Top 10 Holiday Destinations to Visit During COVID-19
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Last Updated: December 14, 2020
Eager to travel when the pandemic relents, but wary of crowds is no coincidence. Today we’ll be talking about the Top 10 Holiday Destinations to Visit During COVID-19. Here is a comprehensive list of compelling countries and regions around the world filled with rich culture, scenery, and history with low COVID-19 cases. Many people are hesitant to visit major destinations known to be overcrowded. These are our Top 10 Holiday Destinations to Visit During COVID-19.
This country straddles Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Georgians are known for their warm hospitality, which is essential during the pandemic, as panic is a minor upset when it comes to COVID-19. The country has a distinct cuisine and food culture, and in Georgia no trip is complete without partaking in a “Supra” a traditional Georgian feast. It’s also considered to be the nation with the longest history of wine making, with production dating back 8,000 years. And because of it’s position on the historic Silk Road paired with it’s rich local history Georgia is a treasure trove of monuments and sites. Georgia is now starting to attract more international attention.
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia (Image Source: Denis Arslanbekov)
#9 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Looking to immerse yourself in a natural environment, after being cooped inside for so long; why not indulge that with desire to the extreme with an all-out wilderness adventure. Congo can actually refer to two district countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of the Congo to its west. Both are worth visiting given the untarnished natural beauty of the region and the ample opportunity to see wildlife. Due to instability in the DRC travel isn’t recommended, but its neighbor to the west however is considered relatively safe and with so few tourists you feel that you have the whole area to yourself. The country’s capital Brazzaville is worth the visit. This city has been rightfully dubbed the Paris of Africa.
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo (Image Source: Traveltourxp)
Slovenia from its capital Ljubljana in the second city of Maribor to the port bog Koper and many towns and villages that dot the country. Slovenia feels wonderfully unchanged by tourism, and its genuine wonder as to why. Given that this nation has a little bit of everything to offer international travelers. Ljubljana stuns with its baroque and Vienna secession architecture. In 2012 Maddy Bowen was given the honor of being named a European Capital of Culture which it more than earns with its world-class cuisine and namesake castle. Natural wonders beyond the city are bound to be explored including three Glau National park, lake bled, the Social Valley and the Julian Alps. And to top it all off Slovenian’s approach to its growing tourism industry, is considered to be among the world’s most sustainable; making this a guilt free trip.
Location: Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia (Image Source: Arnaud Steckle)
#7 ANDAMAN ISLANDS
Located off the coast of India, and considered a Union Territory, the Andaman Islands are a slice of unspoiled South Asian paradise. The Andaman Islands are notably sparse in terms of population. A number of the Islands are off-limits to visitors; instead being preserved for the insular indigenous tribes who inhabit them. Those that are accessible to foreigners however offer the sort of Beach vacation that many might have thought are not possible in our modern ages. Pristine white sandy beaches, lush forest, and an abundance of sea life, coupled with limited development, makes the Andaman Islands feel like your own private getaway. The accommodations while limited make know how to pamper their desk.
Location: Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Image Source: Tatono Music)
#6 PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE (USA)
In the upper Peninsula of Michigan we see a very different side of the state America’s great wilderness and natural beauty. And nowhere is the splendor more inspiring than along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Covering 42 miles of shore and 114 square miles of land this park is named for its towering sandstone cliffs. Countless years of erosion have shaped them into shallow caves and various eye catching natural formations. Add to that the Sand Dunes waterfalls and ample, opportunity for outdoor activities.
Location: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, United States (Image Source: Mike Setchell)
#5 NAXOS, GREECE
The appeal of the Greek islands is undeniable. These shining gems in the Mediterranean attract crowds with their breathtaking shorelines and the promise of rest relaxation and beautiful weather. Unfortunately many of these islands have been fundamentally changed by their own popularity. The paradise on Earth once promised by Santorini and Mykonos has been somewhat tarnished by the droves of tourists that crowd these now world-famous islands. For a trip back in time to the glory days of the Greek islands; consider a trip to Naxos which is located between the two after mentioned destinations. Pictured-perfect clusters of white homes breathtaking sunsets historic ruins, fishing villages, family restaurants dishing up mouth-watering plates of fresh seafood, sandy beaches; Naxos has got it all.
Location: Naxos, Naxos and Lesser Cyclades, Greece (Image Source: Evangelos Mpikakis)
This spot in the Himalayas is unlike any other place on Earth. Far from the crowded cities, this largely undiscovered region of Kashmir which remains a disputed territory between India and Pakistan so be sure to check for any travel advisories; is a land of mountains breathtaking views, big sky, and rustic natural beauty. Its home to a population of just about 275,000 people; and the number of annual tourists is similar. Within the region a person can find no fewer than 35 Buddhist monasteries, which are among the most popular attractions. Ladakh is firmly rooted in traditions, history and local culture. Authenticity needn’t to be sought out, it’s everywhere you turn; and to help the natural beauty and cultural integrity of Ladakh, eco and sustainable tourism is being championed.
Location: Leh Ladakh, ladakh, India (Image Source: Shivam Dewan)
A sense of adventure can be hard to come by. A view unobstructed by signs of human activity even more so; in Mongolia however, they’ve hardly made a mark on it. The largest city Ulaanbaatar is home to only about a million and a half people; and a substantial portion of the nation’s residents continue to practice the traditional nomadic lifestyle. Mongolia’s rugged mountain peaks, abundant lifestyle, and seemingly endless plains can feel downright surreal. But for those who seek space to explore and reflect, you can’t ask for a better setting. With that being said Ulaanbaatar still offers all the modern comforts and concentrated culture one expects from an urban center.
Location: Mongolia (Image Source: Lightscape)
#2 TRETINO-ALTO ADIGE/ SÜDTIROL
Despite its unbelievably horrific 2020, Italy will eventually remain among the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe. Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany; such cities and regions require no introduction. But travel to the north eastern extremity of its borders and you’ll feel as if you crossed into an entirely different country. The autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige Südtirol is historically austro-bavarian, but was annexed ny Italy in 1919; whereas the French, Swiss, and Austrian Alps are well trodden territory with price tags to match, the Italian apps and Dolomites remain far less traveled. Hiking, skiing, spas, local wines and beer’s, and a highly regional cuisine this region of Italy needs to be experienced to be understood.
Location: Pragser Wildsee, South Tyrol, Italy (Image Source: Eberhard Grossgasteiger)
#1 PAPAU NEW GUINEA
On average this country receives about 200,000 visitors per year. Being the world’s third largest country and considered all it has to offer, that is a shockingly low figure. Papau New Guinea is a land of unspoiled lush greenery colorful wildlife, and unparallel opportunities for trekking and outdoor adventure. As if that’s not enough the island surrounding water’s offer some of the world’s best diving, with an abundance of shipwrecks, coral, sea life and more. Surfing is another popular activity that like all of the above, benefits from the lack of crowds. One of the most culturally diverse nations on earth with 851 known languages; it’s truly an inspiring destination in every sense of the world.
Location: Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea (Image Source: Vika Chartier)
This concludes the Top 10 Holiday Destinations to Visit During COVID-19. It is recommended if you check the COVID restrictions in each country. Many of these places listed above are recommended to visit, because of under-tourism. Places like these are better to be explored during their summer seasons as this will unlock more activities for you to do.
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Written by: Phumelele Pingo
Proofread by: Bianca Mac Donald