With the introduction of vaccines against COVID-19 and the reduction of infections, the reopening of the perimeter closures and, of course, the heat, the ‘getaways’ of disconnection, and the much-desired vacations return to our lives.
An example: the Seasonal Report of the National Observatory of Issuing Tourism, ObservaTUR, points out that 6 out of 10 Spaniards intend to go on vacation during the summer months. The same study indicates that more than 75% plan to visit national destinations and 8 out of 10 will use private means of transport.
Changes in preferences
And it is that hand in hand with the pandemic, many of our preferences have changed, also in terms of travel. Thus, car journeys last summer increased by more than 20%. The reasons for this evolution seem to lie not only in health uncertainty but also in economic insecurity. Therefore, it is not surprising that, in 2020, 90% of travelers traveled only to national destinations, compared to 74% who traveled through the country itself the previous year.
To all these changes of preferences when it comes to moving, we must add the search for stays in open spaces, in nature, with fresh air, and in a sustainable way but without giving up privacy.
Travel safely by car
What we are not willing to give up is our security and that of our own. Therefore, we provide you with some tips to guarantee a comfortable and risk-free car trip :
Plan well the route you are going to make, and find out about the anti-COVID measures of your destination.
If you are traveling with children, involve them in the preparations: they will be more respectful of the rules and it will provide them with security.
Check the vehicle in advance and disinfect the most touched areas of the vehicle.
Check the documentation: the car and the occupants. We hope not, but if something unforeseen occurs you must have everything in order and at hand.
Of course: do not travel if you have been in contact with people affected by COVID-19 or you think you have symptoms.
Comply with the rules of social distance during the trip and at your destination.
Use the mask in the vehicle if necessary, as it would be in the event that the occupants do not live at the same address.
The seat belt and child restraint systems for the little ones cannot be absent.
Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear while driving and traveling.
Take a break every two hours and 200 kilometers, at most, and whenever you feel drowsy or tired. And, before resuming the trip, disinfect your hands.
Mask and hand washing are still essential, also on vacation.
Review the security measures of the accommodation.
If you test positive during your stay, notify everyone you have been in contact with.