8 of the Safest Places to Travel to When COVID-19 Travel Bans are Lifted

Coronavirus has definitely disrupted everyone’s travel plans, but it also could cause a $24 billion loss to the tourism industry.

Once this pandemic is over and it’s safe to travel again, you’ll probably have a lot of vacation time and money saved up to spend on your next destination and help the tourism business recover.

Dreaming about travel and exploring new lands? Who isn’t right now? You can never start planning too early — here are the safest places to travel when possible.

1. Italy

While Italy was hit hard in this pandemic, once they release restrictions, it’ll be one of the best places to travel.

When you visit, you should make sure that you visit Sicily. While you’re there, you can drive on the side of the cliffs and view the Ionian Sea and all the beautiful beaches.

This country is full of amazing food, interesting history dating back to ancient times, and old, Medieval-style architecture.

The people in Italy are very friendly and helpful, and they’ll make you feel right at home. You’ve probably seen videos of people who were in quarantine singing to each other from their balconies. This was a way for them to connect in such strange times when a connection was hard to find.

If you want to fly anywhere in the world to reconnect with people of other cultures, check out this guide.

2. Canada

Canada has a reputation for having some of the nicest people in the world, sometimes even apologizing for things that were never their fault.

This country doesn’t have a high crime rate, so you’ll be safe to travel anywhere, even at night.

While you’re there, make sure you visit Toronto. There are all kinds of mixed cultures here; you’ll feel like you’re not just in Canada.

If you want to enjoy some European culture as well, you can head to Montreal and Quebec City, where people mostly speak French. There are all kinds of European architecture and influence here as well.

3. Australia

Australia is one of the best countries to visit if you’re concerned about safety.

They don’t have much violent crime, are politically stable, and have almost zero militarization.

Before coronavirus, the State Department had given travel to Australia the safety rating of one, meaning you’ll be fine there.

There may be a few areas where the air quality isn’t at its best, however.

With the recent brush fires, you should definitely visit Australia to boost their economy and help them recover after such a devastating disaster.

4. Iceland

The tiny island is one of the safest places that you could visit. The Icelandic people are so nice and trusting, and you’ll definitely be able to feel the kindness when you go.

Aside from safety, Iceland looks like something that you would find on a different planet. You’ll be able to have adventures in a land filled with volcanoes, black sand beaches, glaciers, beautiful waterfalls, and stunning landscape.

If you go at the right time, you may also be able to see the Northern Lights in the sky.

5. Greece

Greece is also a really popular place to visit. While you’re there, you should visit the city of Santorini.

You’ll be greeted with a deep contrast of blue and white with the sun shining brightly.

This is a major cruise hub and has been hit hard with the lack of cruises due to coronavirus.

If you want to experience a place with culture, some luxury, beautiful beaches with warm water, safety, and a little bit of different culture, you should book your flight here now.

6. Austria

You may not have thought that Austria would be one of the safest places, but you can travel here without having to exercise caution more than normal.

This country did use to have political unrest, but now it is a very vibrant and culturally-rich country.

They did have a huge role to play in World War II, but now it’s a much more peaceful country.

While you’re there, you should visit Vienna, a hub for classical music. You should also enjoy the mountainous and lake-side views.

7. The Netherlands

The Netherlands also welcomes all kinds of travelers (aside from during a pandemic). They’ve been ranked highly on safety scales.

While it’s still pretty peaceful to visit here, there have been a few targeted terrorist attacks in their cities. When you go, just make sure you exercise caution and don’t’ do anything stupid or irrational.

8. Jamaica

Lastly, Jamaica is also a fairly country to visit. In fact, this is a great place for a family vacation as there’s something for everyone.

This tropical vacation will leave you with all kinds of great memories. You can go snorkeling, swimming, relaxing on the beach, or even visit the Bob Marley museum.

While most travel regulations to this country say that it’s safe to go to, keep in mind that in some bad parts of the island there is gang-related violence. Just make sure you stay in the more populated, tourist areas and never travel into gang territory.

Discover More of the Safest Places to Travel

These are only a few of the safest places to travel, but there are many more out there!

As with any place, there is always some risk when you travel to a new country. Just make sure that you exercise caution regardless of where you are.

Try to travel with a buddy, and if you travel alone, make sure you don’t do it at night in bad parts of town.

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