The end of the 2020-21 school year is finally here and with that the start to summer vacation. With more people vaccinated and restrictions relaxing in some places, it feels like Summer 2021 offers more opportunities than last year. However, it is still important to follow safety guidelines when planning our summer activities.  Below are some tips for traveling, local staycation ideas and other activities to keep you and your family active, happy and safe!

Ready to Travel?

A lot of people postponed travel plans in 2020 and many of us are just ready to get a change of pace and scenery.  The CDC has travel guidelines for vaccinated and non-vaccinated alike, however the following recommendations are for all travelers:

  • During Travel
    • Wearing mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
    • Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like a ferry or top deck of a bus).
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
    • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
  • After Travel
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
  • Utilize the CDC’s Travel Planner for US Travel
    • Check Travel Planner for state, local, tribal, and territorial government restrictions before traveling
  • Check out the Federal Travel Planner for International Travel

View the complete list of guidelines here.

 Not Ready to Travel Yet? Explore Locally!

Many families have enjoyed the freedom of staycations and getting to explore their own counties and towns.  Many state parks have lifted restrictions for camping and rentals of cabins or yurts. Washington State Parks has updated their website with all the activities available this summer and how to participate safely. You can view Oregon State Park openings here.  You can also check out this post from May 2020 on the Art of Staycations for tips on backyard camping, exploring your own town, and even ways to travel the world virtually.

2021 Summer Activities

Many libraries, zoos and museums may still be closed or restricted, but you can still participate and visit many of these attractions from your own home.  Fort Vancouver Regional Library moved their summer reading program to a virtual platform last year, and they have even more activities planned this year, including live Zoom events and even a fun virtual scavenger hunt.  See details and sign up on their website.  Also, make sure to check out our post back in April of 2020 about fun ways to stay entertained at home, including links to virtual museum and zoo tours all over the world.