Like many Newfoundland Canadian jet setters, you may be thinking hard about upcoming international vacation travel plans if your itinerary is taking you close to pandemic outbreak hotspots. While Hubae Province in China is easing its lockdowns and returning to normalcy, vacation destinations like Italy are risky with Canadian Travel Advisories suggesting people avoid all non-essential travel to outbreak epicentres.
If you’re reconsidering travel plans outside of Newfoundland and looking for the best option, there’s no better time to explore what we have to offer right here at home.
As of the writing of this article, there have been zero confirmed cases of Corona Virus COVID-19 here in Newfoundland. While it’s probable Newfoundland will see a COVID-19 Corona Virus case, it’s not surprising that Newfoundland has seen little impact so far from the Pandemic.
We’re an island in the Atlantic with a
- low population density,
- modern healthcare system,
- educated population, and
- geographic buffers.
Newfoundland is the best place to be right now.
Keep calm and carry on is good advice. Listening to your mother and washing your hands frequently is also wise. Freaking out, however, is never a good idea. Use your head, trust data, and remember to enjoy yourself.
If you’re a townie looking to get away from it all, there’s no better time to explore Newfoundland. It’s one of the safest places to be. Activities like hiking, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing on the East Coast Trail are super safe. They’re also a great way to keep your body healthy and your immune system operating at its best.
Spending time with that special someone soaking in an outdoor hot tub and taking in some vitamin D on a bright winters day is another healthy and fun way to enjoy yourself. Private hot tubs like the ones at Whale House are treated with constant ozonation along with active levels of bromine salts that always keep the water bacteria and virus free, so feel good about indulging in the bubbling bliss of a private outdoor hot tub overlooking the Witless Bay Marine Ecological Reserve. Enjoy some stargazing in the clear night sky, and soothe your muscles with the ultimate in hydrotherapy massages.
Choosing a spring 2020 Newfoundland staycation over a cruise or staying at that all-inclusive resort you visit each April makes a lot of sense.
Choosing a staycation at a small boutique-style hotel or guesthouse like Whale House is probably as safe as you can get. It’s 30 min from St. John’s which means you can just drive there in your own car and avoid airports and large gatherings altogether.
Because suites are private and hot tubs are ozonated, you can enjoy the bubbling bliss of a private hot tub in the fresh air overlooking the ocean. Places like Whale House have chlorine-free UV treated water that’s cleaner than any bottled water from the store and rooms are ultra-clean. Suites like the Blue Whale are flooded with sunlight and outdoor hot tubs are a great place to load up on Vitamin D during the day and stargaze at night.
“It’s one of the safest places you can be,” says Whale House Experience Specialist Amanda Penton “we’re constantly getting inquiries from Newfoundlanders who have cancelled their international travel plans and are looking for an alternative close to home. It’s been incredibly busy.”
There’s no better time to choose a spring vacation staycation right here at home in Newfoundland, and with midweek getaway pricing available until the end of May, great deals are available to savvy staycation seekers and those with flexible dates. That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too.