Spring breaks have taken place since the 1930’s. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost one year since the US went under lockdown in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We knew very little about the virus. It was a time when winter was wrapping up its chilly last days, and Spring was about to bring its blooming flowers and warmer temperatures.
Spring break is when families and college students enjoy some much-needed reprieve from cabin fever as schools close for an extended period. Many young people hit the beach as their chosen Spring Break destination. Travel season picks up, and many outdoor recreational businesses reopen their doors after being closed for the winter.
Spring Breaks Are Not Cancelled
Spring Break 2020 looked a little different. Many businesses and restaurants closed down to comply with state mandates and keep employees and customers safe. People who had vacation plans, such as cruises, or travel to other countries, had to cancel their trips. Many people made the best of it and decided to do a staycation instead.
So what do spring breaks look like for this year? For most Americans, we still don’t know. We know more about this virus now than we did a year ago, and vaccines are now being released to the public. Still, most people are cautious, and rightly so. We are not out of the woods yet with this virus. But that doesn’t mean we need to cancel the fun of Spring Break this year, too.
2021 Spring Break Outlook
After a year of pandemic pandemonium, many people are eager to get out and travel. The winter of 2021 proved to be a frigid one with extreme temperatures all across the country, even in the Texas DFW area. This year, more than ever, people want to get out of their houses and enjoy being outdoors again. Spring break is still a much anticipated time to kick-off outdoor recreation and travel. You may want to avoid crowded beaches this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to stifle our desire to sight-see and explore our world. Whether you travel abroad or have a stay close to home, you will need to research and plan to make sure you know what travel restrictions are and what businesses will be open.
Travel Vs. Staycation
Whether you are comfortable traveling or venturing outside of the home to more public recreational locations is a personal choice that you and your family should make together. The point is that everyone is comfortable, safe, and able to relax and have fun.
If you choose to travel outside of your state or even the country, you will need to research the travel regulations for crossing borders. You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and health screening up to the last minute before your trip. Now more than ever, travel insurance is an investment you should look into. Find out what qualifies for a refund if you have to cancel your reservations.
Take A Road Trip
An adventurous way to travel but still stay somewhat in a bubble is to take a road trip! Use your own vehicle, or rent a car or RV and drive to your destination while stopping along the way to explore. Stay at an Airbnb or rent a hotel room. Choose destinations with outdoor landmarks and activities that will not be overcrowded. Visit national parks and hiking trails, but use caution to avoid crowds and continue to social distance and all other necessary precautions.
If you have evaluated the risks and decide you are ready to travel abroad this year, World of Wanderlust shares tips on where to travel post-COVID-19. Some countries have opened their borders to other countries, but you will need to research and know that plans can change at any given time.
Staycation Spring Breaks
Staycations can be some of the best types of vacations and are perfect for Spring break. If you are in the DFW area, check out the 2020 Spring Break DFW Staycation Guide for ideas. This guide was written before lockdowns, so don’t assume all of these locations are open for business as usual. Most companies have adapted to guidelines to allow for a reduced amount of people to be there at any given time, to allow for social distancing.
If you are looking for fun, low-cost staycation ideas, there are plenty of things to do! Pick a theme, such as have a Spa Day where you wear a robe, burn candles, and play soft music. Take a bubble bath and soak your cares away. Plan some fun family activities for the children, such as setting up a camp out in your backyard! Build a fire and toast marshmallows and hot dogs, pitch a tent, and sleep under the stars.
What are your plans for Spring Break 2021? We would love to hear from you.