Normally, traveling for the holidays allows families to reconnect, recharge and enjoy some much-needed nostalgia — and some intense seasonal traffic. As this year has been anything but normal, families can expect some hurdles along the way.
Protect your family from potentially spreading or catching COVID-19 while still enjoying your time together with this helpful list of tips.
Do You Need to Travel?
First and foremost, ask yourself if you need to travel for the holidays this year. Yes, we all want to get out and about, see family and enjoy quality time, but if you don’t need to cross city, state or home quarantine lines to connect with others, this may be the year to skip.
For those that answered yes and have family members who need help or you haven’t seen in months, play it safe and get a COVID-19 test 72 hours before visiting, self-isolate and be extra careful during transit. Make a plan to stay with family for an extended period of time (10–14 days), just to make sure everyone is healthy. Feel free to get tested again on arrival, maintain a healthy hygiene routine and distance, just to be sure.
Of course, if you’re sick or have high-risk family members in your home, don’t travel.
Check Rules and Regulations
As many states and airlines have a COVID-19 plan of action, rules and regulations may vary. Check your arrival destination’s rules and follow accordingly. Don’t forget to pack a few face masks and hand sanitizer for the trip. Some states are not allowing groups from different households to gather, even if dinner is outside and socially distanced.
The Alternative Option
For those that don’t need to travel for Thanksgiving this year, don’t have the time to commit to one place or have high-risk family and friends, this is not your year to travel for a gathering. Stay with your pod and plan for a future trip. With that said, as humans, we still need to feel connected, seen and heard, so create an alternate holiday tradition this year, get your in-house crew together and share screens with family and friends staying home. You can cook recipes together, set up a camera and play games (like charades), share hosting tips and even join each other virtually at the table for dinner.
Florida is known for its year-round warm weather, which means locals miss out on a true winter experience — snow. All is about to change with the opening of Florida’s first snow amusement park, Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park. The winter park will bring all the fun of winter activities without the freezing cold temperatures.
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Dutch hotel brand citizenM hosts its first-ever Black Friday sale, launching Nov. 18 and running through Dec. 1. Those booking during this time receive 30 percent off stays Nov. 19, 2020–Oct. 31, 2021. The offer is available at all citizenM hotels worldwide, including the U.S. properties: New York Times Square, New York Bowery, Boston North Station, Seattle South Lake Union and Washington, D.C. Capitol.
Great Wolf Lodge welcomes guests back to its massive indoor waterpark and resort, but with all the precautions a 2020 group trip entails. Get the family and friends together for a group celebration — all while taking advantage of Great Wolf Lodge’s new Own the Park! offer.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
In celebration of golf’s final major of the year, Royal Albartross is giving away a one-of-a-kind pair of men’s Saxon White golf shoes. The shoes depict imagery associated with Augusta National Golf Club, painted by Caitlin Fielder. The lucky winner will be randomly selected from all entrants.