Ways to Take a Safe Getaway During the Pandemic
Itching to pack your bags but not sure where to go? Traveling during the pandemic can be a conundrum – but it doesn’t mean you’re trapped at home. Read on to see our top socially distanced trip ideas.
While traveling has lots of positive health benefits, during the pandemic it can be challenging to know where to go and when.
In case you needed a reason to pack your bags, here are five scientifically proven benefits of travel:
- It helps relieve stress.
- It can lower your risk for depression.
- It boosts feelings of happiness and satisfaction.
- It enhances your creativity.
- It can lower your risk for heart disease.
Whether you’re looking for a solo sojourn or a family-friendly vacay, we’ve got a few ideas below to help you plan a weekend of respite.
Camp at a National or State Park
Connect with mother nature in one of America’s many beautiful state or national parks. Whether you choose to stay in an RV, rent a cabin on-site, or sleep under the stars – getting into the great outdoors will surely help you destress and unwind.
Rent a Private Vacation Home
Plan the perfect weekend outside the city by booking a secluded cottage in the woods or a house on the lake. Indulge in nature with hikes, swims or outdoorsy activities.
Have a Staycation at a Hotel
If a few days at a resort or hotel sounds like your cup of tea, make sure the property is adhering to rigorous cleaning measures. Some destinations are now even promoting COVID-friendly WFH — Work From Hotel — travel deals aimed at the socially distant traveler. Also, consider remote properties with plenty of open space and outdoor-friendly features. If you’re worried about flexibility, many hotels are offering generous cancellation policies right now.
Take a Road Trip
If jet-setting is not for you right now, that’s A-OK. You still have options! Hit the open road to a remote or rural location you’ve always wanted to see. Pack a cooler with healthy snacks, turn up the tunes, and don’t forget your mask!
“5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Traveling Abroad,” Larry Alton, nbcnews.com, May 19, 2017.
“6 safer, expert-backed ways to take a vacation during the pandemic, from road trips to private vacation rentals and remote campsites,” Emily Hochberg, Business Insider, Jan. 6, 2021.