***Disclosure: I don’t advocate for or encourage travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Make sure that conditions are safe in the world before you travel.***
The world has experienced a crazy change over the last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the travel industry took a hard hit. Now that vaccines have come out and numbers in most countries are going down, the world is beginning to open itself up to travel again. I don’t condone traveling when it could cause harm to others, but I know that there are many of us that are just itching to travel again! As you are planning your future travel after COVID, consider these amazing locations as your next destination.
Germany is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is full of history, beautiful landscapes, and amazing adventures. From the Black Forest to the Bavarian Alps, there are many different types of views for those who love landscapes. For those who love history and culture, Germany has multiple cities that are full history from multiple cities. The combination of all that Germany has to offer makes it an incredible destination for travel after COVID.
One of Germany’s main cities is Munich which is located in Southern Germany. Munich is famous for the Glockenspiel which is a giant, amazing cuckoo clock. Munich also contains the Olympic Park from when Germany held the Olympics, multiple beer gardens, and an multiple incredible German palaces.
One of the most famous things to do in Germany is to go visit the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. The Neuschwanstein Castle was Built by a Crazy King, Copied by Disney, and is Still Standing Today! Not only is it one of the most beautiful castles in the world, it also has a crazy history and suspected murder attached to it. Visiting this castle should truly be on everyone’s bucket list.
Iceland is well known for its remote locations, and with reduced numbers of tourists these become even more remote. This makes Iceland perfect for a post-COVID trip. To make the most of a trip to Iceland a hire car is ideal as this allows you to complete a road trip around Iceland is 7 to 10 days.
The landscape in Iceland is so varied that every day will be different. Close to Reykjavik, the capital, there is the Golden Circle which takes you to Thingvellir National Park before visiting geysers and waterfalls.
Further south east the ring road will take you to the Diamond Beach and the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. This is a large lagoon filled with icebergs that float down the small river into the sea where they wash up on the black sand beach.
In the north of Iceland you will encounter geothermal areas with steaming mud pools and fumaroles that steam from the recent volcanic eruptions. If you want to see lava, then a short distance from the airport there is a newly erupting volcano that is currently spewing lava across the landscape. However, to make this trip you need to be able to complete the hike across the older lava fields to the new volcano.
As you can see Iceland is the perfect place to escape people and have an amazing adventure away from the crowds.
Contributed by Suzanne Meandering Wild
Republic of Georgia
If recent world events have you dreaming of wide open spaces, big skies, immaculate food, and generous hospitality, look no further than the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus for your next travel destination. This little country with a big heart offers both opportunities to connect with local culture and the chance to experience one of Europe’s most pristine mountain areas.
Georgia’s vibrant capital city, Tbilisi, is known for its blend of Eastern and Western influences. Soak in a Persian-style sulfur bath, eat famous Khinkali ‘soup dumplings’, and browse the Dry Bridge Flea Market for vintage treasures. Smaller cities including Kutaisi, Telavi, Zugdidi and Gori all offer interesting museums, castle, monasteries, and other attractions.
The Greater Caucasus are what draws many people to Georgia, and you can’t visit without spending some time in the mountains. Whether you choose the short hike to Gergeti Trinity Church from Kazbegi or the multi-day trek between the alpine villages of Mestia and Ushguli, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most majestic landscapes on Earth.
Another must-visit is Kakheti in eastern Georgia. Known as the Cradle of Wine, this region is home to one of the world’s oldest winemaking traditions. A tour of the region’s vineyards and a wine degustation at a family-run cellar is a wonderful way to connect with Georgian culture.
Contributed by Emily from Wander-Lush
Located on the southernmost tip of India, Sri Lanka will be one of the best places to travel after COVID. The small country has it all! There will always be something to do within a 30-minute drive of anywhere on the island, which will make for a chock-full vacation.
The southern province is home to some of the best golden sand beaches in the world. Try surf lessons at Weligama beach, or chill with the local ex-pats at one of the trendy cafes in town. Venture to the center of the island, climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress and hike Little Adam’s Peak in the green center of Ella. Sri Lanka is also known for diverse wildlife sightings, try your luck spotting the elusive leopard while you safari through Yala National Park or muse at the many Asian elephants. Follow this 3 weeks in Sri Lanka ideal route guide to ensure you hit all of the highlights.
Sri Lanka is also home to centuries of diverse history and culture. Start in Kandy, the second capital city, and experience intricate temples and historic facades. Finish in Galle Fort, brimming with Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage. Shop until you drop on the famous Pedlar Street and watch the sunset on the ramparts.
