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Planning to be out and about? Here is how to choose the right accommodation while travelling in a post-pandemic world

Simrran Gill
January 02 , 2021
01 Min Read

What’s your pick?

1. A Hotel
Ensures complete privacy and security.
You can avail luxury amenities such as gyms, laundry services, etc. 

2. A Hostel
Inside a hostel room
It's easy on the pocket.
It's a great way to meet fellow travellers. 

3. A Homestay
You get hands-on hyperlocal experiences.
It's a personalised cosy space. 

What To Pack
>> Hand sanitiser and alcohol-based wipes
>> Two face masks
>> A self-declaration form
>> Portable locks
>> Cash, in case of emergency
>> Water bottle
>> Emergency contact list 

Safety Alert
Check all Covid-19 protocols
Before making the bookings, be sure to check all COVID-19 related protocols for the destination. Look out for e-pass requirements, quarantine duration and facilities, if any, along with the restrictions on movement of tourists.  

Workcation Prerequisites
Check for amenities to facilitate your workcation. longer stays at discounted rates, Wi-Fi for extended hours, access to the lounge area with unlimited beverages or facilities to organise virtual team meetings. 

A Checklist (of things to keep in mind before choosing your next acco)

1. Be well-informed about the SOPs for hospitality units, such as the requirement of a negative COVID-19 certificate.

2. Inspect the site virtually before you make the booking and ask for a room that has not been occupied for a few days.

3. Read the sanitisation and cleanliness procedures and ensure they conform to WHO guidelines.

4. Check for contactless amenities such as QR-coded menus, in-room dining options and digital press reader subscriptions.

5. Ensure that the property has facilities for contactless check- in/out.

6. Ensure that the property is equipped to handle medical emergencies.


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