start traveling by airplane? Here’s what you need to know.”, it states how airplanes can still be unsafe even though airlines are trying to lower risks.

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