Roadside motels offer a safer travel option for road trips
As much of America looks to re-open for business on June 1, roadside motels are being rediscovered as a popular accommodation option. During this stressful time, travellers are seeking out nostalgic motels to give them a sense of security and serenity. And now, with health and well-being topping the list of traveller demands, motels are in a unique position to cover that too. Motels by nature of their very design offer unique social distancing options because you can ride up to your room, and even avoid crowded lobbies, elevators and public spaces. So, it’s no surprise we are seeing a resurgence in demand.
Many moteliers are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of their guests too. The Caribbean Motel in Wildwoods, NJ for example, is implementing a new program called Caribbean Safe and Clean that includes contactless check in and an extra cleaning regimen for guest rooms and public spaces. And they aren’t alone. Many more motels are publishing on their websites what specific precautions they are taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect employees and guests.
Still, here are five tips to help make your motelorcycling a healthy and safe one:
- Avoid high case and exposure regions. Check the infections rates in the region you are travelling to and plan accordingly. Not all states and counties are experiencing the same levels of infection rates. This information is readily available from the Centre for Disease Control website and/or the States’ public health office.
- Bring your own disinfectant wipes. Non-porous surfaces stand to retain the virus for longer periods. Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down common surfaces often missed during housekeeping. Inside the motel room these surfaces include: TV remotes, telephones, clock radios, lamps, light switches, TVs, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers and table tops. Do the same for the motel chairs just outside your door prior to relaxing in them and every time before you sit in them. Of course, never put a quilted bedspread near your face. Instead remove bedspread prior to sleeping in it (this doesn’t apply to modern practice of wrapping a duvet in a clean sheet).
- Avoid touching luggage carts, ice and soda machines. Again, the idea here is to reduce contact with non-porous surfaces. If you are going to use common area amenities, wipe the surfaces down first with your disinfectant wipes, and immediately use hand sanitizer or wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
- Don’t unpack. Resist the urge to use the drawers or leave articles lying around. Instead keep you clothing inside your travelling case to limit the exposure.
- Decline daily housekeeping. Your housekeeper is a wonderful person, but they won’t be offended if you decline housekeeping services. Less exposure to strangers helps prevent the spread of the disease and protects you and the motel employees
With a little planning, precaution and common sense a road trip involving a motel stay can be a wonderful experience this summer. And motels were built for road trips.