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2020 is over, and yet still here we are, with raging virus cases all over the U.S.A. While there is hope that things will improve in 2021, we’re not quite there yet.
My kids’ spring break is just two months away, and the rest of our vacation home rental fee is due next week. We have to either commit to the trip or back out now to get a refund.
As of this moment, we are taking the trip. Why? When we canceled the cruise we had originally planned for this spring break, I purposely planned a trip to a pandemic-friendly destination where we could isolate ourselves. We’re staying on an island with limited people and services. At the time I booked our rental, I figured the pandemic would be over by the time the actual trip rolled around, and I was just being extra cautious. Ha! I was wrong.
While I still consider our upcoming trip to be lower-risk than other trips, we are taking extra steps to make our trip even less risky.
Parking at Terminal
Usually when my family goes to the airport, we take an Uber or park off-site to save money. For this trip, we will spend a little more to park right at the terminal. This will reduce our proximity to other people in enclosed spaces since we won’t have to take a shared shuttle to the terminal.
Wearing KN95 Masks
For our 2-hour flights, we will be wearing KN95 masks. Those are the ones that look like duck beaks. In theory, they are better than regular masks.
Using Private Water Taxi
To get to North Captiva Island, I booked a private water taxi instead of a shared boat taxi. Round-trip, it only costs us $60 more. That’s a small price to pay to have our own air for the trip over.
Avoiding Indoor Restaurant
The island only has three restaurants open at this time, and one of them is indoors and over the water. While the indoor restaurant gets rave reviews, we will be skipping it, just as we avoid indoor restaurants at home. We are ordering groceries for our house rental and plan to eat the majority of our meals at home.
I understand that everyone has different views about living and traveling during the pandemic. We all have different risks that we’re comfortable taking. I hope that by taking these extra precautions, we can still enjoy our time at the beach while remaining healthy.
Are you changing or modifying your spring break plans due to the pandemic?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.