If you're like me, you're itching to get out of the house and explore the world once again, but it may be a long time before we can jet off to our dream destinations. COVID-19 has virtually halted international travel. The State Department's global health advisory remains at level 4 (the highest level), which means DO NOT TRAVEL. Domestic flights are up and running again, but spending hours on a plane with 200 strangers may not be the best idea right now.
So, what can we do to quench our wanderlust? Lots of people are opting for road trips this summer. The safety of a personal vehicle makes road trips a great way to travel, but there are some potential pitfalls to be aware of before you head out.
PLAN FOR STOPS
Things can get tricky if you have to stop for gas, food, restrooms or lodging. Make a plan to stay safe in these situations. Use gloves for gas pumps and door handles, and use disinfecting wipes to clean hard surfaces in your hotel room.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Masks and face coverings are mandatory in some states but not in others. Find out where you'll be required to wear one, or err on the side of caution and wear a mask any time you're in public.
Check your destination ahead of time so you'll know what to expect when you arrive. National parks have been very popular this summer and that means you could run into some crowds.
It may be best to test the waters with a day trip. Pack your masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes and head to a place that you can drive to and from on one tank of gas. Don't forget to bring your lunch. If all goes well and you feel comfortable venturing out a little further next time, do it, and let me know how it goes!
Remember safety is the #1 priority. If something makes you uncomfortable or doesn't feel safe, don't do it. For more tips and info on taking safe road tips during the coronavirus pandemic, check out this article from USA Today. You can also view travel info from the State Department here.