The majority of travel experts believe that travel will reopen in stages rather than all at once. Some countries will ease limitations first, while others will follow later. Attractions and local procedures will also change in phases at your visit. Top tourism destination are below.
Some tourists already know where they want to go: previously cancelled trips that have been rebooked that have become more urgent as a result of witnessing a global health catastrophe. Others may find it more ambiguous. Although cabin fever is a constant, the details are hazy.
1. Portugal’s Alentejo
The relatively rural Alentejo area of Portugal has one gorgeous landscape after another. With its gentle slopes and soothing sunsets, you’ll find a laid-back culture with little stress (just what you need after the year we’ve had).
Cycling past beaches, lighthouses, and coastal villages is a great way to take it all in, or ride inland for wineries, castles, and farmers’ markets. Rent bikes in Évora and create your own route, or arrange a full package that includes luggage transfers and accommodations.
Algeria, located on the Mediterranean coast, provides amazing Roman remains without the crowds. As if that weren’t enough, you may also visit the Sahara Desert or the Hoggar Mountains to get some fresh air.
Entry requires visas, but the procedure is worth it for access to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and gracious hospitality.
3. Norway’s Alta
Alta, often known as the “aurora borealis city,” provides ideal circumstances for viewing the northern lights. It has a lot of activity and, unlike other Scandinavian destinations, it has a lot of clear evenings for viewing. There are even “arctic dome” hotels (high-end glamping tents with clear walls) that are more environmentally friendly than glass igloos in other locations.
The aurora season lasts much longer in this part of the world, spanning from September to March. Even so, a winter visit is encouraged to take advantage of dog sledding, snowshoeing, and reindeer sleigh rides.
4. Guatemala, Antigua
Antigua, Guatemala is undeniably a tourist destination, but the yearly Semana Santa (Holy Week, or the week preceding Easter) activities are well worth the journey. Locals build beautiful “carpets” on the street every year using coloured sawdust, flowers, and other things. These elaborate works of art are only on display for a few hours before religious processions pass by, destroying them. While you won’t be able to travel this week in 2021, it’s now time to plan your trip for early 2022!
While this tradition is worth planning your trip around, Antigua is also beautiful throughout the year. Beautiful cathedrals, excellent restaurants, and tours of nearby volcanoes are all available in this colonial town.
5. Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains
The Ozark Mountains, located in the northwest part of Arkansas, are rich in natural beauty. It should come as no surprise that this is one of the largest wilderness regions in the eastern United States, with plenty of chances for hiking, mountain biking, and other activities.
What sets this location unique, however, is the sheer number of activities available, even if physical activity isn’t your strong suit. There are several scenic drives that take you past rivers and waterfalls. You might even see some elk. Eureka Springs’ historic neighbourhood is almost an artisan village in town, and the Great Passion Play is set to restart this spring.
6. India’s Assam
Because Assam is closer to the Himalayas than the Taj Mahal, it is a lesser-known Indian destination.. The main purpose for visiting is for ecotourism, with wild creatures being a surprising lure. At Kaziranga National Park, you can look for an Indian one-horned rhinoceros or visit the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary to explore the evergreen forest.
The region’s fertile land, which makes it perfect for wildlife, also makes it ideal for agriculture. Include a visit to a tea plantation in your itinerary. The estates are lovely, and they’re a terrific chance to see some of northeast India’s smaller villages.
7. Thailand’s Ayutthaya
One thing is certain: despite being the world’s largest city in 1700, no one in the West learns about Ayutthaya in history class. The majority of today’s visitors, however, come to see older history. The ruins of Ayutthaya Historical Park date back to 1350.Don’t dismiss the park since it is large and from a different era and culture than the famous Angkor Wat.
Trains depart Bangkok frequently for the 90-minute journey to Ayutthaya. In fact, the majority of guests come for the day, but staying the night is even better. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit the temples because they are the quietest.
As locations reopen after a year of low visitors, the focus is shifting to sustainable tourism. Bhutan is one country that has gotten this right for years, requiring visitors to hire a guide to ensure that residents, communities, and natural or cultural wonders are treated with respect. They aim for “high yield, low impact” tourism.
While having a guide is beneficial to Bhutanese, it is also beneficial to visitors. Your guide will handle all of the logistics, which is critical in a world where travel regulations are always changing. They’ll also tell you tales, provide context, and assist you in making connections with locals for a more meaningful experience.
9. Bristol, England
Banksy aficionados may already know what a fantastic location Bristol is—the street art is incredible—but now it’s time for the rest of the world to discover it. Bristol, located west of London, is a mid-sized city with a vibrant personality and vibe.
It can be tough to choose what to do, but tourists should begin by viewing Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the iconic M Shed museum. Fans of Netflix’s Bridgerton can take a day trip to Bath (15 minutes away) to view the filming locations in person.
10. Virgin Islands, British
In 2017, Hurricane Irma wrecked havoc on the BVI, causing extensive damage that took years to repair. Finally, the British Virgin Islands have been repaired and reopened with sufficient infrastructure that tourists may expect most of their favourite attractions to be open when they return.
It can be difficult to decide which island to stay on, but there are no poor options. Choose one and relax: owing to ferries and charter boats, you may visit others on a day excursion. If you can’t decide, you may always charter a catamaran instead of a resort to sleep on so that your “hotel” room follows you everywhere.