After Lockdown: Our Top Travel Destinations Post COVID-19

The Coronavirus pandemic has not only impacted all of our worlds, but it has changed the travel industry forever. Safety measures have been ramped up, visas requirements tightened, airfares have become more expensive and immigration cues have become dramatically longer.
 
With that said, things are finally beginning to return to normal and it is fair to say – adventures are waiting in abundance. Regardless of how many travel books, movies, virtual museum visits, and Zoom calls you devoured over lockdown, that yearning for adventure has undoubtedly returned.
 
As restrictions loosen, people are finally sitting back down to book their next big adventure away, and as a result, we have put together a list of our top travel destinations post COVID-19 to help you with your decision:
 

New Zealand is an adventure junkie’s paradise. Its enchanting natural beauty, dramatic snow-capped mountains, majestic ice floes, glacial lakes and dormant volcanoes, is perfectly tailored for those seeking adrenaline and excitement. 

Not only did New Zealand invent bungee jumping, its skiing is world class, its ski-dives are magnificent (especially over Wanaka)  and it’s white water rafting is unmatched. Once you’re done playing, search for whales and dolphins that hug the coastlines, learn the haka with the friendly locals or explore Middle Earth and the Village of Hobbiton.

From beaches to volcanoes to inspiring lakes, New Zealand is truly an adventurer’s playground.

Our Personal Travel Experts know New Zealand really well. If you want to find out more about their volcanic tours, stunning beaches and epic adventures, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

 

When To Travel

The most popular time to visit New Zealand is during summer: December to March. Due to the weather, Peak season is around Christmas. This is a magical time to go, because the Kiwis themselves are on holiday.

October-November is generally quite quiet and the weather is also generally moderate. 

The winter months (June – September) are quite very wet, especially in the North Island, so bear that in mind when planning your adventure seeking activities.

It is easy to see why Tanzania is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Home to the ‘Big 5’, antelopes, zebras, crocodiles and wildebeest, Tanzania rains one of the best wildlife safari destinations in the world. What’s more, Tanzania also boasts the biggest free-standing mountain in African; Mount Kilimanjaro.  

Whether you are embarking on a life-changing hike to the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro, experiencing the spine-tingling wildebeest migration that roars through the Serengeti Plains, staring into the clearest star-strewn skies that soar high above the untouched wilderness of the Ngorongoro Crater, or relaxing on the pearl white beaches in Zanzibar while  fully immersing yourself in the local culture; Tanzania offers endless opportunities for adventure.  

Travel to Tanzania and fall in love with one of the most spectacular countries in the world!

Our Personal Travel Experts know Tanzania really well. If you want to find out more about Kilimanjaro and safari tours,, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel​

Tanzania’s  peak season is  from  June to September. These  months are the best time to see wildlife, however, please note that it gets very busy with tourists and prices are higher. The low  season  is  between  March to May.  This  is  mainly due to  the fact  that  there  is  a lot of heavy rainfall.

If you are planning to climb Kilimanjaro, June is a best time, with decent weather and fewer crowds than the summer months.

Captivating wildlife, ancient temples, majestic mountainscapes and diverse treasures, Sri Lanka is somewhat of an untouched gem that revels in authenticity and beauty. 

The stunning tropical island of Sri Lanka, has long been an undiscovered paradise; sitting in the shadows of other SouthEast Asian countries that have dominated tourism over the last century. With landscapes ranging from pearl white beaches, lush rainforests and hilltop towns, to sacred cities, tea plantations and legendary temples: Sri Lanka is finally getting the love it deserves. 

Boasting charm, culture and diversity, this small country houses eight Unesco World Heritage Sites. Therefore, if culture is what you’re after, you will have the privilege of exploring the ancient kingdoms that only ruled over the lands and discovering glorious temples, including the magisterial Golden Temples of Dambulla. However, if adventure is more up your street, you’ll have the freedom to get lost in the incredible rainforests that shadows its core, climb your way to the top of Knuckles mountain or the mysterious hilltop gardens of Sigiriya and race across the national parks that protect elephants, leopards, rhinos, sloth bears and more. 

With Sri Lanka being famous for its vast variety of tea, it would be rude not to end your visit with a stroll through the picturesque tea-hills that are shrouded in mists of cloud forests and energy, before jumping onto the instagram famous Ella train ride that will solidify your love for this little country forever.

Our Personal Travel Experts know Sri Lanka  really well. If you want to find out more about this stunning country,  get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel​​

The weather in Sri Lanka is somewhat hard to predict. This is mainly due to the country being affected by two different monsoons. The west coast of the country is the wettest in April to June (generally speaking), and the east coast is its wettest from November to March. 

Therefore, (historically), it’s best to visit the west coast in December to March and the east coast May to September. 

The temperature, however, is around the same all year round and can easily go up to mid-high 30s in the afternoon, so make sure to pack your suncream.

Peru – it’s beautiful and diverse nature makes it the perfect destination for any adventure goer. Mysterious landscapes, wild Amazon jungles and soaring Andes mountains – Peru harbours bucket-list adventures and experiences beyond your imagination. 

 Understandably, most travellers come to visit the country’s most famous sites; the extraordinary ruins of Machu Picchu (UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World) and the Rainbow Mountains. These breathtaking sites have appeared in almost every adventure brochure and travel book every published and it’s easy to see why.

However, sitting in the shadows of those fascinating attractions, is the real, authentic Peru. Once you have a ticked off the bucket-list moments on Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountains, it is time to to fall in love with the country’s traditions. Wind your way through lost jungle-clad civilizations that once gave life to the Amazon, explore their rare and diverse wildlife, soak in the history of Lima and Cusco or immerse yourselves in the idigenous culture and traditional ways on Lake Titicaca. 

