As countries around the world begin to reopen their doors to tourism after a long period of lockdowns and border closures, it's time for us to delve deeper into what travel will be like under the normalcy of this social distancing aspect, and most of all, help you plan your vacation trip in the post-COVID-19 world. Here are my picks...
Malta is one of the countries with the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in Europe (around 50 total cases) and is one of the safest destinations in Europe for this summer. There are magnificent beaches, hiking spots, heritage sites for history lovers and water-sports enthusiasts (Malta has one of the best diving destinations in Europe). Malta has it all for you.
If you are someone who can't wait to be around people after a long period of being quarantined at home, Malta has probably been on your travel wish list for a long time. So don't wait any longer! This is probably the best time for visiting the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean.
2. Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken, the town between two lakes Thun and Brienz, is a beautiful tourist destination in Switzerland. Apart from the lakes, Interlaken is presided by three major mountains (The Alps), which include the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. These mountains are a primary source of attraction for both tourists and the locals.
Interlaken offers various services especially for tourists, like The Golden Pass Line (a panoramic train route that spans from the shores of Lake Lucerne to the vineyards of Lake Geneva), rental cottages in valleys for tourists to experience the “Swiss life”, seasonal activities like skiing, hiking, etc. Lastly, the decrease in Covid-19 cases gives you more reason to visit this paradise-like town!
3. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is the one city that embraces modern culture–including fast-paced, futuristic life bursting with weird and wonderful activities to keep you busy apart from its gorgeous shrines, palaces, temples, hip clubs and bars, shopping centers, and beautiful cherry blossoms.
It is also the biggest landmark for many anime fans out there with tons of events–meeting famous mangakas, anime conventions in addition to cheap limited-edition merch, mangas, and much more. Not to mention the unique vending machines with items like anime figurines and even Bentos!
Most of all, the amazing food we all heard about, such as sushi, soba noodles, takoyaki, and onigiri are all in fact pretty cheap here. Tokyo is a place you should definitely have on your travel list for this summer.
4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city is well-known for its history, well-planned canal system, and the architecture of its iconic, narrow houses. Here, you can wander on the sidewalks (by foot, or more popularly, by bike) and explore the Red Light, Grachtengordel, Old Centre, Dam Square, and Museum districts.
Amsterdam is also known for its delicious food, which includes thick Dutch fries stroopwafel, Dutch pancakes appeltaart, followed by cheese, commonly known as "Kaas". Amsterdam is definitely a place you should check out!
5. Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is yet another beautiful city in Estonia where the old meets the new. Old Tallinn represents the Historic Centre and is a very comprehensive and well-preserved medieval Nordic trading city on the Baltic Sea coast. This is ideal for those who like visiting historical places.
On the other hand, modern Tallinn is in sharp contrast with the city’s Historic Centre, with emerging communities leading the way. The Port Nobblessner district of North Tallinn was formerly known for building Soviet submarines and now has a large number of shops, apartments, and attractions. Tallinn’s music culture also provides another unique way of coexisting with the old and the new. Estonia currently has the second most traditional folk songs on the planet.
Consider visiting this beautiful and interesting place. Tallinn surely belongs on the wish list of any responsible traveler.