Updated: Apr 9
There is traveling with young kids and then there is traveling with young kids during covid-19. What's the difference you may ask? Is it only making sure that my kids are wearing their masks and practicing proper handwashing techniques?
Traveling during this time of covid-19 has somewhat been a completely different experience. It has sure changed the way that I think about traveling especially with kids. This time around does cause for a lot more strategic planning and precautionary measures than any other time of travel before covid-19.
It is the season of spring break and summer is already on the horizon. What that means is that we are heading into the peak season of increased travel. Some states are now lowering their covid-19 restrictions which allow for more increased travel during this prior busy tourism season. Now that the kids are going to be out of school, many families are definitely planning where they want to take their family for a "long, well-needed no pun intended, I definitely can relate" vacation.
Yes, I admit, being house-bound for a long time with the kids and trying to keep them entertained has been tough enough for some families, including ours. Now you're probably contemplating whether or not to travel during this period and you're not sure what to really expect, especially while traveling with the younger ones.
We took a recent family vacation and flew to visit family in Pennsylvania. We also did a mini one-day road trip while there on alternative days to two other states, New York and Washington DC, which were both located about 2 hours away.
This is what I have experienced on this trip so far, and the safety measures that you can take while traveling with children during this time.
Are you planning on doing any traveling with kids soon? What are your concerns? Let me know. Please feel free to share your own experiences or ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I will be happy to help you!
“Planning travel with younger kids during this time requires more strategic planning and precautionary measures than any other time of travel."
BEFORE YOUR TRIP
RESEARCH THE COUNTRY OR STATE THAT YOU ARE TRAVELING TO FOR RESTRICTIONS
Make sure to research every destination that you are planning on traveling to especially if you choose to fly to your location of choice. We had plans to travel during thanksgiving time and unfortunately the destination that we choose had restrictions for quarantine, which we found out several days before travel.
That didn't work well for us especially since the restrictions were so vague and did not have instructions on travel with younger kids. We decided to cancel our plans and wait for another time to travel, that would be less of a hassle.
Therefore, plan accordingly with the country or state's rules and laws both locally and internationally. Also If you do plan to travel via air, make sure to check the restrictions based on the time frame of which the covid-19 test has to be administered.
RESEARCH WHETHER OR NOT PLACES OR ATTRACTIONS THAT YOU WISH TO VISIT ARE OPEN
Another thing that we weren't aware of was whether or not the places or attractions that we wanted to visit would be open. In Florida, most museums and theme parks are already opened for visitors. That may not be the case in other states or even countries.
When we got to DC, the museums were actually closed, so that was a bummer for us, as it was one of the attractions we wanted to see. However, the monuments and other outdoor attractions were opened, so we still got to do some tours, which was super fun.