With summer coming to a close—and a pandemic cancelling most of our vacation plans—it can feel like getting away this year just isn’t possible.
Even as hotels and resorts finally reopen, their amenities and activities are either closed, cancelled or limited to the few early birds who reserved their spots in advance. This can be overwhelming and frustrating when you’re already scrambling to use your vacation time wisely.
If you haven’t had the chance to take that time off from work, the good news is that there is still time to enjoy a summer vacation while maintaining good social distancing practices. Business Insider has plenty of great suggestions on how to get away safely.
Many hotels are either still in lockdown or are figuring out what social distance guidelines look like for their day-to-day operation policies. This can leave some areas near popular vacation destinations sparse with accommodations.
Some hotels that are open are already taking advantage of this issue and raising their prices to get more money out of last-minute vacationers.
This is where cost-effective alternatives such as Airbnb and Vrbo can come to the rescue. Airbnb has already implemented strict cleaning protocols for their hosts in response to the pandemic. They have also incorporated a new cancellation policy, making it easier for guests to back out of a reservation if they’re not feeling well.
With limited international flights, and mandatory quarantines required as soon as you land in some places, skipping the hassle by driving across state lines can be a better alternative for enjoying your vacation. Business Insider even suggests that it is one of the “safer-seeming ways to travel” right now.
Many vehicle rental companies have restructured their car cleaning services to accommodate for the new sanitation standards. As people are traveling less, car and RV rental choices are potentially becoming cheaper and more available.
What better way to get away from others than spending some quality time in the great outdoors? There are countless numbers of camping sites and RV parks around the States that are already open and available for use.
Multiple studies have shown that unplugging from your inbox and reconnecting with nature improves overall mental and physical health. Spending time with loved ones without the distractions of technology can also be a great way to strengthen your relationships with your families.
Now more than ever, it is important to find ways to relax and take a break from these increasingly stressful times. While options to have a vacation may be slim right now, there’s still plenty of time and possibilities out there that you can discover to get away. All you need is a little work and some creativity.