With all the time your family has probably spent at home over the past few months, a change of scenery could be just what the doctor ordered. This year, with Covid-19 becoming a part of our daily lives, the number one consideration when planning your family vacation will probably be how to mitigate risk and still enjoy your getaway.
It’s daunting to think about traveling with children during a pandemic, but if you’ve checked your family’s risk levels and you’re ready to get away, you can still enjoy a vacation by making informed choices, taking precautions, and staying flexible.
Choosing your destination
The trend so far this year, which is in line with CDC recommendations, is to stay a bit closer to home, travel by car, and to spend a lot of time outdoors.
Some things to look for when choosing your destination are:
- Falling Covid-19 numbers and a low positivity test rating
- Economic reopening status of the state, which will determine whether restaurants, bars, and retail stores are able to open.
- Quarantine restrictions and/or Covid-19 testing requirements
- Proximity to outdoor recreation
Research regulations and restrictions. Check on the reopening status and current Covid-19 restrictions at your destination, which determine what activities are permitted and what businesses can open. Within the U.S., restrictions vary between states, counties and cities. Some states, like Hawaii, mandate a 2-week quarantine for all out-of-state travelers, while others have quarantine orders for travelers coming from specific states.