Whether you’re looking for a true mountain adventure, a cultured escape with a sprinkle of hiking, or an educated history lesson diving into the country’s ancient traditions and idiginous ways, Peru will undoubtedly deliver with open arms. 

Our Personal Travel Experts know Peru really well. If you want to find out more about the world famous hiking trail or ancient cities, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Peru’s climate is extremely varied and is dependent on where you go in the country, therefore, it’s difficult to say when the best time to travel is. If you’re going to the desert coast, expect it to be very hot in December to March and cooler from April to November.

If you are itching to explore their mountains and the jungles (including Machu Picchu), the best time to visit is just after the wet season = May – September..

Please note that the trails to Machu Picchu are closed in February when it rains the most, while the trail is at its busiest from June to August.  If you do wish to visit during these months, please take into consideration that Inca Trail permits sell out extremely quickly.

Nestled quietly between the tranquil Tibet to the North and it’s louder, more eccentric cousin, India, to the South, Nepal sits at the foothills of the Himalayan Kingdom.

Home to some of the world’s most friendly locals, rare wildlife, and the great Mount Everest, (the world’s highest mountain), Nepal truly is an adventure paradise. 

Although Nepal boasts some of the best trekking routes in the world, including trails to Everest, Annapurna and beyond, Nepal is so much more. The capital city Kathmandu, claims to be one of Asia’s most fascinating cities, and for decades, it has served as a hub for a multicoloured mix of trekkers, backpackers and hippies from around the world. It’s famous Durbar Square (UNESCO heritage site) acts as a theatre of Hindu and Buddhist traditions that play out in harmony 365 days of the year. 

 What’s more, Nepal houses the stunning Chitwan national park, which is known for its subtropical jungles that protect tigers, crocodiles, rhino, elephants, leopards and more!  

Come to Nepal and explore the untamed dirt tracks that take you through tiny medieval mountain towns and villages that are showered in prayer flags, temples, buddist monasteries and dreams!

Our Personal Travel Experts know Nepal really well. If you want to find out more about its trekking routes and ancient traditions, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Nepal is pretty mild year-round. However, it is important to know that the monsoon season begins in June and ends in August, so if you are planning on trekking, please take this into consideration. Autumn (September – November) is a great time to travel – during these months you get incredible views and the clear skies and mild temperate make it perfect for climbing. Although often overlooked, February is also a great time to hike, as trekking routes are extremely quiet and the skies are bright. 

Spring (March- May) is the peak time to go to Nepal as the vegetation is in full bloom and the weather is great. Of course, it is also when most people go, so book at least 6 months in advance if this is when you wish to go. Trekking season runs up until late May.

A country full of culture, astounding archaeological sites, extreme island beauty, deserted beaches and bucolic villages, it is safe to say that Greece has it all.

Bustling with adventure, Greece is brilliant for walking and trekking. You can hike up volcanoes, rock climb along the coastlines and head up towards villages hidden in the mountains for a taste of the real local life.  What’s more, Greeces picturesque islands boast some of the best parties in the Mediterranean and its fresh local cuisine and cloudy ouzo will leave you saying ‘opa!’and craving for more.

With hundreds of tiny beaches, horseshoe harbours and pocket-sized fishing villages, Greece may be one of the best countries in the world for sailing. Dive into the stunning clear waters, snorkel through caves, relax on deck with delicious fresh food and carve out memories that will last a lifetime. 

Our Personal Travel Experts know Greece really well. If you want to find out more about any of the islands or a trip to the mainland, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Just like most of Europe, the weather in Greece fluctuates depending on the seasons. Although Greece tends to be very mild and somewhat tropical, winter months are much, much cooler and many coastal areas and water transport will be closed for the offseason. 

Bring on Spring! Spring is the perfect time to visit Greece – from May onwards the weather is extremely warm and rainy days are few and far between. This is a great time to visit the beaches and sail around the islands, with many of the trips running through to the end of September. 

From October the crowds get smaller and prices become much more reasonable. In October, you can get some great deals, however, be aware that the weather may not always live up to expectations.

Scotland is a country of rich history, authenticity, wild beauty and deserted moors. It goes without saying that Scotland is the UKs most treasured land.

Despite Edinburgh being one of the UKs most stunning cities, it’s the Highlands where the true magic happens. With some of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges (including the Isle of Skye), stunning wildlife and deep lochs – Scotland offers some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. If you are a true adventurer, Scotland must be on your hit list. 

However, if adventure is not enough, Scotland is drenched in history and traditions. Explore caves that harboured Bonnie Prince Charlie, important battlefields and hundreds of castles dating back to Medieval times.  However, no trip is complete without tasting their famous whiskies that have been produced here for over 500 years. 

Our Personal Travel Experts know Scotland really well. If you want to find out more about their great cities or highlands walks, get in touch with one of our experts and we’ll tailor your perfect holiday.

When To Travel

Yes, it’s true – Scotland is famed for being rainy and cold. However, although it does rain a lot, Scotland will provide you with some incredibly sunny and clear days. The best time to visit is from May-September, with the temperatures getting as high as the mid-twenties. 

If you are heading far north in the summer, be prepared for long days and very little darkness. 

In winter (November -March), it does get very cold and snowfall is expected. Although you can still visit much of the country, be prepared and dress accordingly (lots of layers).

We really hope this has helped and if you wish to ask anymore questions or simply want to contact us, please do at:

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