• Jen Gibbs

Guide To Your Next COVID Getaway

I'm baaaaack!

Last week, I took a much-needed break from work and blog content. My husband and I had some vacation time to enjoy and even amid the current pandemic, we loaded up our car, grabbed our pup, and headed towards the Colorado Rockies. Our trip was fun, relaxing, and away from large crowds of people. If you're looking for a nice little vacation away from home, I've created the perfect guide to your next COVID getaway.

Please note: It IS possible to vacation away from crowds to stay as safe as possible.

The key is to pick a small city within a day's driving distance from you. Find a town with a smaller population or lots of room to roam. Mark and I love finding the hidden gems!

Book an Airbnb as early as possible.

Airbnb is an easy way to be safe and avoid as little people as possible. When you stay in a hotel, you might have a cleaning crew but there's also more people and surfaces may not be cleaned right away. When you stay at an Airbnb, not only will you receive a one-of-a-kind experience, but you only have to worry about you and who you bring along. However, Airbnb's are filling up fast! So if you know you're able to get time off of work, starting looking and book immediately.

Roadtripping is much safer than flying in regards to cleanliness.

We love road-tripping because we throw on a podcast or fun playlist and enjoy the ride. During these weird times, it's also safer than hopping on an airplane because of fewer people and again, you really only have to worry about you and your party. Most places require a mask and if you bring your own sanitizer you can clean your hands after every gas or fast-food stop. Plus, road trips teach you to enjoy where you are. You never know what fun places will pop up along the way!

Bring your whole family, pets and all!

You don't have to shy away from bringing the whole crew on vacation with you. Bring your kids and/or your furry friends along for the fun. We brought our pup to come hiking and run around in the open scenery. We were also able to teach him how to (finally) swim in a local lake and river!

Load up on board games, download Netflix movies, and don't be afraid to even create your own activities.

Sometimes, I think we forget that VACATION doesn't have to mean a stressful time away. Bring the board games, watch your favorite shows and movies or create fun activities to help everyone relax (even just a little bit). If you stay in the mountains like Mark and I did, we recommend dragging a mattress to the living room in the pouring rain and watching The Great British Baking Show. It's cozy, comforting, and yes, even relaxing.

Go grocery shopping (either before or after you get to your Airbnb).

Although Mark and I love trying new restaurants in new places, with COVID present, we spent a large amount of time cooking in our cabin. We went grocery shopping after we dropped everything off at the cabin to grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. What we didn't eat there, we were able to bring home!

Bring the camera! Polaroids are always a fun time.

Personally, I think polaroids or film photos are always a fun way to capture your time away. You can also create a fun DIY project with all of the printed photos. Hold a photoshoot or use the camera to capture the unplanned moments, you really can't go wrong.

Life is weird, and strange, and even a little scary nowadays, but I will always believe that some time away can do wonders for the soul. Getting out and breaking away from your day-to-day routine can help refresh your mind and reduce your stress levels. I can't wait to see where your travels take you! :)


Do you have any trips planned? Where are planning on traveling? What precautions are you planning on taking? Leave a comment below or shoot me an email at jen.m.rew@gmail.com to let me know! I love hearing from you all and seeing all of your fun adventures on social media. Stay safe and have fun out there! :)

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