Vacationing During COVID: Where Do We Go?

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The closer we get to August, the less we know about this year’s summer vacation. Theoretically, we’ll be able to go almost anywhere from our home in Italy. Practically, we don’t feel comfortable booking anything right now, due to a lack of consistency in rules on mobility.

Does it mean we give up on vacation? No. We’ll still build some terrific memories, one way or another. I don’t have everything figured out yet, but I call it a work in progress.

The Challenge

We need to factor in a teenager (13), a toddler (3), a dad who loves traveling (49), and a mom who probably will work all summer (33). Ideally, without draining our budget.

Hoping for the Best, but Expecting the Worst

Sometimes, I dream about going to the beach without restrictions, at least for a few days. I’m pretty sure it won’t happen, so my second-best-case scenario is a few day trips to the mountains. Otherwise, we’ll just improvise based on how rules change.

How We Prepare for a Worst-Case Scenario:

We bought a bike for the little one and taught him to ride. If we go back to lockdown, we can at least bike in the countryside.

We’ve ordered an inflatable pool, water guns, and a tent — everything in the smallest sizes. We won’t be able to go to the public pool, so we’ll improvise water fights on our balcony.

We’re not BBQ fans, but we sure know how to make pizza.

If We’ll Be Allowed to Move Only Inside Our Region:

I’m putting together a list of places nearby that accept visitors in August: old villages, local museums, or medieval castles. I’m interested in sites close to parks, where the little one can have some fun.

We made a list of places for hiking, picnics, and other outdoor activities.

We’ll fill rainy days with chemistry experiments at home, video games, and family cooking sessions.

If possible, I plan to ask other moms to help me put together a schedule of sleepovers for the adolescents, and one-on-one playdates for the little ones.

It’s going to be a long summer vacation this year. So, the list remains open, and that is the key word: we want to keep an open mind.

Tags: Toddlers, Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity, Activities for Kids, Travel

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