By this point, we all know that out-of-state travel during COVID can increase your chance of spreading and getting the virus. Postponing travel and staying home is clearly the best way to protect yourself and others.
That said, there are safe ways to travel locally and get a little fresh air in the process. If you live in New Jersey and you’re searching for ‘local trips near me,’ you’ll find plenty of things to do while maintaining strict adherence to CDC recommendations.
Here are two great local events that are still taking place during COVID:
An Old Fashioned Christmas in Cape May
November 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021
(Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas )
Cape May, NJ
This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a variety of fun tours and events. Enjoy the holidays with the Holiday Lights Trolley Rides through Cape May’s Historic District to see festively decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-alongs, and play Christmas music.
Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center
November and December, 2020
Sunday – Thursday: Dusk to 10pm& Friday & Saturday: Dusk to 11pm
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
Cost: $25-$35, standard vehicle
This popular holiday event features more than a mile of festival and vibrant light displays celebrating the joy of the holidays. Experience the drive-through from the comfort of your car! At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations. Multiple holiday themes come to life with hundreds of sparking lights.
Tips to Travel During COVID
If you found some good options when you searched ‘local trips near me,” and you decide to travel, be sure to take these steps during your trip to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
● Check travel restrictions before you go.
● Get your flu shot before you travel.
● Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
● Know when to delay your travel. Don’t travel if you or your travel companions are sick.
● Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
● Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone not from your travel group.
● Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
● Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.