The sun is out and the summer holidays continue to roll closer for our little bundles of joy, or should we say chaos. As parents continue to catch up on sleep and savor the school-induced silence in preparation for the summer break to arrive, it’s time to your post-COVID vacation.
With tourism experts predicting that air travel will continue to fall this summer in comparison to previous years, it’s time to create the perfect COVID-free staycation, full of pandemic-proofed activities to keep your little ones entertained while you sit back and relax.
As children swap the school playground for the back garden, here are five COVID-safe holiday hacks guaranteed to transform your staycation this summer.
5 COVID-Safe Holiday Hacks for Your Summer Holidays
It’s time to get outside and enjoy the many outdoor attractions that have opened up in line with the lifting of restrictions. If you’re worried about crowded spaces and the potential spread of COVID-19, the best way to keep your little ones safe is to embrace the fresh air and remain socially distanced in popular destination spots.
Whether you’re planning day trips near home or traveling down to your favorite family seaside resort, there are plenty of COVID-safe activities for your children to get into. From parks to outdoor zoo attractions and sandcastle-building, the list is endless.
Better still, if you’re looking to get creative, why not set up the ideal outdoor fun zone? Invest in a racket set for a family sports day in the park or create a COVID-friendly picnic for an outdoor playdate with your little one’s best buddies.
Call on Camping
Parents, it’s time to fulfill that camping promise your kids have been holding over you ever since they saw that scene on the Parent Trap. It’s time to dust off that tent and pack the marshmallows and bug repellent because the pandemic is the perfect excuse to go rural.
Whether you’re a family of experienced campers or first-time pitchers, camping is a great way to make use of your local area’s beauty spots while also remaining COVID-safe this summer. This penny-saving vacation is a great way to take those teenagers off their mobiles and bring the family back into nature while adhering to pandemic restrictions.
Why not teach your little ones how to roast a marshmallow and your bigger ones how to light a campfire? By embracing the rural world around you, enjoy a holiday experience that will match up to no other!
Get Creative With A Staycation
If a COVID-safe holiday is a top priority this summer, or you’re working from home with a desperate need for your strong WiFi connection, a home staycation could be your saving grace.
In a post-pandemic world, many of us are worried about stepping out into the world of holiday parks and communal swimming baths too early. If you’re still looking to create a fun holiday experience for the kids, look no further. We have you covered.
Our best advice is to turn your home into your children’s favorite vacation spot. Whether it’s Disneyland or sunny Spain, why not transform your house into a tropical paradise for your little ones to lap up? From themed rooms to foreign cuisine, replicate your child’s favorite vacation activities, safely from the comfort of your own home.
Suncream & Sanitizer
For those of us looking to escape from the four walls of the house and venture out safely to popular holiday resorts reopening their doors this summer, you’ll be happy to know that we have hacks for you too.
As the heat ramps up, it’s time to pack the three S’’s for ultimate holiday survival: sunscreen, sunglasses, and sanitizer. Protect your little ones from the sun and the virus by simply adding these three safety supplies to your luggage.
Following both COVID and sun safety guidelines will guarantee a stress-free holiday and most importantly a well-deserved vacation post-pandemic.
Create A Home Away From Home
If you’re desperate to get to the sea this summer but nervous about setting up camp in a crowded hotel, we may have the perfect home away from home solution for a COVID-safe holiday. For remote workers, vulnerable family members, and teenagers begging for that strong WiFi connection, renting out a seaside property could be your ticket to a full summer vacation without the COVID risk.
Investing your time and money in holiday rental companies such as Airbnb and VRBO is a great way to change up your location while also remaining distanced from other members of the public. Enjoy beach excursions and family hikes and outdoor activities before retreating back to a fully-fledged apartment or cottage full of your home comforts.
With your own kitchen, bathroom, and social area, feel safe while cooking meals and lounging about with that well-deserved glass of wine. With rental services offering to clean and disinfect all high-touch services before you arrive, these homes are ideal for vulnerable families that still want to embrace a post-pandemic summer!
Mary is a lifestyle writer based in London. She has been featured in Pinstripe Magazine, HubPages, and Sivava Spirit. She also runs a blog, An Eye Behind, that focuses on the secret life of London.