Motorcycle Touring in the Post-Pandemic World: 5 Things You Need to Remember
There are no two ways about the fact that riding motorcycles is one of the most exciting and gratifying experiences ever! But after the pandemic a few things have changed forever- and one of those aspects is personal hygiene and safety among a group of people specially in close contact. As the embargo on traveling starts to lift gradually, you can start hitting your favorite trails and twisty roads again but with a few things in mind.
Always stay protected
The key to enjoy your trip is to stay healthy and protected at all times. Choose your travel destination well after a thorough research on the pandemic situation in that place and whether the local health advisories recommend visiting that destination. Find out everything you can about whether people have started traveling there or you are the only one contemplating visiting it? Remember that in addition to keeping yourself safe from the dangers on the road, motorcycling after the pandemic need you to think beyond route safety and more on the lines of health and Wellness as well- especially if you are traveling alone and you have nobody to look after you in case you become ill. And since we’re on the topic of staying protected and safe, make sure to wear the best quality premium motorcycle helmet along with other riding gears at all times.
There is no shame in keeping distance
Social distancing protocols expected value to maintain proper distance from one another in order to avoid the task of contamination. Well, that might seem a little farfetched especially if you have been asocial person all your life, this sudden distancing safety protocol might not come naturally to you. But the priority here is to stay safe and about being infected by the virus or any other variant of it, which means not only are you keeping yourself safe from the dangers by not coming close to others, but you are also keeping others safe as well! If somebody approaches you very closely, raise your palm and request them to maintain a little distance and apologize for the inconvenience, but don’t feel guilty or shame in safeguarding your health and that of those around you.
Keep an eye on evolving travel advisories
Travel advisories and health Protocols are changing on the fly because the times are unprecedented, and nobody actually knows how to react to sudden threats. Therefore, as a traveler you need to be on your toes and expect changes to come suddenly and without any Prior warning. The best way to avoid being stuck in another destination away from home is to keep a close eye on the local health advisories and governmental announcements to know if another lockdown is coming soon. The simplest way to do that is to set news alert so that you can get notified as soon as there is a change. In addition to keeping an eye on the local news, stay connected with what’s happening back home because the local government at your place might suddenly stop accepting foreigners back inside their borders.
Have a plan for quick exit
When you are on the road and traveling across state borders come out international borders, always have a plan for a quick exit in case a lockdown is being imposed suddenly. For that, you need to have cash money and a proper plan to get the motorcycle as well as yourself out of the country as soon as possible, and without any friction. Plan your travel itinerary in such a way that you do not get stuck too far away from civilization and the middle of nowhere so that if you happen to be in a position of making a fast decision and taking your exit, you are at the right place at the right time.
Be prepared for sudden big changes
Like we said before, the times are unprecedented, and nobody has ever faced the challenges that we collectively are facing all across the world. Be psychologically prepared for certain changes to happen overnight that might not only prevent you from going forward with your travel plans, but you may have to look for a quick exit back home. In addition to that, never protocols to prove your health might be put in place at a moment’s notice without which you may not be allowed to cross borders or track your way back home. There is always a solution for every problem, provided you have a calm and composed mind to look for it. Whenever psychologically prepared for sudden big changes- you have a better chance of finding the solution as well.
When in doubt, don’t travel!
While traveling on a motorcycle is definitely the most exciting thing you can do in life, there is definitely no need to risk anything just for the sake of going on a road trip. Whenever in doubt, stay home and don’t travel until you have a clarity on the evolving situation.