Travel Safely in a Pod
Some may wonder how to slowly venture out into a space close to home for a short travel adventure. Well, I’ve personally traveled to a nearby beach with a small group of close friends in my “Travel Pod”. The term “travel pod” (sometimes called a vacation pod) is a way to travel with others while minimizing many of the risks typically associated with group travel.
Forbes Magazine has written the following on this new trend in travel and it’s worth a few minutes to see how this might impact your life in travel over the upcoming year.
The COVID-19 pandemic—and the associated risks of getting too close to infectious others—has led to widespread feelings of isolation and boredom. Just as some people have gravitated to “quarantine bubbles” to safely hang out and socialize with like-minded individuals or families, avid travelers are embracing “travel pods” as a way to jumpstart their wanderlust for group travel.
The term “travel pod” (sometimes called a vacation pod) is a way to travel with others while minimizing many of the risks typically associated with group travel. These pods can include two or more unrelated couples or families, multigenerational groups, extended families, or other groups of unrelated adults (e.g., solo travelers).
The range of where-to possibilities is wide open: Participants can rent a large villa, charter a boat, buy out a small hotel, arrange a guided tour, or camp at a national park.
Presumably, undertaking any of these jaunts in a travel pod reduces risks because everyone going agrees to assiduously follow a set of strict health protocols when they are together, which are commonly agreed upon before they go. Implicit in such an arrangement is a high level of trust among the participants.