Winter getaways are still possible and safe as long as a few adjustments are made. Read below for all the details you need to know for the much needed travel escape!
This year has kept us indoors a lot, hasn’t it? It’s probably even safe to say you have spent more time at home in 2020 than in any previous year. No wonder why so many people have the itch to travel. It’s the holiday season in a pandemic world. Do winter getaways still exist?
The short answer is yes, you can still plan a getaway this winter. However, it will be different than what you’re used to. This year, there are precautions for health and safety that you need to take. As long as you do, you should be able to enjoy your holiday without worry.
Stick with us and we are going to share how to plan the perfect travel escape this winter. Ready? Let’s go!
If you are like most people, you are probably toying with the idea of whether you should or shouldn’t head out for a travel escape. It’s understandable. Our country right now is facing numbers in this global pandemic unlike any other country in the world. But, for those who thrive on adventure, planning a travel escape safely is so important.
By now, there is a good chance you’ve heard the CDC recommendations, right?
- Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) regularly.
- Wear a mask.
- Practice social distancing, leaving 6 ft between you and others.
- Stay home whenever possible.
While traveling during this time is discouraged, it has not halted. You can still visit other destinations while maintaining the above recommendations without putting yourself or others at any greater risk. It’d be just like being home except you aren’t.
Here are some safety tips for travel this season:
- Fly a private jet. Don’t risk your health and safety on a commercial airliner during a global pandemic.
- Pay attention to your choices of activities once you arrive at your destination. Consider opting for outdoor adventures.
- Avoid tourist destinations. Visiting places such as theme parks are going to put you into contact with a greater number of individuals.
- Stay in accommodations with a kitchen or kitchenette. Being able to eat a meal or two at your hotel is going to reduce the time you spend in restaurants. This will not only save you money and time, but it will also increase your safety, too.
- Choose destinations with care. Focus on those who have a lower number of cases, not a destination with skyrocketing cases.
Finally, be sure to get tested. Consider getting a COVID test before you travel – and another after you get back. Speak to your health professional to determine the best time to take each test.
Before you decide to head out this winter, do your research and uncover the destination that will be the safest yet most enjoyable.
Here are four that you may want to consider.
- Asheville, North Carolina. This part of NC is absolutely beautiful and, because their winters are mild, there is always something to do indoors and out. Check out the Biltmore Estate, get lost in nature, indulge in culinary goodness, shop the local artisan shops, and so much more.
- The U.S. Virgin Islands. If you are looking for an escape that doesn’t involve winter weather, then head to the islands. You will find them less humid and more beautiful than ever.
- Hawaii. Winter in Hawaii is beautiful. It is perfect for whale watching, the florals are always blooming, and the beautiful blue waters will surely be calling your name.
- Bend, Oregon. Do you ski? Have you always wanted to give it a try? Now’s your chance! You will find all sorts of winter outdoor fun in Bend, from sledding to skiing to snowshoeing, ice skating, and more.
The Power of a Private Jet
One of the smartest decisions you can make is to travel via a private jet. You don’t need to worry about commercial air travel – and exposure to an overabundance of germs. Instead, you can simply board the jet and relax in private, luxurious conditions.
With COVID rates increasing dramatically, the idea of flying commercial is enough to make you cringe – almost as much as being locked in a car for a two-day road trip with the whole family. Not fun.
Private jets can get you to your destination just as fast – if not faster – than a commercial airliner. The difference, however, is the fact that you get all the perks that come with private travel. And, believe it or not, they keep you much safer than the alternative.
- Flexibility in your travel schedule. In private travel, there are no rigid travel times. If you are a few minutes late due to a traffic jam, it’s ok – the jet can’t leave without you.
- Avoid busy airports. Private jets don’t typically run out of busy airports, but rather through FBO’s. These are much smaller, more comfortable, and much less crowded.
- No long lines. You may still have to stand in a security line, for instance, but it is going to be nothing like what you would stand in if you were at a commercial airport.
- Private jets can travel when commercial flights are grounded. Sometimes winter weather grounds airliners. Private jets, however, aren’t always required to follow these requirements.
- Chartering the appropriate private jet. Speak to the professionals to determine the right jet for you and your travel needs – the best way to get to and from your destination while maintaining your overall safety.
COVID-19 is highly contagious and can spread through the air and the touching of surfaces. The more people you have gathered together, the greater the chance of coming in contact with the virus. By removing the need to be sitting in a busy airport, the greater chance you have at keeping yourself safe.
You may not be able to travel to many other countries around the globe right now, but that doesn’t mean your travel has to stop. Get out there and enjoy some wintry destinations – and bring some peace and joy into your holiday season. Just remember to choose your destination carefully, practice CDC guidelines for safety, and opt for private travel.
Happy and safe travels!