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The Best Way To Change Your Itinerary During COVID-19

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July 17, 2020
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The best way to change your itinerary during COVID-19. Some might be wondering how to do it? What’s the best way to do it? As everyone knows we’ve been planning to visit Austin, Texas and we will be stopping by a total of eight major cities along the routes and total five US States. At first, I wanted to change our mode of accommodation to camping as it feels safer but Nate wanted to stick with the plan in staying in a hotel since its too much work to set up the tent every few days. But due to the rise up in numbers of COVID-19 in the States, we decided to reroute.

To be honest, Nate, was the one who surely wants to not continue the trip as it concerned him that me and Keira easily get strep throat and or easily get sick. It takes a lot of consideration and of course, we asked the kids too. The kids agreed with us to not continue the trip to Austin, Texas but find another route instead.

Glad we all agreed to not pursue it as it gets nearer and or the day before our trip our Governor announced the lists of States that we need to quarantine when we get back from our trip. And if Nate gets sick the company won’t pay sick leave.  In the end, I feel like God is helping us planned this trip as I could have to pick Delaware, too but glad I didn’t.

Mapping

I went to a website that has a daily update in every State including deaths and how many current positive cases and if it’s getting better or worsts. It helps me a lot.

There were two routes I considered of doing first, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Second, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. I choose the second route as it is more States to visit and the distance is pretty close together.

First option

First Option for smaller cases for COVID-19

Second Option

Second Option

Planning

It took me two days to read and research and plot the places we wanted to see during our visit. It’s a mess with Nate vacation date originally filed June 27th to July 15th and change it to June 26th to July 7th. There’s an island in Rhode Island that I wanted us to go called Block Island a very nice hotel that is doing a 50% sale at that time. Instead of paying $500 per night, we will end up paying half but the date has to be before June 27th so I have to talk and ask Nate about it. At first, they have a room and the date is the problem. I lost the room in minutes when I called back they said its already booked. Sigh… I honestly, feel disappointed as the hotels in Block Island can be very expensive. But oh well! Better luck next time.

As I mentioned above I canceled Maine but two days before our scheduled trip my sister-in-law told us that Maine lifted their 14 days quarantine to New Yorkers. Our scheduled date to go home is July 3rd due to our canceled trip in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

To our surprise, we were able to continue to Maine and instead of going to Vermont and New Hampshire on the way back, I did book Hartford, Connecticut. 

We also ended up driving an extra mile to Lake George, New York on our way home as the kids been begging to swim in the pool. 

 

Tips:
  • Make sure to book a hotel that is away from the city center or where the crowd is. With the recent situation in our country nowadays we have to be wise especially if we have kids with us.
Final Itinerary During Covid-19

Our final itinerary during the COVID-19 road trip

 

Cancellations

I was able to cancel eight total hotel rooms for our previous trip and then book the second plan route. Three days to our trip my sister-in-law contacted me and says that it is a law in Maine to do 14 days quarantine when we arrived. So I asked Nate to help me dig with the other States and see if its the same as in Maine. Glad we’re able to notice it before our trip and learned that Vermont and New Hampshire are the same. So I have to cancel the bookings I made.

Tips:
  1. After looking at the daily updates and map for COVID-19 make sure to visit every state website and check whats their recent laws and rules for visiting their place. I made mistakes for this one to make sure you won’t do the same.
  2. Make sure to always book hotel rooms that have a free cancelation policy as it will help you get your money back in case something change with your plan or emergency happens.

Our Planned Itinerary During COVID-19

Below is our final route this year. We were not able to make it to five total States as we dreamed and wish to visit but were still ended up visiting five places.

The five places we visited have their own unique beauty and each one of them is different.

  1. Mystic-Groton, Connecticut

Mystic, Connecticut was founded in 1654, and quickly rose to prominence during the clipper ship era as a shipbuilding center. It is nestled along both sides of the Mystic River and divided by the famous Mystic River Bascule Bridge, Mystic is one of Connecticut’s premier vacation destinations.

