If you’re like us, you probably can’t wait to pack your bags, grab your passport and stay somewhere that isn’t your own house. Trust us, we feel you. We are counting down the days when we can order room service, sleep in 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets that we don’t have to wash ourselves and, explore the sights and sounds of someplace new.
Once everyone is safe and vaccinated we can’t wait to pick a destination, jet set across the globe, unpack our suitcases and enjoy all the wonders that this beautiful world of ours has to offer. The allure of new delicious smells, being served cold, carefully crafted cocktails by the pool or beach, the joys of learning about and discovering a new culture…take us now!
Although that may still be a few months away there’s absolutely no hurt in planning =) Here are our top 7 post pandemic getaways we can’t wait to visit on our return to normal life.
Known for its beautiful coastline, secluded coves, limestone mountains Spanish architecture, wineries, high-end resorts and stunning beaches you can’t go wrong with the crown jewel of Spain’s Balearic Islands and most popular destination on the Mediterranean.
Boasting a vibrant beach life and city scene there is no shortage of things to do in Majorca. From people watching on a street-side cafe in Palma, Majorca’s capital, to exploring the many wineries and hidden restaurants in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site to dancing the night away on the Magaluf strip, Majorca has it all.
Plus, it’s just a hop, skip and jump away from it’s sister, much more party oriented island, Ibiza and, just a short ferry ride or even shorter plane ride to the mainland and seaside city of Barcelona.
The warm night air caressing your body, the sweet smell of fresh ceviche as you turn the corner, fresh vegetable and fruit juices available at the drop of a hat and the deep sounds of drum beats rolling by your eardrums. Yup, that’s Cartegena. Known for it’s colouful buildings, seaside location, and overall low-key beach vibes, Cartegena is one of our favourite hidden gems in South America. Located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Cartegena is famous for its castles, culture, stunning graffiti that you can find all over the city, rich history and a very accessible good time. A laid-back beachy town, Cartegena has whatever you need. From rooftop bars that don’t close until the wee hours of the evening, to salsa dance parties on the street, to Michelin star restaurants serving the freshest seafood you’ve ever had in your life. Cartegena is the perfect place to rest and relax after a trip exploring the equally stunning Colombian mainland or as a stopover on your way deeper into South America.
Pro-tip: when travelling through Colombia, start at the bottom (Bogota) and work your way up through the mainland to the coast. Due to the elevation of most of Colombia’s major cities, it actually gets warmer the more North you go in the country.
Perhaps the most famous destination for Mediterranean cuisine, Mykonos never fails to deliver on its caught straight from the sea fresh seafood and mezze dining culture. While Mykonos has become increasingly popular for its beach bars and summer party atmosphere, the island charms history buffs and soul searchers alike with its vast array of whitewashed churches, shops and museums. Many of the island’s structures date back to the 16th century, when its distinctive hilltop grain windmills made it a thriving port and agricultural economy.
Listen to the beats of world-renowned DJs, meander the idyllic lanes of Charo and tour the island’s numerous beaches while staying in Mykonos. Whatever your speed, sleepy is the last thing we could call this island.
Byron Bay, Australia
A hot spot for celebrity relocations, Byron Bay was a gem on the Australian coast long before Chris Hemsworth and Zac Efron decided to call it home. Located North of Sydney, near Australia’s Gold Coast, Byron Bay is known for its spectacular beaches, unique shopping and dining experiences, world-class festivals, and vibrant community spirit. As one of the best places in Australia to see migrating whales, dolphins, giant sea turtles and koalas, Byron Bay also boasts miles of untouched, pristine beaches and is located on a continent full of many other amazing cities and places to see. The Sydney Opera House anyone?
An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa, Seychelles is a luxe travellers dream. Home to some of the worlds most stunningly untouched beaches, coral reefs, nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. A true escapist retreat, Seychelles offers remote luxury with laid back ease. A cultural and societal mix of French, British, and African influences, with more recent infusions of Chinese and Indian elements, Seychelles offers a worldy getaway full of culinary surprises and a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Among the world’s leading countries to protect lands for threatened species, allocating 42% of its territory for conservation, Seychelles today is known for success stories in protecting its flora and fauna and is an ideal getaway for any eco-friendly traveller.
Famous for its world class yoga and meditation retreats, fresh food, and gorgeous beaches, Bali has a little something for everyone. Spend a few days eating and drinking your way through in Seminyak where the unofficial motto is ‘swim, eat, drink, repeat.’ It’s home to Bali’s most sophisticated restaurant scene, not to mention some of the most stylish hotels on the island. Or head about half an hour up the coast to Canggu, a five-mile stretch of killer surf break and fishing villages that offers a more authentic experience of the ‘real’ Bali. Cycling through rice fields and wandering around markets are the two main activities here aside from surfing, swimming, and eating—of course. Or steal away to Ubud, famous for its green hills, Hindu temples, and terraced rice paddies, as well as a yoga scene that’s been booming since Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about the area in Eat, Pray, Love. Whatever you choose, we’re confident you’ll fall in love.
The best place in the world for people watching, Miami, USA takes the cake. Known for its world class hotels, restaurants, entertainment, nightlife, food and culture there’s never a bad time to visit Miami. Whether you’re indulging your creative senses during Art Basel, groovin’ to world class DJ’s during Miami Music Week or drinking a Cuban coffee before heading out for a soak and a tan on South Beach, Miami has a little something to make everyone smile. Pull up a chair on a patio on Ocean Front Walk and watch the crowds, explore Wynwood Arts District for daytime graffitti wandering and nighttime cocktails or shop until you drop. Whatever you need, Miami’s got you covered.
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