To travel is to live! No matter what happens in the world, we will move on, we will stand up, we will revive, afterall the show must go on. Especially after spending so many months home I’m sure once the pandemic settles, the travel bug will start to bite us again. My passport is screaming to be stamped and the booking websites are open on standby. But this time, a lot of things around the world are going to change, including our choices for the destination we want to travel to. While the world will be open again and things will get back to normal, I still feel we as responsible citizens must do our due diligence before flying in and out of any country. Since I’ve been pondering over tons of travel websites, I made a list of my top 10 safe places to visit after Covid-19. Why did I pick these? Read below to find out:
If you consider yourself a beach bum and a dire lover of raw nature, there’s no place better than Maldives. With pristine blue waters kissing the white sand beaches, the destination serenades you with the incomparable charisma unique to this island nation. This drool worthy panorama is complemented by the most magical sunsets that can make you dream endlessly. From the time you set foot into Maldives you will be blown away by everything you see around. It is home to the best beaches in the world and it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with them. That alone is a big reason for any traveller to set eyes on this island.
Maldives houses over 110 islands and each island is a hotel which eliminates the risk of being in overcrowded places. It’s the one island one resort destination. So the chances of you being in a huge crowd are almost zero. Most of the resorts are so huge that it’s very easy to skip the crowd. Maldives has re-opened its borders for international tourists and resorts, liveaboards and hotels located at uninhabited islands will be open from 15th July 2020. Guest Houses and hotels located at inhabited islands will be open from 1st August 2020. Tourists are not required to pay an additional fee, produce a certificate or test result indicative of negative status for COVID-19 prior to entry into Maldives.
Read: 10 Reasons to visit Maldives
This mysterious Himalayan Kingdom which is known for it’s dramatic landscapes, stunning monasteries, well-preserved culture, spicy dishes, sacred mountains and the happiest people in the world is nothing short of magic. I got a chance to spend 10 days in this beautiful country last year and if given a chance I would keep going back. At this point Bhutan is still closed for tourism but when it reopens it will be one of the favourable corona virus free destinations. The entire situation in the country was controlled on time with hardly any cases and with the border shutting down it just made it easier for them to handle.
When I think about Seychelles with its archipelago of 115 islands, the white sand beaches and electric sunsets, a shade of turquoise just envelopes my senses. My heart feels like a giant blue dream that I never want to wake up from. I fell in love with this island, slowly at first and before I could distinguish reality from dream, I was head over heels in love with it.
It’s one of the safest places to travel to because the destination will consider visitors from low risk countries only. In May, Seychelles declared itself free from Covid- 19 making it a great pick for travellers looking at safety.
Read: Review of Six Senses Seychelles
Given the proximity to China, it is hard to believe that Taiwan has recorded only 484 cases out of which 95% have recovered. The healthcare system in Taiwan is so strong, there are plenty of testing centers, masks available everywhere, a strong community that ensures constant safety. They adopted a cooperative strategy way before the pandemic hit the rest of the world
Generally off the radar for anyone planning their trip to that side of the world, Taiwan is definitely an undiscovered piece of paradise. It boasts a large land of wilderness, wide expanses of green and picturesque national parks, rising skyscrapers, a ruling economy, majestic mountains, dramatic scenery and an air that seemingly transports you into a different world. Taiwan offers too many marvelous sights, all within one single island. With sophistication, global economic success and scenic landscapes rising in every corner, the island is also home to thriving, deep-rooted history and cultural heritage.
Read: 7 days in Taiwan
One of the most amazing spots to travel to! I absolutely love Iceland and it’s raw nature. From volcanic lands to geysers, glaciers and thermal lagoons, Iceland has it all. Even a two week holiday might not be enough to explore this piece of paradise. You can spot the Northern lights, walk on glaciers, sail around ice bergs, explore black sand beaches or dine in the gourmet restaurants of Reykjavik. Also it is one of the safest places after Covid as they initiated mass testing, early quarantine and quick tracing of the positive patients on time. Once you land in Iceland you have two choices, either get tested for Covid-19 or go into a two week quarantine. The latter I’m sure will be waived off as the situation gets better.
6. New Zealand
It’s a land where you experience breathtaking alpine views, world-class wines, glacier valleys, volcanic and geothermal landscapes along with an amazing sense of adventure. This country has stunning views in every corner, in every town and hence the best way to see it is to hire a car and drive around!
When you think of the most romantic places, New Zealand definitely is on top of the list. Its scenic beauty captures your heart in a way that no place does. You can experience an intimacy with nature or just fill your holiday with adventurous activities. We got a chance to explore Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch and Rotorua. This country was among the very first ones to take early and hard action against Covid 19 and they successfully crushed the curve. Once it opens up to tourists, trust me, it will for be one of the safest spots to go.
Read: New Zealand Travel Guide
7. Bora Bora
Just think of the name and you will envisage unending aqua seas, local dancers in grass skirts dancing away, a cocktail in hand and the most dreamy backdrop. It is indeed paradise in the middle of nowhere. Think stunning turquoise lagoons, lush green mountains and white sand beaches, this lovers paradise is nothing short of a dream. Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady.
It’s definitely safe because of its remote location. You can actually plan trip to New Zealand and then fly into Bora Bora and spend a week on this gorgeous island.
Read: Bora Bora Travel Guide
Since it’s one of the least affected European nations, it would definitely be the best spot to unwind after this pandemic. Also since it’s surrounded by the ocean and comprises of tons of other small islands, Greece would be relatively safer than a busy crowded city. You could spend time on a boat or hop islands, live in a secluded village or just take up a romantic villa in Santorini, in any way, it would be easy to isolate yourself and find some peace. You can skip the overcrowded towns of Santorini and Mykonos and instead visit Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Oia, Zakynthos, Paros etc
Beginning July 1, 2020, the Greek government has determined how the country will welcome travelers, carry out the necessary diagnostic screening and keep everyone safe throughout the season.
If you are itching to experience the beauty of white sand beaches and coral lagoons then Mauritius is also a fabulous option. With under 350 Covid cases, this stands as a great candidate for your next holiday. Since the island and hotels are spread out, it is a safer bet as compared to any city. While there has been no fixed date for the opening of the borders, whenever it does reopen, it will be a great spot to visit!
The land of the golden sun, home to the best biggest and tallest structures, the epitome of luxury, the true meaning of culture, the city of glitter and the heart of the Middle East, Dubai is definitely one of the leading destinations that should be on every travellers list. Because of its geographical location it is so easy to visit this place in transit and there’s so much to do here.
The Covid situation in Dubai was handled so well by the authorities, the rules were in place, sanitization drives were in full swing and the numbers are constantly reducing. The city is open to tourists and all the rules are followed by hotels, restaurants and other public places. If you want to enter Dubai all you have to do is provide a negative Covid certificate (As on 15/8/20).
If you have any other option in mind, then please do comment me know!