Summer Vacation and Coronavirus
It is unfortunate that summer vacation is being altered, in many ways, due to the coronavirus. Families need to make a significant decision if they should travel during this pandemic or not. Unfortunately, the children were looking forward to going to Disneyland; dad was looking forward to seeing his family back in Nebraska; mom was excited about going to her 25th high school reunion. By now, we are all familiar with this word: Canceled.
To Travel, Or Not To Travel – This Summer Vacation
Summer travel still is not recommended. While many states have relaxed their restrictions, they are once again experiencing a substantial increase in new COVID-19 cases. What a summer vacation and destination amount to is how much risk your family is willing to take. It would, of course, be best to limit your risk as much as possible.
Planning Your Summer Vacation
If your family has decided to take a summer vacation, the one thing you want to remember is to minimize your risk. You are not doing so if you plan to spend your days at a beach packed with other people. You are not doing so if you are going on a cruise ship with thousands of other people aboard. You are not doing so if you plan to do anything where there are crowds of people. If you plan to fly to your destination, inquire to find out as much as you can to stay away from crowded flights. The same is true for a bus or train. Your safest mode of transportation is your car. Even then, it would help if you were careful with your stops along the way, wear your mask, and practice social distancing.
You might also consider travel in an RV. If you don’t own one, you can always rent. You have better control over your environment. You need to be aware of your environment, wear your mask, and social distance. Another possibility is to rent a home through an agency such as Airbnb. You can take safe day trips to places that interest you. Even so, it would be best if you sanitized the home once you enter. Clean all of the surfaces until you feel safe. An ideal rental would be a cabin in the forest. This allows you to hike around in the woods, fish, swim in the creek while staying away from people.
Sadly we are presently being controlled by the coronavirus. It is with us, and we must deal with it the best we can. We need to pay extra attention to our elderly friends and people who suffer from asthma, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Most likely, the safest summer vacation you can have is to stay at home, pamper yourself, enjoy things you wouldn’t normally do, and make the best of these coronavirus days.
It is very nervewracking to see once again the huge increases in new cases of the coronavirus. Everyone must do their part to keep themself safe as well as everyone around them. Wear your mask! Practice social-distancing! Wash your hands with soap and hot water!