With Covid-19 currently preventing us all from hitting the road, we’re spending a lot of time dreaming about our next trip. Here are our top ideas for your first trip to take after quarantine ends. When it came to selecting these destinations, we had only two requirements:
1. Budget-friendly (either cheap flights or low costs when you get there) and
2. Epic enough to give you that special something to look forward to until you can get back out there.
Make your first trip after quarantine the spring break you didn’t get:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Our friends at JetBlue recently started flying directly into San Juan. As a result, we’ve seen some insanely cheap fares from the US to Puerto Rico. Take advantage of these killer deals and consider a long weekend on the beach in the fall or even plan a warm getaway for next winter for your first trip after quarantine.
While Bali isn’t the easiest to get to from the US, it’s a great budget destination when you get there. It’s full of beautiful beaches that are perfect for surfing, relaxing or partying at one of its famous beach clubs. Plus, with plenty of time to plan your next trip, you can find a great deal on flights for later this year.
The classic college spring break destination. If you’re looking for your first trip after quarantine to be a party, then this should be your go-to spot! With endless night clubs, party boats and sprawling beaches, you’re guaranteed to have a good time in Cancun.
Since winter in the US is summer time in Australia, maybe now is a great time to plan a future trip to the land down under. Swim at Bondi Beach, take a coastal hike along secret beaches, ride in a hot air balloon or kayak around the Sydney Harbor: and that’s all without even leaving Sydney! You can also head up to the Northern Territory for more hiking, camping and skydiving.
Europe is always a good idea:
For an other-worldly, adventurous, and more remote trip, head to Iceland. Although Iceland was basically unknown as a tourist destination even just ten years ago, it’s become insanely popular – mostly due to its stunning outdoor scenery and adventures. And while Iceland has been known for its expensive food prices, with our cheap flights and list of free things to do there, it’s totally possible to plan an awesome trip on a budget.
Portugal has historically been known as a great budget European destination. Recently, it’s been getting more and more popular. With castles, beaches and loads of good food, there’s plenty to do and explore. Take advantage of those low flight prices now and book a future trip before prices rise again.
Flights to Barcelona have dropped significantly and are some of the cheapest flights to Europe right now. Take advantage of these low prices and plan a cheap post-quarantine trip to Spain to enjoy some paella, tapas and culture.
Or plan an epic adventure, graduation trip, or even a gap year for your first trip after quarantine.
If you haven’t already been dreaming about an epic trip to Thailand, it’s a great time to start. Between the amazing and iconic temples and history, the standout street food and the great exchange rate, Chiang Mai is a budget traveler’s paradise. The Old City of Chiang Mai holds a lot of Thai culture and is filled with stunning temples that you should definitely check out. But don’t forget to make time for pad thai from a street vendor, a trip to meet monkeys or a hike out to a waterfall. If you were hoping for a little less bustle, head to Phuket and take an affordable ferry to the Phi Phi Islands for a lovely, picture-perfect beach day (or an all night long full moon party).
Full of beaches, rainforests and volcanoes, Costa Rica is one of the most exciting and diverse destinations to plan to visit after quarantine. For adrenaline junkies, zip-lining in Monteverde is a must. If heights aren’t your thing, white water rafting is another great option. If you’re not feeling so crazy, go for a waterfall tour or wildlife tour. Big chocolate and/or coffee fan? Costa Rica is the perfect place to try both.
Lima, Peru is a pretty underrated destination for all it has to offer. The weather is great year-round. You can spend your days sampling ceviche (a traditional seafood dish), exploring Peruvian culture and relaxing on the beach. And it’s a great destination for adventure! Obviously, you’ll want to head to Machu Picchu, but you can also do some amazing hikes, surfing and even try sandboarding.
Why not plan to take some time off and head to New Zealand? Go bungee-jumping or skiing in Queenstown, renowned for its scenic views and adventure sports. Go kayaking in the famous Milford Sound or explore Auckland. Explore the lava tubes of a volcano on Rangitoto Island, chill out on the beach, or go wine-tasting on Waiheke Island. And of course, don’t miss the chance to visit Hobbiton in real life. It’s just a 2-hour drive from Auckland.
While we absolutely love thinking and talking about planning a future trip, just remember it’s important to follow the health and safety guidelines of your local and your destination’s governments. There’s still a lot of uncertainty about the travel and COVID-19. We recommend holding on to travel plans lightly and booking future trips on airlines currently offering flexible change policies.