The Best Places to Visit Once Lockdown is Over
Lockdown might seem like a strange time to look up the best places to visit in the world, but it actually makes a lot of sense. As humans, it’s only natural that we miss not only everyday social contact, but the sense of escape and adventure that comes with a trip abroad.
The Best Places to Visit in the World - Once the World Reopens Again
With all of us confined to our homes over the last few weeks, it’s no surprise that we’re already turning to travel websites for holiday ideas and inspiration.
Whether you prefer relaxing on a beach with a cocktail, the hustle and bustle of big cities or exploring history in museums and ancient cities, there’s something on this list of top holiday destinations for you.
Long Haul Destinations
Less a city than a major brand name in global tourism, Orlando is the main reason holidays to Florida have become some of the most famous and sought after all around the world. While the sunshine state has a lot to recommend, Orlando’s appeal can be summed up in two words: ‘theme parks’.
Universal has perhaps the best mix of high-octane thrills and bright and colourful surroundings. However, Disney World is easily the biggest name in the region, enthralling children and families for decades - and with the opening of the Star Wars-themed ‘Galaxy’s Edge’, its attraction is only set to grow.
New York City, New York
While Orlando is perfect for resorts, New York City is one of the most vibrant, buzzing cities in the entire world, with a truly staggering range of attractions across its various neighborhoods.
There are some things that are essential for first-timers - a trip to the Statue of Liberty, for instance, or catching a show on Broadway. But this barely scratches the surface of all there is to see and do here - for those who fall in love with the city, one visit is never enough.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Famous the world over for its glitz, glamour and gambling, Las Vegas more than earns its reputation, with astonishing high-end restaurants and more lights and wonder than you can see anywhere else in the world.
It’s worth going a little off the beaten track too, though, with the surrounding desert offering unique Wild West vibes. The city even has a Mob Museum dedicated to the legendary organised crime syndicates that made the city what it is today.
As one of the most popular destinations in the world year after year, there are more than enough reasons to make your first post-lockdown holiday a trip to the Caribbean. Travel is easy, with a huge number of regular, direct flights from locations around the world, and once you arrive, there’s a huge range of things to do, from wellness spas and romantic getaways to scuba-diving and snorkelling in the warm turquoise waters.
Even better, for anyone starved of close contact and crowds, top destinations like Jamaica and the Virgin Islands have lively, fun-filled carnivals. What better way to banish those social distancing blues than with a huge party?
A glittering, modern metropolis on the edge of the desert, Dubai is truly one of the most unique and best places to visit in the world. Take a trip up the iconic Burj Khalifa to see the city from atop the world’s tallest building, go shopping in the ornate, enormous Dubai Mall and enjoy the excellent food and drink.
For a taste of unique Middle Eastern culture, meanwhile, you can take a camel-back desert safari, shop in the bustling souks and check out the Dubai Museum in the old Al Fahidi Fort. While it’s easy to come here only for the modern marvels, it’s well worth learning a little about the past to truly appreciate just how special this city is.
Short Haul Destinations
The Canary Islands
With famous destinations like Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, as well as a variety of smaller islands, the Canary Islands are truly a top holiday destination. Plus, they’re far closer than the Caribbean, making them perfect for those who don’t like long flights or just don’t fancy the jet lag.
There are seven islands to choose from, and their locations off the African coast all but guarantees good weather - perfect for enjoying the wonderful, diverse landscapes. They also have a unique Spanish-influenced culture to explore and familiarise yourself with.
Of course, if you’re looking for a chance to practice your Spanish, you can always go to the Spanish mainland itself. While the Canaries are owned by Spain, the mainland has its own unique attractions, and is affordable and easy to access.
There’s a huge amount to see and do here. Think great beaches and golf resorts in the south, a mix of ancient cities and modern metropolises and some world-class architecture and art to enjoy, from the works of Picasso to Gaudi’s unique buildings dotted around Barcelona.
Add in the excellent dining experience that is a tapas meal, Europe’s sunniest average climate and a huge wealth of natural beauty, and you have an absolutely world-class destination practically on your doorstep.
Straddling the border between Europe and the Middle East, Turkey has always been an attractive destination for travellers, from imperial emissaries and conquerors to merchants and modern-day tourists.
Ancient cities and museums offer glimpses of the huge range of different civilisations that have lived year over the years, from the Ottoman and Byzantine empires to even older inhabitants dating back as far as 25,000 years ago.
On top of this, there’s also an astonishing amount to do here, with some excellent beaches, world-famous food and activities ranging from paragliding and rock climbing to white-water rafting.
We hope this list of the best places in the world to visit once lockdown is over has given you some inspiration. Even if you’re not in a position to make travel plans right now, it can help to remind yourself that this won’t last forever - and that once we can go back to our normal lives, there’s a whole world to explore.
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