The new escapism: isolationist trips

Resorts consisting of separate guest accommodations, from high-end Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica that come with their own chef (villas start at $ 980) to glamping tents at Collective Vail in Colorado (from $ 249) and Small and inexpensive Canoe Bay Escape Village Wisconsin home rentals (starting at $ 125), they say are naturally set up for the Covid-19 travel era.

“The houses are not close to each other, you have little or no contact with other people and you are in a wild environment where you can decompress,” said Dan Dobrowolski, the owner of Canoe Bay Escape Village, adding that most weekends summer are sold outside.

In May, the moderators of the Solo Travel Society Facebook page asked its 260,000 members, “Has the pandemic changed their perspective on how they will travel alone in the future?”

In three hours, nearly 200 responses spanned the entire gamut, from fear of the virus taking off on a flight to impatience with travel restrictions. But most went in the tough direction of Chris Engelman of Ottawa, Illinois, who wrote: “Traveling makes me happy. I’m going to continue living a life of joy. “

“People are watching road trips in their bubble, in their car,” said Janice Waugh, founder of the website, which also runs the Solo Travel Society on Facebook, where members also talk about solo camping and self-guided hiking. and bike trips

Solo travelers often join tours, and companies like Tauck have provided individual supplements on some trips. But with overseas travel on hold due to border restrictions, and group travel as a potential health threat, Audley Travel, a custom tour operator, said private travel it has designed for itself has doubled since mid-March. , indicating a departure from group outings. .

For the summer and fall, Caren Kabot, founder of Solo Escapes, plans to replace small-group travel to places like Morocco with weekend trips in the rural northeast where many of her clients can drive until they are comfortable with the air travel security. Hiking, boating, and culinary activities may be on the agenda.