This past month I have been busy brainstorming, researching, and planning new places to visit that meet my pandemic criteria. The pandemic changed everything, traveling stopped completely when the pandemic hit. Most recently it is starting to pick up however it is unknown if the traveling industry will recover. The original list of places I was planning to visit had to be revised. I spend the first months of the pandemic waiting for it to be over. As time passed by, I realized that this pandemic is not going anywhere anytime soon, and we all had to adapt to the “new normal.” Most of the places on my original list were urban which meant I had to interact with people. For the sake of my family and my health, I decided to create a new list that meets my pandemic travel criteria.
What is my pandemic travel criteria? It is a checklist that each location must meet for me to visit it during the pandemic. The criteria are based on health orders given by my local government and my personal reasons. Please make sure you follow your state and local government health orders and do not take my pandemic travel criteria as an official guide for your travel. Without further delay here are my pandemic travel criteria.
LOCATION MUST BE DRIVING DISTANCE
The last thing I want to do is to breathe the same air that other people are breathing in a steel tube.
I do not wish to fly or take any form of public transportation. If I can drive to the location within a few hours (6 hours max) then it meets the criteria. For this reason, I am including scenic drives as a destination.
MINIMAL TO NO PEOPLE
I live in a city/town, it is hard to avoid people. If I want to avoid people I would need to drive as far away as possible from the city. This means going up to the mountains and deserts.
Notice that I don’t mention the beaches. Beaches are magnets to city people, they flock to the water when it gets above 80 degrees.
The location must be or have areas with open spaces. If I am going to the desert or mountain I don’t have to worry because they are open spaces. If my destination is inside a building, I only choose those that have open space in which I can escape should a crowd starts gathering.
My new destinations meet some or all three criteria listed above. During this pandemic, I want to share with my followers, places that can be enjoyed without worrying so much about the virus. Please use your best judgment when visiting these places and follow state and local health orders to help prevent the spread. In my next post, I will share my pandemic car kit. Stay safe and healthy.