When it comes to travel, many will opt for “roads less trav­elled” this sum­mer. Post­cards may reflect local, state and national loca­tions over more exotic global des­ti­na­tions.

Even then, tight restric­tions to our national trea­sures will likely limit those expe­ri­ences.

Camp­sites, parks and recre­ational areas will have pre-​set guide­lines for vis­i­tors. Adher­ing to the health advi­sories may pro­hibit even the most dar­ing of trav­el­ers. Road trips are mor­ph­ing into SAFE-​cations.

For all our shelter-​in-​place bud­dies, grab a new road map. Buckle up for safety. We’ve heard of “stay­ca­tions” prior to COVID-​19. They’re now more rel­e­vant and gain­ing wide atten­tion.

Plan an at home or close-​to-​home adven­ture. Cre­ative events bring us together in the safety net of our own back­yards. Decom­press­ing and tem­porar­ily escap­ing real­ity is what’s needed for reju­ve­na­tion. Time off from the every­day “new life nor­mals” can breath energy in to worn and weary souls.

Themed home events– for­eign movie night, cow­boy cam­pout, seren­ity day spa and ani­mal photo safari are wor­thy of explor­ing. Those who’ve trav­elled the world have fond mem­o­ries of cafes in Paris, muse­ums in Rome and moun­tains in Switzer­land. Revive those mag­i­cal remem­brances through newly designed travel events. Food is always cen­tral to any des­ti­na­tion, near or far.

Pre­pare the foods that sum­mon a nos­tal­gic glance back­wards to happy past travel moments.

If pizza night at an Ital­ian bistro made it on the post­card share, fig­ure out how to cap­ture that mem­ory.

Chef aprons, home­made dough, fresh pizza top­pings and that famil­iar Dean Mar­tin music lays the ground­work.

Posters, flags and pho­tographs can paint that quaint bistro atmos­phere. Table set­tings of bright linens, mixed and matched plates and rus­tic glass­ware secure the mood.

Local pro­duce picks up where the phys­i­cal space leaves off. Heir­loom toma­toes, sweet corn, pep­pers, sum­mer squash, onions and fruits for dessert strike a chord for day trip­ping rec­ol­lec­tions.

One fine serv­ing of peach pie or black­berry galette with a cap­puc­cino or expresso seals the deal. Noth­ing says vaca­tion like a truly deca­dent dessert. Follow-​up with a brisk short walk and then a nap for good mea­sure.

If cook­ing isn’t in your wheel­house, restau­rants are re-​opening with grat­i­tude for return­ing busi­ness. Order some­thing indul­gent for take-​out or deliv­ery. Dis­miss the notion of bor­ing stay-​at-​home orders. Pitch a tent. Have a camp­fire. Sleep outside.

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