While the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has forced many people to stay at home and put their travel plans on hold, for now there will inevitably come a time when it is safe to travel again – and when that time will be. will come, your quarantine situation could very well determine what type of trip you take.
Here are our top ideas for your first trip to take after quarantine ends. When it came to selecting these destinations, we had only two requirements:
2. Epic enough to give you that special something to look forward to until you can get back out there.
Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cycladic group of Greek islands. It is located between the Ios and Anafi Islands. It is famous for its spectacular views, magnificent sunsets from the town of Oia, the strange white eggplant (eggplant), the town of Thira and naturally its own active volcano. There are naturally fantastic beaches such as Perissa Beach, perhaps the best beach in Santorini, Kamari Black Pebble Beach, White Beach, and Red Beach.
When to Go
The tourist season begins on April 1, or around Greek Easter. The period from December to March is essentially off season and marked by colder temperatures, rain and winds. Although the temperature is rarely cold, the bad weather makes the experience less than optimal on this beautiful island. Most businesses, including hotels and guesthouses, can be closed. The air is generally hot and dry during the busy summer months with very little rain between May and September. The ideal times to visit, for milder weather, lower prices and crowds, are April-June and September-October.
Near By Places
- Thirassia: small island near Santorini; place with more authentic villages, buildings and even churches. Take a look at the hymnasia: in the yard, a student painted children on the walls.
- Boat trips: volcanic island (Nea Kameni) – hot springs (Palia Kameni) – Thirassia From Ia: departure from Ammoudi bay at 10:50 am (point of departure and arrival); a little later from Armeni Bay. 1h30 to the island of the volcano; 45min for the hot springs; 2 hours for Thirassia (including lunch time). Meals are not included, normally the guide advises you to visit the Captain Jack Tavern, which is self-service if you are arriving with a large group or is operating with servers if you don’t. This restaurant serves amazing fresh seafood at the lowest prices.
- Faros: A lighthouse near Akrotiri, in the west of the southern part of the island. Rocky cliff, interesting for taking pictures. Although you cannot enter the lighthouse, which is run by the Greek Navy, it is a great and tranquil place to take photos.
- Scuba and Snorkeling: Santorini has 5 dive shops. Prices are typically around € 80 for two dives, including equipment rental, transport, and usually, a light lunch. The offerings are otherwise quite similar. Prices are sometimes lower when booked directly through dive shop, rather than through a travel agency.
Where to stay
- Uma Ray Suites:Fira – Mitropoleos Street, Fira, 84700, Greece
- Kallos Imar Hotel: Messaria Santorini, Mesariá, 84700, Greece
How to go
You can travel either by plane (Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”) or by ferryboat (Piraeus Port). There are also links between Santorini and other Greek islands. The flight is the quickest, easiest and most direct way as it lasts more or less 40 minutes and you can book your tickets in advance.
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is right next to the Italian “boot”. Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental Doric-style Greek temples and the Byzantine mosaics of the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in the capital Palermo. To the east of Sicily is Mount Etna, one of the tallest active volcanoes in Europe.
When to Go
The best time to visit Sicily is from May to June or September to October. These late spring and early fall months offer hospitable temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, which are ideal for temple gazing, beach lazing or hiking.
What to visit
- Taormina: Taormina is one of the most visited touristic resorts in all of Italt. Perched up on a hill about 250 m above the sea, Taormina is about midway between Messina and Catania, a good base for day excursions in eastern Sicily.
- Ortigia: The island of Ortigia, connected to the mainland by a short footbridge, and the main town of Syracuse. It was the most important Greek city for a long time and you can enjoy its ancient past by visiting its archaeological area which is full of monuments, including temples, a theater, an amphitheater and a necropolis.
- Agrigento: Valley of the Temples Better known as the city of temples, Agrigento is located on the southern coast of Sicily. Located just south of the “modern city” and nestled among olive trees on a ridge near the sea, there are some of the best-preserved ancient Greek temples in the world. The Valley of the Temples is a magnificent collection of seven temples from the 6th and 5th centuries BC.
Where to stay
- BEST LUXURY HOTELS: Calette N5 (Cefalù), Sikelia Luxury Resort (Pantelleria)
- BEST HOTELS ON THE BEACH: Capo San Vito, Castello San Marco Hotel & Spa, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, La Plage, Grand Palladium Sicillia Resort & Spa, Musciara Siracusa Resort
How to go
The island of Sicily has three main airports across the region; Palermo, Catania and Trapani. The Palermo Airport located in Punta Raisa at a distance of 32 km from the center of Palermo city. The second airport is the Catania Fontanarossa Airport, located in Catani at a distance of 7.3 km from the main part of the city. The third airport in this region is the Trapani Airport in Trapani, which is 18.4 km from the city center. You can take a direct air-conditioned Intercity train to Sicily from Rome or Naples, or connect in these cities from across Italy. It’s a 9 hour journey from Naples to Palermo, or 11.5 hours from Rome. You can also disembark at other destinations in Sicily.
