Here are my top 5 reasons to travel in a converted van.
As a videographer, there are few things that I love more than traveling the globe and taking it all in. I love getting the chance to capture new people, places, and landscapes. If there is one thing I have learned during my time working as a videographer and web designer, it is that the world is vast, and there is so much to experience and learn. After a difficult year that forced all of us to lay low and stay put, I am looking forward to getting back out there and continuing my journey as a world traveler. Here, in no particular order, are my top travel tips during a global pandemic.
It might seem a bit obvious, but travel pre-pandemic never involved washing and cleaning as it does now. Find ways to bring sanitization with you no matter where you travel. Stick a tube or two of hand sanitizer in your car, invest in sanitization wipes that fit in your pocket, and sanitizer that easily clips onto your clothing. Visual reminders will help you remember to prioritize hygiene and your health as you bounce from place to place. Setting alarms on your phone will remind you to check your sanitation stash and wipe your belongings down, ensuring that you don’t carry any unwanted viruses on your journey.
Do Your Research
It's easy to purchase the plane tickets or hop on a bus, but it takes some patience to pause and check in on your next location before leaving. Perhaps you have a running list on your phone or iPad or even a small notebook placed in your bag? Do a quick google search to find out the status of your next destination, the number of covid-19 cases in that area, and what precautions they are expecting of you, and jot these things down. This will save you any disappointments and put you in the right mindset to focus on the fun while you travel, so you don’t need to worry about risk.
It is natural to seek out adventure and crowds while you travel the world. After all, the reason you are traveling is to experience new cultures, people, and places. It is important however to focus on the reality of where we are at in our world at this moment. Is it worth it to compromise the rest of your trip by spending time around others and getting sick? There is so much to experience away from people, out in the wilderness. Consider taking the scenic route this time around, and save the crowds for another time.
Keep in mind that travel in 2021 is not going to be the same as travel pre-2019. If you go into it with this in the back of your head, your expectations will align with reality and you may find yourself being pleasantly surprised with each new experience. While you might be a bit limited from pandemic precautions, practicing flexibility and being open to switching up your plans last minute could lead you to even better experiences than you could have possibly imagined.