Most of us have been busying ourselves at home recently, with puzzles, curbside pickup dinners, dabbling in new hobbies and FaceTiming and Zooming with family and friends. But with all of those activities centered at home, it could become tedious for anyone who enjoys traveling as a favorite pastime.
You may have found yourself browsing online for trips, actively planning and getting ready again to hit the road or boarding an airplane. Traveling feels possible again.
Educational travel organization Road Scholar, which caters to “lifelong learners,” was seeing a huge jump in enrollments in spring 2021.
“It’s no understatement to say the phone is ringing off the hook,” Road Scholar spokesman Chris Heppner said in an email. “We are seeing a huge shift in people’s eagerness to get something planned.”
Some customers, he said, were celebrating new-found freedom to travel.
TV travel guru Rick Steves, 65, whose professional life is built around European travel, is an eminently respected author, public television and radio personality.
Steves says that some 20,000 people are on waiting lists for tours with his company and others that are prominent in the industry. He said he has more confidence now that it’s possible to plan for the future.
Many people have had another revelation over the past year: with so much time spent in a home where they’ve lived for years, they’ve looked around and felt like it was time for a change. It’s a big part of why the new home market is so strong.
For anyone, a big consideration when planning any travel (especially an extended trip) is home maintenance while you’re away. Epcon Communities alleviates that concern with most lawn care, landscaping and snow removal covered by the homeowners’ association. Our communities also foster new friendships, which means homeowners feel confident to ask their neighbors to keep an eye on each others’ homes during vacation times. When you can stroll among the gardens of Versailles or Kensington Palace, or hike under evergreen trees in the Adirondacks or Maine, why worry about the front yard at home?
It’s a philosophy called the “Lock & Leave Lifestyle,” and it’s a cornerstone of Epcon Communities’ approach to a more carefree, relaxed life.
To learn more about how the Epcon lifestyle can reinvigorate your travel lifestyle, visit epconcommunities.com/why-epcon.