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How to Plan a Socially Distant (and Fun) Road Trip

Redbook Logo By Jennifer Vishnevsky of Redbook | Slide 1 of 15: Summer is in full swing and many Americans are more than ready for a vacation. With COVID-19 making people question the safety of airline travel, many are swapping the runway for the highway and opting for a good old-fashioned family road trip. Cars are the top mode of transportation for those traveling this summer, according to AAA’s travel forecast. Nearly one in three Americans are still planning on taking road trips this summer, compared to the same time last year. With airlines limiting flights and gas prices remaining fairly low, it makes sense to get out on the road for a trip. A survey from Nissan shows that 71 percent of travelers are more comfortable traveling in their car than flying this summer. “I would suggest traveling locally, using the car as the main source of transportation,” says Dr. Nikola Djordjevic, MD, medical advisor at HealthCareers. “Driving with people we know and being sure they stayed safe before the vacation will allow us to avoid catching COVID-19.” Travelocity predicts a new travel trend will appear this summer: the safecation, a mini getaway to destinations that are cleared for safe travel during this time. “Our research shows that families are going to be the first to return to travel this summer, but safety will definitely be top of mind,” says Katie Junrod, general manager for Travelocity. “Many parents have told us they plan to stay at a hotel because they are looking for free cancellation policies that give them a sense of control, but alternative accommodations such as campsites and cabins offer a safe space away from crowds with amenities that can really appeal to families right now.” Even though your summer vacation is looking different this year, you can still make ever-lasting memories with your family along the way. Here are some tips on staying safe while having a fun, socially distant road trip.

Summer is in full swing and many Americans are more than ready for a vacation. With COVID-19 making people question the safety of airline travel, many are swapping the runway for the highway and opting for a good old-fashioned family road trip. Cars are the top mode of transportation for those traveling this summer, according to AAA’s travel forecast. Nearly one in three Americans are still planning on taking road trips this summer, compared to the same time last year. With airlines limiting flights and gas prices remaining fairly low, it makes sense to get out on the road for a trip. A survey from Nissan shows that 71 percent of travelers are more comfortable traveling in their car than flying this summer. “I would suggest traveling locally, using the car as the main source of transportation,” says Dr. Nikola Djordjevic, MD, medical advisor at HealthCareers. “Driving with people we know and being sure they stayed safe before the vacation will allow us to avoid catching COVID-19.”

Travelocity predicts a new travel trend will appear this summer: the safecation, a mini getaway to destinations that are cleared for safe travel during this time. “Our research shows that families are going to be the first to return to travel this summer, but safety will definitely be top of mind,” says Katie Junrod, general manager for Travelocity. “Many parents have told us they plan to stay at a hotel because they are looking for free cancellation policies that give them a sense of control, but alternative accommodations such as campsites and cabins offer a safe space away from crowds with amenities that can really appeal to families right now.” Even though your summer vacation is looking different this year, you can still make ever-lasting memories with your family along the way. Here are some tips on staying safe while having a fun, socially distant road trip.

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