For those who are thinking of a much-needed trip, a spontaneous one sounds very fun right now! But like with everything else, safety is a priority. Read the helpful tips below.
Are you anxious to get out and about? It has almost been a year since we have been able to get up and move about life freely – thank you COVID-19. It is no wonder why so many people are itching to go on a trip – even a short one.
No matter how big the urge is, though, we stop and remember that thing called adulting and all the responsibilities and heavyweights that come with it. The idea of being spontaneous and flying off to a faraway land may spark our interest, but the reality of it puts out that flame as soon as it gets started.
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If you find yourself spending your days daydreaming of places you would love to visit, here are a few tips that can help take that leap and go for it!
1. Choose a Destination
Before you can take a spontaneous trip, you have to decide on your destination. Now, this is when most people would take some time to do their research, trying to uncover the perfect destination. Things like weather, the best time of year to visit, things to do, and so on are what may prompt investigation. Eventually, a destination will be chosen based on the biggest preference.
But let’s be real – that is not very spontaneous. When you choose a destination without planning you find yourself arriving without knowing much about the destination. You do not know the ins and outs and the tourist traps.
Maybe you will just decide to check airfare and choose the first destination to meet your budget or maybe you will close your eyes and touch your finger to a map. That is what choosing a destination looks like when you truly want to be spontaneous. Where will it take you?
2. Put Your Health First
While spontaneous travel is still possible, it is important to keep the COVID-19 crisis in mind when it comes to your health and safety. Be sure that you pack everything you will need to protect yourself and those around you. This includes items such as face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. Also, you will want to be sure that you are following all social distancing guidelines, avoiding crowded areas, washing your hands properly – and often – and just being cognizant of your surroundings. As an extra safety precaution, you may even want to rule high-risk destinations out completely.
The coronavirus worldwide pandemic has cost many lives. Do not allow yourself to be too risky. Take a rapid COVID test before you leave and again when you get back. A spontaneous trip is important for your sanity, but your life is important, too.
3. Fly Private
When you have the option to just hop on a plane and travel somewhere, consider opting for a private jet. While they are more affordable than ever, a private jet has special accommodations that can feel like a treat, but also include more benefits than meet the eye.
Flying private leads to great flexibility. If you are being spontaneous, you must be flexible. Why not choose to fly an empty leg flight? This often gives you a reduced travel cost and you can visit a destination you may have never considered on your own.
Again, with COVID-19, you can expect your private jet to be sanitized – and free from the germs that hundreds of other passengers carry onto commercial airliners. And, if you are looking for a spontaneous getaway, this is the surefire way to make the most of it.
4. Choose Centrally Located Lodging
Those who often research their destinations before booking know exactly where the attractions are that they would like to visit and have a general idea of where to stay. When you are flying away on a whim, you are not going to be privy to this information.
Choosing a lodging option that is centrally located in a city means that you have the best chance of being close to the things the destination has to offer – without having to travel too far. You are sure to find something to do to make the most of your spontaneous trip.
5. Don’t Be Weighed Down with Luggage
If you are wishing for spur-of-the-moment travel, then you do not want to have lots of luggage weighing you down. After all, you may not even know exactly what you should or should not pack for your trip because you did not take the time to research and plan, remember? Private jets can only carry so much weight and you will not be able to be spontaneous if you are lugging around heavy bags with you on your trip.
Pack the essentials and leave the rest at home.
6. Ditch the Itinerary
Itinerary what? Exactly. Ditch the idea of the itinerary. Life is full of schedules and routines – and having an itinerary can make your getaway seem just as rigid. So, if you would like to truly enjoy your time, then don’t pin yourself down with a timed schedule for your trip. Instead, enjoy all that the destination has to offer by spending time doing things that bring you true joy – and leaving the rest for another time.
Often when we live life unscripted, we find ourselves gaining experiences and creating memories we never otherwise would have had.
7. Get to Know the Locals
Locals are the ones who live permanently at the destination. They know where the good places are to eat the best local foods – and they know the touristy areas that steal your money. They also know the dangerous areas where outsiders may be targeted and places off the beaten path that can take your breath away.
Get to know the locals. Without an itinerary, these folks can transform your spontaneous travel and make it something extraordinary.
What are you waiting for? Why are you still sitting there? It is time to get out there and be spontaneous. Pick your destination, book your private travel, and ditch your itinerary. Set out on a COVID-safe carefree getaway you will never forget.