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

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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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 😽

City Catt, who?

We could’ve gone funny, serious or sarcastic. We chose none of those. Instead, here goes our poetic version of what City Catt is:

The smell of coffee locally grown and freshly brewed, complemented by the just out of the oven secret recipe chocolate chip muffin – the best you’ve ever had. The breathtaking view of the valley that you can only enjoy after hiking the oldest local trail, that’s best seen right before sunset. The shop that has a selection of handmade items, that find their way into your home because no other place on earth sells those things.

The happy sound of happy children running around the best playground in town, which happens also to be a castle, a boat, a fort, or whatever fits in their imagination. The best spot at the stadium, where you combine the best view, the best acoustic, and the best hot dog vendor.

Oh, the things you can only know when you call someplace your home.

Oh, the places you’d like to know.

What if anywhere could feel like home?

What if anywhere could feel like home, with a friend, who will unlock all these secrets for you, and let you experience the best, most unique and most valuable things in each city?

What if on each trip, you’d have the possibility to access insider status, and cross the bridge that divides travelers from locals? What if your visit to a new city could feel like a visit to a friend’s home? No unnecessary lines, no overpaying for things, no lost time trying to find things, no frustration over not seeing what you wanted, no disappointment over wrong expectations, no more selfies over portraits. When you connect to the people who call your destination home, then it becomes their job to make you feel welcomed. You wouldn’t be just a traveler, but a guest.

Let’s bring back the element of surprise to traveling. Let’s bring back the possibility of making friends everywhere you go. Friends think alike and like the same things. Let us connect you to like-minded people wherever you go because someone like you will show you to places you like.

Nice to meet you! Enough with the poetry, let’s have fun together!


Lizia is the Idea maker and Co-Founder of City Catt. She’s also a wife, a mom of three little boys, and a journalist. She loves road trips, exploring cities, traveling, and spending fun and meaningful times with loved ones.

7 items not to pack when you travel

It’s a moment we’ve all experienced when packing for a trip. You stare at items laid out on the bed and ask yourself, “Do I really need that? Or can I get by without it?” If you’re worried that you’ll be miles away from home and inconvenienced by the absence of an essential item, know that you don’t need to bring nearly as many items with you when you travel as you may think. Plan to take your next trip unburdened by extra baggage. Here are seven items you don’t need to pack when you travel.

 

1. Toiletries

Picking up toiletries once you’ve reached your destination can be convenient and affordable. Especially if you’ve traveled to a city with shops on every corner, you can stock up on items like shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. Your hotel may even stock complementary items in your room. As an added bonus, you won’t need to spend time removing your liquid items at airport security, which means less stress and hassle if you’re rushing to make your flight.

2. That Third Pair of Shoes

Shoes are one of the most frequently over-packed travel items. Whether you’re a fashionable business traveler, or a mom hoping to anticipate her child’s every need, plan to only pack two pairs of shoes per person (including the pair worn while traveling). Bring only your most comfortable pair of walking-around shoes, such as sneakers or boots, and an extra pair of something lighter, such as ballet flats or sandals.

3. A Different Outfit for Each Day

Don’t be tempted to stuff your suitcase full of clothes. It’s perfectly acceptable for you (and your kids) to repeat an outfit on your vacation. Let us repeat: Go ahead and wash and dry your shirts and pants in the hotel laundry room midway through your trip. You can even wash socks and underwear in the hotel sink so they can be reused as well. Which leads us to the next item on our list.

4. Laundry Detergent

We’re all about washing and repurposing your outfits, but leave the detergent at home. If you utilize a local wash-and-fold service you won’t need to provide your own detergent. If you plan to hand wash items, pick-up a single use packet at the same convenience store where you purchased those toiletries we mentioned earlier.

5. Your Ancillary Electronic Devices

A vacation should be about unplugging from your daily responsibilities and distractions and experiencing something new. Your Twitter stream, email, and game of Candy Crush can all wait until you get home. Save luggage space by only bringing one electronic device on your trip. Your smart phone is likely the most versatile and functional, so leave your laptop, tablet, MP3 player, wireless over-the-ear headphones, and e-reader at home. If you’re traveling for work, confirm with your employer what will be expected of you while you travel, and if access to email on a mobile device is all you need.

6. Your Complete Makeup Set

You may enjoy having access to makeup options at home, but if you must travel with cosmetics, commit to bringing only a basic set. For items like eyeshadow and lip gloss, bring one of each only. More options just mean more weight and less room in your carryon.

7. Beach Toys

If you’re traveling with little ones, don’t waste luggage space on pool or beach toys like inflatables, snorkels, or sand shovels. Your hotel may have sporting equipment or toys available for rent, or you can pick-up an inexpensive pair at a nearby convenience store. Don’t have access to a car? Plan ahead to have a few inexpensive items mailed to your hotel or beach house. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can benefit from free two-day shipping on inexpensive items that you won’t mind leaving behind for the next set of guests.

Whether you’re traveling for work or for pleasure, minimize the strain, cost, and stress of bulky suitcases and bulging carry-ons. Plan to take your next trip without the seven items on our do-not-pack list. Once you realize you fully enjoyed your trip without missing a thing, you’ll be packing lighter, and traveling happier.

Bon voyage.

 


Jessica Marabella is a writer and communications specialist with over 10 years of experience in content marketing. Originally from Upstate New York, Jessica is an avid traveler working to reach her goal of seeing all 50 states and seven continents.