The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has caused incredible disruption to the tourism and travel industry. Many of us long for the days when we could jump on a plane and enjoy a weekend or more unwinding.
If you’re wondering about travel during the pandemic, there are still some options open to many of us.
More and more people are discovering their local attractions and culture, rather than heading overseas. This is perhaps one of the benefits of the pandemic for tourism, with local tourism making up for some of the lost revenue from travel restrictions.
Even if international borders are closed, you can still find a country cabin, a beachside villa or townhouse to stay in. In fact, another benefit of the pandemic for travellers has been a lower cost of accommodation and less crowds in places like restaurants.
In fact, if you’ve not made the most of the pandemic to explore your local region, start planning.
From the UK to India to the USA or Australia, there are so many amazing attractions that we often ignore in favour of the more ‘exotic’.
Countries still accepting visitors
In 2020 and most likely into 2021, many countries are imposing restrictions on who can and can’t enter their borders. This is actually something that is constantly changing, so finding a definitive list of countries that will accept travellers will depend on a few things such as:
- Your nationality or location
- Where you’re going
- Why you’re going
- When you’re going
For example, for UK travellers, as of October 2020, you can visit Italy, Austria and Greece without many restrictions. BUT. Everything can change very quickly, so even if you fly off on holiday the government can impose restrictions on your return.
At the moment, travelling beyond your home country is complicated, but keep an eye on local government advice.
Ski music festivals 2020/21
Now, this is a tricky one. Most music festivals in 2020 were cancelled and all ski resorts around the world closed early thanks to Covid-19.
But the winter music festival season is gearing up for a busy 2021, despite the pandemic. Those of you who have missed live music AND skiing or snowboarding will likely be super excited. So should you book your tickets?
It’s hard to say what the winter will bring, with the pandemic currently seeing a resurgence across the world. Will ski resorts even open to visitors? And is a music festival going to be able to manage social distancing?
If you’re feeling brave, this could be a great way to beat the pandemic. And most of them are offering assurances in the event of cancellations. But, its hard to say whether it will be brave or foolhardy to head to one of these events.
A great thing about the digital era is that we can experience the world from our sofa. With a smartphone or laptop, there are plenty of options for virtual travel.
Some interesting options include:
And of course, there is always Google Earth which is a fantastic tool for exploring our planet from the safety of home.
This is probably the most common choice of pandemic travel for most people in the world. The best thing about it? It’s free.
It looks like the best way to enjoy travel during the pandemic is by exploring your own backyard. Maybe a camper van road trip will be the perfect way to see your home country, or perhaps you can find a bargain hotel or spa stay at the other end of your country.
Unfortunately, international travel looks like it will be tricky for a little while longer. But, with a bit of clever thinking, you can still have an awesome time closer to home.