The world is looking to beat the covid-19 pandemic in 2021 and we can start to get back to a new sense of normal. However, we aren’t in the clear yet. It will take some time for everyone to get a vaccine.
I know we are all itching to get out of the house and explore. Soon we will be able to do that safely but we still need to remember to be safe and pay attention to a few key things.
Traveling in 2021 will be much different than it was just a year or two ago. Many people will refuse to get a vaccine and others will be waiting to receive theirs. So what tips should you follow if you are dying to get out of the house in 2021? The most important thing to remember is to use common sense and to wash your hands.
One of the most important tips we can say is to make sure you use common sense. If you traveled at all in 2020 as I did. I am sure you used common sense to keep yourself and your family safe. This should be no different in 2021 or beyond.
The vaccine should help the current pandemic but that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind. I would still avoid very crowded places. Heck, I hate crowds, to begin with. I try to avoid them at all costs even when I am traveling.
Check out our post on 40 low crowd locations along I-95 on the east coast of the United States. No one ever said you need to visit places that are packed. There are so many great and wonderful places to visit that have low crowds. Many of them are better than the more popular places. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a great theme park. However, an argument can be made for Busch Gardens Tampa. It has amazing rides with lower crowds and wait times. Plus it is only a little over an hour away from Orlando.
The biggest thing to remember when traveling in 2021 is to use common sense. If something seems a little bit off. Chances are it is.
Wash your Hands
Washing your hands often is common these days with the pandemic raging on (Dec 2020). However, even with light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t mean we can start letting up on washing our hands and not touching our face. We can’t and shouldn’t go back to when we all lacked doing this as much as we should.
Remember even if you can’t wash your hands you should still use some hand sanitizer. Keeping our hands clean is important in today’s day and age. Also keeping your hands away from your face and mouth is a must. Right now you will still see people grabbing a door or cart and right away touching their face. We can’t be doing that when we are out traveling around the country.
Plan, Plan, Plan
When traveling in 2021 it is important to plan. Places still might be closed like restaurants, museums, and parks. You just don’t know when different states will start opening back up.
Now more than ever is it important to do a little planning. A place you might really want to see might need a reservation to get in. If you are traveling during peak times, there is a good chance those reservations will be all gone. I run into this issue back in the summer when I went to Kentucky. All the reservations for campgrounds and Mammoth Cave were taken. When I checked two days earlier they had some but I decided to wait to get them until the night before since my plans were not set in stone yet.
While a spontaneous road trip can be a lot of fun when you don’t know where you will be heading. In 2021 it can cause a couple of problems. Do you really want to sleep in your car at a highway rest stop? I know I don’t want to do that anymore. I am getting too old for it and I don’t think my daughter would like it either.
Drive don’t fly
If you can I would do a road trip to where ever you are planning on visiting in 2021. I still wouldn’t fly if you can avoid it. Of course, sometimes that’s just not the case or you can’t handle a 16 car ride when it only takes 2 hours by air. Hey, I get that plus airfare is still pretty cheap.
Now I did fly back in August with American Airlines and I felt safe. The plane going to Orlando had a little more people than I would have liked but what are you going to do. Coming back we almost had the whole airplane to ourselves. It was an eerie feeling.
We don’t know when we won’t have to wear mask anymore. It could be in 2021 or it could be later. If you hate the idea of having to wear a mask the whole time you would be better off driving.
The economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Both near and far are hurting for business. Staying local not only helps you feel a bit safer but also helps out your local economy.
We have all seen local businesses that have shut down during the pandemic. Help the ones that are just keeping their heads above water by visiting them. I have tried to avoid the big change stores when I can although that is getting harder and harder. Sometimes you can’t avoid it.
I have a few quick trips planned in the coming months that take me only 2 or 3 hours from my home. I will just make day trips out of them. In 2021, I plan on doing a lot of the same. Staying localish is a great idea for any time. Not just during a pandemic.
With in the next few months everything should be getting back to a new sense of normal. These tips will just help make the process go a little easier. I know we all can not wait till the world opens back up and we can travel again. I know I can’t wait till I can freely go where I want without having to wear a mask.
Will that be in 2021? I don’t know. I hope so but time will tell. All I can do now is follow these 5 tips and make my travels as safe as they can be.
Are you planing on traveling in 2021? Where are your plans taking your? Lets us know in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear where everyone is planing on going in 2021.
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