Looking to Travel in 2021? These Are Your Best Spots
The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in billions or even trillions of dollars in losses for the world travel economy. With the new variant of the virus, a lot of places have closed their borders once again, while others have put more stringent safety protocols for those who want to travel, be it domestic or international. Now, most airlines mandate their passengers to show proof of negative test results before they allow them to board the plane.
Despite the devastating effects of the coronavirus, many of us still aim for a quick getaway. Yes, it’s possible, but you have to follow the rules. As they say, this is now the “new normal”. Wondering where you can go? Here are some options:
Canada is the world’s largest country, and it has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism. Talk about Niagara Falls, Banff National Park & the Rocky Mountains, Whistler, Old Quebec, Vancouver Island, Old Montreal, and Gros Morne National Park, just to mention a few. The landscapes of this country are magnificent!
Just like some countries, Canada is currently battling the second deadly wave of the virus. The different provinces mandate the wearing of masks, and they also highly discourage social gatherings. Social distancing is also a must.
With its thorough safety checks and protocols, Dubai is welcoming almost all global travelers. The flag carrier of UAE, Emirates Airlines, offers free coverage for COVID-19 health expenses as well as quarantine costs. The popular luxury resort called The Palm will also cover your COVID test if you stay there for at least five nights.
If you want to see Dubai this year, might as well head there in October, just in time for the prestigious expo where you can see the world-class architecture, a festival of food, and spectacular displays.
France has been one of the most favorite destinations of tourists from all over the world. And this year, the number of visitors is expected to go back up. But before you make plans, be sure to check out the current restrictions of the country. As of this writing, arrivals are limited to residents of the European Union and those people who meet the exemption of the French government.
Greece is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and if everything goes back to normal, there will be more reasons to celebrate. But instead of heading to popular attractions like Santorini, you might as well opt to spend your holiday in quiet places like the Island of Milos in the Cyclades. You can simply hop on a ferry or plane from Athens.
Hawaii is one of those tourist destinations that offer extraordinary beaches. It’s a paradise, indeed. With its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, spending your much-awaited vacation on the island would be a great idea. You can visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, and many more. You can also pick a beachfront accommodation to add more glamor to your holiday.
The prestigious Olympic Summer Games was supposed to take place in Japan last year. But because of the coronavirus outbreak, the nation had no choice but to postpone it to July 2021. That’s another reason why should plan on visiting Japan this year.
This country is very beautiful, not to mention its rich culture. But then again, you should check out the current advisories. It may be one of the first countries that was able to contain the virus, but a huge surge in cases has been seen recently.
When talking about white sand beaches, world-class dining, swimming, sailing, and scuba diving, Maldives is up there. Throughout the pandemic, this gorgeous place has managed to open its borders and welcome every visitor with open arms.
The land borders between Mexico and the US may have been closed, but air travel into and out of Mexico never really stopped. With its limited COVID-19 travel requirements and its natural beauty, travelers consider this country as a respite. This country is celebrating its quincentennial this year, and you can expect festivities.
Yes, New York is one of the most adversely affected places in the United States by the virus, but it is still accessible. It may not be the best place for “outdoor” activities, but simply walking through its distinct neighborhoods will certainly make your visit worthwhile.
Thailand is known for its glittering temples, out of this world food, mountainous landscapes, and stunning beaches. Seeing its capital, Bangkok alone is already an exciting experience. How much more if you head to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Ayutthaya, and Phang Nga? All of those are mesmerizing!
Despite the outbreak of the virus, life goes on. Traveling is still possible. You just have to carefully check the requirements of your destination. It is also important that you plan ahead.