With the world at a virtual standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic, the possibility of a vacation might be the farthest thing from the mind. Or, if the mind-numbing boredom of lock down is giving you itchy feet, you might be more eager than ever to hit the open road. If you fall into the latter category, there is a lot to consider before setting out on a trip. Traveling during a pandemic is not something to do without careful planning and assiduous calculations to minimize risk. But, with a cautious attitude and a sound, safe strategy, you can still take a family on a vacation during the pandemic.
The key to traveling safely in the coronavirus era is minimizing your contact with other people and avoiding visits to crowded places. The virus can spread from people or on surfaces like counters and benches. You need to have this in mind while you plan your trip. There are also some attractions that might not be open because of widespread closures. This does not mean you have to cancel a trip; it just necessitates a bit of research before you finalize your itinerary.
One of the key components of planning a vacation is figuring out where to stay. This year isn’t the time for large resorts or condominiums. A vacation home is the perfect way to still get out of your routine, but still try to stay safe as possible
Benefits of a Vacation Home
The single best thing you can do to have a safe vacation is stay in a vacation home.
A private house offers you all the protection you would normally have at your home, and eliminates the potential for contagion that you would find at a hotel or bed and breakfast. This is not the time to be eating, drinking, and sleeping in close proximity with other people. You can easily imagine just how quickly the virus could spread in a crowded hotel. Every surface that is touched by many hands, from door handles in common areas to reusable key cards, would be a likely spot for contagion. No matter how much hotels take care to sterilize and clean their entire premises, there is still a good chance that some spread of germs would be inevitable.
All of this can be avoided if you and your family stay in a private home. If you do not own a vacation home already and you have some money to spare, this would be a wonderful time to make the investment and give your family the safe vacation they deserve. And while the immediate investment might be virus-motivated, the home will continue to serve as a family meeting point for decades to come, long after the current crises has ended.
Renting a house is another great option. Rental properties are likely to be available in greater numbers than ever before. By picking out a house for a short term rental, you will keep contact with other people to a minimum. Once you have the keys in your hand, you will be all on your own, allowing you to keep your family safe and sound while practicing social distancing.
How to Find the Right Vacation Home
There are many factors to consider when finding a vacation home. During the pandemic, you want to ensure that you stay somewhere that allows you to distance yourself from other people. However, if you decide to make a purchase instead of renting, you also want to make sure that your investment is in an area that will be a good investment. Will it attract renters in the future? Is it in a desirable destination? Will you be able to visit enough to make it worth it? These are all questions you need to ask when finding the right location.
Other Important Precautions to Take
There are many other steps you can take to protect your family, once you have chosen a vacation home. Maybe your trips normally revolve around highly-attended events, like concerts, sports games, or shows. During the coronavirus crisis, you’re going to have to look for alternate forms of entertainment. Most of these events are likely to be cancelled anyway, but even if one is scheduled to go ahead as planned you should not subject yourself and your family to being surrounded by large groups of people. Social distancing needs to remain a priority.
Things are changing fast as politicians respond to the latest trends with regards to this unpredictable virus. Parks and beaches that are closed for now might be open in a week, while recently reopened states could shut their doors once again if the situation takes a turn for the worse. Keep following the latest developments as your departure date nears so that you can base your plans on accurate, timely information.