For more than a year now, COVID-19 has thrown our travel plans into disarray. We’ve had to deal with cancelled flights, airfare refunds, and rescheduled trips. Sometimes, even a quick get-together with friends has to be postponed indefinitely. Safety has become our number one priority and we don’t mind putting our plans on the back burner as long as we and our families remain safe and healthy.
But at one point or another, we crave a getaway. We dream about waves and beaches and the sheer joy of stepping into a new city for the first time. We fall in love with the thought of a vacation and the idea of escaping the constant worry and anxiety we feel every single day.
With proper planning and the right travel equipment, every trip can be a #SAFEscape. Below is a list of adventures you can turn into a #SAFEscape right now if you’re in areas under GCQ or, if not, once ECQ is lifted.
- Road Trips
Perhaps one of the most therapeutic activities in the world is driving to nowhere and belting out your favorite tunes while rolling on the highway. You get that sense of freedom and learn more about yourself.
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Lessen your need to get out of your car by bringing everything you need, like food, safety masks, and alcohol, before you hit the road.
- Beach Trip
There’s something about a beach vacation that washes away stress. For many, it’s the default definition of a getaway and some of us can’t wait to just lie down under the sun and feel the sand on our feet once again.
As some beaches in Batangas, Subic, and other nearby provinces slowly reopen, it’s easy to let excitement get the best of us and forget practicing safety measures against COVID-19. Bring these travel essentials and pack with safety in mind to keep yourself reminded.
- Cycling Trips
A bike vacation has recently become a popular choice for travelers—and for great reasons. Getting on a two-wheeled adventure is the best way to travel alone together with friends in a time when social distancing is a must. And because biking is a form of exercise, it has countless health benefits your body will thank you for later.
When going on a bike packing adventure, a multi-functional, lightweight bike helmet is your greatest ticket to safety. You will also need to have an unbreakable, leak-proof water bottle to keep yourself hydrated throughout the ride.
- Hiking Trips
Consider going on a hiking trip if you want to be physically active and be surrounded by natural peace and quiet. This usually takes just half of your day, depending on the length of the trail you want to explore.
Invest in a high-quality backpack and a comfortable hiking jacket. You need to be able to carry everything you need on your back and be as lightweight as possible.
- Camping Trips
If you want a little bit more time with nature, camping is the way to go. The goal is to find a secluded campsite where you can set up camp and enjoy a relaxing view that most people never get to see.
Staying outdoors overnight will require durable and water-resistant camping gear to keep you dry and bug-proof. Check out these camp must-haves that will make your campcation more enjoyable.
Whatever your travel plan, make sure that you’re practicing safety health protocols wherever you go.