Stuck at home? Airport is closed? We’re dreaming of our next trip once the coronavirus quarantine lockdown is over. Here’s some top ideas for your next trip!
1. The Maldives
The Maldives is a picture-perfect island nation in the Indian Ocean full of turquoise waters and overwater villas – this is the stuff dreams are made of! Best of all, you’ll have plenty of space to yourself on one of the country’s 100+ private resort islands. While you might not *quite* be ready to travel yet, the Maldives is nearly ready for you – the country has announced it will reopen to international arrivals from July. Get the latest info on Maldives travel here!
Singapore is one of the easiest travel destinations on earth. Transport is cheap and plentiful and it’s quick to get around. English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil are all official languages so you’ll always be able to find someone to strike up a conversation. You can have a delicious meal at one of Singapore’s famous hawker centres for just a few dollars. And as a bonus you’ll be looking forward to your time at the airport – Singapore is home to Changi Airport, the world’s top airport according to Skytrax for 8 years running (and yes, that picture above is the airport)! Singapore remains closed off to most visitors, but they’re actively discussing “Green Lanes” for travellers to and from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Malaysia. Get the latest info on Singapore travel here!
For the budget-conscious traveler, it’s hard to go past Vietnam as the perfect post-lockdown destination. Quality guesthouse accommodation goes for under US $50 a night, while backpacker accommodation can be as low as US $5 a night. Travel from south to north and experience the stunning scenery in places as far afield as Danang, Hoi An, Ninh Binh, and Sapa, all the while enjoying deliciously cheap food and some of the friendliest and most genuine people you’ll meet. Vietnam locked down early and has been hailed globally as a COVID success story, with no reported coronavirus fatalities and very few cases. Vietnam has announced that flights will resume in July to South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong , Thailand, Singapore, Laos & Cambodia. Get the latest info on travel to Vietnam here!
Full of the world’s best beaches, incredible rainforests, and the oldest culture on earth, Australia is our home country and one of the world’s greatest COVID success stories. We’re excited at the prospect of exploring our home country more, particularly the great outdoors in the Northern Territory and central and northern Western Australia. Most Australian states are intending to reopen their borders to domestic travellers by the end of July, and talks are ongoing to create “travel bubbles” with New Zealand, Singapore and pacific islands by the end of the year. So if you’re from the region, what better time to discover more of your own backyard! Get the latest info on travel to Australia here!
5. New Zealand
Number 5 is another destination in the Oceania region, New Zealand is the home of snow-capped mountains, absurdly beautiful vistas, and of course, Middle-Earth. Rediscover the movies by visiting the Hobbiton movie set, then go onto the South Island to explore Mount Cook, Milford Sound and the many other natural delights across the island. Or stick to the North Island and discover the sulphur hot springs in Rotorua, Mount Taranaki in New Plymouth and the many other hidden gems. New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus and as mentioned above, is in active discussions to open up a travel bubble to Australia and other low risk destinations. Domestic travel within New Zealand is now permitted without restrictions. Get the latest info on travel to New Zealand here!