Thousands of families put travel plans on hold due to COVID-19. As the travel industry is slowly reopening in some parts of the world and favourite tourist spots are welcoming guests, people are making vacation plans that keep safety and responsibility top of mind.
If you’re ready to travel again, it’s important to remain diligent so you can enjoy favourite destinations while prioritising important health measures. This not only helps protect you and your family, but everyone else – from the workers to the residents to fellow travellers. Here are some tips for traveling responsibly:
Wear a mask when in public
It is recommended for all people over the age of two to wear a mask in public spaces and many municipalities are mandating masks in shared spaces. When packing your bags, be sure to pack a box of disposable masks or place designated masks in a bag labelled with each person’s name. You might even make the vacation special by getting custom fabric masks made rather than traditional matching T-shirts this year.
Wash hands frequently
Hand washing helps remove and prevent the spread of germs. When traveling, wash hands regularly, especially after touching public surfaces such as at a store or museum. Remember, always wash hands before you eat. Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, but if that’s not an option, pack plenty of hand sanitiser.
Practice social distancing
Practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others not in your family or travel group. Many public spaces will have signage to remind you of this as well as floor markers. Remember, this applies to everywhere you go, including the beach.
Visit outdoor parks
Expansive parks and outdoor spaces make it easy to stay socially distant and therefore typically do not require masks. Add these options to your travel itinerary. For example, Myrtle Beach State Park in South Carolina is a quiet escape where social distancing is easy, with a nature trail, stunning ocean views and a great fishing spot on Myrtle Beach pier.
Respect one-way walking paths
Many locations have implemented one-way paths to better organise visitor flow and limit the spread of germs. Respect these requests when traveling. Most popular tourist destinations in the US, including art galleries and museums, which welcome visitors, ask people follow one-way paths.
Keep it small
Individual or small group tours are great for enjoying time together safely. Some beaches offer private, eco-friendly kayak tours where visitors can also learn about the salt marsh ecosystem and the plants and creatures which inhabit it. Make sure not to overcrowd facilities to keep yourself safe.
Explore thoughtful dining options
Restaurants across the Grand Strand are all practising safe social distancing guidelines. Dining al fresco is a smart option, especially at oceanfront restaurants. Some restaurants also require diners to wear gloves, so carry a pair if you do not want to take what is being offered.
Prepare and pack patience
Many things are different due to COVID-19 and it requires everyone to work together. Keep in mind, some attractions and restaurants have limited seating or entry availability. Plan ahead when possible and always be patient. Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others. This applies to everywhere you go, including the beach.
Let go of expectations
The most reliable way to experience the best is by letting go of all expectations and living in the moment! The motive behind this trend is not to enhance your physical limits but to push the boundaries of a conventional vacation to explore the picturesque and natural bounties that lie further afield, on foot.