I would be lying if I said I didn’t secretly analyze every person in the grocery store line to see if they have COVID-19.
In a pandemic world, the media is constantly shoving fear down your throat – practically saying, “You must stay away from anyone with a pulse until further notice!”
Well, we have the perfect destinations to begin planning your post-pandemic trips – far away from infection rates and quarantine measures.
If you like to “move it, move it,” then you will love Madagascar. Set off the southeastern edge of Africa in the Indian Ocean, it is one of the world’s largest islands.
The island will give you unforgettable views of white sand beaches, colorful rainforests, and diverse wildlife.
Among the several species of lemurs and bright colored frogs, you won’t have to worry if the guy who cleared his throat on the park bench is patient zero.
The small island of Tuvalu is the definition of remote. The Polynesian paradise is halfway between Hawaii and Australia in Oceania.
Social distancing won’t be a problem here with the extremely small population, but what it lacks in people, it more than makes up for in beauty and culture.
The only caveat is that there are no flights going in or out of the island. You have to catch a flight to Funafuti, and then take a long ferry to your destination.
However, the journey is half the fun, giving you a blended experience of Indiana Jones and Gilligan.
Cocktails on endless stretches of white sand and crystal blue water is part of the timeless appeal of the Caribbean, but the popular destination can get a little crowded.
The island of Dominica is nick-named “The Nature Island” and is a hidden gem of the Caribbean.
Take the Waitukubuli Trail (the longest in the Caribbean) to see waterfalls, rainforest creatures, and the second largest hot lake, Boiling Lake (which does reach boiling temperatures, so don’t swim in it!).
One of the best perks? You don’t have to worry about social distancing among the hundred year old roots and small population.
Just be sure to check that the borders are open to visitors coming in and out of the country so you don’t get stranded in paradise, as Proud American Traveler has previously warned.
4. Marshall Islands
The chain of islands made popular in World War II was once a nuclear testing site, but now hosts remote destinations perfect for diving and marine life sightings.
But don’t worry, you will not glow green after swimming in the biodiverse waters.
With only 70 square miles to navigate, you are sure to find all the island’s hidden gems, such as hibiscus flowers and the over 160 different species of coral surrounding the tourist-free waters.
Travel has surely changed in recent months and people are going to think twice before going to popular attractions full of tourists after social distancing has become so ingrained in our minds.
Visiting one of these remote destinations will give you the adventure you are looking for, and the peace of mind to enjoy it.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)