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When travel reopens across the country in a post-COVID-19 but pre-vaccine world, expect to hear one word often: privacy.
Social distancing norms and lingering anxiety about venturing far from home are forging new trip styles and reviving old ones that enable travelers to maintain their privacy.
Travelers “are going to be ecstatic to be free, but reticent and nervous going forward, almost as if they don't quite trust being outside their safe space,” says Kathy Pickerell, a 27-year veteran travel adviser and the owner of World Travels in Denham Springs, Louisiana. “I look for travelers to want to stay closer to home, or to take trips that are within their comfort zone, as opposed to going for the big, exotic trips.”
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Many bucket-list destinations may be on hold, but your regional beach or state park may have renewed appeal. Meanwhile, industry innovators are sanitizing everything from jets to buses in order to entice travelers to give them a spin.
Here are five ways to take a social distancing trip, which is sure to be a popular new trend.
For travelers seeking control, road trips have new appeal as affordable, accessible and flexible. With your car, or even a rental, you can seal yourself and companions off from other travelers and determine your travel pace. For ideas of where to go, AAA has mapped out more than 500 road trips in the U.S. and Canada, at aaa.com/roadtrips.
Motorists still need to be mindful of social distancing during stops. In some cases, authorities may change access to roads or facilities. Along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, one of the most popular national parks in the system, drivers are discouraged from stopping at crowded overlooks and trails, and are encouraged to explore the park's less-traveled areas.