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Written by Mary Johnson
With the current pandemic, it is not advisable to travel nor is it permitted in many areas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t research or plan for our next trip from our couch! Once this is all is over, it would be great to ‘celebrate’ with a nice trip.
So, I’m sharing 3 trips that I think sound rejuvenating to take once the pandemic is over! I would love to hear what destinations you’d like to go to and why in the comments at the end of the post.
3 trips to take after the pandemic:
Iceland has become a more popular destination over the last few years after more affordable flights to and from Reykjavík became available. Just a 10-minute drive from the airport you find the Blue Lagoon, the famous geothermal heated pools that you see all over social media and tourism sites. My dream is to stay at the beautiful Blue Lagoon Silica Hotel, watch the sunrise and explore as much of the diverse country as possible!
Other things to do here are: go whale watching, look for the Northern Lights (but don’t base your whole trip around seeing them!), see Skógafoss (a waterfall), and watch the sunset at Vik & Dyrhólaey (a black sand beach). Iceland is a diverse country with beautiful nature, and it is a place where you can relax and see dramatic landscapes that you can’t see anywhere else in the world.
Greece is home to incredible beauty, friendly locals, sparkling blue water, history, and delicious food. The capital, Athens, is home to the Parthenon as well as other must-see sites including the Archeological Promenade.
If you fly into Athens, it is worth spending at least a day or two here before going on to explore other parts of the country. You can also visit one of the many islands such as Corfu or Mykonos for a getaway trip where you can simply relax and enjoy the sea and sun, or make a day trip on the mainland out to see Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In such a beautiful country, you have the option of whether you want to be around more people in the main cities or switch over to ‘island vibes’ on one of the Greek islands. This country is worth visiting, and the lively spirit of the locals and the beautiful landscapes will be rejuvenating.
Japan has so much to offer, and you can decide what combination you want to be surrounded by here, from skyscrapers, temples, to tranquil forests. If it is your first time to Japan, the city of Kyoto is a must-visit, where you can experience traditional Japan with wooden teahouses, temples, and lively markets. While here, take a traditional Japanese cuisine cooking class!
You can also make your way over to Hakone and see Mount Fuji. To experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site, head to Nikko, a town in the mountains famous for its colorful fall season. The popular site here is the Toshogu Shrine (though you want to go early to avoid the busy crowds!) If you haven’t traveled outside of the U.S. or Europe, Japan is an incredible place to visit and experience.
Where do you plan on going once it will be possible to travel again?