How to Take a “Bucket List” Trip in a
Post Pandemic World
by: Amos Faulkner at: DoMoneyWell.com
The travel industry is among those that have been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with a bevy of ever-evolving travel restrictions and alterations, many people are simply not comfortable with the notion of traveling these days, particularly travel that involves being in close quarters with others.
However, when it comes down to it, it’s good for our mental health to get away. Every now and then, we need to take a break from our everyday routine and leave the house for a new experience. It is especially important for those of us in leadership roles to find ways to relax and alleviate the stress of being responsible for others. Fortunately, you can still take a fantastic trip without putting yourself, your family, or others in danger.
Here are some practical ideas for putting together a COVID-friendly travel experience, presented by Front Desk USA.
Avail yourself of travel experts
Unless you’re an expert in travel planning, you could probably benefit from the guidance and traveling services of a travel consultant. Once you have an idea of what kind of trip you want to take, you can discuss your options, itinerary, and other details with your favorite consultant. This can save you a lot of time and stress, and in some cases, it can even save you money.
Keep it (relatively) close
You can currently take flights. However, it’s still not the most convenient form of travel at the moment, and travel restrictions in various parts of the country and world may limit your options for destinations. The safest way to travel during a global pandemic is to take a road trip. It allows you to go anywhere in the country, makes social distancing easy, and provides more opportunities to connect with those you are traveling with.
Get a reliable vehicle
If you choose to take a road trip, make sure you have a vehicle you can count on. Even if you trust your own car, take it to a mechanic for a tune-up to ensure everything is good to go; the last thing you want is to break down on the side of the road or get stranded in an unfamiliar, remote area of the country.
You could also rent a car, which is relatively affordable, even if you add insurance. That way, you don’t have to put miles on your own vehicle. Plus, it can be kind of fun to drive something new every once in a while! If you want to add some adventure to your trip, consider renting an RV or camper. This will allow you to save on lodging expenses, and it can be an excellent way to explore natural areas.
Pick a destination and route
Part of the charm of taking a road trip is the journey that gets you to your destination. But the destination is still important! Take time to research destinations around you. Considering the current travel restrictions in many states, it might be easiest to avoid traveling across the country. Explore destinations in your state to see if there are any attractions that interest you. Also, research different routes that you can take that will provide the most scenery.
Plan for relaxation
There’s no vacation without relaxation. Be sure to plan for stops on your road trip, especially if you’re traveling long-distance. Research budget-friendly lodging options, as well as activities to do along the way and at your destination. Moreover, reduce stress and save money by bringing your own snacks and entertainment (e.g., board games, magazines, etc.). And last but definitely not least, make sure you pack a charger for your car so that you can keep your devices charged, especially if you’re using your smartphone for navigation.
Another great use of your phone is to document your trip with photos and share them on social media. You can use online tools to change image size as needed. Then you can upload your perfect pictures for all to see.
Don’t let this pandemic keep you from enjoying an exciting and relaxing travel experience. Keep the tips above in mind as you sit down to plan out your COVID-friendly trip. And remember to seek guidance from a professional for a smooth, stress-free planning process!
Photo Credit: Unsplash
This article is brought to you by Front Desk USA, a niche map publishing/advertising business focused on providing customized, high quality concierge maps paid for by local advertisers and distributed by all the hotels to their guests in the area. Advertisers include restaurants, retail shops, spas and other businesses who want exposure to hotel guests. The number one question hotel personnel are asked is, ” Where is a good place to eat around here?”. Our maps do more than answer one question. We try to answer all the questions! For more information, please visit our website or contact us today!
We trust our team of publishers to create the products and services that help millions of guests who use our maps to have a more enjoyable stay in the community they are visiting. We take a lot of pride in offering the best possible product to our hotel partners. And working with the area’s best businesses is a lot fun. Our brands offer significant income potential to publishers because our advertisers see significant return on their exposure to hotels guests looking for their products and services. We’re looking for more like-minded entrepreneurs who want to join us.
You can learn more about our Product, Process and People here.
Front Desk USA is more than a pretty piece of paper
It means business for your business. With over a 1,000 hotels currently using Front Desk USA maps and tens of thousands being viewed by hotel guests each day, Front Desk USA is the, “go-to” visitor information guide for hotels. The maps are designed to assist hotel guests with questions they may have about the area around the hotel. Our maps are custom drawn to be specific to a geographic area. This means an advertiser can reach a specific number of hotel guests in their area. Front Desk USA maps focus on categories that are most important to hotel guests such as where to EAT, where to SHOP and where to PLAY. Publishers monitor hotels to ensure adequate inventory at all times. Hotels can order additional maps anytime at no charge. Now we have added custom welcome website pages creating even more opportunity for exposure from additional marketing and promotions using social media. Just search Facebook for Front Desk USA.
About Front Desk USA:
Hotels have at their fingertips all of the information they might need to guide their guests. Our maps can answer almost any question a guest might ask the hotel staff about the area around them. Many of our maps cover large metropolitan areas, and our maps assist guests with making their way to airports, etc. The maps pinpoint selected area restaurants (EAT) that are family-friendly fun and which have the best tasting food in the area of course. The maps also include shopping areas (SHOP) and pinpoint pharmacies and hospitals, etc. Area attractions (PLAY) are also are pinpointed, like museums, golf courses and parks and amusement venues.