5 Destinations to Travel to Post-COVID
1. MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Marrakech is the fascinating city in which Europe, Africa and the Middle East all meet. Located in North Africa, this 1000-year-old bursting at the seams city is home to seething souks, fantastic shopping, and some of the most gorgeous architecture in the world.
It’s unique location finds it at the edge of the Sahara Desert, yet it’s also framed by the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. At the Jemaa el Fna square, the past and the present come together to form a creative trading hub where ideas thrive and a buzz of entrepreneurialism charges the air with an intoxicating, and sometimes, intimidating energy. In the Medina, you’ll find mesmerizing snake charmers, endless winding streets, local hammam spas and picturesque riads to hang your hat after a long day of adventure.
2. PAROS, GREECE
Paros sits in the heart of the Aegean sea and belongs to the Cyclades, the most popular Greek islands group. Combining modern with traditional elements in the most unique way, Paros is a mix of traditional Cycladic architecture, vivid nightlife, magical beaches, enchanting rural villages, and historical monuments. Paros has endless blonde-sand beaches, verdant mountains and cliff-top villages galore. It is known as a top destination for water sports including windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving.
The two main villages of Paros Greece (and also where the heart of the island’s nightlife beats) are Parikia and Naoussa. Full of traditional taverns, luxurious restaurants and sophisticated bars, Parikia and Naoussa overflow with young crowds every night. If crowded places and loud music aren’t your cups of tea, though, you can wander in the tranquil traditional villages of Lefkes and Marpissa. Paros’ proximity to other popular Cyclades islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Naxos makes it the perfect Greece island hopping base!
3. TBILISI, GEORGIA
Georgia is one of Europe’s trendiest destinations right now. This undiscovered gem has remained off of most tourists’ itineraries until recently, so you can still avoid the crowds and have an authentic adventure. Tbilisi, the nation’s vibrant capital, is the beating heart of Georgia. The ancient city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. With its dramatic valley setting, picturesque Old Town and eclectic architecture Tbilisi is straight from the pages of a Gothic fairytale. The deep valley forms the backdrop to brightly colored turrets, cobblestoned streets, and a burgeoning art scene, while warm Georgian hospitality permeates the mix of contemporary and traditional restaurants serving up local favourites.
With chaotic yet charming streets, dome-shaped bathhouses steaming with sulfuric waters, and crumbling Soviet factories repurposed as hipster hotels, Tbilisi is a study in contrasts. From its medieval fortress walls to its buzzing new luxury boutiques, this East-meets-West city offers something for everyone. Dig in to crusty bread, bubbling hot stews made from lamb or zesty tomatoes, cheeses, or khinkali (a local beef soup dumpling). Discover hidden cafes bursting and a bohemian art scene that is slowly peeling away the Soviet grit from this survivalist town to reveal a vibrant creative core.
4. PALAWAN, THE PHILIPPINES
Palawan, one of over 7,000 islands comprising the Philippine archipelago, is a slice of heaven. It’s a sliver of an island that teems with exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With seascapes the equal of any in Southeast Asia, and terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, the Philippines’ most sparsely populated region is also the most captivating.
Spot endangered animals at the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary or explore the Japanese shipwrecks of Coron Island, regarded as one of the best dive sites in the world. A guided boat tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River will take your breath away. Although the island is still relatively undiscovered by the masses, its northern towns of El Nido and Coron are starting to attract bigger crowds. If you’ve been meaning to get to Philippines, you’re going to want to check out Palawan before the secret is out.
5. SERENGETI, TANZANIA
The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Africa and is widely known for its wildlife and classic African scenery. The Maasai, the traditional inhabitants of the Serengeti, call it Siringitu, “the place where the land moves on forever. The area is comprised of grassland plains, savanna land as well as riverine forest and woodlands.
It is Tanzania's oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers top-class wildlife viewing throughout the year. Renowned for its predators – especially lions, leopards and cheetahs – and with plenty of elephants favouring the western woodlands of Grumeti, the Serengeti dazzles even the most hardened safari critics.
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