Social distancing has become a normal part of our lives, from trips to the grocery store to having a picnic with friends. While this practice is important to maintain for the health and safety of those around you as well as yourself, it can be stressful to navigate certain situations while maintaining proper distance from others. This is especially the case with taking holidays, as you have left the comfort of home for the occasionally unpredictable nature of travel. Transforming your backyard like a pro is all fine and dandy, but the travel bug will no doubt get to you at some point over the long summer. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep you and your family safe while still enjoying your holiday – social distancing and all.
Glamp It Up
One of the most popular and unique travel trends to pop up in recent years is “glamping”, which takes your everyday rustic tent setup and gives it a luxurious makeover with first class tents and yurts that are decked out to the nines. Glamping is perfectly suited for socially distant travelling, as entire families can rent a private “glamp site” that features all the amenities you could need, such as showers and camping kitchens, without having to share with other campers. This all inclusive option keeps your family distanced from others but allows you to get up close and personal with nature. Visit one of the many glamping rental websites and view your options ahead of time to get a better idea of what’s available. Once you’ve made your choice, cover up your backyard furniture with a sectional cover and head out on your dream camping trip. No matter which option you choose, you’ll be living the high life in your own personal glam camp.
National Trust Gardens
The recent reopening of the National Trust Gardens has brought about some great destination options for safe holiday day trips. From the Victorian rock gardens of Northumberland’s Cragside to the intricate hedge mazes of Hidcote in Gloucestershire, there is bound to be a National Trust Garden that caters to your unique taste in landscape architecture. The sheer volume of gardens also means that it is more than likely there is a location closer to home than you think, which cuts out the need to take anything longer than a day trip to experience. And thanks to mandated social distancing policies as well as the outdoor setting, these gardens are as safe for your family to visit as they are beautiful to explore.
Snacks A Plenty
One of the many staples of a road trip is making frequent pit stops for snacks, coffee, and full-on sit down meals. But not only are these food breaks difficult to take while keeping a proper social distance, they also prove to drain your wallet fairly quickly. You can avoid these worst-snack scenarios by packing lunches and snacks ahead of time and keeping coffees hot by keeping them in an insulated tumbler to enjoy later on in the day. You can even bring a full dinner with you on your trip packed in either a picnic basket or a cooler. To avoid the stress of visiting a sit down restaurant you can opt for an outdoor grill-a-thon instead, where you and your family can relax knowing that you are staying safe while enjoying the fresh air of the great outdoors. Small travel grills and grill covers make portable grilling a snap and deliver the same delicious end result as the big grill at home.
Take The Scenic Route
Summer 2020 is proving to be the birth of the road trip revival. While we are used to hopping on flights thanks to their convenience and abundance of routes, many are beginning to embrace the freedom and safety offered by a good old fashioned road trip. There are many memorable routes to take throughout the country, from the ocean views of the Atlantic highway to the breathtaking Black Mountain Pass in Wales. These routes and many more are dotted with campsites along the way, allowing you to avoid the hassle of having to book a hotel room. And the best part about a road trip? All of the views from the car are 100% free, which saves you a pretty penny along the way.
With temperatures getting to their highest, there’s never been a better time to cool down with some outdoor water sports. Get the whole family in on all the aquatic recreation options the nation’s lakes, beaches, and rivers have to offer. If you’re more on the laid back side, kayaking on a lake is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Want some adrenaline? Windsurfing and river rafting might be more up your alley. Regardless of what type of water activity you choose while enjoying your holiday, be sure to keep a safe distance from other families enjoying the cool water and focus on having the time of your life with those closest to you.