It’s safe to say that we’re all feeling downtrodden by the Coronavirus chaos at the moment.
All non-essential travel has been banned for the immediate future, which has meant that holidays do not only seem like an impossible fantasy, but are also at the bottom of our priority list.
However, one of the only ways we are going to get through this period of isolation is by circulating hope and optimism for what’s on the other side. We need to stay motivated and remember that this is all temporary; we will be reunited with our loved ones and explore the world again, and when we do, we will appreciate the memories it creates more than ever.
One thing we’re blessed with at present is time - so why don’t we put this spare time to good use and start thinking about the destinations that we can add to our bucket-list? What’s post-isolation life going to look like for you?...
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Few vacation experiences are more life-changing than an African safari; but after months indoors, this trip would be even more appealing.
Sleeping under the stars, spying exotic wildlife, and enjoying scenery you can’t get anywhere else on this earth. Kruger National Park in South Africa is a great place to start.
Spanning over six million acres, the game reserve contains over 17 different eco zones, each with a unique landscape and climate. Over 500 bird species and 147 mammal species reside in the park so keep an eye out for lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos.
Dreaming of a trip like this could certainly keep the whole family motivated throughout quarantine.
Niagara Falls — Canada/New York
Many of us will have had to cancel holidays this year, which might mean that we’ve got an unused holiday budget to play with once this is all over.
If budget isn’t necessarily going to be an issue for you and you’re looking to do that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip - a US road trip would be an immense cultural experience.
Niagara Falls is a geological wonder shared by the United States and Canada. The awe-inspiring complex comprises three legendary falls — Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls in New York.
One of the most thrilling ways to see them is to take a cruise aboard the Maid of the Mist boat, which brings you right up to the thundering falls, alternatively there’s plenty of unique vantage points behind them.
Once you’ve visited the falls why not explore New York, voted 11 on Big 7 Travel’s top bucket list destinations for 2019/20, it's one of America’s most exciting states. With charming upstate scenery, world-class cuisine and culture and more things to do than you could fit in one lifetime.
This one trip would make up for the many missed during quarantine!
When we return to normality, it’s likely that we will all start to appreciate the natural world a lot more - and likely want to immerse ourselves in it as much as possible!
You don’t have to travel halfway around the world for a bucket list experience, with one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena right on your doorstep in Northern Europe.
The elusive Aurora Borelalis, better known as the Northern Lights, is an ethereal light show that shimmers and ripples across the Arctic sky in the winter months, with Iceland providing the perfect setting.
Known for its lunar-looking lava fields and expansive glaciers, Iceland has so much to offer. The capital, Reykjavik, has plenty of museums and restaurants serving New Nordic cuisine.
Why not take a day trip to the Blue Lagoon to swim in geothermal waters and marvel at the beauty of Gullfoss Waterfall?
If you’re looking to dive straight back into the natural world after this pandemic - Iceland would be a great option.
Caribbean - Antigua/Cuba
Generally, not much convincing is required when explaining why the Caribbean is a great choice for any holiday. A particular island in the Caribbean that’s gaining popularity is the paradise-like Antigua.
Unbeknown to many, Antigua has 365 stunning beaches – one for every day of the year if you’re really wanting to push the boat out and take a year-long sabbatical.
However, we can’t sell Antigua short by only focusing on the beaches as it is also blessed with verdant rainforests, candy-coloured villages and endless coral reefs to explore.
Another option would be to check out Cuba, the Caribbean hotspot that combines the urban charm of Havana with the serene beaches of Varadero.
Havana in particular will stick in your mind for how colourful, lively and vibrant the streets are – filled with dancing, music and friendly conversation with locals.
Picture this: salsa lessons on the beachfront, live jazz music in the constant stream of rum bars, finished off with a visit to the famous Club Tropicana, the open-air cabaret show. That’s one image that could definitely get me through quarantine!
Christmas markets across Europe
We’re not sure when we’ll be out of this isolation period, but if it’s towards the end of this year - why not boost morale and visit one of the great Christmas markets that Europe has to offer?
Vienna is a hotspot at this time of year, particularly due to its famous Christmas market.
During the festive season, the city of Vienna is teeming with tinkling market stalls and majestic architecture. The market itself is erected in front of the Viennese City Hall, which also includes many delicious food markets, decorations, sweets, Christmas gifts, a carousel and craft workshops!
However, December is a great month in general for visiting any country with a great Christmas market. Check out the best European Christmas markets.
Wherever you are in the world at present, you will in someway have been affected by COVID-19. In a strange way - this pandemic has brought us together and encouraged community, solidarity and optimism for the future.
Stay safe, stay home but also stay positive and remember there will still be a world out there for you to explore on the other side.