The Washington Post recently published a couple articles that may be of interest to those of us who are still staying home but wishing we weren’t.
The first, titled “Here’s what experts want you to know before taking a road trip during the pandemic,” is important. After noting that many people are considering road trips this year, the list begins …
- Health experts are warning against road trips this summer
- Pack PPE and other sanitation gear if you go
- Limit stops and opportunities for contact with others as much as possible
- Opt for wide open spaces to visit
- Know the rules of where you’re going
Welp, health experts warning against road trips is a buzz kill don’t you think? It’s certainly what we thought about when we canceled our trip to Rhode Island for our grandgirl’s first birthday in late May. Gas stations, nights in hotels, restaurants we don’t know, and the small matter of a required fourteen-day quarantine upon arrival (since relaxed for folks from “open” states).
We strongly considered going in July but … no. We decided we’re going to be part of the solution, not a part of the problem. This, too, shall pass, and when it does, we’ll be the first folks you know over that bridge to Aquidneck Island.
The second article is of long-term interest. Titled “11 Ways the Pandemic Will Change Travel,” it starts with the hit the travel industry has taken. And it has. But those of us who have long been bitten by the travel bug will enjoy perusing this article, which covers:
- Expect fewer crowds and experiences at tourist magnets
- Airlines will have to balance safety and profit
- Wary travelers will stay closer to home
- Fewer travelers could mean more expensive travel abroad
- Buffets out, temperature checks in when cruises resume
- Relocation will increase demand for home rentals
- Interest in private travel is here to stay
- Small restaurants and bars may be decimated for good
- In hotels, cleaning and contact-free technology will be top priorities
- Loyalty programs will introduce new, temporary perks
- Large events / gatherings will creep back with caution—if at all
There’s more than just the headlines here, so do read beyond them. And definitely have a look when you start to get that wanderlust kinda feeling. These articles will help you plan to go farther than the deck in your shady back yard.