Corona Virus: World of Travel after a pandemic
Most people look at Travel as a luxury commodity. But real travelers like us believe it is a fundamental necessity. Isn’t it? Spending days and months together in a locked-up environment has put a mental scar that can only be erased by meeting new people, by going on long drives, by looking at vast expanses of sky, by staring at the endless ocean, by breathing freshest air, and by witnessing lush green hills or snow-capped mountains. There is an unprecedented urge to travel when the shackles of quarantine are finally released. It’s natural we seek solace in the lap of mother nature. We deserve it every bit.
Post corona though, the travel world is set to change its colors – at least in the next few months before the world comes up with a defense in some form. It could be a vaccine or a drug. Until then it is essential to follow certain guidelines related to the pandemic and change our on-board or social behavior. It might look difficult at first glance. It is indeed challenging for both travelers and trip organizers but certainly not impossible. If there is a will to travel, we shall find a way to travel.
Travel is leisure for few, need for a few more, and a lifeline for a few others. Travel involves multiple stakeholders like the travelers themselves, the tour organizers, drivers, homestays, local guides, cooks, helpers, and so on. Here’s how everybody can come together and make a difference when we resume our travel:
- Always wear a good quality face mask when outdoors. It is proven that micro-particles generated while speaking can transmit the disease. Do not go too close when talking to strangers.
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep a hand sanitizer where you can access it easily, maybe tuck it in your backpack side-pockets. Use it whenever you touch common objects like vehicle door handles or window shields.
- Carry your own blanket, neck pillow, water bottles, and utensils for the trek. Avoid sharing food or snacks on board.
- Make sure you have no COVID-19 symptoms on the day of travel. If in doubt, contact your doctor and/or travel organizers immediately.
- When you feel a sensation for a cough or sneeze, use a tissue and dispose of it after use instead of hands (in case you are not wearing a mask at that point).
- Avoid touching your eyes and nose. Avoid eating without washing hands.
Responsible travel organizers:
- Follow all SOPs set by the government and experts for the tourism industry.
- Do not allow people who show COVID symptoms on board, unless they are certified negative by approved methods. For instance: Arogya Setu app or negative COVID certificate.
- Provide sanitizer, liquid soap for hand wash after food or any other activities.
- Give utmost importance to cleanliness and hygiene at the homestays and campsites. Provide things like fresh blankets or sleeping bags, cleaned tents or rooms, well-maintained washrooms, etc.
- Make sure workers, helpers, and cooks of homestays are clear of the symptoms.
- Ensure the trip leader(s), trek leader(s), or guides are healthy and in high spirits.
- Do not panic just because someone is sneezing or coughing during our trip. It could just be a common cold or some irritation.
- Forgive each other when minor mistakes happen in terms of social behavior. After all, we all take time to learn new etiquette.
- Do not doubt each other or your organizers. Please understand that everybody is working hard in their own way to make things appropriate for your travel.
- Believe that your co-travelers are clean and completely harmless as we have already checked for the symptoms before starting our trip. But at the same time, follow your hygiene norms.
- Again, do not panic for anything. Fear can lead us into a sudden sprout of anger and bring such negative reactions. Most problems are in our brains rather than the real world.
Never before our itching for travel is this strong. Just like we are moving on with other basic needs like going for work, dining out, working out at gyms, shopping at supermarkets, or visiting malls, we will also go about traveling. We will again pose for those trademark photographs on roads, beaches, and scenic backgrounds. We will again climb up those rugged mountain slopes. We will again wander into the creaking woods. We will again walk barefoot on the soft sand. We will again go camping. We will again lie under clear night skies and try to count those countless stars. And yes, when we spot that shooting star, we will make an instant wish that – “The world shall never see such a crisis again. Go Corona go!”
Together, we will pledge to take the utmost care of each other on our travel.
The world is waiting.
Note: We are doing trips and taking the utmost care of hygiene, cleanliness, and sanitization as per the COVID guidelines given by the government.
As we are in the midst of a pandemic, COVID-19 guidelines will also affect the refund policy of your event. We request you to go through the Refund Policy details before booking your event with Muddie Trails.
Have questions? Please check these COVID FAQs.
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