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Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery when things seem to be so heavy, like the state of the world. Remote learning is not my forte, but I do what I need to do. It’s got to get done!
We are not a family that sits still. We love to take road trips and discover new places. So, when we stayed in Heber Overgaard, we drove to Pinetop to eat lunch and decided we needed to go back.
This time would be different though. Traveling during a pandemic takes careful thought.
We are in the middle of a pandemic where traveling is less appealing to some, but with the right tools, we make it happen. We just needed to figure out how to travel while remote learning during a pandemic.
So, our first decision was to stay inside our own state when we take trips. The second decision is where can we stay and feel safe doing it?
Here are some hacks on how to travel while homeschooling or remote learning during a pandemic.
Prepare Ahead of Time
If you know that you are going to travel while remote learning or homeschooling, it takes some preparation. There are many things to consider like what to pack to keep it simple, whether or not to bring computers or iPads, which supplies for school are mandatory. It’s also important to research supermarkets close by to the destination.
Check Travel Restrictions and the Destination’s Policies
There are travel hacks for traveling during a pandemic. One of them is researching rules and regulations from the CDC and travel restrictions. Check that your destination is following CDC guidelines and the destination’s list. Call them to see what their policies are.
For instance, I stayed at Worldmark Pinetop and asked if I needed to make reservations for the pool. They said yes and informed me that there was a 30 person maximum. However, I stayed at another popular timeshare, and they said that there was no maximum, which was a major turnoff. If there are no rules for social distancing at a pool then this begs the question of how they manage the rest of the property when it comes to sanitary conditions.
Where to Stay
Located 7,200 feet up in the White Mountains, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ, WorldMark Pinetop is a year-round recreational paradise, offering golfing, fishing, biking, hiking, birding, shopping, and a variety of water sports and snow sports. Getting outdoors and in nature is so good for the family, especially the kids.
After a full day of exploring some popular attractions like the Kinishba Ruins, Petrified Forest National Park, Painted Desert, Hon-Dah Casino and Casa Malpais, you can come back and relax at the pool or roast some marshmallows in the fire pit.
WorldMark Pinetop features spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom resort suites that comfortably sleep two to six guests. Resort suites feature a Murphy bed in the studio suite, a private bedroom with a king bed in the one- and two-bedroom suites, two twin beds in the guest bedroom and a Murphy bed in the living areas. We stayed in the two-bedroom suite.
In addition to a a large dining area, there is a cozy fireplace, a private balcony with a barbecue grill.
The living room is huge with a Murphy bed that comes out of the wall.
They have a huge pool and hot tub, a ping pong table outside and a playground among other amenities.
The dining room table seats four and the boys were also able to use it to do their remote learning and homework.
It was also nice to change up the structure and let them be a little more relaxed.
The best part of the trip was making a fort in the forest. Pinetop is so pretty and has so many trails and forests to explore.
The kids enjoyed breakfast outside, blowing bubbles and of course, making wishes!
Of course, sword fights are the best!
What to Bring
If you’re staying in a hotel you may want to bring a box of disposable masks. But if you are staying in a suite at Worldmark Pinetop, you have the option to do laundry so you can bring your own. We love the option to do laundry. This way we don’t have to over pack.
Sometimes we need to shake things up in the home school world to make it more interesting and fun. I always bring my OOLY supplies but this time I made a special travel bag for both of them.
I filled up their Mighty Zipper Pouch pouch with a DIY Cover Sketchbook, some Mini Pocket Pal Journals, Mini Magic Erasable Hightlighters, Mini Monster Scented Markers, Color Click Mini 6 in 1 Ballpoint Pen.
I also packed Sticky Tabs to bookmark their pages in their books. Being prepared with fun supplies makes remote learning more fun.
We had such a great time visiting Pinetop. Traveling may be different these days, but if you’re prepared you can make it work! If you stay at a condo style resort like Worldmark Pintop, your stay will be seamless.