Contributed by Haley of Haley Blackall
If you’re looking for one of the best places to travel after COVID then you absolutely have to include Budapest on your list. Hungary’s capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and has a ton of things to do and see. From a stroll along the impressive Danube River to the breathtaking sights at Castle Hill, both Buda and Pest have a lot to offer. Visit the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and the stunning Parliament to learn about Hungarian history. Then dive into Hungarian-Jewish culture at the Dohány Street Synagogue, Europe’s largest synagogue.
If you’re a music lover, Budapest will be just the right city to visit with museums dedicated to Hungarian composers like Liszt, Kodály, and Bartók. And if you time your trip accordingly you may even attend the popular Sziget Festival on Óbuda Island.
Because the city is so cheap you can also eat very well for little money in Budapest. Even vegans don’t have to worry as there are a ton of options for vegan food in Budapest. But don’t leave Hungary without experiencing Budapest’s extraordinary nightlife. Famous for its many “ruin bars” in the old Jewish neighborhood, the city is sometimes called the new Berlin
Contributed by Nina from Lemons and Luggage
Belgium may not be the first country you will think about when looking for your next holiday destination for travel after Covid. Often travelers opt for the more well-known European countries like Italy or Spain. A true pity, because Belgium has so many beautiful places to visit.
Belgium’s largest cities, Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent, are places that should be on your Belgian bucket list. You’ll find historic architecture, narrow streets, beautiful souvenir shops and tasty restaurants everywhere you go.
Are you more a nature lover? Make sure to visit the Belgian Ardennes to go hiking! Looking for a more picturesque town to visit? Dinant, is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in the country. It is world famous for its beautiful colorful houses. It is also the place where the saxophone was invented.
Make sure to taste some Belgian beer, waffles and chocolate when you visit the country.
Yust Antwerp, is the perfect place to stay when in the country, as it offers trendy rooms for any budget!
Submitted by Stéphanie, Bey Of Travel
South Korea is often overlooked as a travel destination in favor of more popular Asian countries like Japan and China. But Korea needs to be on your bucket list, and here’s why:
South Korea has great cities and beautiful countryside. The main cities are always high on visitors’ lists: Seoul, the buzzing capital, more relaxed Busan on the south coast, and the traditional town of Gyeongju are favorites. Outside the cities, the tranquil countryside is often left unexplored by international visitors – much to their mistake. South Korea offers spectacular mountain peaks, enchanting beaches, and lush rice paddies in its rural areas.
Old meets new in Korea. You can explore the rich history all over the country. The Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul and the temples and palaces in Gyeongju are especially popular. But it’s also a fascinatingly technologically advanced country where skyscrapers house world-leading companies and the seats at bus stops are warmed in the winter (yes, really!).
Need more reasons to go? You can shop ‘til you drop in Seoul for the latest K-Pop fashion and most cutting-edge beauty products in Myeongdong and Dongdaemun. Street food is everywhere in Korea and treats like Tteokbokki and stewed pork feet await the brave among you! Cafe culture is big too and there are cute, instagrammable cafes with excellent coffee on every corner.
South Korea has something for everyone!
Contributed by Laura of Train Travel World
Finland is an amazing country to visit, especially if you love nature. Finland has over 185 000 lakes, over 65% of Finland’s land area covered by forests. That’s why Finland is packed with national parks for hikers, bikers, and campers!
If you aren’t a nature lover, don’t worry there will be something for you too! There are many old cities in Finland. These cities have beautiful historical buildings, and walking around these cities is a sight alone. If you are interested you should definitely check out both Porvoo and Hanko!
Another must-do in Finland is visiting the Åland Islands! You can get a ferry from Helsinki to Mariehamn (Ålands capital) for as low as 30€. There is even a day trip ferry so you don’t have to stay overnight. And if you do not want to leave Helsinki just visit Suomenlinna. It’s an old fortress just outside Helsinki. You can stroll around the area for free!
Now if you are visiting Finland during wintertime Lapland is so much more beautiful than the rest of Finland! You probably fly to Rovaniemi which is a great place to visit. Even perfect during Christmas time. Visiting Santa Claus Village, going husky sledding, staying at a snow hotel or glass igloo, almost anything you wish for a winter vacation can be found in Rovaniemi!
Finland has dealt with covid well, and is waiting for you to visit! (For more Finland tips check out these blog posts!)
