We can all agree that the past two years didn’t go as we plan. In late 2019, catastrophe struck when millions of people lost their lives to the virus. And then, in late 2020, we saw some hope as scientists developed vaccines. Despite the incredible inventions, things are still progressing at a snail’s pace. Many countries are still in lockdown, and others have closed their borders to international visitors.
So, our culture list has a different tone than others. Like most people, we are going stir-crazy sitting at home. Our feet are itching to feel the warm sand, and we are waiting to get our summer tan. However, not every country is allowing non-essential travel. Therefore, you might have to check about the travel recommendations before you make a plan.
But, if you are also dreaming about Pina Coladas on the beach, then we have got you covered. Read through our list of five of the most beautiful places, and we will meet you there whenever the borders open.
- Travel for the love of mountains:
Have you ever heard of the Great Smoky Mountains? If you haven’t, then you are missing out. These wondrous mountains are a sight to behold. The blue-colored mist hanging on the mountain peaks gives it an almost ethereal touch. Since the area is known for its wildflowers, spring is the best time to visit. The Great Smoky Mountains are home to more than 1,500 species of flowers. You might even see your first black bear since the area is rife with them. If you want to have breathtaking views and luxurious service, rent one of the cabins in Gatlinburg TN. Not only is the city a gastronomical experience, but it is also home to several attractions. So, don’t miss this must-see destination.
Something unusual to do in Gatlinburg: Those who love their seasonings can visit the salt and pepper shaker museum to see 20,000 pairs of whimsical salt and pepper shakers.
- Step into the Regency area:
We spent all of last Christmas break bingeing Bridgerton, and it left us craving some picturesque English retreats. Why not go where the British elite used to stay for the season to rest and recuperate? We are talking about Bath, England. The city is so iconic that UNESCO designated it a world heritage site in 1987. There are ancient Roman remains for fans of romanesque architecture and golden Bath stone buildings. Another advantage is the bustling restaurant scene. For the shopaholics, Bath has chic boutiques and vintage shops. And you never know, you might snag a Duke of Hastings yourself.
Something unusual to do in Bath: Chanel your inner Regency-era hero or heroine and step into the glittering beau monde by visiting the Jane Austen Centre.
- Hungry for a taste of Hungary:
This country has picture-postcard scenery and romantic architecture for the classicist in you. Eagle-eyed architecture enthusiasts will notice several influences in the unique architecture, from elaborate Ottoman pavilions to baroque Italian volutes. You can destress at one of the natural spa baths in Budapest or chow down on authentic comfort food. Remember to pay your respects to the memory of the Jewish people who heroically died here during World War II. The Shoes on the Danube cast out of iron on the pest side of river Danube are in memoriam of the holocaust. Leave some flowers as a token of your visit.
Something unusual to do in Budapest: Visit a cat cafe to cuddle up to some feline friends and enjoy a crisp cappuccino in this charming city.
- See the sunrise in the Land of the Rising Sun:
Japan is sometimes known as the Land of the Rising Sun because the Japanese believed it is close to where the sun rises. The capital of Japan, Tokyo, is a city of endless contrasts. It marries the formal with casual and traditional with hi-tech to give visitors a unique glimpse at a world of contradictions. The wary travelers will be pleased to know that the city is one of the safest ones in the world. So you can wander down that side street with a confident stride. Visit some of the Michelin-starred restaurants in some of the most unsuspecting places. For example, Sukiyabashi Jiro has only ten counter seats. However, some of the most famous people in the world have visited it. This city will surprise you with its quirks and art.
Something unusual to do in Tokyo: Anime fans can visit the magical Ghibli Museum of the My Neighbor Totoro fame for a whimsical time.
- Have a luxurious beach vacation:
People have been craving the sun, sand, and waves. So our favorite destination is Pemba Island in Zanzibar. This Island getaway is also called “El Huthera” or The Green because of its emerald green fauna. The lush forests and unspoiled location are an excellent choice for intrepid travelers who want to avoid the masses. There are several scuba diving sites around the island where you can witness the rich diversity of marine life. You can also arrange Island Tours to see the wildlife like the red colobus monkeys and scops owls.
Something unusual to do in Pemba: Stay in an underwater room at Mata Reef to see the marine paradise.
As we all wait for vaccinations to roll out, it is better to avoid tempting fate by traveling outside the country. Many people are opting for staycations within their cities to escape cabin fever. Head to the local attractions or stay in a five-star hotel to decompress. Here’s hoping for a better future in 2021.