Traveling during COVID-19
Nuestra amiga María Isidora Varela, fundadora de My layover box en USA, proyecto de cajas diseñadas que buscan empoderar a mujeres en sus viajes y potenciar experiencias con productos acorde a cada destino, nos da 5 tips para viajar este 2021 durante época de pandemia. Ojo, que ya lanzaron la caja “Washington D.C”, “Wellness box” y una línea de ropa dedicada a travel lovers!… Muchas gracias por tus recomendaciones y querer ser parte de Made in SCL!
Ready to travel this 2021? I know! We are still in the midst of a pandemic and apparently is not going anywhere yet. But we are hopeful: the vaccines started to roll out this past December in the States and the anticipation to start traveling again is increasing, for sure!
Even though we can finally say 2020 is in the past, I wanted to tell you a little bit about how I traveled during this time and maybe give you a few tips about this “new normal” life we are living.
I was not quite expecting to travel to so many places this past year, but it happened. I made sure to take care of myself and others, while I was trying (and succeeding most of the time) to enjoy myself.
Was I scared or concerned about COVID-19? Absolutely! But I decided I needed to get away for my mental health. To me, traveling is a way of coping and it makes me feel free.
Brooklyn Bridge | NYC. My brother visited me and of course, we had to visit one of my favorite destinations, New York City, never gets old
5 things that I learned while traveling during the pandemic
1. Do your research: there’s plenty of attractions open to the public, but most of the time you need to book in advance, otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy some activities.
I was able, for example, to visit the SkyDeck in Chicago. I found tickets online and the experience was great, I felt safe and every time someone entered the glass section, a team would come to sanitize the space. The bad part was you only got a very limited time to take photos! (bummer) But we had the whole space for us and it was squeaky clean 🙂
If you’re not sure about an activity being safe, check out the Brown Alpert Medical School’s interactive COVID-19 website. Put information about your activity and it will inform you about the risk level of going there.
2. Make reservations for outdoor dining: This was definitely a struggle. I knew seating in restaurants would be very limited and we had no idea where to go or what to eat. If we wanted to visit some restaurant in our list, either it was permanently closed or it didn’t have any capacity. So we couldn’t go to some of the places we had planned. There were some improvisation and a couple of Ubereats after a long day.
3. Check the state regulations: all the states have different regulations, so whether you’re going from MD to NYC or from LA to CO, be sure to check what’s going on where you are going. With the numbers on the rise, some regulations are changing weekly, so you have to be informed in order to stay safe.
4. Pack some extra facemasks: I learned this one the hard way. I only had one when I was traveling to NYC… Don’t be like me. I had to run to the store to get a new one. Your mask can get dirty, fall on the subway, or you can just lose it. Be prepared and carry different masks and always take with you some hand sanitizer. Better safe than sorry!
And last but not least:
5. Test before, during, and after your trip: you may want to take a coronavirus test in the days before you leave. Getting a negative result will reduce the anxiety and odds that you unknowingly bring the virus wherever you go. Remember that it can take a few days or longer to get results from a PCR test, so plan ahead. Also, some testing requires appointments, this can be hard to get at the last minute. It’s also a good idea to self-isolate for one or two weeks before beginning your journey and for a couple of weeks after.
Maria here and calling all travel lovers! check our shop and support our small business, we have more destinations to come and we’re so excited for this adventure, and we will love it if you’re part of it too, so check mylayoverbox.com and follow us on IG @my.layoverbox.
María Isidora Varela