What will travel look like for the Kansas City area in a post-pandemic climate? The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the world of all Americans. While we all are experiencing the pandemic differently one thing is for sure. We want to get back to normal as soon as possible. We want to see our loved ones, worship together, open our small businesses or return to a normal work day. We want to be able to have the freedom to go out to eat, attend a ballgame, wedding or graduation. We want to travel to see family and friends or get away to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. Ultimately, for many, we want to feel safe again.
Things will slowly adjust so that all Americans can experience these freedoms once again. But there may be changes that are now the “New Normal”. I am the owner of, Walnut Waters Bed and Breakfast. We are a small country bed and breakfast in Lone Jack, Missouri. Being a small inn we offer a safer travel experience.
Here are just a few things to consider when traveling.
- For the safety of all, do not travel if you are feeling ill.
- Consider your travel time and method. Traveling by car rather than air offers an environment that is easier to control. You are in the driver’s seat (no pun intended). So when you are ready to venture out again, there are so many things local to explore wherever you might live.
- Choosing a smaller accommodation restricts the physical interaction that you will encounter. Here at Walnut Waters Bed and Breakfast we only have three guest rooms for a total of 6 guests at one time. Each room has a private bathroom and private patio entrance. There are also plenty of inviting spaces for privacy.
- Choose an accommodation that is off the beaten path. Being in the country has its pluses, more privacy, fresh air, openness, quiet time to recenter and reflect. Take a stroll on our walking trails, throw a line in our large stocked pond or relax and read in one of the many places on our 21 acres.
- Cleanliness. Most innkeepers are the type of people that take great pride in their inns. They strive to make the best possible travel experience for their guests. Cleanliness is at the top of the list. I am a retired RN and we are taking extra sanitary precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure a safe environment for our guests and ourselves.
The travel industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the smaller independent properties rely on each and every reservation. I hope that you will consider supporting the multitude of small businesses in the travel accommodation industry. If not quite ready to travel, consider a gift certificate for yourself or as a thank you for a hard working essential worker. A bed and breakfast just may be the safer option, the “New Normal” for future travel.