Travel is basically the movement of individuals between different distant geographical locations. Travel can be done by car, plane, bicycle, foot, train, bus, boat or any other means and is one way or round trip travelling. It may also be a repetitive process, such as between countries, where there is only a change of vehicle or mode of transport and return. Some forms of travel are very popular with tourists and visitors, whereas others are for business or private use, such as air tours, sightseeing tours, skiing and hiking tours, mountain climbing tours and river cruises.
Traveling is so prevalent today that it has become almost a normal activity for many people. Traveling is also an important social, economical, cultural, recreational and even social and emotional experience for millions of people across the world. Traveling for leisure has become quite popular. For some people it is a part of a vacation and for others it is their profession. The most recent statistics showed that there have been a record number of international airline hijackings, which took place during the summer of 2001, when travelers from different countries would be flying to the United States.
Many of us think that travel restrictions nowadays are due to security reasons. Traveling within the US is usually easy and does not require much preparation except packing our bags properly. Travel abroad is a little more complicated since security and immigration issues must be taken into consideration. However, there are still many countries around the world that are open to tourists and visitors, and so the restrictions on travel to these countries are normally not so strict. Travel restrictions are due mostly to economics, namely the fact that tourism is a major source of revenue for most countries. Thus, the lessened tourism revenue will automatically reduce the amount of money available for tourism and so on.
In light of this, although there were no nationwide travel advisories or restrictions in December, travelers should still practice extreme caution when traveling outside the country. Travel by road was relatively easy, but flight travel has become more difficult due to stricter regulations and screening procedures at airports. Travelers are advised to check in with local airlines or tourist agencies before leaving to see how long they can stay away before they have to return home. Visas were also imposed some time ago, but there are no clear guidelines on whether or not these are still valid when one is going back home.
Travelers are advised to go through these updates and notifications to determine what requirements they must meet once they reach their destination. For instance, there are many countries where vaccination requirements are very high, especially in areas where cholera is a big problem. One has to keep this fact in mind before embarking on a trip to any country. If one is planning to travel to areas that do not have adequate health care facilities or vaccines for diseases, they should seriously consider whether they need a visa or green card to travel to these countries. Travel by air is also fairly easy, but international air travel is more difficult because one needs to consider the possibility of getting infected with a disease that is not being contained in the current updates.
Travel throughout the country is fairly easy given that there are not any travel advisories or restrictions in December. However, travelers are advised to be aware of the possibility of contagious diseases spreading from one traveler to another. The chance of contracting an illness when traveling abroad increases dramatically during flu seasons, particularly when a person is returning from a trip that involved a visit to another country. Traveling during other months does not guarantee a higher chance of meeting with an illness or becoming contaminated with an illness. Therefore, travelers should not make this their only concern when traveling during dew season.