HONEYMOONS 2021: DESTINATIONS AND IDEAS FOR A ROMANTIC TRIP
4th August 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has put a brake on the entire world economy and among the sectors most affected by it, there is undoubtedly the tourism one. When the spread of the virus led each country to close its borders, thousands of weddings were postponed as well as many travels including honeymoons.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, only a few months have passed and the situation has not completely changed but a small improvement is making future spouses who want a destination wedding or an unforgettable honeymoon abroad, dream again. Let's find out together how to get ready again to leave for a trip and which destinations not to be missed for honeymoons 2021!
HOW TRAVEL HAS CHANGED
If on one hand Covid-19 has changed the habits of all of us by discouraging our desire to travel, on the other hand each State has taken all the necessary measures to limit and better control the spread of the virus. This is how we are slowly adapting to live a new reality and traveling is becoming possible again, but the question arises spontaneously: under what conditions?
To encourage bookings for those who wish to travel in the coming months or in next year despite the pandemic, there is a higher flexibility from the tourism sector about cancellation terms and conditions or the date change. Future spouses can start to plan their honeymoon 2021 and, whether it's a honeymoon or any other type of trip, it is possible to opt for a travel insurance that will refund you if you were denied boarding for a body temperature above the allowed limit or that will cover extra costs if you were asked for a short period of self isolation on arrival in the country of destination.
The containment measures of the virus are also found in the places most frequented by travelers including airports, accommodation facilities and tourist attractions first of all: masks, disinfectants, plexiglass dividers, social distancing and sanitization are integrated by body temperature controls when boarding on planes or cruise ships. At the same time there are several countries which, despite having reopened their borders, allow entry only to those who present a negative Covid-19 certificate (made three days before) or to those who undergo the nasopharyngeal swab on arrival and isolate themselves in waiting for the result.
In the current phase in which restrictions on travel between countries are still in place, national destinations reachable by car and stays at private properties rather than in crowded hotels are preferred. However, the professionals of the sector agree that the reopening of countries borders and the existence of efficient protection systems will once again give confidence to the people who will start traveling again abroad. Suffice it to say that worldwide web searches for the "2021 holidays" have increased by 125% since the end of March: a clear sign of how strong the desire to return to travel as soon as the worst is over.
Waiting for an effective vaccine at Covid-19, uncertain times are still expected and relying on travel agents seems to have returned to the best solution to receive guarantees and assistance in the shortest time without risking losing the long-dreamed vacation. Let's now take a look at the most wanted destinations to return to travel in 2021, where to experience an exciting destination wedding or a romantic honeymoon!
Among the favorite destinations we have southern and south-eastern Europe characterized by landscapes with wide hills, golden beaches and a Mediterranean climate, mostly mild, throughout the year. Although the sun-kissed European countries were among the first ones most affected by the pandemic, the desire to explore these destinations has certainly not gone away:
Italy: the Bel Paese, famous for its artistic and cultural heritage, records millions of tourists each year attracted by history, symbolic monuments and precious artworks preserved in museums. Even the scenic beauties enchant, surrounded by nature: from Lake Como passing through Liguria, Tuscany, the Amalfi coast up to the warm Sicily and Sardinia islands, they are among the favorite destinations for foreigners who choose Italy also for their destination weddings or honeymoons;
Spain: extended for most of the Iberian peninsula, this land boasts architectural works and natural scenarios to visit at least once in a lifetime. Andalusia is the most typical region and recommended for those who want to touch the ancient Spanish traditions with the local culinary delicacies. The climate is particularly mild during the year along the southern coasts, in the Balearic islands, wet from the Mediterranean sea and in the Canary islands, surrounded by the Atlantic ocean;
- Greece: among the sunniest European destinations, the homeland of philosophy in the Balkan peninsula cannot be missing. We could define this country as the perfect destination for those who dream of a warm holiday between April and October, during which to combine culture, fun and relaxation. In addition to the ancient acropolis of the capital Athens, we find more than 200 inhabited and visitable islands but the most touristic ones that hold the record of visitors are undoubtedly Santorini, Corfu and Mykonos together with the famous Zakynthos.
