Looking to add some variety to your Thanksgiving meal?
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of foodies everywhere—the entire premise being to spend a day stuffing yourself full of the best, most savory dishes. It’s the highlight of so many American’s November, but that doesn’t mean the holiday doesn’t occasionally get tedious. For those who attend multiple Thanksgiving dinners a year (please don’t do that this year), you likely know just how bland a roasted turkey can become or how nauseating too many pieces of pumpkin pie can be—so we’re suggesting a change-up. We found alternatives to all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes—from a pumpkin dessert you won’t tire of to a savory take on the sweet potato pie. But maybe don’t try them all at once.
Holiday travel will look different this year, and that’s largely because many people won’t be traveling.
A rise in COVID-19 cases and confusion on state travel restrictions have led many people to opt for a holiday at home (which is actually what the CDC recommends as the best option for protecting yourself and others). But for those set on traveling with their quaranteam for the holidays, many B&Bs, inns, and villa resorts are here to help—while also taking advantage of lower holiday traffic—by offering full buyout packages that make it just a bit safer to celebrate with your pod, both abroad and stateside.
The states are starting to reopen. But is it wise to venture out?
[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that originally ran on May 19.] Disclaimer: This is meant to be a general overview of how each state is reopening. It is not intended to provide every last detail regarding guidelines and restrictions; please refer to the government website of each state for specifics. In addition, please remember that even if a state has been given the green light for a category of businesses to reopen, individual businesses may choose to remain closed. As such, please be sure to contact each business or site before visiting to ensure that it is open. As the United States begins to relax its shelter-in-place orders and some emerge from their homes, many are counting the days when we can get back out there and travel, even if it’s by car to a neighboring community or state. But as we know, a very different landscape awaits out there than the one we left earlier this winter at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. There are things travelers must consider that we never did before, including social distancing and personal sanitization. The big question is: Is it safe to travel in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pretty clear in its stance. It’s recommended that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential. Social distancing still needs to be practiced, especially if you are in a higher risk category or an older adult. You shouldn’t travel if you feel sick, or travel with someone who is sick. And you need to protect yourself and others by knowing how to prevent the virus from spreading. Perhaps the most hopeful advice comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to him, summer travel “can be in the cards.” He urges caution, since we risk COVID-19 spreading rapidly if proper precautions are not taken. “When infections start to rear their heads again,” he says, “we have to put in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contact trace, and make sure we don’t have those spikes we have now.” As long as we’re aware that “getting back to normal is not like a light switch that you turn on and off,” he says, we should be able to get back to some sort of normalcy. So the answer is: We’re not quite there yet. The best thing to do is pay attention to the several-phase reopening plans that each state has developed, outlining when hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, outdoor areas, etc., should be open for business and what precautions they must take. Some states are freer than others—and that’s something to consider. Do you really want to be on a beach where social distancing guidelines aren’t being maintained? It’s a whole new world that we’ll be navigating, literally. The guidelines are fast-changing and it’s hard to keep up, but here’s where they stand today, state by state.
Everyone will tell you to travel safely, but what does that mean and how do you do it?
Solo travel is a personal and sacred experience. It allows you solitude, the freedom to create your own adventure, and enables you to discover your true self. How do you spend your days when you are free from outside influences? Free from schedules and itineraries? What things interest you and call you to participate? For me, it’s dive bars and nature hikes–especially mountain climbing. What a surprise! I would not have discovered that, if not for the freedom of traveling by myself. I live as a single female, on a 19-foot Skoolie named Bubba; and have been living this way for over a year. I am often asked how I stay safe on the open road. In a perfect world, this would not be a necessary consideration; but our world is not that world, and safety precautions are essential. Everyone will tell you to travel safely, but what does that mean and how do you do it? Here are a few of my safety suggestions for any woman who enjoys traveling more deeply on a solo journey.