The words “after quarantine” are truly magic to the ears. For many, it means much more than being able to visit their favorite shops or return to a weekly meal at a preferred café or restaurant. It means travel. The big question then becomes where to go once the quarantine periods are fully lifted.
If you follow headlines, you already know that the quarantines are unlikely to be ended all at once on a global scale. Just as the novel coronavirus spread at a fixed pace around the world, it will also end at that same pace. Thus, there will be places to travel in Asia and Europe before there will be as many places to go in the North American region.
Even so, travel enthusiasts and experts are already compiling lists of the top spots and vacation ideas they will put to use as soon as they can. The team at Travel + Leisure has the most diverse list of best places to travel when it is once again possible. They wrote that their team has been “teaching ourselves how to lean into leisure while spending time at home lately,” but that their collective love of “researching a destination, planning a trip, experiencing a place, and meeting new people,” is what has kept them going throughout quarantine periods.
The best vacation spots they have chosen for the “after quarantine” period of 2020 are quite diverse and include:
The “ball” to Italy’s “boot,” it is a charming island with a fascinating history and background. It features wonderful paths for cycling along the sea cliffs above the Ionian coastline and is a food-lover’s paradise. It is the source of so many of those encouraging videos of neighbors sitting on terraces and eating together while singing lighthearted songs throughout the quarantine period. Alternatives include Corsica, the Greek Islands, and Sardinia off the Italian coast. And speaking of Greece…
Another coveted spot for a holiday after quarantine ends is the bright and sunny island off the Greek coast. It is an ideal choice in where to go for those who want brilliant sunlight, intense blue skies and seas, and those classic white-domed houses that make for such picture-postcard views. Its warm waters, charming towns and streets, and amazing food make it a true getaway champion. There is also Mykonos and Corfu to consider.
Many travel enthusiasts say that when asked where to go once quarantine ends, they always point towards the Caribbean, and especially Jamaica. While some say it numbers among the best places to visit because of its excellent beaches and reliable weather, others say that they are eager to return to the warm waters, friendly people, tasty food, and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The Caribbean is likely to rate as one of the places to go on vacation after quarantine because the virus also does not do well in the warmth and bright sunlight of this region, so those who want to know where to go may do well to consider almost all of the Caribbean islands, including Barbados with its white sands, Turks & Caicos with its many unique settings, St Barts with its European flair, or any of the other islands with their array of private, luxury villas.
Australia and New Zealand
These are far away locations, and both have done very well at flattening the curve and controlling the outbreak of the coronavirus. They have both long ranked as top places to visit for those who like scenery, adventure, and unique cultures. And whether you want to dive in the Great Barrier Reef area, scope out some of the settings from the Lord of the Rings movies, explore the seemingly endless hiking and boating, or just relax, these are two highly recommended spots.
While many would say it could not be one of the best places to vacation because of its struggle to manage the outbreak, Italy ranks as one of the top spots to go once quarantine ends. This is because the nation is taking profound steps to conquer the issue and is likely to emerge as an expert in managing the spread. Millions of travelers are expected to flock to its charming towns, gorgeous coastal and mountain areas, and do all of the wonderful things possible from spots like Florence and Venice to Rome and Tuscany.
The long flight has made a visit to the Hawaiian Islands a challenge for many over the years, and with quarantine it became almost impossible. However, the island chain is likely to rate as a common choice in where to go once quarantine ends. With its unique settings on each island, many excellent accommodations, delicious food, and flawless beaches, experts are all pointing towards it as a top spot to getaway and enjoy the sun, surf, and sands. Similarly, travelers are thinking of spots in Oceania, including Fiji and French Polynesia, as well as Bali and Thailand in the Indian Ocean regions.
You can take the advice of those Travel + Leisure editors and also plan the ultimate road trip. As one said, they will want to go everywhere, and plan to visit spots like San Diego, Denver, and Orlando once the quarantine ends. As they said, they are eager to trade in “cramped, indoor, social distancing situation for the vastness of national parks,” and the wide-open roads. One editor suggested a visit to “New Orleans with a side of Houston,” and another just indicated a visit to the American Midwest.
You can also take their advice and visit “the beach. Any beach,” though we would always argue in favor of the Caribbean beaches as they have some of the calmest waters, excellent water sports conditions, and many premium villas right on the sands.
These are but a few of the spots to plan on visiting after quarantine comes to an end, and you’ll want to spend a bit of time now exploring or mapping out your first “after quarantine” adventures.