Sun, Sea And Staying Safe

Sun, Sea And Staying Safe

Sun, Sea And Staying Safe. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a guest post from Mark Bibby Jackson, a travel expert, journalist,/publisher. He is also the founder of TravelBeginsAt40. Mark will be exploring ten excellent tips on staying safe during holidays in the sun. Fall and winter short breaks have become increasingly popular among travellers looking for a change of scenery and a chance to recharge. Escaping our daily routines and venturing into new places can positively impact our mental health and overall well-being. However, planning and taking necessary precautions is essential, especially during the pandemic. This includes researching the local health guidelines and restrictions, wearing a mask and practising social distancing, and packing essential items such as hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes. These steps allow us to enjoy a much-needed break while staying safe and responsible.

Sun, Sea And Staying Safe

A staycation isn’t for everyone. If you aren’t one of those for whom a holiday is not proper unless it involves a passport, the good news is that international Travel is once again travelling. But COVID hasn’t disappeared, so what can we do to ensure our Travel is as safe as Travelle from the virus? Generally, the key is to take sensible measures to minimise risk. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe:

Select Your Destination Carefully

My first piece of advice is to choose the country you visit wisely. You are more likely to become infected in certain parts of the world than in others. Research the infection rate in the country you are considering visiting and whether this is rising or declining. Worldometer has kept track of COVID throughout the pandemic, and you can access data for each country at

Get Vaccinated Against Covid

Ensure you are fully vaccinated before you travel. For your health and those around you, please ensure you have been inoculated against COVID-19 for at least 14 days before travelling. Some people are not eligible for vaccination. In this case, there are certain precautions they—and everyone else—should take to ensure their Travel is safe. Being Traveled may also influence where you can travel, with more countries basing their rules around those who have or have not been vaccinated.

Sun, Sea And Staying Safe


Take Care While Travelling

While data taken last year indicated the risk of catching Covid on a plane was minimal, it is sensible to take precautions. Wear masks throughout your flight and while at the airport. Maintain sensible social distancing measures where possible, especially when queuing. Take your time and give people space. After all, you are on holiday so why not start to relax as soon as possible.

If you can, avoid crowded transport to and from the airport. I usually strongly advocate using public transport wherever possible. Still, last year, on two trips to Switzerland, I chose to drive to Heathrow and then leave my car. I didn’t even have to take the airport, which might be a bit extra, but the added peace of mind means the money is well spent.

Take Care Booking Your Accommodation

At heart, I am still a backpacker. I cherish the sensation of arriving at a destination without pre-booked accommodation and usually pick local accommodation almost at random. I won’t be doing this for a while: I want to ensure that where I am staying has taken all the necessary cleaning and hygiene steps. Most hotels have introduced stringent hygiene regulations to counteract COVID-19. These can easily be found on their websites, or you can enquire via email. Currently, accommodation providers worldwide are crying out for customers, ensuring that those you book with have done all they can to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 on their property.

Take Sensible Precautions

Although part of the appeal of travelling is getting away from your routine during a pandemic, taking some of your everyday precautions with you makes sense. Wear a mask in public spaces, transport, restaurants, bars, etc. I spent many years in Asia, where mask-wearing has become commonplace to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. If mask-wearing had been made compulsory earlier, the spread of COVID-19 would have been less virulent. Pack sufficient masks with your Travel travel, wipes, and hand sanitisers. Wash your hands carefully before and after you visit any place. Eat healthily. The same golden rules that have protected you during the last 18 months of the pandemic will also keep you safe on your travels.

Avoid The Crowds

None of the above is more important than avoiding close contact with people. Studies indicate that space is the number one way of stopping the spread of COVID-19. I was fortunate enough to visit Switzerland last summer. I could not have felt safer walking in the mountains, breathing in that beautiful Alpine air. Nobody has contracted COVID-19 by trekking in the mountains away from other humans.

Walk or cycle as much as possible while on holiday. Not only does this limit your chances of contracting COVID-19, but it is also suitable for you. An early study from China indicated that COVID-19 spread more easily in confined air-conditioned rooms than outdoors. So wherever possible, choose to dine al fresco—barbecue on the beach or picnic in the mountains—and if indoors, seek well-ventilated places with COVID-19 regulations. Perhaps now is not the time to visit crowded museums and galleries.

Insure Against All Eventualities

Unfortunately, however carefully you plan your trip, you cannot foresee all travel insurance circumstances. Make sure that your holiday is protected against Covid. I recommend Battleface Insurance. Ensure that your insurance covers evacuation and repatriation and that you are covered for treatment at an international standard hospital. If your destination lacks such facilities, perhaps you should reconsider your trip. The Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will not cover all scenarios when travelling in Europe, so make sure you bolster this with appropriate travel insurance.

Relax And Enjoy Yourself

Ultimately, you are on holiday. So, relax. If you take these sensible precautions, there is no reason you should be at a greater risk of catching Covid while abroad than at home. Indeed, with rising Covid infection rates in the UK, you may be much safer. Plan, take sensible precautions and enjoy yourself. One of the best defences against any infectious disease is to stay healthy, and one of the best ways of doing this is to have a wonderful relaxing holiday abroad.

I hope you enjoyed that.

Talk soon


Mark Bibby Jackson is passionate about travelling and sharing the joys of visiting new places and people. He is the founder and group editor of the websites Travel Begins at 40, and London Begins at 40 and the award-winning author of three thrillers set in Cambodia. He is also the former editor of AsiaLIFE Cambodia, ASEAN Forum, and Horizon Thailand magazines.


Twitter: @TravelBegins40

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  • Michelle

    I love this post! Such great information for people travelling to sunny destinations and looking to have the safest (and therefore, most enjoyable) time possible!

  • Olga

    It is a great post with useful tips. We are going to Europe with two kids for three weeks soon. I`m very excited but a little bit worried, too.

  • Victoria Prasad

    Even though it may be that Covid does not pose as big a threat as it once did, taking precautions while traveling is still very important. Great read and great advice.

  • Maureen

    Yes, yes, and yes! Traveling is such a fun activity but should always be done carefully too. Especially when in a different country. Being vigilant is important but also having all your paperwork and travel accommodations ready as well for an easy peasy vacation. Great tips!

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  • Kat

    Thanks for sharing these valuable tips! Choosing the right destination, getting vaccinated, and taking precautions during travel are essential for a safe trip. Your advice on avoiding crowds and staying healthy while abroad is spot on. Here’s to planning and enjoying memorable and safe adventures! 🌞

    • Caroline

      Your tips offer a comprehensive guide to stay safe while enjoying sun-soaked holidays abroad. From choosing destinations wisely to packing essential items and taking sensible precautions, these insights ensure travelers can unwind and recharge with peace of mind.

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