Parting Thoughts (Issue 6)

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic upended travel for everyone while creating unique challenges for nomads.

Parting Thoughts (Issue 6)

A Few Parting Thoughts by Robert Witham

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic upended travel for everyone around the world. It also created unique and unprecedented challenges for snowbirds and full-time nomads. These strategies may help you stay safe if you do find it necessary to travel during a pandemic.

AVOID TRAVEL IF POSSIBLE

An obvious first step to addressing travel safety concerns during a pandemic is to not travel if possible. There are many situations where there may be alternatives to traveling for a while.

One of the things that we have learned on a large scale in 2020 is something that we digital nomads have known for a long time. It is possible to perform many types of work from anywhere. Obviously not every job can be performed remotely, but when faced with the prospect of closing a business or finding way for people to work from home it is amazing how quickly many companies were able to solve the problem.

Similarly, we have all become much more proficient at cooking at home, entertaining ourselves at home, connecting with friends and family via FaceTime, Zoom, or other video apps, and ordering products online for delivery or curbside pickup.

All of these changes to work and home life have allowed people to stay home more and avoid possible exposure to the virus.

AVOID VIRUS HOTSPOTS

It’s easy to watch the news and think that everywhere is equally dangerous when it comes to the pandemic, but the reality is that different areas have been impacted more than other areas. Even within states there are often regions that have many more virus cases than in other regions.

Staying aware of where the virus is actively spreading and avoiding those areas can help to limit your risk if you must travel during a pandemic.

AVOID PUBLIC SPACES

This principle applies whether staying at home or traveling, but self-isolating as much as possible and avoiding large groups or crowded public spaces helps to reduce your risk of exposure. This may mean that travel looks different than usual, but these steps are the surest way to avoid exposure to a virus while traveling.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

There are a number of steps that travelers can take to reduce the chances of being exposed to a virus while on the road.

  • Stocking up on groceries, if you are able to do so, helps to limit trips to the store.
  • Paying for fuel at the pump avoids going into a public building where the risk of exposure may be higher.
  • Wearing disposable gloves, a mask, and using hand sanitizer or washing hands frequently also helps to protect you during occasions when you need to be in public spaces.

While the best option may be to avoid travel if possible, it is still possible to travel in a safe and responsible manner during a pandemic if you find it necessary.