Because of its quintessential New England charm, Mystic has become known as well as being home to two of Connecticut’s most visited attractions: the Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium. It’s also nearby Ocean Beach Park is 20 minutes or so drive away. Here is the link of our trip to Mystic “Why Choose To Visit Mystic, Connecticut During the Pandemic?”  and if you want to read more about Mystic, Connecticut read here.

 

       2. South Kingstown Rhode Island

In 1722 South Kingstown was formed and when the former Kings Towne was split into two parts, the other being North, Kingstown.

A narrow strip of land running along the eastern bank of the Pettaquamscutt River to the shore of Narragansett Bay was separated from South Kingstown to form the town of Narragansett in the year 1888.

South Kingstown, Rhode Island is located in Washington County and the largest town by land and water in Rhode Island.

Most of the beaches are a few minutes’ drives away.

Nearby Beaches
  1. Scarborough Beach
  2. Roger Wheeler State Beach
  3. East Matunok State Beach
  4. Charlestown Breachway State Beach
  5. East Beach State Beach
  6. Misquamicut Beach
  7. Salty Brine State Beach
  8. Easton’s Beach

 

       3. Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor in Maine is located in Mount Desert Island and is the largest idyllic town on the island. The name Harbor came from the famous sandbar that connects Bar Island to the mainland at low tide. It is home to famous Acadia National Park the second park in the nation that is most visited by visitors. It can easily be accessed by boat and car.

 

       4. Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford Connecticut is the capital city of Connecticut. The oldest and most historic place in America. The city has a lot to offer and is home for the State business and entertainment.

The 1874 mansion of Mark Twain that includes thousands of artifacts, the unique architecture inside the house that is well maintained as of today can be seen in Hartford. Elizabeth Rose Garden a public park in Hartford, Connecticut that is known as the third largest rose garden in the country and the first and or oldest rose garden in America.

 

       5. Lake George, New York

Lake George is a town in Warren County that offers a lot of activities to any tourists from hiking the mountains to the lakes. There are so many bars, pubs, and restaurants to dine in the area.

The town is only four hours away from New York City and is a great destination to visit during the summer through the winter.

One of the popular things to do in Lake George is swimming in Million Dollar Beach. The lake is in a decent size and has some picnic tables around.

Other popular places to visit are
  1. World Awareness Children Museums in Glen Falls
  2. Adirondack Folk School in Lake Suzenne
  3. Riding the boat around the lake
  4. Book a parasailing and or hot air balloon especially during the fall season.

 

Summary

We are all thriving in this unprecedented time and all of us are trying to continue to live in our own ways. But we must be considerate with others who wanted to still enjoy outdoors by doing our part social distance and keep six feet with others, wear a mask to protect you, your loved ones and strangers who’re somebody love ones too.

All these places are a great place to enjoy outdoors. There are people who practice freedom and not wear their masks as they don’t like to be told to. For people who have an immune deficiency if you can stay home the better. Especially this summer more people are out because of the great weather and not everyone will follow the laws.

If you ever need to spend time with nature do your research and the earlier you go the better. That’s how we do it. Stay away with major cities as it can still be crowded.

If you wanted to travel during this pandemic and wondering how we plan our road trip click it here.

Please check the COVID-19 update on the CDC website and each State’s current information before you travel. Be wise and travel safely! Stay home is much safer!

 

 

 

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    Brenda West

    July 18, 2020

    April, I always enjoy reading about the great travels that you and your family take. This is truly a time where vacations must be planned out for everyone’s safety. We are blessed to have our travel trailer and have a couple of “safe trips” planned before the end of the year. Stay safe my friend!

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      April

      July 19, 2020

      Yay, what kind of trailer do you have? I’ve been dreaming to have one but I’m thinking of renting one first and see if its really for us or not. Thanks for reading Brenda and I am glad to know you enjoy our journey. I love learning your words of wisdom.

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    Isabelle Vita NYC

    July 19, 2020

    Great advice! Will definitely be looking into these.

