With the COVID vaccine production steadily increasing, we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic. That is wonderful news and reason to be optimistic! However, Au Pair in America is still strongly discouraging travel at the moment for two reasons: CDC recommendations against travel and the constantly changing rules and restrictions for international and even interstate travel.
When travel is resumed for you, it will also depend on your specific host family circumstances. It is very important that you and your host family have very clear, honest communication about your plans and that you are both comfortable with the plans.
What can you do right now? Research and figure out where you want to go and what things you want to see and do there. Being a spontaneous traveler can be fun, but without planning you will often waste some of your precious vacation or weekend time figuring out things you could have looked into before you started your trip.
These ideas are to help you make general plans. You shouldn’t book any tickets or make any financial commitments until you know when travel will safely resume.
Planning can help you:
- Save money
- Make the best use of your time
- Fit in more adventures
- Visit places you might not have heard of before
It also extends the joy of the travel time. Planning all the thing you will do, gives you something to look forward to. We can all use things to look forward to right now.
If you are looking for travel inspiration and ideas or a place to keep your travel ideas organized, Pinterest is a great place to start. You can browse other people’s travel and bucket list pinboards. You can create your own pinboards for places you want to go and ones you have already visited.
These three apps are all trip planners and offer the ability to research places and create your own itinerary. Each one has its own look and feel and slightly different features. Download them and see which one is the best fit for you.
- Trip Advisor (One of the best features is the reviews and tips from real people.)
- Visit a City
- Sygic Travel
Road trips can be the ultimate adventure. You set your own pace and stop to see what you want. The journey can be as much fun as your destination.
- Road Trippers is an app that helps you plan the ultimate road trip. It helps you determine your route and find interesting stops along the way.
We won’t be stuck inside forever. Once travel resumes, be ready with your plans!
Photo: Natacha R. from France