Pandemic-Safe Vacations for Families During School Breaks

Partnerships ~ Clara Beaufort


While summer is the traditional travel season, it’s not the only time of year for vacations. The school year has a slew of long weekends and multi-day breaks on the calendar, creating chances for families to take quick vacations.


Since school breaks can be excellent times to do something fun, it’s wise to plan for them. Here are some tips for taking pandemic-safe vacations during school breaks.

Go with a Staycation at Home

During COVID-19, going with a staycation at home could be your best bet. While that may make it seem like you aren’t actually taking a break from your usual day-to-day, that isn’t necessarily the case.


You can have a great time without ever heading off of your property by planning the right activities. Some options worth considering are:

  • Hosting themed movie nights

  • Having a spa day

  • Taking virtual museum tours

  • Cooking brunch as a family

  • Doing kid-friendly science experiments

  • Making pizza from scratch

  • Trying a new craft project

If you’ve got a good-sized yard, try backyard camping. You can make meals on the grill, play fun games like horseshoes or bocce, or stargaze as a family. It’s a great way to bond and experience something a bit different, all while staying home.


A movie night can be a great way to enjoy a staycation with the whole family!


If you want to keep your yard secure while you camp, consider installing a fence around your property. Usually, the easiest way to go is to search for a local fencing company, focusing on those that are licensed, bonded, and insured.


According to Angi, installing a new fence averages $4,500, depending on the size and materials, but it’s worth the investment if you want to keep your family safe. Just make sure you get your underground utilities marked before installation begins to ensure they don’t accidentally hit anything while putting up the fence.

Skip the Hotel If You Travel

Hotels might not be the safest option if you decide to travel away from home during your family vacation. Instead, consider going with an alternative. Options like whole-house rentals could be great choices. You won’t be close to other travelers, decreasing your risk of COVID-19 exposure.


Another great alternative is an RV. You’ll have your own private space that comes with you along your journey, making a road trip easier to keep COVID-safe. Plus, you can stay at campgrounds in state parks or other scenic areas, giving you the ability to spend time in the great outdoors.


Choose Lower-Risk Activities

If you decide to venture out in public for fun, go with lower-risk activities. Hiking and biking in a park can be a great option, particularly if you head out on lower-traffic trails. Water parks and pools are considered low-risk spaces, while skiing and snowboarding make social distancing simple.


Just focus on options that let you avoid crowds and remain outside. That way, you can reduce your COVID-risk while having fun as a family and being better prepared to go back to school.



Sources Cited:

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/staycation
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g32176446/science-experiments-for-kids/
https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/healthy-home/how-play-horseshoes/
https://protips.dickssportinggoods.com/sports-and-activities/family-fun/how-to-play-bocce
https://medical.mit.edu/covid-19-updates/2020/08/it-safe-use-indoor-pool
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