The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that fully vaccinated Americans can now travel at low risk of COVID-19 infection. About the same time, multiple countries revised their COVID restrictions to allow vaccinated travelers to enter.
And, according to research conducted by Booking.com, nearly three-quarters of Americans would rather travel this year that find their true love, choosing travel over their favorite TV shows and vices like caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol. Two-thirds said they'd prefer a vacation over a promotion.
If you're ready to pack your bags you've probably been wondering WHERE you can travel now that you're vaccinated, and you've got some great choices with travel restrictions finally easing. Mexico and many Caribbean islands have been open to travelers with minimal or no restrictions at all, but the latest countries to waive quarantine and testing requirements to those who are vaccinated include the following:
Of course, with rules and restrictions frequently changing, it's always a good idea to check for the latest updates before booking.
If I was to drop everything and go now, I'd probably choose Iceland despite having visited multiple times as it's relatively easy to get to, it's not a hassle to drive there, and the scenery is out of this world. Croatia, Ecuador, and Montenegro are a few of my favorites too. The medieval walled cities and hilltop villages are spectacular in Croatia, and the food is some of the best in the world. Ecuador is incredibly diverse with everything from the Galapagos, Andes, and the Amazon, while Montengro boasts medieval charms, dramatic mountain and coastal scenery.
That said, I've decided to stick somewhat closer to home this year and look forward to a very busy year of travel in 2022. I still have some exciting trips ahead, including a short stay coming up in Cancun and Mexico City, Juneau and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, and a remote retreat in Maine! And, if Canada decides to open its borders, an Arctic adventure in Churchill, Manitoba.
Are you ready to pack your bags? If so, where will you go?