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Where to Travel After Covid? Inspiring Escapes

By Matthew Kronsberg - 8th January 2021

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After nearly a year of vacation deprivation, frustrated globe-trotters are starting to dream about traveling freely again. We highlight a number of getaway goals for 2021 and new ways to realize each one. People just want the ability to find small ways to draw some joy back into life with travel and human connection, “Travel is a drink of water in a parched life.”

Here, we present some typical goals this year - from planning a getaway with the extended family to fleeing the pod for some overdue time alone - plus a few suggestions on how to achieve them. Even if you’re not ready to commit to vacation plans just yet, the following should help quench some of that travel thirst.

Alone - Together Tours

The Goal: 

Maybe you’ve been quarantining on your own during the past year? Or isolating with your pod and fantasizing about “me” time a few time zones away from them? In either case, you’re craving a change of scenery with simpatico souls. Just be sure you don’t share too many tempting details about your trip before you go, or the pod might tag along, and you won’t have escaped them after all.

Where To Go: 

High-end culinary trips to South Korea, Japan or Galicia, each itinerary with opportunities to meet local chefs and farmers. For example, the 9-day South Korea tour includes cooking with a monk in a forest monastery (from about $7,500 a person). Alternatively like a trip to Laos for a deep dive into textile arts and basketry. (from about $3,000 for the Laos trip).

Bucket - List Blowouts

The Goal: 

After such a difficult year, a run-of-the-mill vacation just won’t do. You want to plan your dream trip without a moment to spare. But word of warning: Covid restrictions and even outbreaks will still impact travel this year; not a big deal for a weekend away, but if your bucket-list trip requires everything to go off without a hitch, maybe plan this year and go next.

Where To Go: 

Egypt is often at the top of a serious traveler’s bucket-list. A 13-day itinerary is in high demand for 2021. Included in the trip is a visit to the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum (slated to open in June), a Nile cruise on a private dahabiya and an after-hours tours of the Valley of the Kings led by an Egyptologist (from about $19,000 a person). 

Do - Good Diversions

The Goal: 

The world proved a fragile place this year and you’re eager to help repair it, even in a small way.

Where To Go: 

In Kenya, you can take a philanthropically minded safari with The Explorations Company. Among the highlights stays at the Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, and visits to the Mara Elephant Project and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a rescue and rehabilitation program for orphaned elephants and rhinos ($23,000 per person, based on four people for eight nights).

All vacations available from explorationscompany.com 


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