A month ago, I exchanged the freedom of the open road for the boundaries of my house. It was the sudden end of a fantastic journey down the coast of California. While I was disappointed to get home early, I knew this was the right thing to do in light of the spreading coronavirus. Surprising was how smooth the transition was. This made me think about the possible ways that the trip prepared me for the pandemic. Here are some of the travel skills and lessons I called for while taking shelter.
Be away from your favorites
I usually travel alone and am used to being away from friends and family for long periods of time. Using Skype, email and Facebook is often my only connection to loved ones when I travel. In this way, the journey prepared me for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Whenever I travel, I tend to carry more than I need. I hate having to interrupt my adventures to shop for basic necessities. If I had to buy substitutes on the road, I learned to be content with substitutes. When I don’t need something right away, I sometimes order items online and deliver them. These travel skills prepared me to stock up on my closet during the pandemic.
Traveling a lot in the third world made me think more about hygiene. The first thing I do in a new hotel room is clean the door handles, light switches and electronics with antibacterial wipes. I carry extra sanitizing wipes in my bag so I can clean my hands often on the go. Practicing good travel hygiene has definitely helped me prepare for this viral pandemic.
Cancellation and rescheduling
Plans often change when traveling. I enjoy the freedom to have a flexible route whenever possible. That’s why I always try to book refundable hotel prices. Booking hotels online makes it easy to make changes, even when you’re in a different time zone. Knowing how to cancel or reschedule plans is a skill I used a lot during the pandemic.
Power in trouble
Perhaps the most significant way this journey has prepared me for this pandemic is by showing me how much people can endure. I have traveled to countries that still bear the marks of war and natural disasters. I visited police states where empty supermarket shelves are appropriate for the course. In short, I’ve watched how many people can stand it, and I’m sure we can handle it.