The world has been closed for so long due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. With the world being shut down, us traveling yoga teachers haven’t had much to do or a travel guide to write!
I have fantastic news!
The world has finally reopened, which means this traveling yoga teacher has packed her bags and traveled abroad! Today I share with you how I did just that with The Xanadu Yoga COVID-19 Travel Guide!
Research your city, state and country COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
I road tripped through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania before traveling abroad. In order to drive through these states you need a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of traveling through each. You can get a free swab test by appointment in any state at your local CVS. Many people I know have been concerned that it’s a painful test. It’s not painful. It’s just a little uncomfortable. To prep yourself for this uncomfortability, take my Yoga Class For Travelers. It’s full of uncomfortable poses! 😉
Pack Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
You need to pack PPE so that you can go out to eat, pay for gas, get on your flight, enter a state or country and to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. In the northeast you can be fined for not wearing a mask and not having a negative COVID-19 test when crossing state lines. You will not be allowed to fly or enter most countries without these two things as well.
What is PPE?
Goggles (If you want to go hard)
Print Out Your Travel Documents
Be an organized traveler and print out every document that customs, hotels, and airlines could need. This is in addition to having it saved as a travel album onto your phone.
Passport + License
Countries are now requiring both a passport and State ID to enter. These two documents must match the states that are open to travel abroad. For example, if you fly from Maine, but have a Colorado ID then you will be denied entry so double check that your state is open to travel abroad HERE.
Negative COVID-19 Test
Must be within 72 hours of traveling. Some flight attendants will even count the hours down to the minute to make sure you’re in line with the 72 hours so be mindful of that when scheduling your test time. You will be asked for your negative test when you check in for your flight, at layovers and when scanning your boarding pass at your flight gate.
Health Form + Pass
Airlines and (some) foreign countries send you a health form to fill out prior to flying and entering the country. Once you fill out the form they will email you a health pass barcode that will be scanned with your boarding pass and at customs upon landing. You could be denied entry to a country if you do not have this form filled out.
TSA Pre-Check Document
Every airport I have been to thus far during COVID-19 has refused this document which is unfortunate since we pay for it and expect to not wait in the neverending line at security. With this in mind, be sure to arrive at the airport early and wear shoes you can easily pop off.
You typically don’t need these, but have them saved to your phone for when customs asks for the address you’re staying at. If you’re ready to book your stay now, then use my Airbnb Code to get $67 off your stay!
Everyone Is On Edge
I didn’t have a good travel experience when traveling out of the country as the entire world is stressed out. Security tore through my bags and dumped my things onto the floor multiple times which resulted in me having three minutes to make my flight. The flight attendants yelled at travelers many times throughout the flight for no reason. There are new flight rules that they will not communicate to you about and they themselves are stressed out about. My advice is grow a thick skin, use your words and do your best to be compassionate to others because the world is changing and most people need time to adjust.
Exercise, Eat Healthy + Stay Hydrated
If you haven’t heard, we’re in a global pandemic. So, it’s important that we stay healthy. When you get off the plane wash your hands. Then find a corner to do your squats and push-ups. It helps your gut and with adjusting to jet lag! Take a walk everyday and don’t forget to practice yoga for travelers HERE. You eat whatever makes your body feel healthy, but make sure to drink DOUBLE of your daily water intake as flying dehydrates the body.
Last Minute COVID-19 Travel Guide Tips
Ask your travel friends if they published a travel guide on COVID-19 then read it!
If flying clean your seat, tray table and seat belt with an alcohol wipe.
Pack a reusable water bottle + eating utensils rather than using the utensils at a restaurant. Better yet order your food takeaway!
Wear a mask.
Wash your hands + change your clothes the moment you get off the plane, train or bus.
Clean your yoga mat after each practice. Especially if you’re practicing during your layovers.
Plan ahead and with plenty of time as everything is delayed and selling out quick as we’re all adjusting to a new normal.
Be kind to yourself and patient with others. Travel is meant to excite us and open us to new opportunities and ways of life! In order for this to happen then we ALL have to make a collective effort to be compassionate to one another.
This traveling yogi is off to practice, teach and swim at the beach!
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Brytta is a world traveling yoga instructor from NYC. She is a lover of glitter, SUP Yoga and climbing waterfalls. When she's not adventuring around the world and teaching yoga, she's writing about her adventures, interviewing inspiring souls and coming up with new ways to take her yoga off the mat and into the world! A big fan of discovering new poetry, her current favorite poets are: Rupi Kaur, Lena Moon, and Carlos Andres Gomez.