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TRAVEL TIPS

Traveling strengthens bonds with family and friends, creating fond memories we cherish for the rest of our lives. But, as much as they can be exciting, trips carry their fair share of unpredictability and stress.

 

Here are some tips and reminders on different travel scenarios you might find yourself dealing with, how to prepare for the unavoidable, prevent the avoidable and make the most of your travels.

NEW NORMAL TRAVEL

Traveling during COVID-19 can be challenging. Removing your mask feels wrong, putting it back on feels wrong and coughing in front of strangers feels like a crime. But countless people are doing it, and traveling in our new reality doesn't have to be (that much) harder than it was a couple of years ago. For an optimal trip, keep the following tips in mind:

 

• Fully vaccinated or not, whether you're traveling by car, train or plane, check the rules, restrictions, requirements and health measures of your home and destination. These are constantly updated, so don't assume anything and stay aware of them as your trip nears.

• Always carry extra face masks, hand sanitizers, tissues, disinfectant wipes.

• Minimize the risk of infection by avoiding close contact with anyone not traveling with you.

BABY ON BOARD

It's hard, but it's doable, it's been done, and you can do it. Try as much as possible to avoid traveling with a baby younger than 3 months. Otherwise, more so than in any other situation, preparation is key. For an optimal trip, keep the following tips in mind:

 

• This is crucial: have your portable changing pad handy and ready at all times.

• Bring extra clothes for the baby and you because when baby throws up, you are probably within collateral damage distance.

• A light stroller is essential but more importantly, if you can do it, wear your baby in a carrier. Moving around will be faster and easier. But of course, your baby needs to be comfortable in it beforehand.

KIDS ON A PLANE

When it comes to traveling with toddlers, readiness is bliss. Preplan, plan and overplan. It's the journey, not the destination. You can get the perfect picture at the pitstop or the endpoint, but the journey doesn't have to be a nightmare. For an optimal trip, keep the following tips in mind:

 

• A hungry toddler is the end of the world. Bring a multitude of snacks and keep everything near at hand. It tends to keep kids happy and well-behaved.

• Tantrums will happen, be ready for them. Bring snacks for you too, because kids are just as good at spending their energy as they are at spending yours.

• Of course, you'll want to bring toys, but for practical and mobility purposes, try to only allow the small ones during the trip, such as colouring or sticker books, drawing kits and magnetic games.

• Make sure to always keep a well-stocked first aid kit handy

TRAVELING WITH THE ELDERLY

Care and empathy are a priority when traveling with the elderly. Safety and caution should always be top of mind, and before departing, consulting the doctor and a physical checkup are essential. For an optimal trip, keep the following tips in mind:

 

• Become acquainted with their special needs, including their medication time, mobility, and other restrictions.

• Take all this into account when crafting an itinerary and arranging for transportation.

• Contact your airline to learn of their available services that may facilitate travel with your elderly companion, such as wheelchair, shuttles, special meals.

• Validate with your elderly companion all aspects of the itinerary as changes in their routines are usually disruptive.

• Make sure to always keep a well-stocked first aid kit handy

SOLO TRAVELER

Traveling alone can be exhilarating, allowing you to take in the experience fully, and best of all, you can do whatever you want, go wherever you want, whenever you want. The main concern when traveling alone is safety which means staying aware of your environment at all times is vital. For an optimal trip, keep the following tips in mind:

 

• Research solo traveler-friendly activities and accommodations. Many agencies offer solo traveler-oriented attractions and group tours which will make it easier to socialize.

• Connect with your network of friends and acquaintances to get more recent and pertinent tips on your destination. As a bonus, they may introduce you to hard-to-know services or even their local contacts.

• Make sure to travel safely by letting a person at home, as well as a contact in your next destination, know of your whereabouts at all times, including new travel acquaintances you make. Advise them of the next time you will contact them.

• Always carry identification and an emergency contact, as well as your insurance card.

• Always bring a party outfit, you never know where you may be invited!