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With vacation season in full swing, it’s hard to not want to get out of Dodge, even if you’re not normally a person who likes to travel. We’ve all been cooped up indoors for far too long, and now that the weather is warm and quarantines are slowly lifting, a getaway with family members (many of whom we haven’t seen in months) is oh so tempting.
But aside from wearing masks and making our own hand sanitizer, I think we can all agree we still have to think about Covid safety. Public beaches in vacation hotspots are either limited-access or completely closed, and cases are still rising as we speak — many in areas that weren’t previously affected during the first “wave” of the virus. So when it comes time to plan a family vacation or quick getaway, how do you choose the safest spot for your family?
One way to choose a location is to check the Covid risk map created by the Harvard Global Health Institute. This will tell you where the latest cases are reported, and thus where you’ll want to avoid.
Another way to plan a safe trip is to rent a house or cabin. Thanks to Airbnb, a reputable home rental site, you can rent a private space that keeps you and your family safe from hotel germs. If you haven’t used Airbnb before, not to worry! With a few clicks, you can browse homes near you (staycation-style), or farther away for a custom, getaway experience on your own schedule and budget.
Speaking of budget, you can reserve homes and apartments for any amount of time, but if you spring for an Airbnb monthly rental, the cost per night goes down a lot. Plus, with a lengthier stay, you can accommodate multiple family schedules by allowing family members to stop by when they can (because face it, trying to get the entire family to meet at the same place and time is just about impossible.).
Here are a few gems that are available for the month of August that we’d love to escape to:
$10,277/ month, Airbnb
- Room for 11 guests
- 4 bedrooms, 5 beds, 2 baths
- 2 stone patios; Fenced-in yard
- Essentials included (Cookware, towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper)
Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, this cape cod-style home is perfect for large families. It has four bedrooms plus two sleeper sofas and a crib for the wee ones, so you can guarantee there will be plenty of space for last-minute guests. Spend warm nights sipping wine on one of the two stone patios, while the kids and grandkids play in the fully-fenced backyard. Bonus: If you rent this home for longer than 28 days, you get a 66 percent discount which saves you more than $19,000!
One visitor wrote, “The house is impeccable – clean, well thought-out with everything you need. The floor plan worked well for our 7 guests – with a bed to spare! The landscaping is beautiful and we enjoyed wine on the patio. [The host] quickly responded to all of our questions. We would love to stay again!! Highest recommendation!”
- Room for 10 guests
- 5 bedrooms, 6 beds, 4.5 baths
- Walk-in pool and hot tub
- Indoor theater room
- Indoor fireplace
- Essentials included
No, this newly-listed home really is an oasis. With a walk-in pool, and breathtaking backyard, you’ll feel like you’re at a spa resort. Located in Indio, California, the home is just a short walk to the public Indian Springs Golf course, and several shopping centers and restaurants are a quick car ride away. You may want to spend all your time in the picturesque pool, but don’t forget to take a break in the indoor, air-conditioned theater packed with cozy seating for family movie nights. Bonus: Save more than $500 when you book a stay longer than 28 days!
- Room for 10 guests
- 4 bedrooms, 6 beds, 2.5 baths
- Barbecue and fire pit
- 2-car garage
- Pet-friendly with fenced in yard
This gorgeous stone 4-bedroom home in Fruita, Colorado, is perfect for your entire family (fur babies included!). Just one block from the downtown, it’s close to charming shops, farmers markets, and a local pool with a hot tub. Everything you need is included, from towels and soaps to kitchen essentials and high thread count bedding. Bonus: Save 25 percent off the rental price (more than $2,000!) when you book a stay longer than 28 days.
One visitor wrote, “We rented this home for an extended family of 9 people and couldn’t have been more pleased – we have traveled far and wide and used Airbnb extensively. This was the most beautiful, welcoming, comfortable and thoughtfully appointed home we have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Just spectacular! We give it the highest recommendation.”
- Room for 15 guests
- 5 bedrooms, 6 beds, 2 baths
- Decks with hammock chairs
- Accessible wheel chair ramp, and the master bedroom and main floor bath is handicapped accessible
Located in a gated community in Mayhill, New Mexico, your family will get plenty of fresh air at this lovely mountain cabin. Spend your days relaxing in a hammock chair, playing board games, fishing at nearby Silver Lake, or cooking a family meal in the charming kitchen. Guests will fight over the unique sunroom bedroom, where you can literally fall asleep under the stars. Bonus: Save 31 percent from the rental price (almost $2,000!) when you book this cabin for longer than 28 days.
One visitor wrote, “It is gorgeous and perfect for a weekend get away with just adults or even children. We had a blast staying in and looking at the stars from the floor to ceiling windows in the living room. I will most likely be booking this cabin again in the future.”