5 Places to (Safely) Vacation Right Now

Dear Rich Lifer,

As unique as each human is, I think we can agree there are plenty of things we all have in common. For example, who wouldn’t love to win the lottery, or have a beach body no matter what they ate?

This holds true when it comes to the lifestyle people envision for their retirement.

When it comes to their post-work years, many people plan to use the extra time to visit loved ones, or get elbows-deep in their beloved hobbies. One woman I met recently wants nothing more than to spend her retirement years watching every single Yankees game, for example.

The most common dream that people have for their retirement, though, is travel.

Foreign or domestic, short hops or long hauls, men and women alike want to spend more time seeing the world around them.

This is largely because of how difficult it is to travel before you retire. Sure. you might get a vacation to Cabo here or a week in the Wisconsin Dells there, but for the most part, your working and child-rearing years keep you pretty well locked in to a certain geographic region.

This happens not only because people don’t have the money, but also because they don’t have the time. Your working years are spent at your 9 to 5, saving as much money as you can, while spending your precious free hours running errands at Costco or sitting in the sun on the Little League bleachers (remember those days).

This all adds up to a deficit of money and time. These precious resources are scarce during the middle of your adulthood, and if you’re like most people, you spent years wishing you had more of each.

Ready for the magical, amazing, wonderful part?

Now that you’re retired, you have both.

Of course, with the coronavirus pandemic still spreading throughout America, your typical fall travel is going to have to look a little bit different.

With all 50 states in some phase of reopening their economies, now is a great time to begin your research on the safest travel destinations.

Today we will break down a few stunning US locations that are safe to visit so you don’t have to skip out on your fall travel plans.

Burlington, VT

Vermont has the fewest number of coronavirus cases reported of any other U.S. state with only 1,624 cases total.

Burlington is a charming city in northwestern Vermont, on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, south of the Canadian border. With wineries, breweries, a burgeoning food scene, and tons of beautiful inns and bed-and-breakfasts to visit, Vermont is a traveler’s paradise. Add in the turning of the leaves and amazing, crisp, weather, and you’ve got a perfect destination for an impromptu trip. Be sure to get some maple syrup while you’re in town – it really is the best in the country.

It’s important to note that Vermont currently has quarantine rules in place for out of state travelers so be sure to check the latest updates at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19/traveling-vermont

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Wyoming has the second fewest cases in the U.S. with only 3,820 total. At this time there are no travel restrictions in Wyoming for U.S. travelers.

One of the most sparsely populated states in the US, Wyoming is a land of rugged landscapes, rich tribal legend, rodeos, ranches, cowboy towns, and some of the world’s great wilderness areas including Yellowstone National Park.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the oldest national park in America. Visit a famous hot spring, take a hike, or stay in the scenic campground. Top tourist attractions here include the famous Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone Lake, and the jaw-dropping cascades of Lower Falls.

Visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm for the latest updates on their coronavirus precaution measures.

Portland, ME

Maine has only reported 4,526 cases total – the third fewest in the U.S.

Portland offers plenty in the way of art, history and food. Start your vacation with a lobster roll before exploring popular attractions like the historic Old Port neighborhood, the Portland Museum of Art and the city’s ever-evolving brewery scene. Travel to the nearby islands of Casco Bay for tucked away beaches and evergreen woodlands. If you visit Portland in winter, try snowshoeing on the surrounding trails, purchase new gear at the flagship L.L.Bean store and admire the city’s famous lighthouse.

Find Maine’s COVID-19 travel mandates here https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus/travel.shtml

Anchorage, Alaska

If you’re really looking for an adventure, look no further than Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska ranks fourth in coronavirus cases with 5,226 reported.

Only in Anchorage can you interact with a moose, walk on a glacier, and explore a stunning national park all in one day! Anchorage is also known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances, and presents replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is also a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains including the Chugach, Kenai and Talkeetna.

Note – all travels arriving in Alaka must bring a qualifying negative COVID-19 test, or proof of a pending test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/travel.aspx

Hanover, New Hampshire

New Hampsire is the perfect fall destination with some of the most beautiful foliage, which peaks the first two weeks of October, in the U.S.

There are countless beautiful cities to visit, but one of our favorites is Hanover, the home of Dartmouth College. The cultural benefits of being an Ivy League town are not lost on visitors and the town is full of quaint restaurants, shops and inns. While in NH, consider a scenic foliage drive from the Kancamagus Highway to the Mount Washington auto-road to the section of I-93 that winds directly through Franconia Notch.

New Hampshire is currently 5th on the list of fewest cases (7,254) and their COVID-19 safety updates can be found here: https://www.visitnh.gov/covid19

Ultimately, it is important to remember that no matter where you choose to travel, you must follow the proper state mandated quarantine and social distance rules.

While the only way to be 100% sure you won’t contract coronavirus is to stay home, you can mitigate risk by practicing safety precautions and doing your research.

To a Richer Life,

The Rich Life Roadmap Team

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