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There’s never a bad time to ask the age-old question – What are you doing for this year’s vacation? With the pandemic (and all the uncertainty it causes) still in effect, your answer will depend on the destination in mind, if it is safe to travel there, your mode of transport, and the required precautions needed.
In this article, we share the best pandemic-friendly travel options for this year’s school break. We’ve also included some fun family activities if you decide to spend your holidays at home.
Let’s start with the pandemic friendly travel options:
Book a Private Vacation Home
As a family, a rental can prove to be a viable option as it allows you to book a home instead of just a room. Additionally, rentals include amenities such as a kitchen, porch, and backyard giving you the perfect “home away from home” experience.
Once you have a destination in mind, search for vacation rentals on apps such as Airbnb and Homeaway or contact a local rental company. Rentals are often cheaper if you book them for longer periods.
As for health and safety, rental platforms have come out with stringent cleaning protocols for all hosts. These include:
- Mandatory masks when interacting with guests
- Disinfecting all high-touch surfaces after each guest stay
- Providing guests with sanitizers and other cleaning supplies if required
Vacation on an Island
According to AFAR, choosing an island resort can be the perfect choice to practice social distancing. Major hospitality chains such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, and more across the country are providing discounts to lure customers. As a result, you could stay at an island resort for a fraction of the price compared to pre-pandemic costs.
You can avail of the following services at a resort:
- On-demand food service
- Amenities such as private beaches, pools, etc.
- Daily cleaning and disinfecting of your room
It is advisable to review the COVID-19 guest policy as a test report or vaccination proof might be needed prior to booking.
Rent a Recreational Vehicle (RV)
The popularity of RVs has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic as reported by TravelPulse. Since May 2020, more than 80% of RV renters have been first-time users. An RV provides all the basic amenities you need while allowing you to travel safely during the pandemic.
Traveling in an RV can save you thousands on flight and hotel costs while allowing you to visit numerous places across your state or even the country! Popular places to visit include:
- National Parks
- Camping Sites
If you’ve chosen to stay indoors this vacation, here are some fun activities to get the full family involved:
- Re-paint your Front Door– All you need is one afternoon and a new vibrant color for your door. In the end, your home will have a fresh look and some extra curb appeal points.
- Build a Bookshelf– This will require the supervision of your kids but will teach them some valuable carpentry and painting skills. Visit your local hardware store to buy the necessary supplies, choose the design and get right down to it.
- Construct a Treehouse– A treehouse is sure to bring back some fond memories. This project will require proper planning, to ensure it is safe and durable. Additionally, it might take a good week to complete it, keeping you busy for most of the holidays.
- Install a Fence– This could be the most challenging project from the list as it can involve carpentry, welding, painting, and landscaping. You’ll need to choose the type of fence and the required height and location before beginning to build.
Whether you plan to travel or stay in the comfort of your home, this school break you have plenty of amazing options to choose from. Remember to stay safe and take necessary precautions.