Contributed by Ronja of Ronja Goes Abroad
Yorkshire Dales, England
The Yorkshire Dales was recently awarded the title of ‘Best National Park in Europe’ by TripAdvisor. Its outstanding natural beauty and remote location make it the ideal place for your next vacation after Covid. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, unwind in a peaceful landscape and enjoy a little adventure, the Yorkshire Dales is your perfect destination.
When you visit the Yorkshire Dales, you have an incredible choice of things to do on your break.
Enjoy an amble around the pretty market towns scattered throughout the Dales. You can marvel at the slower pace of life in these little towns which barely receive a mobile phone signal. Popular towns include Hawes, Grassington, Masham, and Middleham.
If you would rather immerse yourself in nature, the Yorkshire Dales is a walker’s paradise. You can revel in the natural wonders of Gordale Scar and Malham Cove, or chase waterfalls from the dramatic Aysgarth Falls to the fairytale Janet’s Foss.
The Yorkshire Dales also has a unique assortment of tourist attractions you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. You can scramble up the otherworldly rock formations at Brimham Rocks, or feel like Alice down the rabbit hole at The Forbidden Corner. This one-of-a-kind folly is a wonderful collection of tunnels, underground chambers, and so much more that is always an unforgettable adventure.
Contributed by Hannah of Get Lost Travel Blog
New Zealand is an adventurers’ paradise! For such a small country, the different things to do in New Zealand are seemingly endless. From snow-dipped mountain peaks to pristine beaches, the landscapes in New Zealand are so varied. You could be climbing a volcano one day and exploring a lavender farm the next. New Zealand is the perfect destination for travel after COVID.
The South Island of New Zealand is famous for mountains, hiking, fiords, and the cutest small towns you’ve probably ever seen. Be sure to visit the unofficial “8th Wonder of the World”, Milford Sound, which is a display of towering cliff-faces, waterfalls, and wildlife on the Tasman Sea. Queenstown is also a great place to spend a few nights on the South Island. It features dozens of adventure activities, the stunning Lake Wakatipu, amazing nightlife, and delicious restaurants which can keep you busy for weeks.
On the North Island, you’ll enjoy incredible beaches. With both white-sand and volcanic black-sand beaches on offer, there is a ton to explore. Learn to surf, drive on the sand on one of New Zealand’s official highways (yes, it is a highway that is literally on a sandy beach), or explore the many beach caves. You’ll also find the popular Hobbiton Movie Set on the North Island as well as vibrant cities including Auckland and Wellington.
Contribute by Bailey from My Queenstown Diary
The Netherlands in Europe is a fantastic place to travel and it appeals to a variety of travellers. When thinking of the Netherlands, most people immediately think of Amsterdam and why shouldn’t they? Amsterdam is a superb capital with many things to do. You can explore the many bars, restaurants and coffee shops dotted alongside the narrow canals and the iconic tall Dutch houses. Take a walk down the infamous red-light district. Or you can fill your day learning about the culture, history and art of the Netherlands within its many different museums, including Ann Frank’s house. If you are a lager drinker, you can also visit the Heineken factory and sample some of the Dutch finest.
While everyone knows of Amsterdam, what about the wonderful cities within the rest of the country? Rotterdam is a bustling port town that has the eye-catching cube houses you may have seen in photos.
If you’re visiting in Spring, then head to Keukenhof to enjoy the colours and smells of the tulip fields. You can also explore the windmill farms of Kinderdijk or Schiedam which provide a day trip that is both beautiful and educational. The Netherlands truly is one of the best places to travel after COVID.
Contributed by Kerry Hanson from https://www.veggtravel.com
Uzbekistan is still a relatively unknown country among travellers looking for a destination in Asia. The lack of tourist crowds makes Uzbekistan one of the best places for travel after covid. Another reason to visit Uzbekistan sooner rather than later is because Uzbekistan is getting increasingly more popular, and for good reasons!
Uzbekistan is full of culture and history. Because of its central location it was an important stop at the ancient Silk road from China to Europe. Thousands of merchants passed through the country. Ancient cities like Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand flourished as wealthy multicultural trade centers with bustling bazaars and stunning Islamic architecture.
Uzbekistan’s Silk Road cities still exist and their historic centers are a journey back in time. One can spend days exploring the beautifully decorated mosques and madrassas. But that’s not all! Uzbekistan is a great destination if you love food and each city has its own culinary highlights. Uzbek cuisine is the best in all of Central Asia and priced for its plov. Rice with carrots, onions and meat.
To get to know modern Uzbekistan one has to visit Tashkent. The capital has not much history left, but has a great restaurant scene and some interesting Soviet architecture. It is also the gateway to the Chimgan mountains and the Fergana valley, famous for its handicrafts. As you can see, Uzbekistan has lots to offer.
