Local road trips are your best bet for 2020 travel

by W. Andrew Powell
Merrill House in Prince Edward County

What did you expect this year? Not this, I imagine, and if you were planning a holiday, there’s certainly some good news ahead, but there’s also a new reality we need to embrace and it’s local.

The world is facing a lot of turmoil, and while important movements are pushing for positive change, that we all need to support, Canadians also need to accept that travel in 2020 is going to look a lot different because of COVID-19.

For starters, it could be weeks or even months before Canadians can travel to the United States, Europe, or anywhere else in the world. The provinces are also asking Canadians to stay close to home, so we need to start supporting tourism and travel in our own back yards first.

That’s also because this has been a devastating year for Canadian tourism, and the best bet for recovery is supporting local destinations.

And let’s face it, as Canadians, we’re very, very lucky. Canada has some of the most beautiful spaces in the world, and a road trip is easy to plan, even with social distancing.

I’ve been reluctant to share travel stories before this, because I’ve really been unsure when I could safely suggest that we could travel again, but as Ontario lifts some restrictions, planning a road trip is getting increasingly easier.

If you’re looking for some tips and suggestions on where to go and how to make the most of your vacation this year, I’m going to have a few stories coming up on some of my favourite Ontario destinations, and that includes The County, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Toronto, and a few other favourite places.

I’m also working on some suggestions for people in other provinces, including New Brunswick, as well as Newfoundland, and perhaps a few other cities and provinces.

For now, if you need a few great ideas for travel in Ontario, check out OntarioTravel.net.

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Sarah Antonio June 13, 2020 - 6:11 pm

I’m so excited to explore my own backyard as a silver lining of missing international travel- thanks for the inspiration !

Leeanne June 17, 2020 - 8:46 am

What a beautiful house and grounds. It looks like a great place to visit and relax. I can’t wait til the boarder opens up again.

Andrew Powell June 17, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Me too! It’s hard not being able to go elsewhere, but we’re very lucky to have so much in our back yards!

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