Seems like everything we do now is always met with considerations for how it’ll affect our health and the pandemic overall in our everyday lives. Want to go out shopping? How will you travel? Take the bus, even though it increases your risk of catching COVID19? Go by car or even more so.. just stay at home and do online shopping. However, travelling within your own country during a pandemic and travelling abroad is a whole different level of taking safety into consideration. From countries having different lockdown rules, and different countries dealing better or worse with the pandemic… it’s quite hard to plan if you want to travel across Europe for example. Personally, I will not be travelling or even begin to think and plan travelling yet, as to end the pandemic we need to work together as a global and worldwide society to overcome this. We see in the news how some influencers have been irresponsible when travelling abroad when it’s been unnecessary to travel. I think for quite a few people they believe that if they have COVID19 it only affects themselves and their closest group and family. But having COVID19 has ripple effects. We potentially put other people in danger (though with the vaccine being given to more people, it’s becoming safer, but never guaranteed to be fully one-hundred percent immune), it potentially placing more stress on the NHS and every area of life. We aren’t being asked a lot to just stay at home or limit the people we have contact with. As many of the people who break the rules, tend to be the ones complaining about lockdowns and not being allowed to travel abroad yet.
But, for me, I don’t feel comfortable travelling, as it’s not just the stress we place on our own country if we go abroad and bring more COVID19 back into the country… its placing stress on countries which may be less fortunate than ours due to economic reasons as well as not having vaccinated as many citizens as we have. The pandemic will not stop, if we have many people travelling around the globe again, as it promotes new strands and variants to thrive and spread even more. Another factor to take into account when deciding whether or not to travel is to protect our own family members from harm. This seems like an obvious factor, but I feel that many people overlook this a lot because we have never lived through a pandemic before (duh!). As well as our own family members, what about our friends’ families or partner’s family? It will also affect them, even if we have no contact with them directly. When people meet in big groups, those friends can take COVID19 back into their home and potentially if they have to help out with elderly family members, you are putting their lives in danger. Personally, I can’t in good conscience affect my family in this way by travelling abroad, and affecting other people’s families like strangers’ families due to public transport etc. At the end of the day, it just puts fuel in the fire, that make the pandemic more dangerous and worse, let alone the fact it’s not needed for most people to travel.
In conclusion, I really don’t feel it’s necessary to travel. It doesn’t just affect our own health. It affects our families’ health, our friends’, and partner’s family and to foreign families that live abroad. May be a quite controversial opinion, but I think it’s selfish if you travel abroad at this time, if it’s for a holiday. We need to solve this pandemic as a globe and take care of each other like a true global society.
When isolating, look after your mental health, this is your friendly reminder! Whilst we are taking care of the physical health of our loved ones, we need to be able to take after ourselves too. When we look after ourselves we can take care of our loved ones and the country and the world. Soon, activities and businesses will reopen to be able to socialise and be amazing for our mental health. But for when you need to isolate or if you are shielding, we can get through this together!