The summer of 2020 is becoming well-known for the road trip. According to a survey by Luggage Hero on traveler sentiment for the month of July, about 32% of Americans have traveled domestically since restrictions were lifted earlier this year, although 55% said that they have not traveled at all. About 11% have traveled abroad outside of the continent with 2% travelling abroad within the continent.
While there are measures you can take to protect yourself and others from contracting the Coronavirus while traveling, there is no way to guarantee you won’t get it.
One of the best options at this time is to stay home and avoid non-essential travel. However, if you’re itching to have a summer vacation away from home, we’ve put together a shortlist of alternative vacation activities.
But first, here are some things to know before you go.
Things to Know Before You Go
Since the number of Coronavirus cases has increased across the U.S., more state and local restrictions have been put in place. Before you decide on a destination, check with the area’s state department website for information on any travel restrictions and regulations.
Additionally, some states and cities are requiring you to wear a mask. CNBC reports that currently “more than half of U.S. states have statewide mask mandates in place to curb” the virus’ spread.
Lastly, check out this list of five tips for road travel and things you can expect while traveling during COVID-19.
Now, here are ten alternative summer vacation ideas you can plan for:
1. Take a Day Trip
Instead of staying for several days at a time or an entire week, consider taking a trip. Some are taking multiple day trips that aren’t too far away from home. Just be sure to pack essentials for sun safety like sunscreen and a hat in addition to other necessities like sanitizer, food, and drinks for the road.
2. Set Up a Picnic
While a picnic might seem like a thing of the past, it’s actually an easy way to get a change of scenery. You can grill up some of your best foods (or make some of your favorite sandwiches), pack them into a picnic basket, and find an uncrowded location for setting up.
3. Go Hiking at a National Park or Nature Preserve
A common activity that people are considering outside of going to the beach is visiting a park and hiking the trails. One thing you’ll want to make sure of, however, is that you stay socially distant from other hikers. If you need any ideas, Visit USA Parks shares some that aren’t heavily populated. Head out early in the morning or take an evening hike to really minimize the chances of running into crowds.
4. Go Stargazing
One of the most beautiful sights to see is our galaxy, and star gazing doesn’t have to be a social activity — you can watch them yourself. Whether you set up at home, a park, or another location, make sure the area around you is dark. Sky at Night Magazine shares 12 stargazing tips to help you make the most of the view.
5. Go Biking
This year has definitely seen a “bike boom,” and if you already have a bicycle, consider taking a ride out for a little exercise and to enjoy the view. If you plan on traveling with your bike, you may be able to take a tour of the area or city.
6. Watch a Drive in Movie
Drive-in movies have made a come-back with the close of traditional theaters. A few changes that we’d recommend is to take your own concessions and have a mask on hand. You can check to see if there’s a drive-in movie happening near your home or near the destination you’re traveling to.
7. Set Up Your Own Backyard Water Park...
If you have kids, set up your own water park in the yard with water sprinklers, slip-n-slides, or even an inflatable swimming pool. For additional fun, you can give one area a theme and add in some decorations.
8. ...Or Themed Play Area
For the more creatively-inclined, you can set up a themed play area in your backyard. From themed sandbox areas to jungle treehouses, the ideas are numerous and sure to provide lots of fun for the kids. For handy dads and moms, a trip to Home Depot or Lowes is bound to help.
9. Start a Home Project
Have something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had enough time to complete it? Plan out a home project, such as starting a garden, building a shed, putting up a playground or any other projects that help you to enjoy your time off.
10. Have a “Staycation”
Last but not least, having a “staycation” that’s stress-free is definitely an option. Set up some lawn chairs, umbrellas, and whatever you need to sit back and enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle.