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Travel Methods To Consider This Year
We’re drawing close to a very challenging year’s end. In 2020, we’ve seen well over 200,000 pandemic deaths to date. We now know that Joe Biden will be the country’s next president, and perhaps he will have better luck containing the virus than his predecessor.
Still, some people must travel, either for work or familial matters. According to Transport Executive, some people still try to take modest vacations, though it’s risky to do so. If you’re traveling over this year’s last few weeks, there are a few ways to do so. Let’s look carefully at the cons and pros of each one.
Travel Methods: Driving
Some people don’t mind driving at all, while others don’t enjoy it much. When you drive, there are always car accident risks. Even if you’re an excellent driver, you have to worry about things like:
- Individuals drinking and driving.
- Texting or phone calls distracting other drivers.
If you’re on the road, you see people behaving deplorably sometimes. Maybe they’re eating or drinking while driving. They might be blasting music, in which case they cannot hear the traffic around them.
On top of all that, driving takes a lot longer than flying. If you’re trying to go somewhere for work, it might take you multiple days to get to your destination. Before Covid-19, you could have gotten there in just a few hours.
However, most medical professionals agree that flying is at least somewhat dangerous right now. Plane accidents are much rarer than car accidents, but there’s a Covid-19 risk if you fly. If you drive, you’re safe, especially if you take your own car, and there is no one in there with you. You don’t need to fear the coronavirus if you choose this method.
Some people are still flying during the pandemic, though nowhere near as many as usual. The airline industry reports incredible revenue losses, and that could continue for years. Part of that depends on:
- How quickly medical science can create a vaccine
- Whether a vaccine convinces people to fly again
Once there is a vaccine, they might feel like they can fly safely if someone is strong and healthy. That could be many months off, though, so for the moment, most planes are nearly empty. If you do fly, you’ll get to your destination a lot faster than if you drive. You can also wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.
Airlines are not allowing people to sit directly next to each other. Perhaps having an empty seat in between you and your neighbor will protect you. However, it’s tough to keep a mask on literally every second during a multiple-hour flight. You might lower it just for a moment, and that might be all it takes to contract the virus.
The major problem is that you’re in an enclosed space with recirculating air. If someone has the virus and cough or sneeze, it’s possible the particles can get in the air, even if everyone is wearing masks. Masks help, but doctors and scientists will tell you they’re not one hundred percent effective.
Because of this, you have to think about whether flying is worth it. If you’re doing it for work, you might ask your boss if there’s any way you can make other arrangements. If you’re doing it for vacation or some other reason, you’re probably better off canceling the trip or traveling some other way.
Travel Methods: Get Someone to Drive You
This year, one other travel method is getting someone to drive you across the country rather than driving yourself. Some companies might hire a car and driver for you. You might like this option if you’re not the best driver, and you’d prefer to have someone else handle that task. You can sit in the backseat while someone who does this for a living gets you to where you need to be.
If you’re doing some work traveling, this is probably only possible if you’re a higher-level employee. If you’re something like a CEO or CFO, your company will likely have no problems paying for it. If you’re a low-level employee, it’s not likely they will spring for a car and driver. They may demand that you drive yourself, or else that you fly, regardless of Covid-19 risks.
If you do get a driver, you don’t have to drive yourself, which is nice. However, you’re once again in an enclosed space with another individual, perhaps for many hours at a time if it’s a long trip. You can both wear masks, but it’s tough to do that for so many hours. Maybe you can get a car with a partition between you and the driver. That might make things a little bit safer.
If you work for a demanding company that travels a lot during the pandemic, you might refuse to do so. That will probably mean that you have to find another job, and we’ve seen massive job losses in the US this year.
It comes down to whether you are willing to accept travel risks to keep your position. If you know that you have an immunocompromised condition, then flying is highly dangerous. So he is driving in a car with another person.
If you live with someone with an immunocompromised condition, you might not want to travel for that reason. If you contract the virus, even if you show no symptoms, you can pass it along to them, and they might die from it.
Hopefully, you won’t need to worry about this sort of thing forever. When we have a vaccine, travel will not be as dangerous, nor will we go to gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, and the things many people once enjoyed. For now, you need to think carefully about travel methods and what risks you’re willing to take.