For those of us with a serious case of wanderlust, all eyes are on that precious moment we can go exploring again. The government is still warning against “non-essential” international travel – but restrictions are easing and life is slowly getting back to something more familiar. So, with light (hopefully) at the end of the tunnel, now’s the time to start planning where you’ll go first.
Just doing the planning can crank the anticipation up a notch. You have to wait for the all-clear first, obviously. And hope that airlines put routes back in place before sorting out your off-peak tickets from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport. But here are five dream destinations that you’ll want to put top of your list when you’re typing “how to get to…” into Google.
The Azores, Portugal
It’s totally understandable that you don’t feel the love for long-haul once we’re able to make a break for it again. Luckily, there’s a Portuguese paradise waiting for you to explore. And it isn’t hugely known about yet. While many holidaymakers head for the Algarve, the Azores – slightly further away – is an incredible mix of valleys, cliffs, wildlife and waterfalls.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
You’ve waited long enough for an adventure – so you may as well make it a big one, right? The majestic cascades of Angel Falls (the highest waterfall on earth) must be seen to be believed. It can be found in the UNESCO-protected Canaima National Park – so plenty for you to discover.
Northern Lights, northern Scandinavia
By the time we can travel again, it’s likely to be the back end of summer and into early autumn – or prime Northern Lights time. You can argue until you’re blue in the face about the best spot to see them: Norway, Sweden, Iceland or Finland are all contenders. Wherever you choose, it’ll be spectacular Arctic landscapes by day and incredible light shows by night.
Sa Pa, Vietnam
Sa Pa’s secret is a little better known these days – but don’t let that put you off. In this striking part of north-west Vietnam, steep rice terraces and towering peaks form a jaw-dropping setting for trekking and mountain-climbing. Home to several distinct ethnic groups, a homestay here is a rich experience to savour. And Vietnam has had great success in fighting off Covid-19 too!
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Few experiences are likely to compare to this; watching the sun rise over an active volcano and then hiking up to the crater for a little look in. If you’d rather not come face-to-face with one of the earth’s most destructive natural forces, just turn around and admire the dramatic view.
Of course, there are so many dazzling destinations out there to explore. But here’s your starter for five. And we think you’ll have more than enough food for thought with these alone…