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    Lily

    July 19, 2020

    Really great in-depth post! The change in your itinerary was not an easy feat but I’m sure it’ll be well worth it. Best wishes for an amazing trip 🙂

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      April

      July 19, 2020

      Yes and thank you. Glad it turned out awesome.

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    Denise Gardiner

    July 19, 2020

    Great post, April! You visited some beautiful places in a safe way. So good to see how accommodating the hotels and airlines were making your trip to continue to be enjoyable and alleviate the stress that could have happened! We have never been any further than New York, so would love to visit the areas you did. Welcome back!

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      April

      July 19, 2020

      Thanks for visiting our site. Yes, those places we visited is a great place to relax and a great area to hop from one State to the other.

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    Nilakshi

    July 19, 2020

    Very helpful and detailed post for anyone who wish to travel. Love those pictures and so glad that you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing this with us. ♥️

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      April

      July 20, 2020

      Thanks for your visit and for reading the posts Nilakshi. I’m glad you find it helpful!

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    Cindy

    July 24, 2020

    What is the website you mentioned for finding state by state COVID information?

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      April

      July 25, 2020

      Cindy, the underlined words are a link to a website. The word CDC website is a link it’s in the Summary section!

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      April

      July 25, 2020

      It’s the CDC website under Summary! Thank you.

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    Rick Rodriguez

    August 14, 2020

    Thanks for this post. I’m upset because I’m still in the “red” zone …

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      April

      August 16, 2020

      Oops… sorry! I hope you’ll be able to get out soon.

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    Karen | Online Blog & Business Help

    September 25, 2020

    Good for you for “pivoting” your plans. If anything, 2020 is certainly teaching people how to persevere and adjust their plans! Sounds like a great trip either way 🙂

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      April

      September 25, 2020

      Yes, it was a great trip still! I am glad it turns out great at the end too.

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    Yemi King

    September 25, 2020

    You seem calm in this post. I would have been super stressed, especially with the constant last min changes. I was happy to read that you went to New England. I used to live in RI. I have been to Mystic before but I have never heard of Block Island. I live in the UK now but one day would like to do that road trip I used to do from my Uncle in Vermont all the way back to Jersey! But at the moment travelling is so confusing leaving our country I think it will be a while yet before that happens!

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      April

      September 25, 2020

      Haha, it was so stressful as it is nearby our plan dates to go. All my eyes are just on the computer, trying to map and research where to stay. The other things for the food we search as we go. I don’t have enough time to do it, but glad we still ended up happy with the places we did in RI. Yes, I can understand! Staying put in the country where we are is the best we can do for now. Road tripping is the best thing to do for now. Stay safe, and thank you.

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    Vinn

    September 25, 2020

    Traveling at this time means to be on top of the COVID 19 updates. As there are cluster infections occurring in different areas. It will be really stressful if you can’t get out due to lockdown and of course the health risks involved. Glad you were able to have a fantastic holiday with your family. All it takes is a skillful organization.

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      April

      September 25, 2020

      Thank you, Vinn, and yes, it needs a special someone trained to do the work. Lucky for my family, who is a trained hotel sales agent and used to do this kind of thing. I forget how stressful the job until I get to do it again.

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    Jess

    September 25, 2020

    It’s always actually been my dream to go to Rhode Island! I know that sounds strange but it just sound so beautiful!!
    Thank you for the info in the blog and a great post!

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      April

      September 25, 2020

      Thanks for visiting here and don’t forget to check my Rhode Island articles too before you go you might want to do some of the things we did and to learn some tips. Rhode Island is so easy to hop from one beach to another for less than an hour. Safe travels!

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    Farrah

    September 25, 2020

    That’s great that you were able to visit so many gorgeous places in a safer way during this time. I’m all for trying to be outdoors/in nature more lately (at least until the fires hit 🙁 ).

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      April

      September 26, 2020

      Yes, we are so lucky to have gone before Rhode Island is added to the lists of States that need to be quarantined in New York State. Staying home is still the best option, but it drives me crazy after many months of not being in nature. How are you? I hope you are not too near where the fire is—praying for everyone who is affected.

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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