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Summer Travel Recommendations from the CDC Part 2

It is only fair that after such an unusual year spent cooped up in our homes that people will want to travel. Here are some additional recommendations from the CDC for taking your summer vacation.

Camping is also relatively safe, according to the CDC, as long as one is staying in a camper or tent only with members of their household and/or vaccinated people. They recommend trying to avoid shared toilet facilities if possible.

For food since they recommend staying in a cabin or vacation home, an RV or camping bringing your own food and cooking or getting take-out and/or delivery is the safest option. Going out to a restaurant, according to the CDC, is less safe but acceptable if the space is well ventilated, social distancing can be maintained and that the staff and other patrons are adhering to mask policies.

Long distance travel, travel by air, train or bus, traveling over seas are all considered far less safe by the CDC. Additionally, staying in hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts is considered less safe than the options listed above. Attending crowded events are visiting crowded attractions is not recommended.

The CDC suggest an RV as a possible all around good solution to travel and vacation this summer as long as the travel party in the RV is only from your household and/or vaccinated people.

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Summer Travel Recommendations from the CDC

As the weather warms, school lets out and people are getting vaccinated, naturally they are going to want to travel for a vacation. The CDC has produced a set of guidelines to stay safe and healthy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary item they want to remind people of is that COVID-19 is transmitted through close contact between people. They recommend people continue wear a mask over their mouth and nose while in public. That they should avoid crowds and maintain physical distancing from anyone who is not in their travel party. Also, to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer (60% or higher alcohol content) often.

The CDC maintains that the safest kind of travel would be by passenger vehicle with only members of your household and/or other vaccinated people. They recommend minimizing stops for gas, food and rest and travelling only short distances.

For accommodations they say the safest option is single group vacation rental like a cabin where only family members and/or vaccinated persons would stay. Likewise, the home of family members or vaccinated persons is relatively safe.

RVs are another potential, safer option.

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Spring Vacation Travel Tips

As the weather gets nicer or if you are considering traveling immediately for Spring or the Easter holiday here are some items you may want to take into consideration that come directly from the CDC:

“Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.”

The CDC has more extensive suggestions on their website. You might also consider other items like:

Double check what is open at your destination–you don’t want to end up like the Griswolds, getting all the way to WallyWorld just to find out they are closed. Additionally, you may want to call or check the website of any major destinations to make sure you are able to comply with any new rules they may have. Also, some destinations may only be partially open; meaning that they may have reduced capacity and limited or restricted activities.

What is your backup plan if someone does get sick? Covid-19 aside, it isn’t a bad idea to know what you would do if someone got ill while you are away. You may want to have a quick conversation with your health insurance provider about out of state care.

Safe Travels!

 

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Mallocra Island Resort Test Opening with New Covid-19 Precautions

Riu Concordia, a hotel chain on Spanish holiday island Mallorca, has been chosen to greet some of the 11k German tourists heading to the island as part of a pilot program to test Covid-19 precautions at hotels.

RIU Hotels have invested in many new protocols in the hopes of opening back up along with the rest of Spain’s economy.

The lobby will employ thermal camera scans of guests as the walk-in to catch guests who may have a fever. If a guest signals the system, the hotel receives a discrete alert.

At meals cutlery is safety sealed and guests are asked by numerous signage to remain two meters apart. Like much retail in the U.S. the hotel is also using directional arrows to control the flow of foot traffic. The attendants offer guests numerous opportunities for hand sanitizer use.

Guests will notice that cleaning staff are numerous and working around the clock to disinfect common areas.
Some guests will enjoy that limitations on the number of guests allowed at the pool or the beach. Unfortunately, the bars and clubs will be closed until further notice.

Riu Concordia, like Las Vegas, is one vacation destination experimenting with guest willing to leave home on how to safely offer vacation services to the willing.

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Princess Diana’s Beach Home Up For Sale

 

One home as gone up for sale recently that most people probably wouldn’t mind spending their vacation in; it is a Bahamas beach house with a pool, a terrace, five bed rooms and one hundred and eighty feet of private beach.

The property is part of a gated community, Lyford Cay, at the western end of Casuarina Beach on New Providence Island. Christie’s International Real Estate has the property listed for $12.5 million.

Well who owned it? The late Princess Diana owned the property and when she stayed there the press would moor offshore in boats for a chance at a photo of a royal vacation. Her neighbors included the likes the Bacardi family and Sean Connery.

The property on Casuarina Beach property was owned for a long tie by the Menzies family. It was designed in 1969 by architect Robertson Ward, a mid-century modernist. It was refurbished in 2009 and its interior covers a spacious five thousand square feet.