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Read This Before You Decide Travel and Social Distancing Can't Co-Exist

It's easy to enjoy a socially distanced getaway through vacation ownership with Hilton Grand Vacations

The Vacationeer

Travel is just one of the many things that our new normal has upended.

Yet it doesn't mean you need to write off your next getaway. When you own your vacation with Hilton Grand Vacations, you already have a safe, socially distanced way to travel. And we've built upon our continued commitment to your health and safety in several important ways over the last few months.  

The Right Way to Travel

Hilton CleanStay Graphic promoting social distancing to stay safe and health while traveling with Hilton Grand Vacations.   

According to the CDC, traveling safely during a global pandemic comes down to two basic things: avoiding close contact with strangers and following a few common-sense precautions. 

The first thing to consider is how you'll get to your destination. Traveling by car is safest, but if air, train or bus travel are necessary, health experts recommend taking a direct route to your destination. Transfers and layovers increase your chances of being exposed to the virus. 

Opt to rent a car at your destination, rather than using public transportation. 

When it comes to lodging, look for a location in which air can flow freely. Places with ample windows, a balcony or terrace are ideal. You'll also want your location to have a quality air conditioning and ventilation system. Finally, the staff should follow industry-leading cleaning and sanitizing practices. 

Lastly, carefully consider your activities. The safest options are ones you can do outdoors like bike rides, hikes and visits to open-air attractions like botanical gardens. If you decide to do an indoor activity, check to make sure the establishment limits crowds, enforces mask-wearing and cleans often. 

More Safe Travel Tips

Other tips for staying safe while traveling include: 

Avoid hot spots. We've all seen how COVID-19 flares up at different places at different times. For that reason, it's best to avoid states and cities with rising cases. 

Travel during weekdays and avoid holiday travel. Off-peak times mean less crowded rest stops and airports. 

Pack snacks and drinks. Having snacks on hand will help you avoid standing in line with strangers or any possible cross-contamination. 

Go contactless whenever possible. Whether it's checking in digitally, paying by credit card over the phone or opting for an e-signature, take advantage of any opportunity to avoid direct contact with others. 

Opt for carryout or takeout. It's currently a safer way to enjoy a meal than going to a restaurant. If you do go to a restaurant, ask to sit outside.

Wear a mask when in public. Face coverings are now mandatory in most states and in all indoor public Hilton spaces. See the full list of states requiring masks. 

Stock up on hand sanitizer. And use it whenever you can't wash your hands with soap and water.  

Hilton Grand Vacations: Your Ticket to Safe Travel

There's never been a better time for vacation ownership with Hilton Grand Vacations. That's because the many properties from which you can choose will give you peace of mind with: 

Lots of space. One thing's for sure when you stay at any of our award-winning resorts: You get a lot of space. Our suites are spacious enough to accommodate even the largest families, and there are many options with terraces, balconies and patios for that all-important airflow. 

What's more, it's easy to choose properties close to safe outdoor activities

Hilton Grand Vacations travel pro-tip: Owners and (select Guests) also get discounts on many top-rated ones with the Grand Experiences program. 

Private kitchens. Owners love the convenience and safety of cooking on site. And that's easy to do when you reserve a suite with a private fully-equipped kitchen, including a stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and more.

Hilton Grand Vacations bonus: Even studios come with a kitchenette.

Private laundry rooms. Another much-appreciated convenience that's perfect for our socially distanced times is a private laundry room. This option is available when you reserve a suite. 

Complimentary face coverings, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer. These essential items are all on the house.

Increased flexibility. We know things are ever-changing. To help you travel with confidence, we relaxed our change and cancellation policies

The Hilton CleanStay® promise. Through the Hilton CleanStay®  program, you'll have peace of mind knowing that we: 

  • Offer touch-free arrivals and departures via social distancing, protective barriers and properly outfitted staff. 
  • Follow an enhanced cleaning schedule of your room and all public spaces. (This is especially true for high-touch areas like front desks and lobbies.)
  • Use only hospital-grade cleaners. 

As you can see, vacation ownership with the most trusted name in timeshare is the way to go during these uncertain times. Learn more about the many benefits of ownership and the Hilton Grand Vacations difference

Read If You Think Travel in the Time of Coronavirus is no go, Think Again, to hear how one Owner’s getting back out there. 


The Vacationeer

The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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