Safest popular cities to travel after COVID

We compared the most popular cities in the US and their COVID case numbers taking into consideration in which stage they are and how consistent the city has been in keeping them low. Denver is the big winner with only 6,401 cases in total, with the peak happening in April and only 169 cases registered in June, as of June 17.

Safest cities to travel according to data collected on June 17.

 

To learn more about safely traveling after COVID, download our Free Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide where we share a whole lot of information about Post-COVID trave, including changes to airports, hotels and vacation homes after COVID, and much more.

Need more help planning a trip post-COVID?

No better way to plan a trip now than through collaboration and with current information in hands. Our Trip Planner lets you plan with the help of the people joining you on the trip plus the expertise of a local micro-influencer in your destination.

Wondering what to do and where to go? Local Influencers make it their business to explore their cities and can provide you with the most up-to-date information and personalized itineraries. Start planning for free now! 


— The City Catt Team 😽

Post-Covid Travel: A complete guide to help you safely return to travel

By Lizia Santos

I’m a journalist turned mom turned Co-Founder and CEO of a Travel platform. Coronavirus and the pent-up demand managed to affect my life in all of these roles in more ways I can say, as it’s also done to pretty much every other single person alive. After the unprecedented worldwide isolation period, another thing we all have in common now is the desire to get out of the house and explore the world. A recent BVK research shows that eight in 10 U.S. travelers are currently planning, thinking, or dreaming about travel.

But in a world Post-COVID, trips will require even more planning. If before, famous attractions dictated where we are going, now our choices will be about safety and not just about the destinations. We talked all about this in another article you can read here.

But for now, we at City Catt wanted to give you the gift of information so you can get back to exploring the world since there’s no corner of your house you haven’t explored during this period of quarantine!

Our FREE Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide  will give you info on safest cities to travel after the reopening, changes to airports, hotels and vacation homes after COVID, and much more. And did I mention it’s free? 

We hope this Free Post-COVID helps you find the information you need before going on your next trip.

Download your FREE Post-COVID Travel Guide  now and learn everything you need to know to go on a trip after COVID. We loved putting it together, and we hope it helps you feel safer and in control of your next trip.

Need more help planning a trip post-COVID?

No better way to plan a trip now than through collaboration and with current information in hands. Our Trip Planner lets you plan with the help of the people joining you on the trip plus the expertise of a local micro-influencer in your destination.

Wondering what to do and where to go? Local Influencers make it their business to explore their cities and can provide you with the most up-to-date information and personalized itineraries. Start planning for free now! 


Lizia is the Idea maker, CEO, and Co-Founder of City Catt. She’s also a boy mom and former journalist. She loves people-watching on airports, family road trips, exploring under-the-radar attractions in cities, and spending fun and meaningful times with loved ones. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Local shops and under-the-radar attractions can save the travel industry after COVID

By Lizia Santos

Before COVID, people chose destinations based on the famous attractions it had or on how popular they were. It’s still soon to say for sure that the travel industry will never go back to the way it was before the pandemic. In many other worldwide or national crises like the World Wars and September 11, the industry took a hit but came back as strong as before after a while. Travel has always been one of the most resilient industries there is.

The best businesses and travel companies can do is respond to the crisis and reopening with short-term strategies that ensure the safety of customers while keeping all the authenticity of the experiences they’re providing.

Through this whole period of quarantining, we’ve been following trends and data to understand how we can best serve travelers once they feel comfortable leaving their homes to explore the world.

Here is what we believe about Post-COVID travel:

  • Domestic travel will begin to recover in the middle of Summer, making a good recovery in the Fall.
  • International travel will probably begin its recovery around the Spring of 2021.
  • We compared a survey among travelers and found that before COVID, nearly half of travelers picked destinations based on the attractions. Now, nearly half of travelers are instead picking destinations based on SAFETY and public health, seeking places that are under-the-radar and have fewer visitors. Most people will avoid touristic crowded spots when visiting destinations. 
  • Cities looking to attract travelers after reopening will have to prove to the public that they have local charm and alternative places that are not the well-known crowded attractions.

This is make-or-break for each city’s tourism revenue. Each city needs to support its small businesses and mom-and-pop shops, as now it is their time to take center stage and showcase the uniqueness of local culture. 