America is among the most wanted destinations for next year despite the borders of most states still being off-limits due to Covid-19. Those who visit the new continent for the first time are not satisfied with visiting a single country and among the itineraries chosen to fully live an unforgettable experience, there are some that are asked especially for honeymooners 2021:
USA and Aruba: it is a feasible itinerary all year round but the best temperature is from April to October. The first stop is New York, therefore we proceed towards the Niagara Falls and Washington D.C. then fly to Los Angeles and reach the striking scenery of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. The tour ends with extravagant Las Vegas and chaotic San Francisco; for the most adventurous who want to visit the United States while driving, the coast to coast option by camper is undoubtedly interesting. After this hectic tour, let's fly to the Caribbean islands for a bit of relaxation: Aruba is one of the most loved for its splendor, its places of interest and the presence of functional services. On the white shores bathed by the ocean, you can relax and devote yourself to water activities such as snorkeling or windsurfing without forgetting the off-road excursions in the island and the nightlife of Palm Beach and Eagle Beach;
Peru and Mexico: if you want a honeymoon in Peru or Mexico, you can find the right compromise by visiting them together with a single itinerary! These are two tourist locations both explorable from May to September as they share a mostly tropical climate but little rainfall at this time of year. The holiday in Peru starts from the capital Lima, where modern architecture blends with the ancient one. You then continue towards the sacred valley of the Incas until you reach the famous ruins of Machu Picchu, a symbol of Peru and then continue south to reach the desert of Nazca. Time to leave for Mexico, the ideal destination to spend a holiday that offers more than sea and sun: history and archaeological sites, such as Chichen Itza, dedicated to the Mayan civilization, enchant as much as the beaches of Cancun or Acapulco together with the historic center of Mexico City;
- Argentina e Brazil: South America offers multiple scenarios and those who visit these two countries discover a fascinating territory full of contrasts and with an optimal temperate climate to be visited from October to March. Buenos Aires is the first stop not to be missed: a dynamic metropolis that seems to recall Europe. Continue along the lush and boundless pampas to get to the cold Patagonia where you can admire the gigantic Perito Moreno glacier and conclude in the far south, in the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. The journey can then continue to Brazil to be conquered by the main destinations such as the lively Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Porto de Galinhas beach together with Copacabana beach, as well as the main tourist and landscape attractions count millions of visitors every year.
Although the pandemic started right from the Asian continent, there are Eastern and Middle Eastern destinations that will remain a must even for 2021. Whether you are planning a honeymoon or simply a leisure holiday, here are which destinations will envelop you in a magical atmosphere that you will keep in your most beautiful memories:
Maldives: the Maldives archipelago, located in South Asia, is made up of more than a thousand islands grouped into 26 atolls and can be visited in the dry season from December to April. The very populous capital Malé is the archipelago's political and economic center as it is well connected to most of the atolls such as North Malé, South Malé and Ari. Not surprisingly, they register the largest number of tourists who can experience the customs of the local population. Less visited are the northern atolls further away from the capital, such as Noonu, but preferred by those who want intimacy in luxury resorts for a perfect trip with their own half. The islands of the Maldives have in common the paradisiacal beaches and the pristine waters in which to dive to discover the coral reef or excursions to the different islands accessible by boat;
Bali: the Indonesian island is the destination chosen by those who want a travel experience in contact with nature and their own spirituality. Among the green forests and rice fields of the area, there are waterfalls and sacred Hindu temples such as the suggestive Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang. Particularly appreciated is the village of Ubud where art and culture merge with wellness centers where it is also possible to practice yoga: a stop not to be missed to recharge your body and mind! Bali also boasts several beaches bathed by waves particularly appreciated by surfers: Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach are undoubtedly the most tourist and party-goers of the island. The best time to visit Bali is from June to September when, despite the tropical climate, the rains are scarce;
- United Arab Emirates: wet by the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates are the pearl of the Arabian Peninsula, perfect to visit from November to April. Every year Dubai is the main stop for millions of tourists fascinated by the luxury and versatility of this modern metropolis. Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab are the most famous attractions, followed by the largest shopping center in the world, the Dubai Mall. Don't miss Aquaventure and Dolphin Bay for a tender close encounter with dolphins or the most beautiful beaches of JBR, Umm Suqeim Beach and Jumeirah Beach Park. Finally, it is worth living the reckless experience of crossing the desert dunes aboard a 4x4 to enjoy a magical sunset safari. More than a hundred km away from Dubai, there is the capital Abu Dhabi, where we find the wonderful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque together with other places of interest including the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Palace in front of the Etihad Towers and the Yas Marina circuit.
Before tourism returns to what it was, it will surely take months but adapting to this new reality in which we will give priority to the safety of our health, going back to travel will be possible again.