You can be certain that you can book with confidence when thinking about your next flight, cruise, rail or road trip as destinations are taking extra health and safety precautions for the well being of its travelers.
And as people now look to travel with purpose and reconnect with nature, and with some places in the world deemed as a ‘low health risk’, here is a collective view of the best and most beautiful places to visit in the world once border restrictions lift.
1. Croatia: This Baltic beauty is just as popular as the Greek Islands with its celebrity rising even more so thanks to Game of Thrones (think Kings Landing and that walk of shame through the medieval cobbled streets of Dubrovnik).
The idyllic beaches and its day bars, the ancient buildings that form part of its buzzing nightlife, the fresh and hearty cuisine… and the opportunity to charter a boat to island hop along the azure Adriatic coast… are the hallmarks of a perfect holiday.
2. Norway – Scandinavia is seen as a (Covid) low risk destination, but with high impact i.e. filled with exciting experiences and renowned for its spectacular landscapes, charming villages and majestic mountains. The priceless Northern Lights (electrically charged particles from the sun), are a must-see experience to watch the lights sour across the sky above the Arctic Circle.
3. Portugal: One of the Mediterranean’s best sun-and-sand destinations dotted with historic cities, world-renowned cuisine and natural landscapes. Something for everyone as it has become an increasingly popular wellness destination to unplug and unwind with some of the world’s best surfing.
4. Vienna via river: For those that have experienced Europe a few times and looking for a point of difference, consider a river cruise – it’s a unique way to explore Europe as you float past castles and quaint villages onboard a luxury ship (max 130 people), all while relaxing and sipping on wine from the rooftop deck. Think floating 5-star boutique hotel, restaurant, bar and yoga studio promoting ‘wellness on the water’.
5. Southern Africa: Safari, safari, safari. To feel like you’re part of a David Attenborough documentary is pretty surreal – I had six young lions walk an arm’s reach by my group and then attack a buffalo right before our dumbstruck eyes – only to have the buffalo shake off SIX lions and then run off to warn its herd to steer clear and then beat a tree in with its HEAD to show its dominance against the lions. That kind of ‘live show’ doesn’t happen every day, which is the beauty of a safari – each day and night is different, you can only hope to catch the Big5 (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhino).
6. Egypt & Jordan: How fascinating to step back in time to the land of the pharaohs, get lost at Valley of the Kings in Luxor, visit Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx and cruise the mighty river Nile which has many ancient monuments dotted along the edge – the history and stories to be heard is enough to bring out the explorer in anyone, not to mention ALL the mezze plates and hummus.
7. South America: Take some time off and be one with nature and wellness – the Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest (staying in eco lodges), Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins (hike Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world!), Lima as a global gastronomy destination and relax on white-sand beaches.
8. Canada: A breath of fresh air for many, Canada presents thriving city highlights and plays host to an array of activity including hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, skiing, wildlife and more. Get lost and discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rocky Mountains to the waters of Alaska and cover national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada. But also consider the mountains of Yukon or British Columbia are equally impressive to the Rockies.
9. Japan: A mix of Eastern traditions crossed with Western modernity, Japan is one of the oldest civilizations complete with diverse history, majestic temples and boasts 21 UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites; pristine natural scenery such as Mount Fuji and its forested hills, a chance to take a dip in a mineral-rich Onsen hot spring bath heated by geothermal forces which are said to offer ‘rejuvenating powers’; its freshly powdered ski fields in winter, and in spring the blooming of the cherry blossoms which peak in April.
10. Australia and New Zealand: Yes I’ve listed two countries as one to fit into the Top 10, BUT they share the same qualities yet are completely unique from each other – incredibly diverse in nature, extraordinary scenery and endemic wildlife, and offer an interesting indigenous culture to be discovered (and they are both deemed incredibly low risk Covid countries).While Australia is renowned for its picturesque coastlines and white sands, New Zealand is known for its breathtaking mountains and landscape.