Many of us can’t imagine spending an entire year in the same place without taking even the smallest break. Despite the global pandemic going on, it’s still possible to start mapping out some travel plans for when things return to ‘normal’. In this article, you’ll find five ideas for a post-COVID adventure.
Let’s face it: nobody could predict that 2020 would take such an unexpected turn. Societies and industries worldwide are still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, which shows no signs of stopping in some parts of the world. In our own backyard, many states and borders remain closed which prevents even domestic travel for the time being!
With domestic and international borders closed, flights grounded, and tourist activity significantly limited, the travel industry has taken a big hit, but our wanderlust hasn’t gone anywhere. Whilst it’s impossible to predict whether you’ll be able to visit your dream destination this year, it’s still a good time to do your research and planning for when things do open up again. Without any further ado, let’s jump right into it!
5 places to visit for an unforgettable post-COVID travel experience.
#1 – Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Many travellers, not only based in the US, include the Grand Canyon in their bucket lists. Experts from Kandoo Adventures point out that one of the best times to visit is in the fall due to significantly lower tourist numbers, cheaper room rates, and stunning natural scenery. If you’re an avid hiker, the conditions are perfect until mid-October, when some trails, such as the ever so popular North Rim Trail, have to be closed due to snow.
If you’re based in the US, domestic travels are a great way to support the economy and the tourism industry. Keep in mind, though, that stay-at-home orders vary from state to state. That’s why you should always check the most recent regulations before planning any trip.
#2 – Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand is a great, all-year-round destination for tourists. Its second-largest island, Koh Samui, is famous for its beautiful beaches, exotic food, friendly atmosphere, and beautiful resorts. It’s a perfect destination for families with children or travellers on a budget who simply want to spend some time wading through the warm ocean waters without any care in the world.
Additionally, Thailand is considered to be a low-risk country when it comes to COVID-19. Keep in mind though, that even once the pandemic dissipates, you may have trouble getting there, and you might have to do additional stops and layovers to catch some rays on this particular paradise island.
#3 – Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Suppose you wanted to travel to Europe to admire world-famous lakes such as Como in Italy, but the global pandemic forced you to change your plans. In that case, you can still have an unforgettable experience in Guatemala. Lake Atitlán is located in a volcanic crater in the country’s southwest highlands. Famous for its authentic Mayan culture, charming villages, and volcanoes with pointed cones, it’s still a largely underrated destination.
As of now, Guatemala is one of the high-risk countries, and the authorities advise against travelling there. Nevertheless, you can still make your plans for the next year and see the beauty of Lake Atitlán with your own eyes.
#4 – Cancún, Mexico
Located in the southeast part of Mexico, Cancún is a popular location among casual tourists and USA university students during their spring break. It’s a great place to recharge your batteries before winter arrives, as it’s known for its resorts, nightlife, shops, restaurants, and picturesque beaches as well as ancient ruins and mysterious archeological sites.
As of now, there’s a temporary travel limit between the US and Mexico that will be in effect until September 21. However, train, sea, and air travel hasn’t been banned, and people returning from vacation in Mexico don’t report having any issues upon arrival or returning home. Nevertheless, you won’t be able to cross the border into Mexico by car or travel by ferry.
Because Cancun is so dependent on tourists (it’s a small fishing village that was “upgraded” to a resort by the Mexican tourist industry especially for this reason), we expect that it’s going to be one of the first places to open.
#5 – Cayman Islands
If you’re craving a fall Caribbean adventure, Cayman Islands might be a perfect fit for you. With great weather and warm temperatures all year round, it’s an excellent destination for adrenaline seekers and those who want to relax on a beach.
If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, the Cayman Islands have more than enough to offer. Besides water sports such as diving and snorkelling, you can enjoy unique Caribbean cuisine, go on hikes, and enjoy nature. Remember that even though it’s a low-risk destination, you still need to plan your trip well.
The Bottom Line
There you have it, five incredible destinations in the US and worldwide where you can consider going post COVID-19. Unfortunately, with the global pandemic still wreaking havoc, some places may become more difficult to visit than others. So, before you commit to the trip of your dreams, wait to check what the latest travel restrictions and guidelines are regarding that specific area.
Lastly, if you have to delay your trip and can’t go anywhere this year, don’t worry! Travelling is a relative concept, and you can still visit amazing places without going too far and crossing any borders.