Pod travel, where a group of friends or family take a trip together, is having a profound effect on how people vacation during the COVID-era. Travelling with family and friends had occurred pre-pandemic for reasons such as budget and convenience. While today, travelling in pods is more about safety and shared interests. By staying with the same group and guides throughout the trip, members don’t mingle with other people, thus reducing their risk of exposure to the virus. Travelling with your pod is a smart way to travel safely.
4 ways to travel safely with your pod
People want to avoid crowds, be close to nature and most importantly, be in a more controlled and safe environment. RV holidays, villa-style accommodations and houseboat rentals are all popular choices for those looking to travel safely in their pods.
1. Hit the Road and Travel Safely With Cruise America
Canada is a vast country and what better way to explore safely and at your own pace than in an RV or motorhome with your loved ones and friends? Cruise America has 133 locations in 33 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.
One-way rentals are available. Hit the open road and choose how far and what stops you make along the way. With so many parks and campgrounds to choose from, Cruise America’s app, online resources and customer service centre can direct you to the perfect spot.
Travelling in an RV allows you to control what you eat and what places you visit with no worries about where you place your head at night. Experience Canada’s greatest gifts of nature, from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the coastal cities of Vancouver and Victoria, or check out Atlantic Canada’s colourful fishing villages. Whether you take the road more or less travelled, RV travel will let you treasure the outdoors and those most important to you in a safe and self-contained manner.
2. Take to the Water With Le Boat
Put on your captain’s hat and cruise the lakes, rivers and canals in Canada or eight European countries on one of Le Boat’s luxury cruisers or houseboats.
Steer your houseboat along Canada’s Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore quaint Ontario towns filled with history, artisan shops, microbreweries and wineries. Le Boat operates a fleet of boats ideal for just a couple, a few couples or group of friends. Cruise where the bigger ships can’t in the canals of France, England or Belgium. Soak up Venice’s beauty, history and romance from the safety of your boat.
Each boat is filled with comfortable sleeping accommodations, kitchen and cooking facilities, and sundeck. As well as easy to follow instructions that even beginner captains will have no problem navigating. You control the trip’s pace while Le Boat provides tips, itinerary suggestions, destination information and boating guidance and etiquette. Steer a course for family fun and exploration–you can even bring Fido along for the ride!
Read more about what it’s like to captain your own boat on vacation: A Houseboat Vacation is the Perfect Escape After a Long Winter Indoors
3. Find a Private Paradise at The Brando in French Polynesia
Like many of us, Marlon Brando always dreamed about Tahiti. A few years after filming the 1962 classic film, Mutiny on the Bounty in Tahiti, he bought the private island of Tetiaroa and made it his home. He developed the island as a centre for research, education and sustainable living.
Today that vision lives on at The Brando, an exclusive, self-sustaining and luxurious private island resort. Guests can relax completely with the utmost privacy and comfort. The resort features only 36 villas spread out to ensure every guest has privacy. One-bedroom villas are over 1,000 square feet. Not only are you safe and secure on this remote island. But your stay also allows you to immerse yourself in the traditional Tahitian way of life and learn more about the region’s rich culture.
The Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa offers a range of wellness experiences including some treatments inspired by ancestral Polynesian techniques.
4. Have Family Fun at Barbados’ Fustic House Private Estate
Fustic House is an early 18th century home perched on a coral ridge with stunning views of Barbados’ coastline. This makes for the perfect setting to reconnect, recharge and most of all, relax with family or a group of friends. With only seven well-appointed suites in four separate wings, Fustic House provides the ultimate in comfort, privacy and worry-free vacations.
Enter the ornate gates of the 11-acre property and stroll by the immaculate gardens and koi-filled lotus lake. A fully trained and professional staff are at your beck and call including a chef, butler, housekeepers, gardeners, 24-hour security and an estate manager.
Multiple dining and lounge areas include a natural lagoon-shaped pool, sun deck and equipment for various beach activities from snorkelling to paddleboarding. Fustic House is one of the Caribbean’s finest examples of island charm combined with exceptional design.
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