We need a summer vacation this year perhaps more than ever to recharge our weary batteries and restore frayed nerves. COVID-19 has kept most of us secluded and isolated in our homes for months, but planning for a summer getaway in a safe and responsible manner can be challenging.
“During these difficult times, the need to find some way to escape and recharge is even more important than it had been in years past,” Dr. Daniel Griffin, an infectious disease specialist at Colombia University Medical Center told CNN.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that Americans stay home to be safe, but compiled a list of considerations and questions to consult before planning a trip such as whether or not the disease is spreading in the area you wish to visit, or if anyone you are traveling with is likely to become ill.
According to CNN, experts said that day trips will be the most popular summer activity so that people can travel by car and maintain some control over their environment. Short road trips where you can pack your own food, disinfecting wipes and other personal protection equipment in your car will appeal to many. If you need to use the bathroom, avoid gas station restrooms and opt for state run facilities because they have stringent cleaning standards. Wear masks, and use gloves when visiting public facilities, experts told People.
Road trips offer piece of mind, according to CNN.
“I think people’s mindsets are that: ‘If anything happens, I can get back into my car and drive home,” said Jantine Van Kregten, director of communications for Ottawa Tourism in Canada. “You’re not waiting on a flight or having to reschedule flights or other transportation methods.”
According to People, renting a home instead of staying in a hotel is safer because you’re less likely to encounter others guests or staff. An isolated cabin in the woods offers the best of both worlds: time spent in nature and built in social distancing. But make sure that the rental is clean and disinfect key areas yourself, said Dr. Robert A. Norton, a professor of Public Health at Auburn University,
Wide open spaces such as the Grand Canyon will be more popular destinations than crowded venues where social distancing is a challenge, experts told CNN, adding that water parks and theme parks are best avoided this summer.
Industry experts said that vacationers would probably be less likely to fly to their vacation spot this summer, especially overseas, since many borders are still closed to nonessential travel and others require a two-week quarantine.
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