“I do believe it’s time for another adventure”
As many states and countries begin to open back up after quarantine, a majority of people are feeling the urge to go on a trip, get out of town, and possibly book a vacation! Prior to quarantine, I basically lived out of my suitcase for two years for work and some personal adventures, so I am personally very eager to get back on the road with the appropriate precautions of course!
When you decide to go on your next adventure, keep the following suggestions and actionable tips in mind to be a safe mindful traveler and reduce your interactions with others while traveling:
1. Take a direct flight if you feel comfortable flying
If you plan on flying to reach your destination, aim to take a direct flight over a connecting flight to reduce your time on planes and in airports in close proximity of other travelers.
2. Go on a classic american road trip!
After almost every country closed their borders, air travel almost came to a complete stop. If you don’t feel comfortable getting on a plane or going to an airport, consider going on a road trip!
3. Stay distant when is comes to lodging
Consider staying in an Airbnb, go camping, or even rent a van or RV for your next adventure! All of these options can help to reduce your interactions with other travelers ensuring you properly social distance and give you a peace of mind while on the road.
4. Keep it local and explore your own backyard/state for a nearby weekend getaway
My mom recently found a massive sunflower field just 20 minutes from our house, so we had a fun relaxed evening taking photos at sunset!
5. Spend time outdoors
Look up local state parks, national parks, and hiking options to enjoy the great outdoors, soak in the vitamin D, boost your immune system, and even remain socially distant from other outdoor enthusiasts. My family recently visited a nearby state park that we have not gone to in over 15 years! Oftentimes, we think we have to travel halfway around the world for vacation, but these times have reminded me and many others to explore the hidden gems in your own backyard.
6. Pack your own snacks
Aim to reduce the amount of times you have to pick something up at a restaurant by bringing your own snacks on your next adventure! If you plan on flying, as of June 2020 many restaurants and snack shops remain closed, making it difficult to satisfy your cravings while flying. If you need some travel snack inspiration for an upcoming flight or road trip, I previously shared my favorite healthy travel-friendly snacks blog post.
7. Go on a picnic for your next meal
Whether you bought your food from the grocery store or picked up takeout, consider going on a picnic to enjoy your meal outdoors while encouraging social distancing. Below are photos from when my family went on a picnic before hiking in Yoho National Park in Canada!
8. Wear a mask!
This one might be obvious, but many people still refuse to wear one?! Please wear a mask to protect you and provide respect for those around you, especially while traveling.
Remember to research and follow the local guidelines and restrictions on your upcoming vacation! I hope the ideas listed above allow you to become a more proactive safe traveler during these unprecedented times.
Happy and safe travels to everyone!