There’s no need to re-create cities, they’re already full of alternatives and space for people to safely explore without bumping into each other and spreading viruses. Destinations just need to let people know about the alternatives and find ways to disseminate current information to empower travelers and ensure they can combine safety and fun into a single trip.

Need help planning a trip post-COVID?

Download our Post-Covid19 Travel Guide 2020 now. And when you’re ready to start planning your trip, no better way to do it now than through collaboration and with current information in hands. Our Trip Planner lets you plan with the help of the people joining you on the trip plus the expertise of a local micro-influencer in your destination.

Wondering what to do and where to go? Local Influencers make it their business to explore their cities and can provide you with the most up-to-date information and personalized itineraries. Start planning for free now! 


Lizia is the Idea maker, CEO, and Co-Founder of City Catt. She’s also a boy mom and former journalist. She loves people-watching on airports, family road trips, exploring under-the-radar attractions in cities, and spending fun and meaningful times with loved ones. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Best movies to travel from your couch

We gathered a list of the best movies to treat your cabin-fever! Some are post-kids-bedtime only (wine, please🍷), and others will be a hit for the whole family.

We also got inspired by the many interactive activities born during the coronavirus isolation and came up with our own one! Download for free here a “My Movie Itinerary”  activity for your little ones to work on while watching the movies! This way they can work on a wishlist of places to visit based on the flick you choose to watch. And once this crisis is over and travel resumes, you’ll have a blast reliving these movie scenes in real life! 😸

Eat Pray Love

Rated: PG-13  |  Watch the Trailer
It takes you to: Italy, India, Indonesia

 

Little Miss Sunshine

Rated: R  |   Watch the Trailer
It takes you to: California

Paddington

Watch the Trailer 
It takes you to: Rome

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Watch the Trailer
It takes you to: Rome

 

Under the Tuscan Sun

Rated: PG-13  | Watch the Trailer 
It takes you to: Tuscany, Italy

 

Mary Poppins

Watch the Trailer 
It takes you to: England

In Bruges

Rated: R  |    Watch the Trailer
It takes you to: Bruges, Belgium

 

Central Station

Rated: R  |Watch the Trailer
It takes you to: Brazil

 

Midnight in Paris

Rated: PG-13  | Watch the Trailer
It takes you to: Paris

Abominable

Watch the Trailer
It takes you to: the city that Yi lives is fictional and inspired by Shanghai, but all the locations that the quartet travels to are real breathtaking locations in China!

We hope you have tons of fun!

— The City Catt Team 😻

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Get paid to promote your city

While building City Catt, we encountered people who were instantly excited when hearing we had become startup founders and others who went “startup what?”. But no matter how much they knew about startups – or not -100% of them (yep, 100%. We’re not overstating)  agreed that there is a need for what we’re building. Everybody travels, and everybody feels it’s hard to find the information they’re looking for about their destinations.

The need is real

There’s too much information out there, and yet, none. The combination of a Travel industry that works based on commissions and pre-packaged attractions plus search results that bump up sponsored links and posts, take the information that matters to page 50 of results. Frankly, who has the time to go over all of that plus 1,000 Yelp reviews just to find out ‘what’s the best croissant in Paris in walking distance to my hotel’?

Get paid to provide information about your city

The best source of information for local places are the locals, and our mission is to connect travelers with the best sources there are, so they can make better-informed decisions when planning trips. We launched yesterday with a database of 100 locals spread through France, Japan, the United States, and Australia. We’re looking for more locals to join our army of knowledgeable locals. In short, you provide info about your city, you get paid. That easy!

 Join us now at www.citycatt.com/be-a-catt 
– The City Catt Team

Staycation idea #1: Play detective with Carmen Sandiego!

If you’re a Millenial Parent, we’re betting you obsessed over Carmen Sandiego. We’re going to go further and guess that you also begged your mom for the computer game and engaged on ACME assignments (the 90s equivalent of binge-watching) to find the mysterious white-collar thief. Wasn’t it exciting to imagine you were traveling to all of those places for real?

Well, for our happiness, Carmen Sandiego’s re-run has been released by Netflix at the beginning of this year! So, on your next staycation, you now have an excellent excuse to get the kids out of those dummy YouTube videos showing kids how to play with toys (instead of actually playing with them) and get the family together for some collective detective work!

