Americans are looking for safe ways to get away during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this July 4th holiday a growing number of travelers are taking to the open road in a recreational vehicle, according to a Wednesday (July 1) report by WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.
Walter and Brenda Helm and their granddaughter from Louisville, Kentucky are spending some time in New Orleans in route to Destin, Fla.
They say an RV is the only way to travel, especially now with the Coronavirus still out there infecting people.
“Automatically, camping is social distancing anyway,” Walter Helm said. “We’re really not on top of everybody when you’re camping versus a hotel. In a hotel you have people up and down the elevators.”
According to the RV Industry Association, 46-million Americans plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months.
The Helms say they have noticed many more campers on the road and in the parks since COVID changed life as we knew it.
“It is safer because this is you,” Helm said. “This is your environment. Just about like at home. Home on wheels.”
The Helms are staying at Pontchartrain Landing, an RV resort along the Industrial Canal.
Co-owner and manager Nate Gaarder said business is booming.
“People still plan on taking their family vacation,” Gaader said. “They just don’t plan on doing it in the traditional way. A lot of them are buying RVs, renting RV.”