As restaurants, parks, and other attractions open back up—and states start to lessen their restrictions—many people are wondering if it’s safe to start traveling again. While your initial vacation plans might be out the window, especially if they involve air or international travel, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay at home all summer. From making alternative plans to taking strict precautions throughout your travels, here’s how to vacation safely during COVID-19.
Follow CDC Recommendations
No matter where you go or what you do, it’s important to follow the CDC’s recommendations about travel, social distancing, and other health and safety measures. Wash your hands regularly, keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others, and wear a face covering in public. Try to limit contact with anyone who isn’t a member of your household. On vacation, this might mean paying at the pump instead of going into a gas station or picking up food instead of dining in. Try to stay up to date on the latest guidelines and regulations so you always know how to vacation safely during COVID-19.
Try Something Different
Canceling your original vacation plans isn’t fun, but it can present the perfect opportunity to try something new. For example, instead of staying at the crowded resort you had your eye on, you can pitch a tent under the wide-open, starry night sky. There are plenty of alternative vacation ideas that can keep you safe while offering the experience of a lifetime. Look for outdoor vacations rather than crowded indoor attractions. You can even take an RV to one of the parks that are open to enjoy the great outdoors alongside some of your favorite homey comforts.
Stay Close to Home
If you’re desperate to get out of the house but aren’t sure about what is and isn’t safe, try starting with a local vacation. Staying at local parks or taking a day trip to your community’s attractions are great ways to have some fun without dealing with public transportation, restrooms, or other crowded public areas. You also have less risk of spreading or catching the infection in new areas. Sticking close to home gives you more control over your circumstances, helping you to create a safer vacation for yourself and everyone you come across.