This year, you may think that actually going away for a summer vacation is off the table. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.
While it’s pretty safe to say that this year’s summer vacation options look quite a bit different from years past, there are still options. With a little creativity and reframing what “getting away” can mean, you and your family can still plan a fun and relaxing trip away from home.
So, what can you do for your summer vacation?
Take a Road Trip
Instead of flying somewhere or going on a cruise, consider hitting the open road. Road trips are a time-honored way to enjoy the scenery and discover places you might otherwise just fly over. Given current social distancing requirements, it’s also a good way to see and do things safely.
To prepare, you should take your vehicle in for a check-up and make sure it is in good shape for a long drive. You will want at least one good driver available in your group. Then, depending on where you want to go, you should check out available overnight accommodations and places to fuel up along the way. And, of course, no road trip would be complete without plenty of good tunes and good snacks.
This is the ideal option for enjoying some fresh air and exploring while also still maintaining adequate social distancing from others. The current pandemic has had no negative effects on nature. If anything, recent visitation restrictions have actually enabled the conditions in parks and campgrounds to remain fairly pristine. As such, many outdoor recreation areas have become even more lush and full of wildlife for your family to enjoy.
If combining this option with a road trip, you could consider campgrounds that exist within several hours of your home. Just be sure to check availability, campground amenities, and reservation requirements before hitting the road.
Getting away from home doesn’t have to mean going far from home. You may be surprised to find all of the unique sights you have yet to discover within just an hour or two of your house: parks, museums, fun shops, hiking trails, etc.
The convenience of this is that you and your family can get out of the house and see something new, but you don’t have to pack (except maybe a picnic) or make hotel reservations anywhere. In this case, your house is your hotel.
Given the limited breadth of your travels–and the range of destinations available just outside your doorstep–you can plan a day trip for every weekend this summer, if you’re so inclined.
Go All In (But Be Ready for Restrictions)
If you really want to get away from it all, go for it. There are flights available, as well as hotel accommodations in many summer vacation-friendly locales. You just have to be prepared for certain restrictions during your travels. Most airlines, for example, currently require you to wear a mask for the duration of a flight. And restaurant occupancy limits are still pretty strict all across the country.
Also keep in mind that quarantine requirements at your desired destination may be different from what you’re used to at home. So, be sure to do plenty of research on that. But if you find the possible inconveniences to be worth getting to your dream vacation spot, then there’s really nothing stopping you from going.
For more information on travel ideas and safety tips, as well as other ways to have fun and stay safe in your everyday life, be sure to read more on the PeopleFinders blog.
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