You will need more than one trip to Bermuda to visit all of the island’s attractions! From forts and museums to parks and nature reserves, you will easily fill your days with the many opportunities to experience the flora and fauna and learn about the history and culture of our sub-tropical island.
Things to do
Dolphin Quest Bermuda: Meet dolphins up-close in Dolphin Quest’s large ocean-fed dolphin habitat where you’ll touch, feed and swim with these incredible animals. Dolphin Quest is the historic stone fortress now home to National Museum of Bermuda, one of the islands most extraordinary and most visited museums of Bermuda’s naval history. Meet our dolphin family face-to-face at Dolphin Quest Bermuda in a variety of experiential learning opportunities for children, adults and groups.
Timings: November until March 10:00am – 3:00pm
April – October 9:30am – 4:30pm Overseas Reservations
Central Reservations office at 800.248.3316 (Mon. – Fri. 8am – 9pm EST).
For International callers please dial 540.687.8102.2. Ocean Discovery Centre at BUEI: Blue Echo Dive
Travel 12,000 feet below the sea surface where you will be able to investigate scientific anomalies above and below the island, visit an aeroplane graveyard, experience close encounters with whales, giant squid and sharks and a multitude of deep-sea creatures.
Bermuda Revealed: Discover via interactive activities how the islands of Bermuda were formed and learn about the long-extinct volcanic seamount beneath us, the types of diving equipment used now and in the past, as well some of the creatures that roamed the island during the Cretaceous period.
- Phone: 1 441 292 7219
- Address: 40 Crow Lane, Pembroke HM 19, Bermuda
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.buei.bm
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/BUEIbermuda/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/bueibermuda
3. Crystal & Fantasy Caves: These are Bermuda’s top visitor attraction for some very spectacular reasons. Deep, clear underground pools of azure blue water. Incredible formations of every size and shape imaginable. Cave ceilings adorned with rare chandelier clusters and delicate crystallized soda straws. Each cave is uniquely beautiful and is a new adventure to discover. Be sure to explore them both.
Timings: Open Daily 9am – 5pm; Last tour leaves at 4:30pm; Guided tours leave every 20 minutes. We are closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Ticket: Crystal Caves ticket prices: Adults – $24 Children 12 and under – $10 Children under 5 are free. Fantasy Caves ticket prices: Adults – $24 Children 12 and under – $10 Children under 5 are free. Combination ticket prices: Adults – $35 Children 12 and under – $12 Children under 5 are free.
Where to stay
Texas is the second largest US state, after Alaska, with an area of 696,200 km2 (268,820 square miles). Although 10% larger than France and almost twice the size of Germany or Japan and more than double the size of the UK, it only ranks 27th in the world among country subdivisions by size . A wide range of animals and insects live in Texas. It is the home to 65 species of mammals, 213 species of reptiles and amphibians, and the greatest diversity of bird life in the United States—590 native species in all.
Places for visit
- Space Center Houston: It’s a wonderful place to learn about space exploration, upcoming missions, the latest NASA projects, and maybe even meet an astronaut. Space Center Houston is also home to Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, which can be visited on a tour. Plan to spend at least half a day exploring the entire resort, which includes a space shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier. Visitors can walk inside the shuttle and transporter. You can also walk inside a replica of America’s first space station, Skylab. Other highlights include the sight of rockets and the touch of a rock from the moon and Mars.
- Galveston: It is home to beautiful beaches that stretch for miles. The shallow and often calm water makes this a popular area for families and beach goers. In the summer, set up your parasol along the seawall or have fun and have fun at the Pleasure Pier. But it’s more than a seaside town, with plenty to do here throughout the year. Explore the historic downtown Strand, a National Historic District, and stroll past the ornate Victorian-style mansions that line the quiet streets.
- San Antonio River: Stretching for several miles along the San Antonio River in the heart of the city, the River Walk is lined with restaurants and pretty outdoor patios, where you can sit and dine alongside the river. Built below street level, this pedestrian bridge runs along the river that winds and weaves through the city, and is as popular with locals as it is with tourists, day and night.
- The Alamo : The Alamo is one of America’s most important historic sites. Part of a missionary station established in 1718, it was built by the Franciscans in 1744 and in 1836 it had been transformed into a fort. He rose to fame during the Texas Revolution, when a small force, including Davie Crockett and James Bowie, barricaded itself against an extremely superior Mexican army of some 3,000 men. As the defeat saw all 187 defenders killed, the cry of “Remember the Alamo!” rallied the state to ultimately defeat the Mexicans.
Where to stay
- Omni Dallas Hotel: 555 South Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75202, United States
- Peach Tree Inn & Suite: 401 South Washington, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, United States
How to go
There are four airports in Texas classified as international: Dallas−Fort Worth, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Austin-Bergstrom in Austin, and San Antonio. Air passengers to Texas usually arrive at Dallas–Fort Worth Airport or George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, but now that British Airways operates a service from London to Austin, that airport is becoming popular. Many flights touch down in El Paso for passengers to board or change planes.