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Ways to Take a Socially Distanced Trip

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Society has been forced to get creative in the world of COVID. From Zoom funerals to COVID-themed Bat Mitzvahs with personalized masks, it’s pretty amazing how we adapt in both the worst of times and best. The same goes for travel. We’ve been forced to cancel trips, alter our method of transportation, and get inventive.

The good news is there are ways to plan a socially distanced trip and enjoy a new way to travel.

Get Over It

Too harsh? We all know COVID hasn’t been a welcomed visitor into our world. It has turned our society upside down, people have lost their lives, and if you have kids, homeschooling has been a real treat. That was sarcastic, of course. For all of you who homeschool all year round, please pat yourselves on your back.

You can choose to take this time to reflect and make changes in all aspects of your life. or complain, lock yourself in your house and have a pity party for one.

You’re allowed to be disappointed but sometimes, things happen for a reason, and you just have to go with the flow. It’s a lesson that’s beneficial to you and your loved ones. Life changes in an instant and you have to be willing to change with it or be left behind. Project positivity and positive things will appear.

Now that you’ve gotten over your frustration, start thinking about how you can make your travels even more amazing than originally planned and start getting excited. Always remember to keep yourself and others safe with your choices.

Rent an RV

While transportation can be viewed as a way to get you somewhere, it can also be a large part of your trip. If you feel like flying will put you in too much danger, what are other options that could add some serious fun to your trip?

While you never pictured yourself riding around looking for places to hook up your home on wheels, now’s the time to explore and have fun.

Now not only will your trip be great once you get there, getting there will be a huge part of the experience. Think of all the sites you could see that otherwise would have looked like a small ant from up above. Think of all the people you could meet while camping and the new adventures waiting for you out there.

In terms of safety, this is a great way to socially distance yourself while traveling. You’ll avoid sitting in close quarters with strangers on a flight and be able to leave that stress at home. Remember, life isn’t always about the destination, but the journey to get there.

Ditch the Hotel for a House

The idea of sleeping in a hotel right now may make you want to go out and buy a hazmat suit. While hotels have done a great job of changing policies to keep you safe, at the end of the day, you need to feel comfortable. A vacation where you attempt to hold your breath in an elevator may not be your definition of relaxing.

Picture yourself in a house that you’ve rented where only your family or you and your girlfriends will be using the facilities. It takes the stress out of telling your kids for the fifth time not to touch that elevator button with their fingers. No more running back to your room because you forgot your mask while the girls are waiting for you…AGAIN. It’s your house. No masks are required at the breakfast table.

As always, check the rental details for sanitizing in between renters, and don’t forget your sanitizer wipes for things like the light switches and remotes.

Have a Staycation

If this seems like a boring option, think again. With the proper research, you can find hidden gems within driving distance that you would have never considered exploring before. A staycation allows for socially distancing travel and a fun way to get to know what’s been right under your nose all along.

Once you’ve finished kayaking up that river you always heard about but never considered going to, create some unique fun at home.

  • Prepare themed dinners and have everyone help
  • Have a movie night
  • Camp out in your backyard
  • Build a fort
  • Start a gigantic puzzle
  • Sleep late

We’re always so busy with life and COVID has caused us to stop and smell the flowers. Before COVID, who had time for a 5,000-piece puzzle?

Explore Your State

If you’re avoiding flying, yet want to get away, taking a road trip and exploring your own state can be an awesome way to entertain yourself and your family. You can plan your itinerary based on how far you want to drive, where you want to visit, and the places you want to stay.

If you never thought to travel around your state, you’re in for a treat. You might love this trip so much that you make it an annual tradition. As always, it’s a good idea to call ahead and learn about the COVID safety precautions a hotel, motel, inn, bed and breakfast, or rental has put in place for guests.

When you’re forced to think outside-the-box, sometimes the result tends to be even better than the previous option. Traveling definitely has a different look and feel these days, but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin your fun time.

COVID has forced us to reevaluate so many elements of our lives and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We’re home more which means spending more time with our families. Okay, in all honesty, that can be a bit stressful but stick with me here. This terrible has enabled us to try new things and create memories that may not have been considered before.

With COVID numbers on the rise…AGAIN….we must be careful, wear our masks, and discover new ways to enjoy ourselves safely. You can travel, explore, and enjoy life safely.

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