Contributed by Ellis from Backpack Adventures
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Some may know Slovenia as the birthplace of Melania Trump, but it deserves to be known in its own right, because it is a really special country. It combines the great attributes of some of its neighbours: green, mountainous countryside like Austria; delicious food like Italy; and as a bonus, it has very affordable prices like many of the Eastern European countries.
There are so many reasons to visit Ljubliana, the small, walkable capital city, including its fairytale castle-on-a-hill, languid riverside bars and charming, car-free streets.
Slovenia also has beautiful countryside. Lake Bled is probably its most Instagram-famous destination: it has a small island in the middle of the lake, just big enough for a picturesque church. There’s also the turquoise River Soča where you can raft through gorgeous mountain scenery.
It has a small, but stunning stretch of coastline, where the red-rooved town of Piran sits pretty by the Adriatic sea.
There is also some wonderful food, including Hiša Franko, which was featured in Netflix’s Chef’s Table, and plenty of great restaurants in Ljubljana.
Finally, for most people, their money will go a lot further in Slovenia than other European countries. So as soon as it is safe to do so post-Covid, give Slovenia a serious look!
Contributed by Martha from May Cause Wanderlust
Cappadocia, Turkey is a magical place known for its and fairytale chimneys which are actually stunning rock formations. Tourism to Turkey is currently open with no quarantine restrictions as long as you have a negative COVID test. When you make it to Cappadocia, staying in a cave hotel is definitely a must! Recommended popular stays include Cappadocia Cave Suites, Sultan Cave Suites, or Local Cave House Hotel. These are such unique and super affordable hotels right in the middle of all the beautiful rock formations. You can wake up early to see the hot air balloons right from your place as most have great rooftops.
If you book a hot air balloon be sure to do so early in advance as to not miss out – they sell quickly and will only fly if it’s safe and not too windy. Other must-see things to do in Cappadocia include the Goreme open-air museum, Uchisar Castle, Love Valley, and Pasabag. The Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia are UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the large and striking cave-dwellings. Cappadocia offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most impressive views and landscapes across the world. Around 2 to 3 days is the perfect amount of time to spend here.
Contributed by Jackie of Jou Jou Travels
Rome should definitely be on any history, food, and culture lover’s bucket list once travel becomes accessible again. This city is filled with so much history and iconic monuments that you can easily find enough things to do to keep you busy for a whole week.
Start by taking a walk in the historic center, home to the famous Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and Spanish Steps. Don’t forget to stop by the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the most charming square in town where lots of artists and street performers gather.
No Rome itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums, home to the iconic Sistine Chapel. It is definitely worth all the hype and even more beautiful in real life than in pictures. Be sure to also explore the St. Peter’s Basilica and climb up to the dome of the cathedral. From there, you can get a stunning view of the whole city.
To taste the best local food, head over to Trastevere, home to some of the most authentic restaurants in town. You can also walk around Villa Borghese, a lovely park near the main attractions. When it’s close to sunset, head over to the Pincio Terrace in the park for a magnificent view over the historic center.
Contributed by Jiayi of Diary of a Nomad
Austria’s diversity fulfills everyone’s wishes, especially if you are looking for recreational time in nature.
You can find the Alps with mountain streams, mountain lakes, and plenty of mountaineering activities in the west of the country. But don’t worry, if you don’t feel that sporty or aren’t used to hiking, there are a lot of cable cars that can bring you up the mountain.
In Central and Eastern Austria you will find a different scenery. The lake area of the Salzkammergut, the wineries of the Süd-Steiermark, hills covered with endless forests (Waldviertel), or the steppe landscape of Lake Neusiedl. In addition to these landscapes, you will always find charming Austrian villages with a church, a small supermarket and a so-called Gasthaus (traditional Restaurant).
Lake Neusiedl at the east of the country is famous for its bird biodiversity. The area offers also well-developed cycling paths around the lake. And wine lovers can enjoy wine from local winemakers. The so-called Buschenschanks are usually lovely courtyards with colorful flowers and plants.
Bad Gastein is known for its thermal hot springs. If you are looking for relaxation, the public thermal bath and Spa Hotels in Bad Gastein are the right place to go. There you can enjoy the natural healing water in the middle of the mountains which is the perfect way to relax during your travel after COVID.
Are you looking for more action? In various regions of Austria, you can go on a rafting and canoeing tour. But be ready for a jump into the ice-cold water!
