Now that we’ve put the dreaded year 2020 behind us, let’s cautiously consider some spring break vacation ideas. From very good deals on flights and resorts, to relatively liberal trip cancellation policies and an abundance of ways to use frequent flyer miles, this spring may be the best time all year to plan your next family vacation.
And if you’re among the millions of Americans facing a second year of remote work and online schooling, any vacation break that doesn’t conflict with public health efforts sounds pretty great.
For many, a Florida vacation is often a planned spring break destination. If you plan to go to Florida plan well. Disney has opened their four parks (with safety restrictions) and many beaches are also open. Plan for morning breakfasts in your hotel before heading out- and even though many restaurants are open try some meals outdoors. And pack some snacks to share during the day.
Here are some easy to follow “do’s” and “don’ts” for safe and responsible travel:
- Don’t travel to attend a party, festival, or large event.
- Don’t travel to a crowded destination where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing.
- Don’t take a bus, the train, or fly if at all possible.
On the other hand:
- Do drive. In short, experts all say to stick to road trips, since your car is the safest way to travel.
- Do plan to bring groceries so that you can cook and eat at your rental house.
- Do book private accommodations at a ski resort for a ski or snowboard trip.
- Do plan a road trip and drive with only your household.
- Do go camping, hiking, and spend time outdoors in areas where it is easy to maintain social distancing.
- Do continue to follow all social distancing, masking, hand washing, and CDC outlined precautions.
- Do get the COVID 19 vaccine when it is available, and continue to follow all guidelines, even after being vaccinated.
If you decide to travel, there are ways to lower your risk, first, get a COVID test before you go so you know your health status before setting out. Test the whole family if everyone is going. Bring documentation of your test results with you. If there is any health incident while you are traveling, you’ll have a record you were negative.
Bring extra masks and wear them. While traveling, you’ll want to have extras in case you lose or misplace your masks. Finally, try to plan to be outdoors as much as possible.
With these guidelines in mind, here are a few safe ideas for spending spring break with your family. And if you’re not ready to travel just yet explore your own area. Many attractions are opening with limited attendance, so plan ahead have some fun.