Hello again, travelers all! Your friends at Gildshire are hibernating from unnecessary travel, the same as you are. But, that doesn’t stop our busy little minds from thinking. What are we planning? Car travel and soon! Because the wanderlust in all of us is going to kick in, and the sweet sound of the engine turning over will overcome us all. Car travel in the time of Covid-19, you say? Can it be done? Is it somehow unpatriotic to even think of travel? Read on, traveling buddy, and see what we have found.
Is it safe to travel during COVID-19?
The traveling opportunities that you find available right now are, for the most part, safe. It can’t be your chest to someone else’s back in line at Splash Mountain. That’s fairly obvious. You also won’t be shoulder to shoulder, screaming at the top of your lungs on Goliath at Magic Mountain. (Frankly, it makes Gildshire scream to think about Goliath at Magic Mountain), either. But, there are places to go and things to see even in the time of COVID-19. You have to be smart about it and watchful of potential dangers. Is there a group of teenagers smoking and coughing in front of the convenience store where you would like to buy milk? Find another place, all the while remembering that you were once one of them. (Don’t lie to Gildshire.)
Other than that, we suggest going somewhere that you have already been to and loved. While we are all about trying new places and seeing new things, this might not be the time. For this trip, a familiar scene, well-loved, and long-remembered. That’s the ticket.
Where to travel during Covid?
Specific examples, you say? As we suggested during a previous article, any beach will do, as long as it isn’t crowded. The sight and sound of the sea and the crashing waves will soothe your soul and make you forget your troubles.
Do you have a small town that has left an imprint on your memory bank? Just recently, the tiny town of Wallace, Idaho, welcomed Gildshire into town with a vintage car show six blocks square. A man with a prized hot rod allowed the prettiest girls in town a chance to have a picture taken in his baby’s driver’s seat.
Traveling around the country to write The Greatest Road Trip Ever Taken, we found town after town with stories to tell. Frankenmuth, Michigan, celebrates Christmas year-round. Leavenworth, Washington, has a tree-lighting ceremony every day in December!
But it isn’t just Christmas that rolls out the red carpet. A history of the earliest colonials is played out every day in the tiny town of Plimoth, Massachusetts.
All year-round, Jamestown, Virginia, remembers the earliest arrivals to our shores and does it without whitewashing the conditions under which most of them came over. Our nation’s past is a checkered one, indeed, as we have not always treated others well. The re-creations of early America at those two towns are worth your time as they tell the past the way it was.
Social distancing is strictly enforced in both Plimoth and Jamestown and will be throughout the dangerous pandemic.
Do we recommend car travel in the time of COVID-19? Indeed we do because we know you will do it with your safety and the safety of others in mind. And it will get you out of the house! How good does that sound? Travel safe, friends.