You are not the only one who has been craving to break out of their cage called “home” or “apartment” for a very long while. No one could imagine the lockdowns being real prior to the pandemic, but they were, and in fact still are, in some places, most real. Two years ago, the matter was much simpler. You buy a ticket or two (or a lot, depending on whether you have these wonderful little creatures called kids), neatly pack your suitcases, book a hotel, and you were ready.
Now, even if you are able to board a plane, you will be lucky to have more than a dozen traveling options. In 2021, safety has got a whole new meaning. Not only the country you are going to has to have an adequate level of human rights, but it also needs good COVID-19 measures. Nobody wants to go on vacation and catch the deadly virus, which can happen even if you are fully healthy and vaccinated. In this article, we are going to discuss the best places to travel post-pandemic.
Look, if you are living in a big country such as the US, or are allowed to travel to neighboring EU-states, you are all good. It’s enough to cover most of your traveling cravings, and everyone else can probably wait until we get back to normal (if that’s a thing that’s ever going to happen). Even a road trip in less than a thousand miles from your hometown will suffice.
Wherever you are living, chances are you haven’t seen it all. Even in a relatively small country, such as Belgium, there are plenty of natural and historic sites for you to visit. Don’t make this mistake that a lot of people make- as soon as the regulations are eased, they rush to the airport to fly to the next open thing. That’s really not a good idea, as you never know when you might be able to catch a flight home. You don’t want to get stuck in a city you went to on vacation, only to replace your good memories with bad ones.
Instead, go easy. There is going to be plenty of time for you to explore the big wide world. Choose an option that offers the safest, most convenient travel. That will depend on what is your country of departure, how long you are planning to stay at your arrival destination, and how flexible do you want to be. Right now, it’s all about being not-so-picky.
Traveling in 2021 does require a great deal of planning, especially Plan B’s and even C’s. When you are buying a ticket from a reputable company, your flight can still be cut and you will have to come up with solutions on the go. Even more confusing are the PCR and vaccination requirements. Some countries allow only one vaccine, others quite a handful. Make sure you have your shots and QR-code valid for your destination, as well as a PCR, was done on time.
Your choice has to be defined by the standards that are implemented in the country, state, or even city you are planning to stay in. Las Vegas, for example, will be much safer than Los Angeles or even New York right now, because of the strong implementations of safety requirements. Therefore, when asked where to go in the US right now, I will always answer Vegas. It is the safest spot in the Americas currently, and it offers the best of both worlds right now, entertainment and relaxation, what we all want after a grueling pandemic year.
Alim, a friend of mine from Bahrain, went to the States on his recent trip, and he strongly confirmed my opinion. Nowhere else has he seen such strict and effective preventative measures. Everyone is abiding by the mask and social distance rules, and if someone is not, they will surely not be allowed on the fun. And don’t forget, the state of Nevada has a lot to offer besides the famous city. To learn more about preparing for your Vegas trip, check out a Alim`s blogpost about preparation for your Vegas trip at vegasjoy.net.
In the end, the choice is yours to make, but the guidelines outlined above will save you a lot of headache and trouble. While we advocate safe travel, you should always consult multiple information resources for proper preparation. It is best to spend a little extra time on planning, then head out the door too early. Here are more recommendations from Mayo Clinic.