We wanted to know where some of the world’s most avid travellers hope to land for their first post-pandemic trip, so we posed the question to our travel community on Twitter. We received a wide range of responses that will surely help you fill your own travel list. Let’s explore the destinations that are inspiring travellers across the globe to plan their next adventure.
And the top travel list destinations are…
This coastal country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula is a destination that excites visitors year-round. The Algarve in the south is well-known for its sun-drenched beaches and mouth-watering grilled seafood specialties, like sardines and prawns. In the north, the famed Douro River is flanked by vineyards that produce world-class wines and port. Throughout the country, cobbled pedestrian streets, medieval castles, and ancient city walls are quintessentially old Europe.
Current COVID-19 restrictions: Portugal is not on the UK’s travel corridors list, so you’ll need to self-isolate on return. You’ll be subject to a health screening on arrival to Portugal.
There are unlimited options for outdoor adventures down under. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the stunning beauty of the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about native animal habitats and actively spot kangaroos, platypus, Tammar wallabies, New Zealand fur seals and more, in the wild on Kangaroo Island. Hike the Outback’s towering Kings Canyon rim by day. After nightfall, stargaze and marvel at the wondrous Milky Way.
Current COVID-19 restrictions: Australia is on the UK’s travel corridors list, meaning that you don’t need to self-isolate on return to the UK from there. But it’s currently only open to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Ireland and Northern Ireland
Tourists come from all over the world to admire the island’s majestic countryside and coastal scenery. The towering Cliffs of Moher are a geological wonder, rising more than 700 feet above sea level on the west coast. In Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway is filled with a mind-boggling 40,000 basalt columns that jut right out of the sea.
The island is also well-known for its beer and spirits. In Dublin, taste a pour of Ireland’s world-famous creamy Guinness beer. The Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland welcomes visitors to tour the facility and taste some of the world’s finest whiskey. (Both are temporarily closed to visitors during the pandemic.)
Current COVID-19 restrictions: There are some travel restrictions for all travellers to Ireland, including from the UK. International travelers are subject to a 14-day quarantine (there are exceptions). Ages 16+ must fill out a passenger locator form.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is the largest and most visited of Spain’s Canary Islands, which are located off the western coast of North Africa. It’s well-known for attractive beaches, water activities, mountain hiking and all-inclusive resorts. On the Masca Valley trail, hikers will enjoy fantastic views and encounter a remote village. The hike ends at the Atlantic Ocean, where you can catch a boat to Acantilados de Los Gigantes. Break out your camera for these incredible coastal cliffs. They soar to a height of more than 2,000 feet in some areas. Visitors can also join boat tours to spot some of the many dolphins and whales that move through the surrounding waters.
Current COVID-19 restrictions: You don’t need to self-isolate on return to the UK from the Canary Islands, but there are some hoops to jump through on arrival. You’ll need to pass a visual health test, present proof of a negative PCR test and download and activate this app if booked into tourist accommodation.
From Key Largo to Key West, the laid-back vibe of the Florida locals is contagious. It doesn’t take long for visitors to fall into island time and disconnect from the stressors of daily life.
For those who want to do more than relax to the tunes of Jimmy Buffet, the Florida Keys have plenty to offer. Snorkel, SCUBA dive, or take a glass-bottom boat tour through John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Explore historic Fort Jefferson, built in the 19th century, on a day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park. A must for literature fans is a pilgrimage to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the former residence of the famed American novelist.
Current COVID-19 restrictions: At the moment, it’s not possible for many British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the previous 14 days. Consult the US State Department website to see if you are eligible for entry and a visa.
This North African country is as surprising as it is beautiful. Its palm tree-lined shores in the north are in deep contrast to the undulating sand dunes of the Sahara in the south. In between the two, visitors are reminded of the incredible role the region has played in world history.
Ruins from the ancient Phoenician city of Carthage, now modern-day Tunis, are still visible today. A couple hours’ drive south, the well-preserved Roman amphitheater of El Djem welcomes tourists to walk the grounds or sit in the stands. The Ribat of Monastir, a coastal Islamic defensive structure, dates back to 796 CE. Today, visitors are able to explore inside the fortress walls and enjoy expansive views of the surrounding area.
Current COVID-19 restrictions: UK travellers must present a negative PCR test, fill in a questionnaire and download a track-and-trace app on arrival in Tunisia, and self-isolate on return to the UK.
This expansive archipelago is known for its world-class beaches. But with more than 17,000 islands and a rich history, there are plenty of opportunities to add variety to your getaway. Beyond Bali’s beaches, outdoor adventures await. Go jungle trekking, scale a volcano to catch sunrise and visit Balinese Hindu religious sites and temples.
At Komodo National Park, visitors have the unique experience of being able to see the mighty Komodo dragon in its only natural habitat on Earth. Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, is a cultural hub. History buffs are drawn to two extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Prambanan, a Hindu temple complex, and Borobudur, a Buddhist temple complex.
Current COVID-19 restrictions: Indonesia is on the UK’s safe travel list, so quarantine on return doesn’t apply, but the country is currently only open to citizens and permanent residents.
This island nation in Southeast Asia is a dynamic blend of traditional culture and modern living. Explore diverse neighborhoods in Singapore, like Little India, Chinatown, and Katong/Joo Chiat, which is known for Peranakan culture and colourful shophouses. Stroll the Esplanade for a fantastic waterfront view of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. Dine alongside locals at hawker centers and nosh on delectable dishes like laksa, chicken rice and kaya toast. Leave some room in your luggage, because the shopping scene in this fashion-forward city is sure to draw you in.
Current COVID-19 restrictions: Short-term travel to Singapore is currently off-limits. Entry restrictions prohibit holidays for now but the country is on the UK’s travel corridors list.
No matter where you decide to explore next, be sure to check government guidelines and restrictions before planning and booking travel. As we know all too well nowadays, things change pretty frequently. Use Skyscanner’s new health and safety features to book flights, accommodations, and car rentals with confidence.
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Frequently Asked Questions
That’s a difficult question to answer right now. As we know, travel restrictions are changing as frequently as the weather. More destinations will open with time. Sign up for email alerts through our interactive global map to know when a country reopens.
With so many amazing destinations around the world, it can be difficult to choose where to go next! We recommend a three-step approach. First, make a list of where you’re itchy to travel. Next, determine your budget for the trip and cross off any destination that is too expensive. Finally, think about which destination will give you the experience you need right now. That could be a relaxing getaway, a culture-filled trip, or an adrenaline-pumping adventure.
There is an easy way to find out which country is cheapest to fly to! Select ‘Everywhere’ as your destination when you search for flights on Skyscanner. We will reveal prices by country. You can determine your next destination based on airfare alone.