The truest of travelers will continue to travel no matter what issues bother the masses. They travel when the economy crashes. They travel when there is tension between countries. No problem is bigger than their wanderlust. However, the world has a pretty serious problem on its hands now.
The coronavirus disease first emerged in China’s Wuhan city. Also known as COVID-19, the coronavirus disease has affected thousands since the beginning of this year. We do not yet have an antidote for this novel disease. This contagious disease has spread to many countries. The World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic.
To contain this disease, several countries have started implementing mass quarantine measures. Some have even gone into nationwide lockdown. 2 weeks of quarantine is mandatory to travel to some countries. To avoid the inconveniences that come with such measures, travelers prefer opting for nearby staycations instead.
But if you still insist on traveling abroad, here are some unaffected exotic locations you can choose from:
- Corfu, Greece
You have various things worth doing on the wonderful island of Corfu. The old town and its rich Byzantine heritage are worth visiting. Sidari has a good nightlife scene to offer. Or you may just relax on the beaches. The beach of Palaiokastritsa and the beach of the Canal d’Amour are the best beaches of Corfu. Corfu is known for its wine. You can find out why by going for a private full-day wine-tasting tour!
The population density in Corfu is 23 times lower than that in London. So, chances of contracting COVID-19 here are negligible. Another reason why Corfu is a good choice. The best time to visit Corfu is from May to late August.
- The Algarve, Portugal
Abundantly sunlit, the Algarve is ideal for golfing, surfing, and for other outdoor sports. If you love trekking, the Algarve won’t disappoint. The Monchique offers a good hiking trail. The 7 hanging valleys offer the most scenic hiking trail in Europe. The Algarve beach has arguably the freshest air in Europe All this makes Algarve an ideal outdoor holiday destination.
With only 90 people per square kilometer, Algarve has among the lowest population densities in Europe. So, just like Corfu, chances of you contracting coronavirus disease are minimal.
- Antalya, Turkey
Antalya is perfect for those who prefer a busy vacation instead of a laidback holiday. Because there’s so much you can do in Antalya! You can visit the Greek and Roman ruins that surround the city. You will like the old historic center. In contrast to these, cultural places are quite cool.
Antalya’s sandy beaches are world-renowned for their turquoise waters. The Duden waterfalls and Pamukkale (cotton palace) are worth your time. You can experience majestic views of the city by taking a cable car tour. The Viking Boat Tour on the Beautiful Bays of Kemer is a fun activity for you and your family.
- Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is rich when it comes to gastronomy. The foodie in you will want to taste the goulash, Chicken Paprikash, sponge cake, fröccs, and many more traditional Hungarian dishes.
The city is blessed with many UNESCO world heritage sites. Make sure you spend some time with your better half in the Buda Castle district. It is one of the most romantic parts of Budapest. Baroque Churches and Turkish baths are a must-visit. So are the Buda Castle and the Budapest History Museum. Trinity Square is the most visited site in Budapest. The Chain Bridge is the oldest bridge in Budapest. Now we know why it is called the Pearl of the Danube.
- The Lofoten Islands, Norway
Norway is known for offering relaxed vacations. But Lofoten is very different. It is known for offering excellent hiking, climbing, skiing, and Arctic surfing opportunities. This is why adventurous travelers prefer Lofoten to the rest of Norway.
The Lofoten Links Lodges is the closest accommodation to the Northern Lights. Also, it is best to rent a car here as public transport is quite limited here. The only downside of traveling here is the weather. It is usually cold here. The sunny weather is lovely, but it doesn’t stay that way for long.
Other unaffected locations worth considering:
- Parga, Greece
- Azores, Portugal
- Wroclaw, Poland
- Barra, Outer Hebrides
- Riga, Latvia
- Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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