4 Best Ways to “Getaway” Post Pandemic
Dear Rich Lifer,
I think we can all agree that one thing we are looking forward to in 2021 is the return of travel. Too many of us had no choice but to cancel that summer vacation to Europe or that fall trip upstate due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
With the rollout of the vaccine ramping up, many are imbued with a new sense of hope when it comes to adventure in 2021. In fact, in a December 2020 survey conducted by the research firm Destination Analysts, over 53% of U.S. respondents said the vaccine made them optimistic that they can travel safely within the next six months.
And more than 80% surveyed said they have “at least tentative” plans right now.
Although receiving the vaccine is by no means an excuse to immediately begin jet setting around the world, we can start to plan for a brighter future as new, encouraging data continues to come out of vaccinations.
Troy Haas, president and CEO of Birmingham, Ala.-based Brownell Travel, said it best when he remarked, “People just want the ability to find small ways to draw some joy back into life with travel and human connection. Travel is a drink of water in a parched life.”
So today we will take a look at different ideas of fun and exciting travel to meet a wide variety of needs from family fun to alone time!
Family Reunion Fun
The constant Zoom calls to connect with family around the world are growing tiresome — especially after this holiday season, where many were separated from their loved ones.
So here are a few things to keep on your radar if a family trip is your first priority out of quarantine…
Silversea’s Cruises are an incredible and adventurous way to see the world and travel with your family, especially if you are looking to treat yourself to a luxurious vacation. Silversea describes their boats as, “designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable.”
Silversea voyages also travel to 900 different destinations on all seven continents! So wherever in the world you want to go, this is one way to get there! The ships range in size from 50 to 304 suites so depending on your level of comfort being around others you can always opt for a more intimate setting for you and your family.
If staying closer to home is more your speed, check out the brand new Hutton Brickyards which is opening in April 2021 and is situated on 73 acres of beautiful land in Kingston, N.Y. The one of a kind escape features, “hikes, guided kayak experiences, paddle-boarding, running, outdoor yoga, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, bee-keeping and more.” Fun for the whole family!
If you’re someone who’s been cooped up in a small apartment or have been quarantining with a large pod of people, you might be in desperate need for some wide open spaces and solo exploration time.
Trek Travel is an awesome idea for anyone looking for an active escape. Trek Travel’s website promises “to change the very definition of what a cycling vacation should be. Whether you’re dreaming about a luxury bike tour in Europe or an exciting bike trip through a national park, we have a wide range of styles to accommodate every type of rider.”
30% of the participants are solo travelers and with destinations all around the world, this is a great way to see a new place in a new way! And for those who are more Covid-cautious, with most of the travel being outdoors, there is much less risk involved!
If you’d rather sit back and relax, a luxurious train ride might be your calling, the historic carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express might be the thing for you. You can crisscross through Europe, in style, and see the world as you go.
Do Good, Be Good
This year has reminded many of us that life is precious, and we should hesitate before taking even the smallest things for granted.
If the past year inspired you to give back, here are some ways to do so while also trying something new.
The new Mālama Hawai‘i Program invites visitors to contribute time to initiatives like beach cleanup and reforestation, and in exchange, get benefits such as free hotel nights from partners like Marriott and Hyatt.
This “voluntourism” in Hawaii offers individuals the chance to “travel deeper and take a trip that gives back – to Hawaii and to you.”
The Good Hotel is also an incredible option to travel to a new part of the world while giving back. The Good Hotel believes it’s possible to stay in a beautiful hotel and have a positive impact on the community you are visiting, According to their website: “We are a social business which means 100% of our profits go directly to educating children and retraining locals to give them jobs in hospitality.”
With locations in Guatemala, London and Amsterdam, staying at a Good Hotel is the perfect way to give back while getting out.
A Blowout Trip
If you are ready to splurge after a year of scrimping and saving maybe a “bucket-list” style vacation is in the cards.
Tom Marchant, co-founder of luxury travel company Black Tomato, states that Egypt is anticipated to be a hotspot for travel. Black Tomato offers a specific 13 day Egyptian itinerary including a visit to the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum (slated to open in June), a Nile cruise on a private dahabiya and an after-hours tours of the Valley of the Kings led by an Egyptologist.
Even if Egypt isn’t at the top of your list, Black Tomato has an increible list of travel packages and they have recently instituted a “State of Flex” meaning that, “new bookings are now 100% refundable or can be postponed for free” according to their website.
No matter where you choose to go or what adventure you choose to have, remember Covid-19 is not over. Covid restrictions and even outbreaks will still impact travel this year, so make sure you are always double checking contracts to be sure you are entitled to refunds or travel credits.
Planning brings hope and we hope that we can all find some joy in planning for a more fun and adventurous future!
To a Richer Life,
The Rich Life Roadmap Team