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The pandemic of 2020 meant no travel for a lot of us, but if you’re climbing the walls and haven’t gotten your inoculation yet, the risks of travel can be daunting. For the best results, try to plan a trip to a place that is low on people but big on sights to see. If that doesn’t suit you, try to stay somewhere that your exposure to people is low.
Skip the Hotel
Rent a house or a cabin instead of a hotel room. This will limit exposure by cutting down on shared hallway air, contact at the front desk, and having to eat at restaurants. Even better, you can savor the best local fare via delivery and pack in a few groceries to tide you over. A vacation doesn’t have to be expensive to be a great deal of fun.
Try Tent Camping
If you’ve never camped before, use the checklist below to make sure you find the right campground.
- Watch the temperatures to stay within a logical range
- Rent at a campground with pleasant bathroom options
- Invest in good quality camping mattresses
- Bring the necessary bug spray
- Treat yourself to good food that’s easy to prepare
Even the heartiest camper will not enjoy being too cold, too hot, dirty, or hungry. You can borrow a tent and bring in a bedroll, but without a good mattress, you’ll be miserable. If you’ve never cooked over an open fire before, make sure you have the right tools to avoid burns and bring in food that’s designed to travel.
Rent a Cabin or an Apartment
If you want to go to the woods and aren’t keen on tenting, rent a cabin or book time in studio apartments in Seattle. One of the fun things about renting a fully functional living space in a new city is that you can fantasize about really living there.
Again, keep things simple. Buy baked goods or premixed products to prepare a special meal. Visit a local market for easy to mix salads and other sides. Bring in takeout and stop and get a local beverage for flair and flavor.
Rent an RV
There are many RV rental clubs that will allow you to rent an RV for your travel plans. Consider renting a rig close to where you plan to camp and taking a more fuel-efficient, easier to drive a car out to your vacation site.
For example, if you want to visit one of the many state parks in New Mexico, drive your car out to Albuquerque, take the Sandia Park Tramway across the city, grab some photos, then pick up your RV on the way out of town. These rigs can often be quite drivable, but if you’re used to a Prius, a Class C RV will take some getting used to. If possible, travel with a buddy that is comfortable driving a bigger rig.
RV rental packages will need careful review. If you’re going on your own and want to tow your car once you pick up your RV, study up. You want both vehicles to be drivable when you’re done. Another option is to work with the renter to be allowed to drive to your campsite and simply move into the RV for your vacation time. Be ready to pay more for this, and be ready to ask a lot of questions so you do no harm to the rig.
In addition to staying at a park or in a mountain cabin, consider traveling to one of the many small towns in your local area and booking an Airbnb or similar space. You don’t have to travel far to get away, you just want to get away from your current spot.
Bring a bunch of books, pack in yummy food that you don’t ordinarily treat yourself to, and make sure you bring an eye mask. Be prepared to do a lot of napping. Schedule one activity, such as a hike or some sight-seeing, per day, but let the rest of the day play out. Try to plan big chunks of time where you can do nothing at all.