The Best Places to Travel in the COVID-19 Era


| LAST UPDATE 01/18/2023

By Kimberly Knapp
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It's safe to say travel - both international and national - took quite the pause this last year thanks to COVID-19. But with the situation somewhat on the up and a better understanding of how the virus works, a lot of people are getting bit by the travel bug, again. So we've put together some of the best places to visit right now.

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We can take a look at the most popular destinations of the moment for some ideas on where to board a plane this fall. According to Global Rescue's latest travel survey, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Argentina, and South Africa have been the top-visited places for international travel in the last months. Global Rescue's CEO has some ideas as to why these areas have been so sought after.

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"[Travelers] plan to take advantage of discounts, take longer trips, and go to places with modern health care facilities," explained company CEO, Dan Richards. But not every place listed above is a sure hit. Locations like Italy, France, and Germany are not the most reliable when it comes to how much tourists will have available to them.

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"Our clients want to make sure when they arrive at a destination that restaurants, cultural activities, and other points of interest are fully open and ready," said travel advisor Andrew Steinberg of what tourists are prioritizing this year. So where are you most likely to find plenty to do? Mexico and the Caribbean are at the top of the list.

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"Destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean are family-friendly, have put in place extensive safety protocols, and are easy for Americans to reach," explained Daniel Durazo, spokesperson for Allianz Travel. Take, for example, the Caribbean island of Saba, where a large portion of residents are vaccinated and the tropical destination offers plenty of outdoor activities. Sounds like the perfect package nowadays!

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"With nearly the entire population vaccinated and our emphasis on enjoying the natural beauty, Saba is one of the best and safest destinations for those looking to explore and rejuvenate after the past year of quarantining," said the island's commissioner Bruce Zagers.

Need a little more help with planning that vacation? Look for a trusty travel agent through the American Society of Travel Advisors.