Memorial Day is right around the corner and for the first time in a long time, families and friends are finally getting together. While some of us are planning cookouts, beach outings, and pool parties, others of us might be a little apprehensive about reuniting in large groups. Here are some Covid-safe alternatives to traditional Memorial Day weekend celebrations.
Enjoy the water without the beach
If you’re envisioning a Memorial Day celebration on the water but don’t want to be amongst the crowds at the beach, you have a number of options available to you. Enter: lake life. Maryland is the only U.S. state without a natural lake, which means no matter where you live in the U.S., you have access to some type of body of water.
To experience nature from right on top of the water, consider kayaking or whitewater rafting. You’ll get a scenic view of your surroundings, plus you and your friends or family will get a workout on top of it! Whether you’re considering paddling over a tranquil lake, or gearing up to head down a rapid-filled river, be sure to purchase kayaking and rafting insurance to keep you safe.
Or, for those who love the idea of being on a lake, but aren’t too keen on the physical aspect of it, jet skiing is an awesome option. Like a scooter on the water, jet skis are relatively easy to operate, and are sure to make your Memorial Day celebration memorable.
Rent a home away from home
If you’re traveling to someplace new but don’t want to stay in a hotel, a vacation rental is an awesome alternative to higher-risk lodging options. However, if COVID has taught us anything, it’s that you should be ready for the unexpected. With the high price of a vacation rental, be sure to purchase trip insurance. If you end up having to cancel, postpone or cut your trip short unexpectedly, trip insurance plans will offer reimbursement.
Hit the road
There’s nothing quite like a family road trip. Whether you opt for the car-and-hotel method, or plan to rent an RV for the duration of your travels, your family will surely make memories that will last a lifetime. However, keep in mind that both car rentals and RV rentals can be a big investment. Generally, rentals also come with stricter cancellation policies.
If you end up needing to cancel due to a covered event, trip insurance will provide coverage for you, which means it’ll help protect the costs of your prepaid car rental or RV booking costs. And if you want even more coverage and flexibility, purchasing the Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) add-on allows you to cancel for any reason and still receive reimbursement.
Get back to nature
This Memorial Day weekend, why not set up camp? Camping is a great way to relax and commune with nature. Explore a wooded trail with your spouse, take your kids fishing for the first time, roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, and catch the sunrise in the morning. No matter where you decide to pitch your tent, it’s a great way to spend the long weekend. Although it’s not something we often think about, it’s always good to be prepared for the unexpected. Give yourself and your camping companions some extra security by purchasing trip insurance.
Take a hike
One way to get some exercise, some sun and some family fun is simply taking a walk in the Great Outdoors. Check out the state and local parks in your area; you’re sure to find scenic hikes for every skill level. If you’re in southern California, try out the Short-Loop Trail in Joshua Tree, or for all you Manhattanites, take a break from the city and head out to Breakneck Ridge. All across the country, there are so many wonderful hikes. So stake out a spot near you. Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll or a more rigorous climb, hiking and mountaineering insurance can keep you and your loved ones safe.
Stay Safe this Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day 2021 might just be the opportunity we’ve been waiting for since last March. Maybe we’ll celebrate, laugh and even hug loved ones we haven’t seen since the pandemic began. But that doesn’t mean we should. If you’re not comfortable getting together in large groups just yet, there’s no need to push yourself. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate over the long weekend.
For those of you on the fence about whether to take a group trip or enjoy activities with a comparatively lower risk of Covid, trip insurance with a Cancel For Any Reason benefit can make your decision easier. If you book a trip, and purchase insurance with CFAR, you’ll be able to recoup prepaid travel expenses should you decide to cancel your plans for any reason.
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