Covid makes it hard to travel internationally, we all know that. But if you get the chance to take some time off you can travel nonetheless. How? – you may be asking yourself. Well, there are various loopholes in the stipulations on international traveling at the moment. If you´re dependent on your semester break, quarantine and testing regulations could take away from your experience. But if you get the chance to take a sabbatical from work or college, you can go ahead, sacrifice the handful of days that you might have to spend in quarantine and enjoy your time abroad.
How to Get Around at the Moment
Right now, there are less flights than usual due to travel warnings or even travel bans. Taking a year off school makes you a lot more flexible and gives you the chance to find a suitable connection from place to place. Let´s take this example: The USA have established a travel ban, which makes it impossible for Europeans to enter the country by air. If you spend two weeks in Turkey, Mexico or Aruba, you can enter the United States without a problem. Similar hurdles exist in various countries – time is you booster to overcome them.
Before you decide to travel to a certain country, make sure to prepare a checklist and to do proper research. Find out the following information about your destination:
· Do you need a negative Covid test in order to enter the country?
· If so, which kind of test – PCR or antigen?
· How recent does the test need to be in order to be accepted?
· Is there quarantine duty in your country of choice?
· If so, how long do you need to isolate yourself and is there a way to test your way out?
· If you are obliged to stay in quarantine, where can you stay – are there designated hotels or can you just stay in your Airbnb?
· What are the current stipulations at your destination – is there a mask requirement or even an exit lock? How many people are allowed to get together?
When doing your research, don´t ask around in Facebook groups. People can share their experience, of course, which can be really helpful. But keep in mind that stipulations may change on a daily basis – what was valid yesterday, may not be the case anymore today. Instead, find your information on government websites. Only those are valid sources. You should basically act like you would when writing a paper for one of your college classes.
Working on Your Degree While Traveling
A sabbatical means you get to take a break from your studies. But you don´t want to lose your flow. In order to stay on the ball, find ways to freshen up your knowledge and maybe even expand your knowledge. There are tons of websites that offer great study material, which you might want to check out. Let´s say, you´re going for a degree in medicine: While traveling, leave out on that Netflix account and visit an educational platform for surgeons that gives you practical insights in surgery, anatomy and helps you network with others. Webop helps you by providing real-life settings and by always feeding you with the latest techniques and standards. That way, you can broaden your knowledge very effectively without having to attend a single class at university.
Networking and Getting in Touch with Travelers
In order to get the most out of your travels, you should make sure to really get to know the countries you travel. For that, you need insider information, which you get from other travelers, who have been there and who know all the places-to-be. If you get in touch with the locals, you might even be able to benefit even more from your stay. By spending time with them, you get to know their culture, their lifestyle and maybe even their language. Those things are priceless.
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