Contributed by Lisi of Escaping Worlds
Oaxaca is one of the best states in Mexico to visit. It is full of incredible natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and a laid-back vibe that is often missing in Mexico’s other popular destinations. Oaxaca City in particular should be on your radar, if only for the food alone. Nicknamed “The Land of Seven Moles,” you can visit the restaurant Los Pacos Centro to get a sampler of all seven unique moles from across the regions of Oaxaca.
Oaxaca City also has fantastic cafe culture, so whether you are an early riser, someone who wants to burn the midnight oil, or just looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, you can get the best coffee in Oaxaca from daybreak to midnight. In between eating and drinking Oaxaca’s finest, stop by the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca to learn more about pre-colonial history in the area, or stroll through the Botanical Garden to cool off from the sun.
If you’re looking for shopping, you won’t find any luxury or well-known brands, but you will find a lot of unique small boutiques, especially at the stalls in the markets. Arguably, the best time to visit Oaxaca is during Día de Muertos, when the entire city transforms for the festivities and everyone from locals to tourists can join in!
Contributed by Kay of The Awkward Traveller
Tokyo is one of the greatest cities in the world. Some areas of the city will make you feel like you’re roaming through history while others will seem as if you’re living in the future. This incredible city should be at the top of your travel after COVID plans.
There are so many great things to do in Tokyo. A trip isn’t complete without a visit to a temple or a shrine; Senso-ji Temple and Meiji Jingu Shrine are two of the most popular in the city. Other top things to do in Tokyo include shopping in youthful Harajuku, experiencing the busiest pedestrian scramble in the world at Shibuya Crossing, and immersing yourself in a world of digital art at teamLab Borderless. Don’t forget to head somewhere high up for a panoramic view of the sprawling city, such as the Tokyo Skytree or the free Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Tokyo is also one of the best food cities in the world. Whether you’re eating at a convenience store, a train station café, or a fancy restaurant, you’ll be in for a wonderful experience. The city has over 200 Michelin starred restaurants – more than any other city in the world. There are even affordable Michelin star options, like ramen from Tsuta (make sure to go early in the morning to get a ticket!).
Contributed by Sydney from A World in Reach
India is the land of stunning architecture, mesmerizing vistas and colorful palette. Traveling in India can be exciting as well as bewildering and chaotic, but that’s what makes India so special and unique. India should be on every traveler’s bucket list post-pandemic because it is a country bursting with rich culture, divine cuisines and an abundance of invigorating experiences. Above all, it is also the home to one of the most fascinating Wonders of the World called Taj Mahal in Agra.
No trip to India would be complete without a visit to World’s most iconic building: The Taj Mahal. Witnessing this visual masterpiece of white marble is awe-inspiring. Despite thousands of visitors every single day, Taj Mahal is tranquil and peaceful. Watching the sun rise over the Taj Mahal is one of the most amazing travel experiences and a must for any visitor to this beautiful country.
India is a huge country and it requires several visits to explore this stunning nation. For first-time travelers, it is best to focus on just one particular region of the country. The Golden Triangle is most popular among the tourists.
The Golden Triangle comprises New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur and offers an excellent glimpse of India’s rich culture and history. The state of Rajasthan provides many beautiful places to visit like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, and the Thar desert. Other notable parts of this beautiful country are the Himalayas, Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Varanasi, Amritsar etc. No matter which part of India you visit first, it will leave you speechless and craving for more in the future.
Contributed by Sunetra of Globetrotting Su
Iran is one of the least visited countries in the world in spite of the fact that it’s one of the most ancient civilizations and one of the most beautiful countries on earth. The media paints Iran as a scary place full of extremists. It has, however, nothing to do with reality. In fact, Iran is one of the best and safest travel destinations on the planet.
In Iran, you will find some of the most hospitable and kind people in the world, breath-taking landscapes and natural wonders, stunning architectural masterpieces. These include some of the most beautiful mosques of the Middle East, divine Persian delicacies, and a myriad of other surprises that you could only dream about.
In Iran, there are so many beautiful places. To see the most beautiful places in Iran, it’s commended to stay at least 3 weeks in Iran. But if you have less time, you can pick the top most beautiful places in Iran and visit them in 1 or 2 weeks.
If you are an American, Canadian, or UK citizen, you will need to join an organized tour to be able to travel to Iran. All other nationalities can explore Iran independently. When you travel after COVID, consider these things when booking a trip.
The most beautiful places in Iran can be found in Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman, the Lut Desert, Qeshm Island and Hormuz Island.
Contributed by the Globetrotting Detective
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