Now that the summer season is in full swing, two things are clear: post-COVID cabin fever is pushing people outside and travelers are choosing to stay local (but there are always exceptions to the rule!).
With as many restrictions as there are on indoor activities, the great outdoors is the common thread for this summer’s rising travel trends. If you’re up for some fresh air but need a little inspiration, check out these getaway ideas that are starting to creep across the country.
Keep in mind: While we are all anxious to escape and start exploring again, we are still in a global health crisis. Before leaving on your next trip, please check local guidelines and follow the health and safety measures in place. Continue to wear your mask and wash your hands frequently wherever you are.
1. Road trips a little closer to you
Road trips are a right of way when it comes to summer travel. There is no better way to explore a new place than through the freedom of a car. But nowadays, most people are keeping it a bit more local, choosing to navigate to beaches, hiking trails, and national parks in their own state or country. And we support this! It’s the best of sustainable travel and your tourism dollars will help support the local economy.
Want to spice up an otherwise ordinary road trip? Satisfy your sense of adventure by rolling the dice or tossing a coin. Head you go east, tail you go west. Do a four and you’ll stop in four more outings (or after four more songs or in forty miles or forty minutes).
2. In nature, whether camping or glamping
This is by far the best option for groups. Whether you have a handful of friends or even 10 together, a large campsite (or glampsite) allows you to be physically far away while enjoying each other’s company. During the day you can go hiking or relax in hammocks. And at night, circle around a fire and catch up on whatever you’ve been missing out on in the past few months.
3. Transform family life into life on the road
You might associate RV travel with the retirement crowd, but it’s making a comeback during this pandemic. With a motorhome you will enjoy the same freedom as a car, but you will be much less dependent on hospitality services. For this reason, RVs can help reduce any discomfort you might feel about staying in a hotel or eating a sit-down meal in a restaurant.
If you can work remotely, a motorhome can be both your home and your office on wheels. Simply travel with an internet hotspot and you’ll get a taste of the digital nomadic life without having to give up your true home base.
4. Make full use of your visa
Weekends in the city will for the most part be put on hold until the pandemic subsides. Those lucky enough to be able to work remotely are considering destinations where they can stay longer than they normally think. What could typically be a long weekend in a neighboring country will now last two weeks or even a month.
There are risks involved in traveling at the moment, there is no doubt about it. Those who are ready to board a flight will not do so for a short getaway. If you can work and explore a new city, adapt that visa and try to enjoy remote working in a new setting.
5. The reunion you never talked about
After months, social distancing even becomes boring for introverts. We crave interaction and miss spending time with our family and friends. This leads many to start planning meetings that have only been around in theory for years. We’re going to see an increase in group travel, from multigenerational families reuniting in a sleepy seaside town to a group of friends taking control of a hotel floor or that lake trip they’ve always dreamed of. .
6. Vacation in isolation
Those with the cash to spend will find it will go a long way during these times. Many accommodations, especially those in the luxury category, hurt customers. As a result, special promotions and discounted fares have been put in place to help attract travelers. For those who can afford it, exclusive resorts, hotel takeovers, island takeovers and quiet private villas will be must-see options, not to mention helicopter or private plane transfers to bring travelers to their destination.
7. Wellness trips for your emotional and mental health
Yoga retreats had been all the rage there for some time, but they had fallen off the radar of many people just before the pandemic. They are due for a resurgence now, however. More than ever, we need to take care of ourselves and wander that combines personal care with a little trip will reap more benefits than a day at the home spa could ever offer.
Wellness trips are meant to help you focus on your health while freeing your mind from the stressors of headlines and everyday life. You turn off your phone and laptop so you can get lost in anything from kayaking and knitting to listening to music while swinging on a hammock.
8. Are you interested in new generation PPE in the club?
“Glastonbury canceled” are two words we never thought we would hear together. But it may still be possible to safely enjoy music festivals, party in London, or watch any show live. The question is: are you ready to don a hazmat suit on the dance floor or a trendy mask in an outdoor amphitheater? We don’t know how far these ideas will actually spread, but they are no doubt in production (just check “the future of human interaction“).
It will be a big year for domestic travel, especially as entry restrictions add uncertainty to international travel. While travel may seem different these days, the silver lining is that it is still possible to get away from it all and disconnect. Take advantage of this time to discover nearby destinations that you have pushed back over the years. No matter how you choose to get away from it all this summer, stay safe there!
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