Imagine that you wrote a book of great tips for traveling to a cool city and experiencing all the restaurants, shops, galleries and tours that were offered there. Imagine you included experiences, such as festivals and concerts.

Now imagine that once your book was published and it was just starting to get into the hands of the people, an alien swooped down and denied entry to every one of the activities you carefully described, complete with suggested itineraries and seasonal guidance.

That would be a bummer, wouldn’t it?

Well, that’s almost exactly what happened to Lynn and Cele Seldon of Beaufort – except the alien was the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The writing couple were fortunate to have had two books published March 1, “100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die” and “100 Things to Do in Savannah Before You Die.” But their excitement was squelched when the country – and the world – started shutting down restaurants, bars, retailers and nearly everything else.

“It’s a great time to specialize in cruise travel and culinary tourism,” Lynn quipped sarcastically, “and to have two books come out that have ‘Before You Die’ in the titles.”

But, as summer approached, some activities, tours and restaurants began to open up. The Seldon’s publisher had an idea to promote day-trip travel ideas for these uncertain times.

“The angle from our publisher, and how we feel about it, is that people are bored, and people need a change of scenery,” said Cele. “From the Bluffton and Hilton Head area, you can go to Savannah or Charleston as a day trip, and there’s still plenty to do. Out of the 100 things in each book, we estimate that perhaps 70% are still doable.”

The two books – a second edition for Charleston and an all-new book for Savannah – are organized by type of activity, numbered, indexed and suggested by season. Contact information is given for each entity or activity.

The couple is now suggesting day-trippers focus on outdoor activities, including some unusual choices. For instance, cemeteries. Savannah has Bonaventure Cemetery (No. 69), and Charleston has Magnolia Cemetery (No. 68).