Summer holidays might be going ahead for some of us (dependent on where we live) but they’re going to look very different to what we’re used to. If you’re planning a trip away this summer, here are a few suggestions for how to adapt the way you usually travel to abide by social distancing measures.

Apartment or villa rather than hotel

It will be much easier to socially distance if you stay in private accommodation such as an apartment or villa. You will be able to keep to yourself throughout the duration of your trip without having to share public areas with other guests. If you feel nervous about your accommodation, give it a thorough clean when you arrive and talk through any concerns you may have with your host.

Road trip or train rather than plane

It’s understandable that many of us currently feel nervous about flying. If the options are available, choose to reach your destination by car or rail, where you will likely be in contact with fewer people during your journey. If you travel in a private vehicle, you will only need to take precautions when stopping for fuel or food, while train journeys often make it easier to physically distance.

How to Adapt Your Summer Holiday for the Pandemic - The Wise Traveller - SeaSwim in the sea rather than a pool

If you are staying at a hotel, it may be tempting to take a refreshing swim in the communal pool, but it would be wise to stay clear of communal areas. Instead, book accommodation with your own private pool. or even better, dive into the sea to cool off. Wild swimming feels more invigorating and freer than swimming in chlorinated water, so embrace your wild side!

Cook your own meals rather than eat out

Many destinations will still have strict restrictions in place this summer, so don’t be surprised if bars and restaurants are closed or offering take-away only. If you opt to stay in self-catered accommodation, you will be free to cook your own meals and mix your own cocktails and won’t have to worry about where to eat.

Cycle or hike rather than organised activities

You may usually enjoy organised activities such as tours or water sports when travelling. This summer, it may be best to give these a miss and enjoy making your own entertainment, rather than mixing with other people. If you are craving exercise and need a break from sunbathing and swimming, take a hike or rent a bike to explore the area where you are staying.

How to Adapt Your Summer Holiday for the Pandemic - The Wise Traveller - SwitzerlandRural locations rather than cities

This is probably not the best year for visiting large cities. If you are planning on travelling this summer, stay clear of busy cities and popular resorts and opt for rural locations that are off the beaten track. Do more research than you would usually do, seeking out quiet alternatives to your favourite destinations. You’re looking for empty beaches and small villages, avoiding anywhere that will be full of other tourists.

Staycations rather than abroad

It may not be possible to go abroad, or you might just prefer staying local this summer. Why not take this time to discover your own country, taking a road trip to a rural or coastal location that’s not too far from home?

Emma Lavelle is a UK based writer and photographer and has her own blog Field and Nest.