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With Covid-19 creating so many restrictions and travel guidelines, it can be difficult to make plans for vacations or road trips. However, many of us need to relax and recharge, and the good news is there are several things you can do to make travel safer. From social distancing to packing plenty of spare masks, hand sanitizer, and items that will reduce the need for stops, there are many ways you can take a trip and make sure you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.



You might start by educating yourself on the latest guidelines and give yourself some peace of mind, especially if your plan is to travel by air. Captain Laura can answer your questions and help you learn more about the process of traveling during the pandemic. Watch the ‘Travel Like A Pro’ interviews and share on her homepage. Read on for some tips on how to get started with planning your trip.


Where to stay:

While most hotels have excellent cleaning services, it’s a little more difficult to social-distance there than it is in a rental. Not only that, staying in a rental home will allow you to bring your own groceries and cook meals, meaning you won’t have to go out to restaurants if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Look online for rentals that are close to the attractions you want to visit so you won’t have to rely on public transportation to get you back and forth.


Get back to nature:

If you’re looking for a getaway that’s more outdoorsy, consider going camping. This is the perfect way to relax while maintaining distance from others, and you can spend time doing activities that get you closer to nature. Hiking, swimming, rafting, and mountain biking are just a few ways to have fun outdoors, and they’re beneficial for your physical and mental health, as well. If it’s possible, take a road trip to your destination and plan out your stops for food and restroom breaks so everyone will be prepared for safety guidelines. It’s a good idea to bring snacks and drinks along in order to minimize interactions with others.


Choose your activities wisely:

If roughing it isn’t your style, consider taking a day trip to a nearby location you’ve never visited. Look online for ideas and activities two or three hours away, and keep Covid guidelines in mind when making plans. For instance, some events and attractions will have limited seating due to distancing rules, which will make ordering tickets in advance a priority. If weather permits, try an outdoor activity such as apple-picking at a local orchard or a wine-tasting for the adults. Remember to tip well if you’ll be relying on essential workers to serve or assist you, and to keep their safety in mind, as well.


Create a staycation:

If the latest safety guidelines or your budget won’t allow for travel, consider planning a staycation. Take a drive with the family around your hometown and explore all it has to offer, or simply plan for a lazy weekend relaxing at home with some good movies. In fact, you could set up a “film festival” from the comfort of your own home, complete with snacks and a few of the latest releases on a streaming service.


Stock up on essentials:

These days, you’re only as safe as the measures you take. Make sure to bring a hygiene kit with you at all times, whether you spend time outside or indoors. This will include the ubiquitous masks and bottles of hand sanitizer, and maybe even face shields if you’re up for the added protection. You can get all these at relatively low costs when you shop at Target or similar.


Making plans during such an uncertain time can be frustrating, so it’s best to prepare for setbacks and have a backup plan if you’re going to be staying away from home. Keep up with the most recent guidelines for safe travel by setting up alerts on your phone so you’ll always have the best information, including whether you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive.


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