While we all stay home and ride out this global pandemic from our couches and home offices, some of us can’t help but look into the distant future and dream of the next time we would be lying in a hammock on a beach or watching the snow fall on top of a mountain. We may have had to cancel all our travel plans from the recent past but there’s nothing stopping us from keeping the hope alive — by looking at some amazing places to see once this is all over. From the jungles of Bolivia to icy expeditions to Greenland, the possibilities are endless. Here are some of our top picks for places to plan traveling to post-pandemic.
This tiny piece of Himalayan paradise is known to be a real-life Shangri La. The world’s only carbon-negative country and the kingdom is set to become the first fully organic nation by the end of 2020.
North Macedonia, officially the Republic of North Macedonia, is a country in the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe renowned for gastronomy, ancient tradition, and nature.
In 2020, with a horde of new sustainably focused expedition cruises, some with onboard naturalists and conservationists, are making it easier than ever to explore the least densely populated territory on earth.
An island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea: Aruba boasts of miles of glorious white-sand beach, plenty of all-inclusive resorts, and a compact capital, Oranjestad, which is well suited to the short strolls favored by cruise-ship passengers.
The small town of Rurrenabaque is the gateway to a lush and thrillingly beautiful part of northwestern Bolivia that offers a twofer for tourists passionate about supporting efforts toward sustainability and protecting endangered species. Bolivia just won an award for Best Green Destination from World Travel Awards for its efforts in making this entire region — packed with roaring waterfalls and rare wildlife, and home to many Indigenous groups — sustainable while launching programs for ecotourism.
The British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, comprising of four main islands and many smaller ones, it’s known for its reef-lined beaches and as a yachting destination.
Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country’s arid Pacific coast. With its colonial center preserved, it’s a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. Today, it is arguably the culinary epicenter of South America, a city dotted with celebrity chefs and extravagant plates of extraordinary food.
Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. This small country’s vast biodiversity attracts visitors keen to spot sleepy sloths in trees, red-eyed frogs paralyzing their predators, and whales in the Pacific.
The pint-sized country of Lesotho — a picturesque vista of jagged desert mountains and completely surrounded by South Africa — has been oblivious to most African itineraries. But things are changing in landlocked Lesotho, known as the “mountain kingdom.”
The largest Mediterranean island is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of seven monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in the capital city of Palermo.