By Christopher Elliott,
Lee Weikert and her husband are major league baseball fans and plan to visit Phoenix in March for Cactus League spring training. But like many Americans, they are unsure what will happen to their spring break travel plans.
Instead of flying, the Weikerts intend to make the 12-hour drive from Diamond Springs in northern California. They hope to be vaccinated beforehand. And they most definitely will have a Plan B.
“I realize that no fans may be allowed at games or that spring training might be postponed,” says Weikert, a retired public welfare policy analyst. “But we’re prepared to go and do other things, such as the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, which would keep us outdoors and allow social distancing.”
The Weikerts are in good company. It may be one of the most difficult decisions of 2021: whether to plan a spring break vacation.
And if you do, how?
“Spring break will look a little different this year,” says Cindy Salik, a travel adviser with Ovation Travel Group. Her clients are taking shorter, safer trips in late February, March and April. Their biggest fear is being stuck on a beach with thousands of other spring break vacationers. They’re looking for quiet places far away from the masses.
“Now, maybe three or four families are getting together to rent a villa or house that can accommodate everyone,” Salik says.
This year, many people will either opt to stay home for spring break (that’s the safest option) or take extra precautions as they plan their trips. Crowded beaches are out. Bubbles are in.
For some people, a spring break vacation is out of the question.