It might feel a little bit early to be thinking about where to travel as we are emerging out of the Covid-19 crisis. The truth is, however, that after such a climactic first half of the year, it doesn’t hurt to think about getting some well-deserved time away from home. And of course, it never hurts to plan well ahead, so when the green light comes on, you’re ready to make the most of a Covid-normal world.
So, while it’s not quite yet time to pack your bags and set off on the trip of a lifetime, here are some potential destinations to think about when we finally tackle the Covid-19 crisis!
Over in the Southern Hemisphere, an escape to New Zealand is looking as good as ever. Countries are starting to discuss the idea of “travel bubbles”, so as an Aussie, it might soon be a great time to finally explore your neighbour. Later in 2021 when country borders open up for all, New Zealand holds plenty of appeal for its isolated escapes where crowds aren’t an issue.
Botswana is one of the African nations that have been least affected by Covid-19, thanks to a rapid response to close borders and enforce a nation-wide lockdown. Countries who have limited the spread and acted efficiently will be the popular first choice for travellers who are nervous crossing borders, but desperate for an escape. There are many great lodges in the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert that are isolated and offer full-board for travellers.
If you have long wanted to experience a safari, South Africa is still one of the best places to do so. There are plenty of great safari camps to choose from across the country, with most of the high-end camps located in the Kruger National Park and nearby Sabi Sands. Gathering some friends and renting out an entire villa looks more enticing than ever!
If you plan to visit Europe and explore off the beaten path, now is as good a time as ever to plan for a trip to central Europe. Some of the most popular cities and towns like Hallstatt and Salzburg were once overcrowded by tourists, but are now enjoying a quiet oasis from all the tourist traffic. The immediate time after Covid-19 when it is safe to travel again will be a great time to discover these once-crowded destinations all to yourself.
Another great destination in Africa for guaranteed isolation is an escape to Namibia. The sand dunes of Sossusvlei are incredibly calming, especially from the suites at AndBeyond Sossusveli. These kinds of isolated escapes are sure to see a rise in popularity with many travellers opting for outdoor adventures instead of busy cities.
One of Australia’s best-kept secrets lies a two-hour flight off the Eastern coast of Sydney and it is named Norfolk Island. This quiet oasis would make the perfect escape in 2021, especially for Aussies who are looking to get a sense of Australia without travelling too far from home. There are flights on certain days of the week and limited accommodation on the island, so be sure to plan in advance.
So, plenty of places to think about travelling to after we come out of this crisis. Remember, while it’s great to think about the potentials here, it’s also vital that you think about safety for yourself and others. So, while planning can start now, make sure to keep updated about the crisis before you pack your bags.
Article by Brooke Seward at World of Wanderlust