The Best Vacations Post-Quarantine

We know you’re tired of reading news about COVID-19, sheltering in place, social distancing, and everything else that goes with it. While it’s obviously in the best interest of people across the US and the globe, many people are bitter about needing to cancel their vacations and trips to celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries, or just an excuse to get away for a bit. Travel restrictions won’t exist forever and even now, cities across the world are beginning their reopening strategies to work towards a return to normalcy. Some restaurants and shops are open and soon, things will be like they were before COVID-19 hit.

When the reopening is in full swing, you’ll likely want to capitalize on the vacation you had to defer – and we understand that. We want to help you plan the perfect getaway for every occasion. Once restrictions are lifted, however, doesn’t necessarily mean the virus will be completely gone and some people may want to continue to the social distance to avoid possibly contracting the virus. The good news is there are a few vacations and destinations to choose from to get away from the stresses of everyday life without being thrust into densely populated areas, shopping centers, and crowds.

Tropical getaway

Picture yourself on the beaches with no one else around, soaking up the sun as the waves lap at the shore mere feet away from you, or meters if you’re outside of the US. There are plenty of resorts that have private bungalows to stay in that keep you far away from other guests, or residents of the town/island so that you can escape and have isolated peace and quiet. If you’re a fan of beaches, snorkeling, grilled foods, tropical drinks, and fun in the hot sun, consider booking a tropical getaway. We’ll be happy to help you pick the right destination for your budget and timeframe.

Mountain resorts

Do you love to ski and snowboard, or do you just enjoy being in a frozen wonderland where you can bundle up and get cozy in front of a roaring fireplace? You should consider a mountain getaway. There are plenty of hiking, climbing, and outdoor adventure opportunities in the colder climates where populations are limited and other guests don’t often go. If you love the cold, snow, cozy inns and cottages, and slow cooked comfort food, you should choose a mountain and chilly getaway for your next vacation.

Countryside cottage

Do you just want peace and quiet in a little village where you can forget about the business of day to day life? Book a trip the the countryside; Europe has plenty of small little towns where you can cozy up and rest to get away from it all. Take in local sights, scenery, cuisine, and more without feeling crowded, or claustrophobic. No need to worry about social distancing when there aren’t enough people to make it a concern!

We hope these three destinations have inspired you to think about your next vacation and have helped you envision yourself there. We’re happy to help go over the benefits of each location, what you can expect when you get there, and how to keep yourself and others safe while on your trip as the world recovers from the pandemic. Contact our offices today to learn more about our vacation package offers and how we can make your next dream vacation a reality.

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Best Ways to Enjoy Your Beach Vacation

Ah the beach! When packing one’s bags for an amazing vacation is there any better place to go than to the beach?! Offering a relaxing respite from the challenges of today’s world the beach would appear to be the ideal spot to kick off your shoes and truly Travel N Relax!

But then like an unwelcome wave, the world crashes in and the headline arrives telling of the thousands of buried glass shards that were found spread across hundreds of yards of coastline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Suddenly such news makes one aware that perhaps a beach vacation also requires thought and attention to the details that will allow your vacation to be ideal.

So what are the critical items to be aware of when heading off the to beach?

First, as the headline above would convey, be sure to take a long a good pair of sandals or beach shoes. Protecting your feet in this way will allow you to stay safe from the hidden hazards and dangers some may attempt to cause.

Also, sunscreen is of course critical to protect you from the hidden dangers of the sun. Along with this would be a tanktop for men and a good sun hat that protects your neck and face. However you prepare be sure to lather up so that you do not get burned – the number one reason peoples beach vacations get destroyed. Also remember the closer you are to the equator the more important it is to wear sunscreen. Don’t forget also to lather up the often forgotten spots like your ears and nose.

For relaxing a good book is must along with a beach towel or sand free mat if beach chairs are unavailable. Also don’t forget your sunglasses so your not left squinting at the pages!

For those who are more active you may want to bring along a frisbee or kite to play with on the beach and beach tubes and toys to take into the water. All of these can be packed into a mesh bag that will prevent a car full of sand on the way home!

A water cooler filled with water bottles and your favorite snacks and drinks is a must to stave off your hunger and thirst pains.

When it comes time to hit the surf don’t forget to stay surf safe.

This would involve such things as checking the local tide conditions and times and looking into any dangers like rip tides that may be in the area. Possible sealife like jellyfish and the like should also be determined. These can often be determined by lifeguard flags or personnel or nearby signs posting possible dangers. Beachside hotel staff may also be able to direct.

A must for children is a good life jacket to keep your little one afloat when they run into the surf. Beach goggles or a snorkel and mask can also be useful.

Finally, while it may seem like a no brainer don’t forget to pack your bathing suit! Often in the rush to prepare to leave this is an item many forget.

For other packing and travel ideas, Travel N Relax can help you take care of all the details so you can truly enjoy your vacation to the beach or elsewhere. By being prepared your vacation will truly be exceptional no matter how others may plan to interrupt it!

How to Stay Safe During Reopening

By now, you’re probably tired of quarantine, social distancing, and most stores and restaurants being closed day in, day out. By sheltering in place, we’ve collectively reduced the spread of COVID-19 and have helped to flatten the curve.

As expected, people are itching to get outside, especially as the warmer weather begins to roll in and the sun stays out longer. But, just because we want things to go back to the way they were before the pandemic struck, doesn’t mean the threat of spreading the coronavirus has up and disappeared.

Rushing into reopening cities, states, and the US at large, could and likely will result in a massive spike of cases and is ill advised by most medical experts. Many states are implementing their own plans for gradually reopening to minimize the second wave of outbreaks and give people a chance to begin resuming daily life as we knew it before lockdown. The last thing any of us need is an uncertain extension of quarantine where we all need to stay indoors as restaurants and small businesses shutter their doors.

As of May 27, Colorado restaurants were allowed to open and seat customers to 50% of the restaurants full capacity and keeping tables at least six feet apart. Additionally, you will need to wear a mask while inside the building to stop the spread of saliva droplets in which the coronavirus travels. While this may seem like a burden, it is for the best of those who are immunocompromised as the virus can ravage their respiratory systems and cause them to go to the hospital where they may need a respirator to help them breathe.

As we’ve noted before, some people have been against the lockdown and don’t believe in the severity of the virus. Restaurants, as private businesses, can impose the rules to wear masks in the restaurants; in order to stay safe and keep others safe in the event that you are an asymptomatic carrier, kindly wear a mask, or face covering, and abide by the current reopening guidelines.

If you want to go out and enjoy the small reopening, be sure to carry hand sanitizer, continue to wash your hands in warm water for 20 seconds, avoid others with six feet of distance, and avoid touching your face while you’re out.

However, if you fear that you might contract COVID-19, it’s best to continue staying home and using delivery services for food and groceries to minimize contact with others who may, or may not, be carrying the virus (and not know it).

If you’re feeling trapped, remember that you can go for walks and hikes to get some exercise and fresh air. Heading to a state park will give you a chance to take in the sights with minimal to no people around you so that you don’t need to worry about social distancing. There are plenty of activities and places to go to remove yourself from the same old surroundings, and soon that list will include stores and restaurants to visit and enjoy like we once did. For any questions or concerns about reopening, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to fill you in.