And if they all become fans like you, here are some other ways to become an ACME agent/ Globe-trotter in the 2000s:

 

Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego

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To celebrate the global explorer in all of us, Google launched  The Crown Jewels Caper, the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games on Google Earth!  So cool, right? In their words, the game is “for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time”.

Board Game

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It’s actually on sale at Target! So run and maybe grab a bunch for all your 90s friends. It’ll certainly score high in the list of their best Christmas gifts! (anything is better than socks, ties, and scarf-hat-gloves combos).

Computer Game

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What if we told you, you could actually play Carmen Sandiego and travel the world in search of her without spending a penny for an overpriced vintage game? Yes, the game is available at Arcade Spot for free! For this one, we recommend a glass of wine and waiting ’til the kids are in bed, so the experience is truly glorious.

 

Well, every time something from the 90s comes back it’s just glorious, wine or not. These kids nowadays don’t know what they’re missing. Safe travels around the world from your couch, and we hope you find Carmen! 😉

 

– The City Catt Team 😽

10 travel memes to post on your next trip

We wait forever for our upcoming trips. Or at least it feels like forever. After waiting that long, you certainly win the right to go overboard and post more memes than ever, don’t you agree? Well, since you’re too busy enjoying yourself in your awesome trip, we went ahead and selected a few travel memes for you to post, so everybody and their mother know you’re having too much fun!

 

Before the trip:

 

Gotta let everybody know that the countdown has begun!

 

 

Just to let them know that you’re traveling. With them or without them. Maybe with this little push will make them finally join you.

 

Because there is at least one bad side to travel.

During the trip:

 

Some people opt for one or another. We happen to think you can have both. Why not travel with the kids? What do we all have in common? Even when we’re traveling, we’re thinking about our next trip.

 

 

Just to make sure your friends and family know what they’ll have to deal with when you come back from your fabulous month in Europe.

 

This is of public interest, and extremely important: Don’t ever kneel in Paris unintentionally. But, if you have the intention, it’s probably the best way to do it, as long as you make sure to provide for a great picture and send us the invitation for the big day afterwards!

 

After the trip:

 

Gently remind everyone that you’re are not coming back loaded with gifts, since you wisely invested on a lot of awesome experiences. Maybe a good soul can invite you to a free lunch, now that you are back without a single coin.

 

Getting back to reality is no joke. We sympathize. And so will your friends after you post this meme. They may even forgive you for over posting about your trip when they see how much you’re suffering!

 

   — The City Catt Team 😽

 

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How to survive long airport connections with kids?

They should make a new Mission Impossible where Ethan Hunt has to spend long hours on an airport connection with a bunch of kids. While we’re not going to pretend we have a solution for all you distressed parents trying to figure out what to do with your kids for so long, we’re going to try to help with some tips. After all, this is our highest mission: making trip planning easier for everybody 😉

It’s all about the perspective.

Any kid’s excitement about flying gets old pretty quick. After watching cartoons for hours and uncomfortably napping for a while, they quickly realize there’s nowhere else to go. So, if you think about it, long connections are a blessing! Welcome them as an opportunity to reset your kids’ mood by letting them spend all that contained energy ⚡️

The world is around you.

Have you ever thought that airports contain the greatest diversity within a couple hundred of acres? Depending on the age group of the children this can be a great learning opportunity for little curious minds. Take the chance to show them live how people can be different yet the same. Google different countries on your phone, show them where they are located. Try to find out what they eat and what represents good manners in their country. From observing one single person, the conversation can go really far, and who knows, inspire another trip!

Let them go wild

“Now I know this might seem crazy. But having 3 very energetic boys myself, I actually enjoy connections, cause that’s when I find a good contained spot at the airport and let them go crazy, playing Power Rangers, Superheroes… whatever they need so we go back to the plane with all that energy behind us”, says our our Co-Founder and CEO, Lizia Santos. Kids will be kids, and the best thing you can do is provide them a safe way to spend all that energy, so once you board again, they’re ready for another round of sitting for hours.

Socialize and feed their cravings

Of course, there’s always the obvious option of seeking a Children’s Play Area. Not all airports have it, but as an alternative try to find a family with kids in similar age groups. All kids welcome making new friends!

And since the airlines’ cuisine isn’t known as the best, how about exciting the kids with the amazing opportunity of picking their own food at the airport? This will sound marvelous after hours of eating whatever it’s offered on the airplane.


