How To Get Through The Corona Crisis?

Right now, the entire world is in turmoil with the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared this a pandemic, the last pandemic was in 2009. Most countries have also asked their residents to stay inside. But how do you get through these weeks? You can read all my tips on this blog! 

Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others.

First, it is good to understand why we should stay inside. One infected person will infect about three other people, and three others will infect nine and so on. The coronavirus spreads on average faster than any other virus. The coronavirus has also caused a lot of deaths compared to other viruses. Especially the elderly and people with a weak immune system are at great risk. And so am I, which is why it is extra important for me to stay inside.

Keep a routine

An important tip is to make sure you have a set routine. If you don’t have this, it will be hard to get through these isolated days. Make sure you have a good routine during the week and a looser routine on the weekends. Many studies have shown that people unconsciously have a great need for routines in everyday life.

Stay in contact (online)

Right now it is important to keep in touch with the people around you. Agree a time online to make video calls, for example. Unfortunately, physical contact is strongly discouraged at this time, so please don’t do that. We are all lucky to live in an era where most people also have an online life, like Facebook

Relax, relax and relax

It is, of course, a fact that this is a stressful period for us all. Make sure you have enough relaxation throughout the day. This can be done by Netflix-ing for an entire afternoon. Or, just like me, by fanatic gaming on a PlayStation. Whatever you like, make sure you take enough time to do it. You could also make a bucketlist of things to do after the crisis. Another great thing to spend your time on is reading all of my previous adventures! 🙂 

Exercising

This is also an important part of your day. Exercise is always important, but it is even more important in this period. For example, you can go for a walk in the forest, but make sure you go alone. Please stay away from other people. You can also exercise at home. For me personally, throwing a ball is enough practice. Check for yourself what is sufficient for you personally.

It is an unusually difficult situation for everyone right now. Therefore, always follow government guidelines to ensure that this passes as quickly as possible. Also, take care of the people with a lower resistance around you. There are many online platforms that connect lonely people to other people, take a look at this.

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My 4-Steps Routine Of Accessible Trip Planning

Today let’s talk about my personal routine for planning a trip. It is quite a complicated process that takes a lot of time. Planning takes more time than the actual trip, but it’s worth it for me. Maybe I plan too much, but I don’t want to end up somewhere where it’s not accessible enough. 

Step 1 – Ask Google 
The first step in this process is asking Google what the best destination is in a particular month. My muscles can’t handle cold weather, unfortunately, so I have to go to a warm country. 
 
For example, when is the best time to visit Lisbon?
 
The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, hotel rates are cheaper and there are fewer crowds than in summer. In those seasons, you might also be able to squeeze in a few beach days. The summer sees hot temperatures and crowded shores.First hit on Google 

“Nothing develops intelligence like travel.” – Emile Zola

Step 2 – Find accessible accommodation 
One of the hardest tasks is finding accessible accommodation. Usually, I search for accommodation on Booking.com with the wheelchair accessible filter turned on. Then I search for the email address on Google and email them.

In the email, I’ll ask for the wheelchair accessible room and bathroom, including pictures and measurements. After receiving this information, I’ll decide for myself if it’s good enough. I’ll ask about the availability, but I won’t do the actual booking yet. First, I’ll have to search for flights. 

Sometimes I’ll also check websites for accessible accommodation. My favorite ones are (I will update this list regularly) :

Step 3 – Search for adapted transportation
This is also an important step in the process, but not the most important one. First, I’ll do some research on public transportation in the city.
 
If this is accessible, I’ll always use public transportation instead of private transportation. Why? Because it’s less expensive and you can leave whenever you want. You don’t have to make an appointment at a particular time to leave.
 
If this is not accessible, I’ll search for an adapted (accessible) transportation company. Then I’ll contact them and ask for details and prices. Sometimes there are more companies in one city, then make sure you ask each one of them.

Accessible public transportation in Tenerife

Step 4 – Find flights
Last but not least, finding a flight. For this part, I will use Sky scanner or just simply Google. If I go on a trip inside Europe, I’d preferably book by Transavia, They’re cheap and the service for people with reduced mobility (PRM) is just great. 

It is important to book your airport assistance at the same time as booking the flight otherwise, you might be too late. If you need medical baggage, use a wheelchair or other medical equipment, make sure you report this to your airline in time. And always make sure that you arrive at the airport on time. 

After researching and accomplishing all these steps, I will book the flight and hotel at the same time. Then afterward, if needed, I will book the adapted transportation.

If you are considering travel insurance, which is highly recommended, don’t wait too long. Most travel insurance companies won’t allow you to buy insurance if you booked your trip longer than 7 days ago.