Early in the pandemic, people were afraid to leave their homes. In some places where lockdown was enforced, it was not legal for them to leave their homes save for that deemed essential by state and local authorities. We became prisoners in our own homes. And that is not a situation anyone signed up for.
Six months later, fear and uncertainty is still the order of the day. No one is quite sure what to do with those vacation days. The Summer has past and Winter is coming. It is more important than ever that we tend to our mental health, and the mental health of the people for whom we are responsible. Here are a few tips for how to vacation safely despite the pandemic:
Set Aside More Money Than You Think You Need
Vacations tend to be dear affairs, so don’t go into debt over one. But they don’t have to be depending on the choices you make. However, during this time of crisis, there are a few more expenses you will have to consider.
Your first choice for a vacation spot might not be an option if they are still having pandemic problems. Or, they could be doing just fine but are not accepting visitors from the U.S. If traveling in-country, the same restrictions could apply from one state to another. Because you never know when one destination will be restricted for you, it is prudent for you to have a second option.
That second option might prove to be more expensive if you are forced to book things too close to the time of travel. While airlines are waving change fees, there will still be expenses associated with buying new tickets for a new destination.
Book Better Accommodation
There is no guarantee that you will get a cleaner room by spending more money on the room. But it is reasonable to believe that a better hotel will have a greater emphasis on sanitation, and have a well-trained and well-qualified cleaning staff.
Another thing you should look for is a room or suite with a kitchen. Be aware that many restaurants are still closed save for take-out and delivery. The hotel restraint might also be closed. Your best chance for a good meal might just be for you to provide it yourself. If you are going to be there for a week or more, you will almost certain need to have a place to prepare and keep food. Even now, the CDC is saying that eating out is one of the riskier activities during the pandemic.
Plan for As Much Outdoor Activity As Possible
This may not be the best time to visit museums. Try to avoid indoor spaces with questionable air circulation systems. Masks are only part of the solution. There is no guarantee you will be save from coronavirus just because everyone is wearing a mask.
Before winter arrives, this is a good time for camping, hiking, and outdoor tours of interesting places. Some beaches are extending their season. If you are a beach person, choose some of the less attended spots and always social distance even when outside playing volleyball and tossing the Frisbee.
There is no question that coronavirus has made everything weird and complicated. Vacationing is no exception. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Just make sure to plan to spend a little extra money, book better accommodations, and do outdoor rather than indoor activities. Also, don’t forget to bring plenty of masks and sanitizer.