This summer is different than almost any in recent history. The pandemic has caused closures and social distancing protocols to be set up everywhere. Vacations will look a little different this year. Here are some ideas that you and your family can investigate when it comes to planning a vacation during a pandemic. Although options may be limited, with a little planning and ingenuity, you can still have a lot of fun.
Spending Time at the Beach
With social distancing at the top of everyone’s concerns, open air destinations are a safer alternative to attractions that take place indoors. Beaches offer a large area in which your group can stake claim to a zone and setup camp. Some beach chairs, towels and a blanket are all you need to have your own mini vacation resort. Add a few buckets and shovels, and maybe a little music, and let the good time roll.
With the ocean just footsteps away from your new home base, the opportunities are endless. You can go for a swim, hunt for seashells, dig a hole to China, or other fun-in-the-sun pursuits. Some beaches even offer paid activities that you can sign up for, such as surfing lessons, jet skis, and even parasailing.
Taking a RV Road Trip
Some rental agencies will still rent vehicles out during a pandemic. A great way to see the countryside and spend time with the family is to rent a recreational vehicle (RV), load it up with food and goodies, and take to the open road. Half the fun will be planning where to go and what to see. Even with many attractions closed or having restricted access, there is enough to see to make everyone happy. From monuments to gardens and famous landmarks, there is sure to be something that appeals to all ages in your group.
Being in an RV allows you the freedom to travel without the restrictions of finding a hotel for sleeping each night. Most RVs are equipped with a full kitchen, so a few stops along the way at a grocery store can cover your dining needs. Grab a map and the keys and head off into the wild blue yonder.
Camping and Hiking
Whether or not campsites are open can vary depending on where you plan on going. If the campsite you want to book is open and available, you can easily gear-up for an enjoyable time out under the stars. Tents and sleeping bags can be purchased online and can arrive at your doorstep in a matter of days. You can collect items from around the house to complete your camping gear, such as a frying pan, flashlight, and some fishing rods. You are now ready to rough it outdoors with the family.
Once the campsite is set up, you can plan a hike in the woods, a trip to a nearby lake, or just set up a few folding chairs and play with the campfire. At night you can sing songs and roast marshmallows, and if you camped properly, you will be exhausted and sleep well in the tent. Depending on how well your family enjoys the outdoors, this vacation can last for days and days.
Maybe your family is not as adventurous and the above ideas do not seem appealing, or maybe you live too far from the ocean to make a beach getaway feasible. That is OK, you can still have fun planning several smaller day trips. Sit down with the family and come up with a list of places everyone would like to visit within a two to three-hour drive.
Designate a ‘Trip Captain’ for each day trip you take. This person will oversee things like when you leave, where you stop to eat, and what activities you do when you arrive at the destination. This is especially fun if you have smaller children. They will love being in charge of the family fun.
As more and more places open and less restrictions are imposed, additional vacation options will become available. For now, you can still enjoy quality family time while staying safe and healthy.