It’s been a really, really, really long spring, hasn’t it? And who among us can’t use a break right about now; especially from our homes?  Not only have we been stuck inside, but also stuck working from home and educating our children at home. That’s a lot of time in one place and cabin fever is taking its toll.

But just in the nick of time, summer is here. Desperately needed warm weather, sunshine, and fresh air will be around for the next few months allowing us a happy escape from the confines of our four walls. And outside activity has the added bonus of being a safe place to enjoy. With kids out of school (and possibly no camp or organized activities), there will likely be a lot of outdoor activity ahead. For many people it also means a great time for vacation. But what will that look like this year?

While some Americans may be reluctant to vacation due to economic uncertainty, fears of virus transmission in crowds and closed spaces, (including planes, trains, and hotel rooms), others are desperate to break out and feel some semblance of normalcy. And though this summer’s vacation may not be what they had hoped for or planned, it will be a change from the monotony of these past few months.

So what can you do while adhering to the boundaries of COVID and still have fun? Though many doors are closed right now, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summer trip with your family. It’s just a moment for creativity, for considering alternatives, and maybe thinking slightly outside the box.

Regional travel by vehicle is projected to be this summer’s primary source of vacationing for most Americans. With gas prices down and social distancing up, families will likely stick to traveling to areas within driving distance from home. And what appears to be emerging as this summer’s most popular draw is camping.

RV sales and rentals are way up. The trend is expected to continue as people with the means look to social distancing options that allow them to travel, sleep, and eat in the same place. Tents are a less expensive way to have a similar experience. Camping lends itself to quieter and less crowded daily activities including, fishing, hiking, swimming, and S’mores.

Or you could rent a place. Whether you live near the beach or a lake, mountains or desert, rental homes are considered a generally safe option. Some parks and beaches may be more limited as states try to maintain social distancing, but if you work within the guidelines, you can enjoy the beauty of a new environment. Go for walks, bike rides, out on a kayak, or canoe.

And there’s always the option of a “staycation.” Plan day trips from home. You can likely do any of the above activities just outside your door or a quick car ride away.

It’s summer. Take this lemon year we’ve been handed and make some lemonade. (Just don’t have a stand).