Here Are Destinations You Can Visit Right Now
READY TO . . . TRAVEL . . . AGAIN ???
Yes, so are we! And, so are millions of other Americans who had to cancel their plans in 2020, and are now worried about cancelling their 2021 plans. But, there is some good news on the horizon.
With a little shift in our mindsets, travel is possible. Just like we’ve had to do some shifting in our regular daily lives this past year, we have to be ready for a few changes as we venture out to new places this year. We will surely need to wear our masks on airplanes and in public places everywhere, and we will need to stay abreast of Covid-19 protocols for the U.S. (e.g., beginning January 26th and for an unspecified period of time, travelers returning to the U.S. on an international flight, will need to show proof of a negative Covid test within 3 days of return) and of the protocols for the destination ahead of us, but that is not much different than we are already doing elsewhere in our lives.
Here are some (popular) international destinations that are open for us as travelers:
The Caribbean: Places like Antigua, Grenada, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, Costa Rica, and Aruba are open to U.S. residents. Each country has its own protocol in place, such as a nighttime curfew, a negative Covid test for entry, an online health form to be filled out, or proof of insurance.
Mexico: While the numbers of U.S. residents going to Mexico are at less than half compared to recent years, there are still many vacationing or even moving there to work remotely for several months. Resorts in typical beach regions are among the highest in health safety protocols, and have even installed their own labs for guests to get their Covid test and results done quickly
Latin America: Columbia requires a negative Covid test within 4 days of departure to their country, Peru a test within 3 days, and Bolivia a test within 10 days.
Europe: Albania does not require a Covid test,Turkey requires one within 3 days, Serbia within 2 days, and Montenegro within 3 days.
Other: Also, currently open to U.S. residents are Egypt, Kenya and South Africa, and the French Polynesian islands of Bora Bora and Moorea, all with common safety protocols.
Here are some of the common domestic destinations people are dreaming about:
Outer Banks, North Carolina: quaint towns, beautiful beaches, good prices, and great East Coast food.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: mountain ranges, wild animals, and the fascinating geysers.
Colorado Rockies: breathtaking scenery, peaks and vistas, outdoor adventure all year long.
Massachusetts: preppy famous islands, Colonial history, diversity from ocean to rolling mountains.
Moab, Utah: incredible Arches and Canyonlands National Park, hiking, dinosaur museum.
New Mexico: diverse culture, arguably the spa capital of the country, art, outdoor adventure.