UPDATE March 16th, 2020 – Please don’t travel anywhere at all!
As you and everyone else on the planet knows, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic that the World Health Organization (WHO) has labelled as a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC).
Everyone is a little worried.
And well you should be.
As movement of people across the planet has grossly been reduced or outright restricted.
I’m not here to tell you what rumour is right or wrong ‘cos I’m not the government and neither am I a doctor!
All I can advice you to do is NOT to go to your local doctor if you’re feeling ill but call or Email, listen to the instructions of your government as per where you should or shouldn’t travel, take extra precautions with cleanliness and health, and use a bit of common sense!
If you live in America, please follow this link:
If you live in the UK, please follow this link:
If you live in Germany, please follow this link:
If you want to know what the World Health Organisation (WHO) is saying, please follow this link:
Like yourself, I’ve read so many articles about what to do but one in particular stood out as it’s written not only by a proper medical doctor / physician, but the lady – Dr. Nadeen White – also happens to be a renown travel blogger too! Here’s what she had to say: The Truth About Coronavirus Infection: What Everyone Needs To Know.
I thought the article was straight to the point, factual, without nonsense, but easy for the layperson to read.
In fact, so many other people thought so too, that the article went viral, her blog crashed, and she had to change her blog host provider as her previous one couldn’t cope!
And that’s saying something!
SO SHOULD YOU TRAVEL?
I said it.
Contrary to what other travel bloggers are saying, my advice is not to travel.
Having said that for most people, the real worry is the risk that if you DO travel abroad somewhere, you might get stuck there, your destination might have a sudden increase in outbreak, you won’t be able to get home because flights have cancelled, your friends or family might get infected, or you are forced into quarantine for a certain unforseeable amount of time!
The simple fact is, whether you like it or not, individual nations are deciding on how best to limit the spread of the Coronavirus infection.
If your city isn’t under lock-down, then why not stay in your own country and use the opportunity to jump in your car / on your bike, and explore where you live.
And like I said in the BBC Radio 4 interview, travel doesn’t have to mean abroad, it can also be in your home-country!
I bet you didn’t see that coming!
LET’S GO ON A STAYCATION!
What’s a staycation you might ask?
Well, if you’re American, you’d most likely know what this is.
If you’re European, most people have never heard of it, as we take our holiday / vacation time very seriously!
Let me explain.
WHAT’S A STAYCATION?
A staycation – a combination of the word “stay” and the American word “vacation” or holistay – a combination of the British word “holiday” and “stay,” is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities.
North America, Australia & India is huge, so if you’re American, Canadian, Australian or Indian, the words “stay home” usually refers to within driving distance of your home and may or may not, require an overnight stay.
Europe / the UK is much smaller, so a staycation or holistay, usually refers to a period in which an individual or family stays in one’s home country, rather than abroad!
In my case, that means Germany.
As a result, I have either cancelled or postponed my international travel for 2020!
Better to be safe than sorry.
SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A STAYCATION?
Even if you’re travelling within the country or region, don’t forget travel insurance!
IS VICTORIA DOING A STAYCATION?
UPDATE March 16th, 2020 – We cancelled our holiday plans, and didn’t go. Please don’t travel anywhere at all!
Sure I am.
Yes, Victoria & family are going to the North Sea!
WHICH PART OF NORTH GERMANY IS VICTORIA GOING TO?
We’re going to:
For the very first time ever!
What not to like?
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Don’t judge me!
So book your luxury hotel sooner, rather than later.
Need I say more?
This article is not sponsored, and all thoughts and opinions, are my very own!
March is going to be eye-opening!
See you soon!
See you soon!
Watch this space!
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Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.
I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!
So what are you waiting for?
Thanks a million!
See you in Berlin.
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