June 5, 2020
Due to COVID-19, Summer 2020 is going to be a different type of travel season for many. Those who can afford to, and don’t mind the higher risk factor, will follow-through on the dream vacations they’ve had planned for some time. Some will choose to forego travel altogether this summer. The travel industry is predicting more local travel and stay-cations as the norm this year. For those who are looking for tips to enjoy the summer travel season, read on.
A couple of years back, our friend Henry Moore, The Fitwell Traveler, wrote a guest post on travel for “When You’re Tight on Time and Money.” As he noted, “Even if money and time are at a premium, there are ways you can make travel a part of your lifestyle.” We felt that this would be a good time to revisit Henry’s ideas by re-posting them below with some updates due to the current travel climate.
If you think traveling is just a luxury, think again! Scientific studies show there are a number of mental health benefits to be gained from the routine getaway. Giving yourself a change of scenery can refresh your mind, boosting your creativity and influencing your outlook on life. Switching up your routine by engaging in new surroundings can help you to be more open-minded, encouraging you to embrace new ideas while also improving your agreeableness and emotional stability.
People who travel experience a relief from stress by getting a mental “reset,” escaping their daily rigamarole and commitments. Traveling with your significant other enhances your bond, which in turn improves self-esteem and mental wellness. Not only does travel benefit your mental health, it is a boon to your body as well. US News & World Report notes that traveling improves fitness and increases your activity level. In addition to getting more exercise, you can also catch up on sleep, which results in more energy and improved mental clarity.
Great travel doesn’t need to drain your bank account. Think outside the box and make wise choices for economic and exciting getaways. Try these ideas:
Think locally. Opting for explorations close to home is a great way to save money and have fun. Look into nearby attractions that are starting to open, even if they have some restrictios. Whether it’s visiting a local park, aboretum, or touring a museum display, there is much to do and see right here in Wisconsin. Check out offerings at Travel Wisconsin!
Travel Mid-week. By going in the middle of the week if possible, you can often catch discounted tickets for exhibits, attractions, and overnight accommodations if needed.
Alternative arrangements. Instead of opting for the traditional hotel room, consider money saving alternatives. For instance, bed and breakfasts often are less expensive than hotel rooms and offer cozier, more unique accommodations – not to mention a full breakfast is included to start your days! Some other suggestions include staying in hostels or looking into religious housing. While they may not be luxurious accommodations, they typically offer clean, quiet, budget-friendly rooms.
“Busy” is the mantra for many in past days. But even if you have plenty of time now, you wish to make the most of a getaway. Here are some recommendations:
Weekenders. When time is tight, a weekend trip can satisfy your need for a break in the routine. Look for discount travel tickets or plan something close to home to help make the most of your time away.
Change up holidays. Instead of doing the family thing at major holidays, consider making creating a family gathering this summer. Many small B&Bs and Inns welcome families to rent out the entire Inn at a discounted price for families and groups. This may also relieve the stress of who is at the Inn with you since you’ll be in control of the guests.
Sites along the Way. Take advantage of “sites along the way.” For instance, you might stop and see attractions in the Fox Cities on your way to enjoying time in Door County. A little pre-planning is helpful, but not always necessary. Sometimes just stopping at a historic marker along the road becomes an opportunity to see and learn something new.
Many attractions, parks, museums, and other venues may require masks and social distancing. For your safety, and the safety of others, we encourage you to follow the Be Safe Wisconsin guidelines: Wash Hands thoroughly and frequently, keep six feet apart, and wear a mask. Also, if you do feel ill, please isolate and get tested for COVID-19. We’ll be doing our part at the Franklin Street Inn to make our guests stay as safe as possible.
Traveling is good for your mental and physical health, so you should make it a priority in your life. Don’t lose sight of the need for mental and physical changes of scenery after an isolated period. With some planning and thoughtful strategies, you can enjoy a great getaway, even when money and time may be tight. Pack your bags and have fun!