2020 was rough to say the least. With most of us confined to our homes with our Covid Bubble for the better part of a year, tensions have been rising steadily since Covid-19 hit our shores a year ago. Whether you were alone during lockdown, or helping your family through their school day whilst holding down your own job, chances are you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, overworked and under-traveled.
With Spring Break looming, and many states coming out of their bleak, deep winter hibernation, you’re probably wondering if you could take some time off and spread your wings a little, right? Sure you can. But Spring Break safety should be top of your priority list if you’re planning on traveling around the US (or even further afield). So we’ve got an idea for you. Want to know what it is? Read on to find out!
Choose your Bubble, & Stick to it
Most of us are pretty used to the term ‘Covid Bubble’ or ‘Covid Pod’ by now. Our group. Our closest family members. Our closest friends. A small group who we ride this pandemic out with. Or something like that.
For many, their Covid bubble consists of their household, especially in the stricter States or countries who’ve gone into a total lockdown. For some of us, the freedom of mixing with another household is still there, allowing us a fresh face at our doorstep now and then.
With the virus still on its tour of the globe, it looks as though Covid Bubbles are here to stay for a while. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Can you head out on the road with your Covid Bubble? Certainly. It’ll help keep everyone as safe as possible, which is most important, especially over Spring Break if you do decide to head off on an adventure.
And what’s more, nowadays you don’t even necessarily have to book time off of work to head out on the road, even if you’ve got kids, teens or even college students along for the ride… we’ll come back to that in a while.
Hit the Road, Old School Style
Whilst we’re all hoping for long distance vacations to become a thing again ASAP, that isn’t necessarily feasible right now, despite news of certain restrictions lifting around the globe. This is especially true if your bubble does include children, or more at-risk members of the family who need a little bit more care too. So we need to think smaller, but by no means lesser.
Who’s up for a road trip in an RV?
RV travel may have once been synonymous with old people taking off during retirement, but it’s also a Covid-proof opportunity to head out on the road and take in the grandeur of the United States without time restrictions or having to step foot on public transport.
Traveling in an RV means getting back to nature … well, kind of. Mostly in the way that you’ll be parking up on a campsite or RV resort and setting your mobile home snugly amongst the trees. You have your own space, you don’t need to check into a hotel or motel and risk contamination from rooms that have been used plenty of times this past year– especially since many RV resorts and campsites have upgraded to going contactless in 2020.
With an RV, you don’t even need to use the shower blocks on campsites. Your space has everything you need on 4 wheels; whether that be your bathroom, kitchen, and even your bedrooms – and you know exactly how clean everything is, which takes the stress off you wondering whether your room or the showers and toilets have been cleaned to your own standard.
Your Bubble, Cruising around America Whenever You Want
Whether you stay local and just get out of the house for a week or two, or head further afield, crossing State lines to find those famous nature spots brimming with beauty, you and your Bubble could be cruising around America – Corona Proof and getting a taste of adventure.
And you know, the best thing about it, as we mentioned earlier, is the fact that you don’t necessarily have to take time off work or school to do it.
Who else is working from home right now? At least 90% of the world. If your kids are logged onto their school Zoom classes, and you’re Skyping with your boss or team members on the daily, getting a change of scenery is going to leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. It’s a taste of the digital nomad life on the road. All you need are your laptops and a good internet connection, which you should be able to find at those campsites or RV resorts we were talking about before.
Of course, to make sure you don’t leave yourself in the lurch without a wifi connection, do you research – most sites and resorts will offer wifi for a fee, but if you’re going out into the more remote beauty spots, you may find it difficult to get and keep signal (absolutely no problem on your days off, eh?).
And hey, you may have to work some of the days, but think about the evenings spent with your loved ones, in a new space… in nature… away from the droning lockdown lifestyle that has us staring at the same walls day in day out.
Think about the freedom your kids will have in these nature spots that so often come alongside RV resorts and campsites. The fresh air, the nature, that freedom to blow off steam running around barefoot. It certainly sounds like a dream come true right now.
Problems with the RV Lifestyle?
Ok, the RV lifestyle isn’t for everyone, and we hear your concerns. You can’t just park up wherever you want for one (if you’ve got a drivable RV rather than one you’re towing behind your car), which means some towns and cities are harder to access, perhaps even becoming off-limits in the worst case scenario.
But not really. Whilst you’ll most likely have the choice to head into town from your site by bus, train, or any other public transport service that’s running, if you want to keep yourself as safe as possible, why not take along some bicycles, scooters, or simply use the time to get your steps in and walk further than you probably have been able to in a long time?
Heading out on the road isn’t necessarily the most comfortable option, but a lot of us have been living inside our homes, with our home comforts all around us, for the better part of a year. Getting back to nature and heading out with your Covid Bubble is all about the adventures that await. Who knows what kind of connection you’ll make on your journey.
So, is the camper life for you? Is it an option for your Spring Break that’ll help you cross into unknown territory, leave the confines of your home for a week or two, and relive your adventurous streak that’s dying to be unleashed again? Let us know in the comment section whether you’ve tried this type of traveling, and how it went for you. We’d love to hear about it.
And, whatever you do, stay safe on your travels, and stick to all the Corona regulations that may differ from State to State.