Written by: Jennifer Hill 
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While the tourism industry has taken a huge hit over the past three months as a result of the measures put in place by countries to stop the spread of COVID-19, there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel with some countries, including South Africa, starting to ease lockdown laws. This is great news if you have been itching to take your family on a pilgrimage to learn more about what it means to be a Christian and breathe new life into your faith but have been stuck at home due to the fear of putting your family at risk. However, even if it is far less risky to travel now than it was a few weeks ago, it’s still not 100 percent safe until a vaccine is created. With that in mind, here’s how you can keep your family safe on your next trip after the lockdown. 

Pick a safe destination
Before choosing your destination, it’s vital to consider what the coronavirus situation is over there. Different countries handled the pandemic in different ways, and some have been more successful than others in getting it under control. If you still feel unsafe getting on a plane, there are many domestic attractions you can drive to and still have a fulfilling vacation.

Choose your accommodation carefully
When choosing where to stay, safety needs to be at the top of your list of priorities. If you are choosing between a hotel and a guesthouse such as an Airbnb, your best option is the Airbnb since your family won’t have to share facilities or interact with other people. If you are choosing a hotel, find out what measures they’ve taken to ensure that every guest is safe, such as having a virtual check-in process and menus, providing personal protective equipment, installing hand sanitiser dispensers by common touch-points, and maintaining high cleanliness standards. If you are travelling with a toddler, find out whether they can baby-proof a room to ensure that your baby is safe when exploring the new environment.

Get travel insurance for your family
Until the whole world is vaccinated for the coronavirus, there’s still a small chance that you could get it, even if you go to a ‘safe’ destination and take safety precautions. As such, you need to be prepared for the slight possibility of one or more members of your family getting sick while on your trip. This is where travel insurance comes in; with a good policy, you can ensure that your family gets the best possible health care without dealing a heavy blow to your wallet should you get coronavirus or other illnesses, or become injured during your trip.

Taking a trip after the lockdown should not feel like you are rolling the dice; with careful planning and taking the necessary safety measures, you can ensure that you have a safe and fun trip that you and your family will remember. Remember, too, that God’s grace and favour is still important: He has the last word on everything in life, so keep praying and seeking His guidance before, during, and after your trip.

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