We didn’t fool you. The long airport connections with kids remain as an impossible mission. But at least you know we care enough to try helping you 😻. Good luck on your next connections!

–The City Catt Team 😽

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The gig of sharing

Let us introduce you to the Gig Economy. When unemployment rates were sky high, between 2009 and 2013, workers started turning to gigs for lack of a better choice. This choice, then, transitioned to a trend.

A study from Intuit predicts that by 2020, 40 percent of US workers will fall into the category of gig workers. We were already heading towards a much more flexible workforce, but recently another character came into play that turned the gig economy into an even greater game changer.

Have you heard of the Sharing Market? When the Gig Economy and the Sharing Market meet, it’s like that magical moment in a movie. Think emotional music, dimmed lights, tears of joy!

In the words of Benita Matofska, from The People Who Share, “whilst the Sharing Economy is currently in its infancy, known most notably as a series of services and start-ups which enable P2P exchanges through technology. This is only the beginning: in its entirety and potential it is a new and alternative socio-economic system which embeds sharing and collaboration at its heart – across all aspects of social and economic life.”

To make it simple, when you put together people who have a need with people who have a solution and facilitate their contact through technology, then you have a classic Sharing Market picture. Startups like AirBnB, Uber, Lyft and many others have made this innovation fairly common nowadays.

When gigs come through the sharing market, they become meaningful. If a gig consists of resolving a need someone else has:

1. You’ve got a significant market opportunity since you’ll be fulfilling a need that already exists out there. No need to create one.

2. You’ll be happy because helping people bring out the best in us.

Your pocket will also be happier since it’ll get fuller without you spending to earn. You know the saying “you gotta spend money to make money”? It doesn’t work like this in the Sharing market. You’ll basically use what you already have to solve other people’s problems. It’s a classic win/win.

For the workers of this new industry, it means they get to work in a flexible, fulfilling way. In turn, consumers get a commodity, quick solutions and affordability. Awesome, right?

Still, a survey published by PWC shows that 56% of the US adult population is not familiar with the concept of a Sharing Market. If it were bad news, it would travel faster. Go figure. But since you came across this article and read it to the end, how about going the extra mile and sharing this good news with the people around you?

You have to agree that there’s no better way to debut in the Sharing Economy than by sharing the good news of its existence. Give the gig of sharing!

 

— The City Catt Team 😽

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In charge of our cities

Hometown. If you think about it, the junction of home+town means so much to us. They can get to a point of shaping who we are: our points of view, our teams, our favorite places, our memories. It all comes from our experiences in our hometowns. And that’s why it gets personal when someone tries to change them somehow.

We’ve all had a favorite place from childhood torn down, just to be replaced by some big business parking lot? It’s upseting, to say the least. As Dennis Schaal, Executive Editor at Skift, says “Tourism development versus the locals is an issue that cities and countries worldwide have to grapple with. There’s no magic formula for striking the right balance.”

Even in tough times, the Hospitality Tourism and Service Industries thrive, as people always need a break. So, how can cities take advantage of this economical opportunity without imposing unfair changes to residents, and allowing them to profit as well? Well… just the other day, your options when traveling were hotels or camping, public transportation or taxis. Startups like AirBnb, Lyft, Uber and others have changed this and gave ordinary people a chance to have a share of the profitable Hospitality market. People who were used to just observing the changes around them can now participate and profit from them.

The challenge to the cities remains, though. The report “Advances in Hospitality, Tourism and the Services Industry” highlights the importance for them to work with the locals, in order to identify core values and goals for tourism in their community. Who better than the experts in the communities, a.k.a residents, to establish these goals?

Well, the subject is complex, and there are more questions than answers right now. It’s also very specific to each city and its own issues. But there’s one certainty in all this: residents should care and should participate. Remember, everybody is a resident for some days and a tourist other days. If we choose to be the best at each of these roles, we contribute to a balance between great cities and tourism development.

And you know what’s even better? There’s never been a better moment to take on these roles. “Sharing market startups, like Lyft, Uber, AirBnB and City Catt, give residents an opportunity to profit from the Hospitality market, but also to shape it; and tourists gain access to a much more authentic, smooth and affordable experience”, says City Catt co-founder Lizia Santos. Power to the people! 🙂

 

— By the City Catt Team 😽