Many people are taking to the road and starting to travel. But how do we travel with so many uncertainties, fears, and mixed messages being given to us by social media and news networks? It is possible to take a road trip in 2020, make memories and stay safe at the same time. Here are some tips to help you enjoy and experience a safe no-contact road trip.
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How to Enjoy a No Contact Road Trip
Road Trips in 2020 are not going to look the same as a road trip you took last year. Museums may be closed or operating on limited hours; restaurants may not be open to dining in and may only offer takeout service. Amusement parks and city transportation may not be options for this year. But that does not mean that your road trip is going to be a bust. You just have to reset your expectations and come to understand that different isn’t bad, it’s just different.
A no contact, social distancing road trip is not something to dread; instead, it is an opportunity to create memories and experiences like never before.
Embrace Small Towns
On a socially distant road trip, you may end up skipping the big cities and focus on small-town adventures. In small cities, it is easier to find the city parks, memorial statues or roadside attractions. There are fewer cars and people and reduced chances of getting involved in any traffic or crowds.
Remember to be considerate of others when you are driving through small towns.
- Wear a mask
- Use a credit card when possible so you don’t have to touch cash
- Limit interactions
- Wash your hands
- Use hand sanitizer
Pack a Picnic Lunch
Physically distant, no-contact road trips are the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic lunch. There are picnic tables all over the United States. Whether you stop at a rest area, visitors center, historical monument, or small city park, you can find picnic areas everywhere. Stock up on all your lunch food before you leave from home and you will be ready to eat across America.
Hint: Remember to buy a bag of ice when you fill-up the gas tank so your sandwich meat, mustard and mayo will stay cool!
Remember Human Interaction
One of the best parts of a road trip across the United States is meeting the locals that call these areas home. But with social distancing and masks it is harder to share stories and get to know people. This doesn’t mean we forget about human interaction it just means we have to be more selective. When we check in to a hotel, I typically talk to the hotel staff and ask them for hotel recommendations and local places to explore. A no contact trip is slightly harder but I still value the conversations with the hotel staff. Remember that their work life is more stressful than normal so treat them with respect and remember to smile – even though you are wearing a mask.
Travel Responsibly Without Fear
One thing that many travelers are dealing with right now is fear. One way to minimize this is to designate a friend or family member back home who can keep an ear to current events so you can turn off social media and unplug from the news while you are on the road. If things take a turn for the worse and you need to return home quicker than expected, they can contact you. This will allow you to make memories and live in the moment while you are traveling.
One of our favorite music groups sings a song that has been on loop in my head for the past few weeks:
Memories are made up of moments like thisHome Free bass singer Tim Foust co-wrote the song with Donnie Reis, Arlis Albritton and Chris Chatham. Home Free Bring Fans’ Memories to Life in ‘Remember This’ Video
The choices we make and the chances we miss
One day the memories are all that there is
So how do you wanna remember this?
Road trips should be enjoyed in the moment. Take lots of pictures and be present. The memories you make on these vacations will last forever. Sure, it’s a little different in 2020 than what we’re used to, but don’t miss out on the opportunity to travel and make memories with your family! Time won’t stop just because of uncertainties in the world. Just take some extra precautions and build memories!
Looking for tips to stay safe while traveling? Check out these common sense reminders!