The new coronavirus has taken us all by surprise, and it has undoubtedly affected our lives. From moving most of our lifestyle obligations online to being forced into social isolation, COVID-19 has rattled our world in every way possible. This has caused many people lots of stress and anxiety, as nobody could have predicted it, and for a while, nobody knew how long this new pandemic would last. However, as the situation is slowly calming down and many countries have managed to put the virus under control, there is a new reality that allows us to go back to normal, with some restrictions.
Considering the lockdown and social isolation, many people would put traveling on top of their list of things they want to do first. There are still many traveling restrictions, and most doctors advise waiting until late fall and winter before booking your hotels. Nevertheless, if you like doing things in advance and you’ve already started thinking about your next vacation, here are some of the safest destinations at the moment.
Greece has been praised for its swift response to the virus, which has made it one of the least affected countries. At the time of the writing, it reported 3,112 confirmed cases and 183 deaths. This swift response definitely goes in its favor, as it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and tourism is essential for its economy.
Greece has started welcoming tourists, but keep in mind that travelers from high-risk countries still have to be tested and might potentially be quarantined — and one of the countries is the US. However, as it’s only the beginning of the season, it’s safe to assume that the rules will ease up with time. So, if you’re planning your trip in a month or two, stay informed, and there shouldn’t be any problems.
Malta’s capital, Valletta, is known as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world,” and it’s famous for having many churches, museums, and palaces. One of its most famous Baroque landmarks is St. John’s Co-Cathedral. So, if you’re into architecture and cultural experiences, this might be a perfect destination for you this year.
As for COVID-19, Malta has 646 confirmed cases at the moment and only 9 deaths. It’s expected to start welcoming tourists on July 1, but only from some countries. So, again, pay attention to the news, and when your country gets cleared, you can start planning your trip.
At the time of writing, New Zealand doesn’t have any new cases, and it’s only had 1,154 altogether. However, it’s still not entirely open to visitors, and all who enter must be quarantined. Still, as most of the local restrictions are being lifted, it’s only a matter of time before you will be able to visit any destination in New Zealand and explore everything this country has to offer. So, if you’re into good wine, breathtaking nature, and interesting culture, keep New Zealand on your list.
It’s one of those destinations that you should see at least once in your lifetime. Plus, considering its isolated position, it will probably be pretty safe for travelers once it starts welcoming them.
Croatia has much to offer, from cultural destinations to the seaside havens. The virus has gone relatively easy on it, and it’s very well-equipped in terms of healthcare. So, if you’d like to enjoy its gorgeous terraces, swim in pristine waters, or have fun shopping and exploring, feel free to do so. It’s a very Instragrammable destination as well — if you love photography, you will enjoy your trip.
Additionally, it’s also home to one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. With that in mind, if you’re planning your vacation a bit ahead of time, you can book your stay for December and start researching all the fun things you can do when you arrive.
Austria is one of those countries that has everything, whether you’re looking for cultural experiences or some relaxing time away from the crowds. When compared to other places on the list, Austria had a bit more infected people, 17,109 at the time of writing, but it’s still 10 times fewer than most other places in Europe.
When talking about restrictions, Austria is slowly opening its borders to EU and non-EU countries, with some exceptions (Sweden, Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal). However, travelers from high-risk countries are still not allowed. Therefore, it’s worth considering, but perhaps near the end of the year.
To sum up, traveling is possible, but under certain conditions. After all, the only reason these countries are able to open their borders so soon is the fact that they are cautious. Therefore, do you research, be responsible, and you’ll be enjoying your vacation in no time.