COVID-19 has uprooted everyone’s lives. From working at home to mandatory face coverings, life looks different than it used to. One thing that’s distinctly missing from people’s lives is vacation. A vacation is a great way to take a break from your stressful everyday life and can benefit your mental health and productivity.
Although a vacation is not an option for many right now, there’s no harm in planning what to do and where to go when it is possible to travel again. Planning a vacation can lift your spirits and make you excited for the future during this uncertain time.
It might seem like a faraway memory, but cruises were once a popular vacation option and they will be again.
However, many places have banned them for the time being due to the pandemic. Whether you’re looking for a cruise to Mexico, a European cruise, or one along the Panama Canal, a cruise is a great choice for vacation.
Cruises allow you to spend time with your family or friends and visit a lot of destinations in a relatively short amount of time. They’re also a great alternative to a plane trip if you don’t like flying or simply prefer traveling via water.
The events, experience, and sights you can see on a cruise make it an option for a vacation at any time of the year. Although cruises will look a little different after the pandemic, they’re still a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Island retreats are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word vacation. Whether you’re going to a resort or just exploring a beautiful island, islands are the ultimate getaway.
There are plenty of options when considering an island retreat, too. You can go to more recognizable islands, like Hawaii or the Bahamas. However, you don’t have to choose between just these popular areas. Even on well-known islands, you can find hidden gems. Even though Hawaii has only six islands open to visitors, you can find the less-touristy spots on islands such as Lanai or Molokai.
If you’re looking to go somewhere farther and less populated, that’s an option, too. Lesser-known islands in countries like Honduras, Madagascar, or even Canada can be a great option to explore places that aren’t as packed with tourists.
Whether you want to go to a more local island or travel to a foreign country, island retreats can be great for relaxing while also being able to go on adventures and explore new places.
Post-pandemic, you should check COVID-19 procedures or outbreaks for anywhere you’re traveling to and take all proper precautions.
Whether you reside in Europe or live somewhere else, a European vacation is a popular option.
Europe is a versatile continent and a favorite destination for many because you can travel to multiple countries fairly cheaply and quickly. Europe is great for backpacking or adventures, but you can also travel to Europe for a relaxing vacation on a European beach or beautiful villa, such as Italy.
Although most European countries are limiting travel, some places like Croatia are still welcoming American tourists.
Historic landmarks can be almost anywhere and make for a great one-day adventure, but they can also be a destination. Historical towns are a popular destination for anyone looking to explore a new place.
Whether you want to go somewhere in the U.S., such as Philadelphia or Boston, or somewhere farther, you can find historic landmarks in many countries that can be a vacation destination or a day trip.
Cities like Athens, Greece, or Rome, Italy are popular tourist spots that are full of interesting and sacred history.
You can also find historic landmarks to base your vacations around, such as the Great Wall of China in Beijing or the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
If you’re a history buff, nearly any city will have some sort of interesting history. Wherever you’re planning to go, make sure to do your research so you don’t miss any must-see spots.
Depending on the type of landmark, they may also be a great option for COVID-19 if it’s a national park or other outdoor attraction where you can ensure social distancing.
Even with the current pandemic, it’s important to keep up good spirits and think positively. Planning a post-pandemic vacation can give you something to look forward to and help get your mind off of the current world situation.
Wherever and whenever you go, vacations after COVID-19 will be vastly different, so make sure to always take proper precautions and safety measures.