Sixty-five percent of Americans can’t wait to travel nationally and internationally again. And 39 percent plan to get started within six months of lifted restrictions. But what will travel in 2021 and beyond look like, and how can you keep your family healthy?
Principles of responsible travel in the post-COVID-19 world include choosing safe destinations. Where possible, consider journeying with the same family members and friends you’ve “quarantined” with. Or, a small group of likeminded, regularly screened travelers.
With these precautions, a whole world of possibilities emerges. Call this “book your bubble” or “book your pod” and enjoy the benefits of private travel for a group of your family and friends. It could have you traveling sooner than you think. Here’s what you need to know about this innovative approach to travel during COVID-19.
Book Your Bubble
The “book your bubble” concept applies health and safety measures to how families travel. Travel companies specializing in private and small group tours, like Our Whole Village, have a distinct advantage in this area. We’ve forged a strong network of local providers over the years. We’re hard at work with these suppliers, developing innovative ways to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
What does a “book your bubble” family vacation look like? A limited tour group of as few as eight of your quarantine crew. Travel with your immediate family, extended family, or a small group of friends on a customized adventure.
Select Your Entourage
Choosing your entourage remains one of the most vital factors when it comes to safeguarding your family. In essence, it permits you to quarantine on the go. The same goes for traveling with a small group of individuals who get regularly screened. Small group travel means fewer people at the dinner table, in your vehicles, and along every step of your vacation.
These intimate travel opportunities will give you peace of mind. They’ll also provide unique chances to enjoy each other and connect with nature.
Besides limiting tour numbers, we’ve also added health and safety protocols so you can journey with confidence. What do these precautions look like?
Put Family Safety First
These protocols include private transportation at your destination and daily vehicle deep cleanings also ensure the most hygienic transportation possible. Whether you’re traveling by van or on an Amazon river cruise.
You’ll enjoy private family accommodations. They include double rooms with private ensuite bathrooms. The takeaway? Less shared space and more opportunities to spread out and enjoy the lodgings and amenities selected for your family. In combination with the CDC’s travel guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared for a safe voyage.
Choose Your Own Adventure
What are the safest countries in the world to visit during the pandemic? Forbes has been updating its top 100 countries by COVID-19 safety list. Of course, the important thing is to avoid hotspots, whether domestic or international. Check out our post on the best off-the-beaten-path travel destinations in the US.
We offer family-friendly tours to many of the countries on the Forbes list.
And those adventures have always focused on nature, unplugging, breathtaking views, and uninterrupted family time that foster memories that will be cherished for years to come.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect on some of our “book your bubble” tours, once travel restrictions are lifted
Argentina Family Adventure
Are you ready to explore massive glaciers? Or, trek through pristine wildernesses? Do you long to discover stunning alpine landscapes dotted with electric blue lakes? If you said yes to one or more of these questions, our Argentina family adventure’s perfect for you. Whether you’re ziplining in Bariloche, enjoying scenic views over Lake Nahuel Huapi, or hiking through the Llao Llao Reserve. And the remoteness of many of these locations makes social distancing effortless. Yet, you’ll still come away with incredible memories of your time in this vibrant and dynamic nation.
Thailand and Cambodia Family Adventure
Do you want to explore exotic cultural activities, visit monuments steeped in history, and appreciate stunning landscapes? Head to Thailand and Cambodia on our Southeast Asian family adventure. Both destinations rank among the safest countries to visit in 2020. What’s more, you’ll find plenty of ways to explore both nations while adhering to health and safety restrictions. Savor sand and surf at one of Thailand’s many remote island beaches. Or, enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour through the idyllic countryside surrounding Bangkok. One thing’s for sure. You’ll fall in love with the incredible sights, sounds, and smells of Asia.
Mexico Family Vacation
Does the idea of snorkeling with whale sharks in La Paz excite you? How about participating in local sea turtle conservation? Or exploring iconic landscapes from dunes to mangrove? I’m still hopeful I’ll be able to take my own family on this ultimate Baja adventure this Midwinter Break. Discover secluded islands like Espíritu Santo, whose tan, ivory, and blush-striped cliffs rise sharply from the Sea of Cortez. From friendly sea lions to fish-filled reefs, you’ll enjoy the complete Baja experience. What’s more, there are plenty of engaging ways to learn more about Mexico while keeping a safe distance.
Brazilian Amazon Cruise
Ready to take a walk on the wild side? Head into the heart of the rainforest, Jaú National Park, on a Brazilian Amazon cruise. From toucans and spider monkeys to black caiman and freshwater dolphins, you’ll see the rainforest’s many creatures. And you won’t have to worry about mosquitos, cell phones, or intrusions from the outside world. Stretching nearly 9,000 square miles (23,000 square km), the park offers accessible hiking paths through lush jungle, impressive waterfalls, and a multitude of plants and wildlife.
Peru Family Adventure
Peru contains 90 distinct microclimates and ten percent of the Earth’s plant species. It’s also home to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, Machu Picchu. A family trip to Peru includes many memorable highlights. Exploring the Sacred Valley, a kayaking experience on Piuray Lagoon, the chance to get up and close with alpacas and llamas in Chincheros, and more. You can also extend your stay with a visit to the Amazon rainforest. Or, check out the fascinating landscapes and islands of Lake Titicaca.
Travel in 2021
To say that the pandemic has altered the way we live and do business is an understatement. The same can be said for travel in 2020, or the lack thereof. As researchers continue to learn more about this virus and travel providers fortify their pandemic defenses, family travel will resume. When you book your bubble and opt for a safe destination that adheres to health and safety protocols, you and your family can adventure with peace of mind.
Where can we take you and your bubble?