Within a matter of a few months, the current COVID-19 pandemic has metamorphosed our daily lives as we once knew them. Our everyday activities have fallen to the mercy of the outbreak’s reach, forcing us indoors for months under government-ordered stay-at-home quarantine regulations. For those with an eternal travel bug, staying put for months on end is nothing short of a nightmare.
However as infection and death rates go down, more and more countries are reopening their borders for tourism— with a myriad of safety precautions of course. If the stress of the pandemic has you rushing to get your international fix, we’re here to enlighten you to the most outstanding travel destinations to hit once travel is safe again.
1. Bern, Switzerland
Why we love it: Switzerland’s capital city has been long lauded for its natural beauty. From the immaculate lakes, bright blue waters, to snow-capped mountains, there’s plenty to do and see while visiting Bern. Whether you’re chilling inside or looking for waterfalls or stunning mountain top views, you’ll be able to find your version of relaxation with ease while in Bern.
Where to stay: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Hotel Spinne, or The Cambrian.
What to do: Take a dip in the Aare River to relax like a local. Swimming about crystal-clear water is a popular pastime in this wonderful city and a great way to cool off in the summer months.
2. Auckland, New Zealand
Why we love it: What better way to rejuvenate than by immersing yourself into a new and exciting landscape? Auckland, New Zealand is bursting with natural wonders that will enchant and impress. From the mountains to the beaches, there’s plenty to love about this island.
Where to stay: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Waiheke Island Resort Conference & Accommodation Centre, or Plume Villas.
What to do: Relax and enjoy your favorite beverage while sailing across the Waitemata Harbour as a passenger on the Pride of Auckland. This 90-minute cruise serves as an incredibly family-friendly way to take in all Auckland has to offer without any walking necessary.
3. Île Sainte-Marie, Madagascar
Why it’s a must-visit: Île Sainte-Marie lies just off the coast of eastern Madagascar that used to be home to pirates during the 17th century. Today, it is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous island home to some of the world’s finest beaches lined with palm trees and welcoming people.
Where to stay: Libertalia Hotel, Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa, or Les Tipaniers Lodge.
What to do: If you visit Île Sainte-Marie between July and September, you may be able to spot humpback whales swimming amidst the beautiful coral gardens.
4. Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Why it’s a must-visit: No need to pack along your CBDfx tinctures to relax your mind and body when you’re jet setting to Whitsunday Islands, Australia. Comprising 74 stunning islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, you will be taken aback by the beauty abound the moment you kiss land.
Where to stay: Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays, Coral Sea Resort Hotel, or Mantra Club Croc Airlie Beach.
What to do: Take a guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel, five, or simply gaze down from a boat to see the reef for yourself.
5. Bali, Indonesia
Why it’s a must-visit: Although Bali’s coasts often take the spotlight for their remarkably picturesque sand and sunsets, Ubud is often referred to as the cultural, artistic, and holistic center of Bali. This fabulous tropical city is dotted with hidden gems from paddies and archeological sites to sacred water temples and mountaintop views.
Where to stay: The Kayon Resort Ubud by Pramana, Alaya Resort Ubud, or Natya Resort Ubud
What to do: Do the Campuhan Ridge Walk to immerse yourself into lush greenery and beautiful aerial views of rice fields and terraces.
6. Sayulita, Mexico
Why it’s a must-visit: Located on the western coast of Mexico, Sayulita is famous for it’s quiet beaches and views of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The fishing village of Sayulita is dedicated to wellness and relaxation, meaning the vast majority of guests enjoy their stay in beautiful cabañas with unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean.
Where to stay: AzulPitaya Sayulita Beach Hotel & Resort, Puerto Sayulita, or Itzamara Resort.
What to do: Go for a horseback ride on the beach.
Where are you headed next for some well-deserved R&R?