Travel and tourism has been undoubtedly one of the most affected industries due to COVID-19. The impact this virus has had on our global economy has yet to be determined. According to Longwoods International and Miles Partnership, 85% of travelers will change their travel plans over the next 6 months. The factors driving travelers to change their plans reaches further than just COVID-19, however. Concerns about the economy in a post COVID-19 world, the cost of future transportation, and fear of a second outbreak of the virus are other reasons travelers are putting their trips on hold.
With so much uncertainty going on in the world right now, one thing is still certain: we will travel again. We want to travel again. The question is, where can we go once borders begin to open up again? It may be a while before some of the biggest travel destinations in the world are open and safe again for tourists, but there are some incredible places to visit that haven’t been hit as hard by this pandemic. The following are a list of countries that, according to The World Health Organization, have the fewest reported cases of COVID-19.
- Anguilla. To date, this British Territory in the East Caribbean region has the fewest reported cases of COVID-19. This tiny, low-lying island is known for its coral reefs and limestone. Rich in history, incredible food, and notably breathtaking views, this country is a hidden gem to tourists.
- The Gambia. The Gambia might be the smallest country in Africa, but this sleepy fisherman’s country is stretched almost 50 miles with a breathtaking coastline. Biologically rich coastal reserves are surrounded by swaying palm trees and scenic lagoons. The river that runs through the country boasts over 600 different species of birds, manatees, crocs, and monkeys. The most popular way to see the country is via boat trips and overnight stays at forest eco lodges. With rich culture, fascinating history, unique wildlife, and the beach, who wouldn’t want to see one of the most unique countries in the world?
- Turks and Caicos. This British Territory that consists of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, is a bit more well-known to travelers. For a much needed vacation in a post COVID world, Turks and Caicos offers the perfect opportunity for an easy, stress free destination at some beautiful all-inclusive resorts.
- Laos. Known for its beautiful scenery, ethnic villages, and unexplored corners, the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is a must see. Tad Fang and Dong Hua Soa are only two of SouthEast Asia’s most incredible waterfalls. The country is also one of the most economical countries to visit, so once you get there, staying on a budget is easy!
- Fiji. If you’re looking to travel towards the end of the fall, Fiji’s climate is not only the most temperate, but the cost of visiting will not yet have reached its peak. The beaches here are lined with palm trees setting the backdrop for their rugged landscape. Crystal clear lagoons and coral reefs take visitors from this breathtaking set of more than 300 islands into the beauty inside the earth.
Rest assured that while our planet might be on hold to travel and tourism for now, it won’t last forever. During this unprecedented time COVID-19 has given us to be still, it’s also given us an opportunity to explore areas of the world we might not have otherwise considered. Ready. Set. Travel. looks forward to serving our clients again soon and customizing unforgettable itineraries, memories, and experiences!