Rolling into month five of #COVIDLife with no real end in sight no doubt has us all going completely stir crazy. Especially because it’s bleeding into prime travel time.

Many of us started out fully committed to staying at home and flattening the curve and after months of feeling stuck, many of us are now wondering how we can creatively venture out of our own abodes to feed our need to travel, safely of course.

There’s still some summer left and still some hope for the travel addicted. To help you plan, we’re ranking some travel options for you from most risky to least risky and offering some tips on how to stay safe and still get out and about.

Note that for every option in this post, we are recommending road trips. Travel by air, train, bus, or boat is still quite risky and should likely be done only for essential travel. As always, we encourage you to do what feels most comfortable for you.


Risk Level: Moderate to High Risk

Many hotels are taking added precautions to ensure the safety of their guests. It’s not entirely difficult to social distance at hotel, as long as you wear a mask in common areas, remain six feet away from others, and spend the majority of your time in your room.

The challenge comes in when using the hotel’s amenities such as the gym or the pool. Why then would you want to stay at a hotel? What would be the point?

Well, you may want to visit a city nearby that offers you some fun and adventure that doesn’t require you to be around others. I found myself considering staying at a hotel in Alacoma State Park so that my daughter and I could hike to the waterfall and enjoy an Archery Lesson. So that we’d have the full day to explore the part, we may stay in a hotel near the park.

Perhaps you want to stay at a hotel near the beach and wander along the shores when it isn’t crowded. Or maybe you just want to get out of your own house for a bit. Totally fair reasons to want to stay at a hotel.

Precautions you can take:

  • Read the hotels COVID policies beforehand to ensure you’re comfortable with the level of care they are taking
  • If you’re visiting another state, check that state’s guidance to be sure they are open to visitors
  • Call the hotel and ask if there is a room available that has not been rented out in 14 days
  • Select hotels that offer keyless entry to your room, Marriott offers this through their app.
  • Take disinfectant wipes with you to wipe down surfaces, handles, and switches when you arrive. Wear a mask while you clean.

3. AirBnBs

Risk Level: Moderate

Staying in an AirBnB offers you a bit more flexibility than a hotel because you have the opportunity to communicate with the owner to help you gain more confidence that the space is sanitary and safe.

Booking a staycation in your own town in an AirBnB is a pretty cool way to take a break from what’s starting to feel like groundhog’s day. Also, taking a road trip to a nearby town you’ve been meaning to visit and booking an AirBnB is a great way to keep your summer tradition of travel.

Now is an awesome time to book interesting and quirky AirBnBs that may not have previously been available and they’re listed at much better prices right now.

In general, the benefits of AirBnBs are that they tend to cost less than hotels and they feel like homes away from home. If you’re traveling with your kids, you won’t have to share a room with them, you can grab a house or multi-bedroom condo on AirBnB. You can cook your meals or you can order in just like at home…but not at home!

Precautions you can take:

  • Check to see if your AirBnB host has committed to increased cleaning standards. AirBnB has added a new feature to their app that shows if the host has committed to their new safety guidelines.
  • Reach out to the AirBnB host and ask them about their sanitation procedures. You can also ask when was the last time they had a guest.
  • Select AirBnBs that offer self-checkin so you don’t have to come into contact with anyone.
  • Take disinfectant wipes with you to wipe down surfaces, handles, and switches when you arrive. Wear a mask while you clean and open the windows.
  • If you want to go the extra step, bring your own bed linens and dinnerware.

2. RVs

Risk Level: Moderate

This is the summer of the RV! The major benefit of an RV is you’re in a moving hotel! You can drive it to the beach, a state or national park, or heck a Wal-Mart parking lot and be in your own self-contained domicile.

There are several RV options from small campers, to medium size RVs, all the way to the mega RVs that you often see politicians riding around in. But you probably want to start planning now for August, because many RVs are booked up through the end of July.

I’m planning to rent an RV and drive to Myrtle Beach, hang out in a low-key RV Park, and go fishing, ride bikes, and hopefully visit the beach (when it’s not crowded) with my daughter. It’s definitely a great way to step up your road trip and still get some summer travel in.

Do a Google search for local RV rental companies in your area, or utilize RV share websites like Outdoorsy or RVShare.

Precautions you can take:

  • Reach out to the RV owner or rental company and ask them about their sanitation procedures.
  • Take disinfectant wipes with you to wipe down surfaces, handles, and switches when you arrive. Wear a mask while you clean and open the windows.
  • If you want to go the extra step, bring your own bed linens and dinnerware.

1. A Tent

Risk Level: Low

This summer would be an incredible time to go camping, especially if you’ve never done it or been meaning to get around to it. It’s a travel option that includes almost complete social distancing for your family.

You pile up in your car with your family and your supplies, drive to a campground site, pitch a tent, and it’s just you, your family, and nature! No masks required!

Do a google search to find out where the camping sites are in your area, then grab some camping gear and get to it! Be sure to plan out your camping adventure beforehand.

Precautions you can take:

  • Make sure the campsite you select isn’t overcrowded
  • Take everything you need to be self-contained including a stovetop or grill, unless you can find a campground that offers sites that come with grills vs sites that have the grills in common areas

So there you have it Moms, summer travel is not completely lost. There are options to still make this a summer of great memories, you just need to be creative and take the proper precautions.

So, what are you planning to do to salvage the summer?

See Also: 4 Travel Transport Options Ranked from Least to Most COVID-Friendly

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