The prospect of being able to travel again is incredibly exciting. But given the amount of time we have spent in our homes, travelling post covid can certainly bring about feelings of anxiety. It’s been a long while since anyone has had the freedom to travel especially outside of their own country. As restrictions around the world begin to ease I wanted to share some tips for travelling post covid and how you can keep your mental health in check in the process.
The pandemic has undoubtedly made it a lot more difficult to travel, which can be off-putting. At present most countries generally require you to have a vaccine passport or confirmation of a negative test before travelling. You will also need insurance and to consider your means of travel when you arrive at your destination. For example, rental cars could be in high demand or have a shortage of taxis. If you are unsure of any of the procedures, check your government website for rules and general advice.
Don’t lose sight of your intentions
The fact that it’s been so long since many of us have gone away it feels like unfamiliar territory. But once you have organised all of the necessities for your trip you should take some time to think about how you are going to spend this time for yourself. Whether that’s to relax on the beach or explore a new city. You can use this time in any way you see fit. Over the last 2 years, everyone has experienced a lot of distress and worry that has been held onto for so long. Allow yourself this time to switch off from your worries and give your mind a well-deserved break.
Stick with your routine
As a result of the pandemic, a lot of us have established a new routine. Being in lockdown forced a lot of people to find ways to look after their mental health. For me, it’s things such as journaling, meditation and yoga which are now so fundamental in my daily routine. I will do them no matter where I am as I know they make me feel my best. Whichever type of trip you go on you should try and maintain some of the habits you have cultivated to feel good and stay in control of your mental health.
Let yourself go
Holding onto some habits from home can definitely help you relax into being away. Even so, the time you have on holiday is precious so try to relax and unwind as much as you can. Indulge in your favourite foods, soak up the culture and just let yourself be. Taking the time away to relax and unwind will not just benefit you but enable you to be your best self around others. Letting go will also help reset your mind and establish what you want to achieve for your life.
It has felt like there is no end to the pandemic, but if you are fortunate enough to start going on holiday again, it really can give you a renewed excitement for life. Encouraging you to chase the things you wanted before our lives were turned upside down. Travelling does so much for us in terms of opening our minds up to different cultures and experiences and allows us to reconnect with the world around us after an extended period of isolation. It’s great to see many people starting to take advantage of this.
How do your views stand on travelling post covid? Are you looking to travel again in the near future?
Further reading: Appreciating The Small Things