Ideas for the Short Safe Holiday Road Trip!!
Keep dreaming! And let your holiday plans for 2021 and 2022 begin right away! We are all missing our annual vacations with our family, either overseas or to the nearby locations. What I miss the most is our family time, meeting new people, and experimenting with foods. The current mood is in the ‘dream mode’- making vacation plans that will be converted into a reality soon.
We all fully understand that overseas traveling is not a good idea at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy an adventurous road trip. Road trips in India are gaining popularity once again as holiday destinations are unlocking. A road trip would be the best respite after 6 months of sitting at home for the travel-hungry soul. However, the best travel precautions and guidelines that one has to follow before you venture out:
Check your hotel ratings and reviews
Besides the safety measures followed for the road trip; you also need to decide on the hotel/lodging you would reside. It should have decent reviews plus should safeguard tourists during Covid taking all necessary precautionary measures. Prebooking is very important to avoid crowded places and also to maintain social distancing.
Carry the Anti Covid Immunity kit
From Vitamin C tablets, kadha tablets, to steam inhalers, pack it all. Prevention is the best thing. It is also advisable to carry enough sanitizers, sprays, masks and face shields. Be consciously aware to use them as soon as you touch something with your bare hands. Carry extra amount of water, wet wipes, disposable gloves and towels, etc that you may need whenever you are outdoors.
Get the Covid-19 test done prior to the trip
Even if you are just feeling a little under the weather, it’s best advisable to get the Covid test done, before you embark on your road trip. Times are difficult to comprehend, lest you fall sick in a totally strange place. Also do not hide your illness; you will not only jeopardize the health of your dear ones but also be on an early recovery path.
Practice Social Distancing
This should be followed as a practice everywhere you go. Petrol pumps, local tourist spots, supermarkets on highways, etc. Keep your mask on and a safe distance of 3 feet from the nearest person you meet. Make friends but at a distance. The time is not right to come in close contact with strangers
A Multi-Port Power Bank
Times are tough and we need to stay connected. Phones should never be less than half charged. It gets very stressful if the battery drains out during a road trip. In all ways, a phone is a multipurpose gadget to use for navigation, camera, music, and communication. It’s best to keep handy a multi-port power bank with cables.
Carry plenty of dry snacks and water
It’s fun to carry along munchies, biscuits, chocolates, chips etc on a road trip. It is also a good idea to carry an electric kettle, cuppa noodles, energy boosting drinks and juices. Don’t forget to carry along disposable plates, cutlery and napkins. Most important is fluids particularly water to stay hydrated.
A few recommended road trips closer to Mumbai
1. Mumbai to Lonavala/ Khandala (85 km) – Don’t want to venture out far. This is the best option for Mumbaikars. You can find campers; trekkers and picnickers flock to lonavala over the weekend.
2. Mumbai to Alibaug (92 km)- Although the destination is an hour and a half away by ferry, it’s popular for bikers and couple travelers too. Tourists opt for homestays to enjoy the local cuisine and beautiful beaches.
3. Mumbai to Murud / Janjira (156 km)-This is perfect for a one-day road trip near Mumbai. It was a trip we took a few years back during the monsoons. Lush greenery, rain-washed winding roads and a cool breeze to keep us company. A visit to the Janjira Fort in Murud is a must.
4. Mumbai to Igatpuri (120 km) – Igatpuri is located near Nashik, also known as the Wine Capital of India. A road trip through the winding Western Ghats is mesmerizing as you climb up, proving to be a great escape for those planning for a long drive from Mumbai.
5. Mumbai to Kamshet ( 100 km)
This 100Km road trip to Kamshet is totally worth it. The side of the drive charms you with its paddy fields, hills, and scenic backgrounds along the way. Kamshet is also known as a paradise for par gliders.
6. Mumbai to Kolad ( 122 km)
The village of Kolad is a beautiful 3-hour drive from Mumbai. Don’t underestimate this town to be just another sleepy village, it is well known for the river rafting that is offered at River Kundalika, nearby. The surrounding green valleys and untouched nature is a pretty destination for great Instagram worthy pictures
These Ideas for the Short Safe Holiday Road Trip will definitely excite you even though it is advisable that you think twice before venturing out. It’s only better to embrace the new normal and maximize your long weekends or short holidays with road trips to nearby destinations.