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How to: Socially-Distanced Travel

How to: Socially-Distanced Travel

I’m starting to get the itch to travel. 

It’s been about a year since we were really to go anywhere or do anything that would satisfy my ever-present wanderlust. We’ve been staying close to home, following the rules, and making sure that we (and those around us) stay healthy as we navigate a global pandemic.

That doesn’t mean I don’t still dream of my next adventure, crave the feeling of packing a carry-on bag and hitting the road.

While we’re still in a period of social distancing, I’m looking to scratch that travel itch in the safest way possible. Here are my tips for socially-distanced travel:

Limit your modes of transportation

I know there are people who have successfully traveled to business obligations by plane during the pandemic without getting sick, but for a socially-distanced trip I’m planning on sticking to traveling by road. My choices would either be to take a road trip in my own vehicle, or rent an RV that has all of the necessities if I’m planning on going somewhere with my family.

Take a solo trip

Speaking of who to bring on your socially-distanced trip, I’d like to put a solo travel option on the table. Solitary trips are drastically underrated, and provide you with an opportunity to not completely design your own itinerary without the input of others, but also to set out on a journey of personal growth. What do you do when you don’t have anyone around to talk to? What tendencies toward distraction can you identify and throw out the window to embrace your time out of your house? When else will you have the chance to head out on your own for a long weekend and just sit in your deep thoughts?

Rent a home instead of choosing a hotel

Hotels may be convenient if you’re finding a last minute place to stay on a road trip, but with a little planning ahead you can rent a home from a site like Airbnb or VRBO and ensure that you’ll be distanced from others. The goal here is to keep your exposure footprint low as you travel, while maintaining the amazing feeling of being away, out of the space that you’ve been confined to for nearly a year.

Embrace the outdoors

While it may be tempting to head to landmarks, museums, and historic buildings on your socially-distanced trip, think about sticking with outdoor attractions instead. There are national parks across the country that would make a good stopping spot, and even more hiking trails that could cure your wanderlust. 

Stay close to home

As I mentioned above, keeping your exposure footprint low is the name of the game with socially-distanced travel. For that reason, I’d recommend not making a go at a trip far outside of your state or your country for that matter. Make it your mission to find a place close to home that you’ve never explored and soak it in.

Plan ahead

2021 may still be murky, but there’s nothing wrong with planning a true non-socially-distanced trip for the future! Half of the fun for me is the research and the countdown, so really embrace this time of planning without limits. Where could you go if you didn’t have boundaries? What bucket list trip will you check off your list once the world is open again? 


At the end of the day, travel isn’t the same when we need to stay apart for our health, but there are ways to “get away” for a socially-distanced trip and stay safe. Let me know if you try any of the trips above, or if you have any other ideas for travel during this time!

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