Covid-19 has drastically changed the way we operate in our day to day lives. For so many people, nationwide government-enforced lockdown measures have prevented us from being able to travel safely around the UK to see our loved ones. It’s stopped us planning family holidays, celebrating cherished milestones and even just popping in on Nan to see how she’s doing.
It’s been a trying time and if there’s one thing we can take away from this tragic pandemic, it’s the importance of spending quality time with our loved ones.
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The ‘New Normal’
Unfortunately, despite the national lockdown having been lifted, it still isn’t business as usual. I doubt it will be any time soon either. The ‘new normal’ is something that many can agree is necessary, although, of course, there will always be those who argue against the scientist’s advice to wear masks in public areas.
For many, we’re more than happy to wear masks and take all the precautions necessary if it means that we can travel safely around the UK again to see our friends and family. Sadly, there are some areas of the UK which have had to enforce local lockdowns once more, and it’s so upsetting for those who live there. It has made me think about the future of the government’s tier system and what it’ll mean for the area I live in over the coming weeks and months.
It’s for that reason that I think we need to prioritise seeing friends and family if we can, travelling safely around the UK and enjoying amazing scenery and attractions and, of course, in these unprecedented times, taking care of our mental health.
Travelling safely around the UK in 2020
I can’t emphasise enough the importance of keeping yourself and others around you safe – but part of me thinks I need to practice these measures and do what I can while it’s still safe to do so. We need to all ensure that we’re correcting wearing masks – that means that they need to cover your nose, as well as your mouth! Wearing other protective gear, such as protective gloves from Unigloves helps keep you, and everyone around you safe.
A friend of mine told me recently that her friends who live in London wanted to get out of the city, see friends and family, and actually enjoy some of their year. Jumping on a train from London and using the public transport system to take them all the way to the South Coast was, understandably, not something they were overly keen on. So they decided to eliminate the risk of being around hundreds of potential COVID carriers by getting insured on a car for a weekend.
I think that’s a brilliant idea – not only do you avoid being crammed in a train with other people, you’re also free to travel and explore the local attractions near your destination. It’s a win/win situation and it seems like a much safer and more reliable option.
Tips for travelling safely around the UK in 2020
If travelling around the UK is something you’re keen to do while you’re still able to, I’ve put together a few simple tips to help ensure you stay as safe as possible. Of course, much of it comes down to common sense, socially distancing and wearing your mask properly.
Here are my tips for travelling safely around the UK in 2020:
- Ensure you have clean, well-fitting face masks and that you’re covering both your mouth and nose. Purchase spare reusable masks*, just in case!
- Practice good hand hygiene and ensure that you’re mindful about the touchpoints you come into contact with.
- If you can avoid public transport, do so. Not only will you avoid being in a crowded area, it’s also much nicer to have your own space and freedom to go where you want, when you want.
- Plan to have the minimal number of rest stops as you can when driving. Pack your own snacks and drinks for the drive rather than purchasing goods on the road. This will, of course, also save you money!
- Plan ahead – if you’re planning to visit specific attractions, make sure you’ve read up on their COVID rules. You’ll probably need to book tickets online in advance.
- Pack essential cleaning and hygiene supplies: antibacterial wipes, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser*.
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