Updated: Jun 10, 2021
Can I travel this summer? As we all patiently await the reopening of travel between the US and Great Britain, I have heard that question over and over. In the meantime, however, the answer is actually yes you certainly can travel this summer. The domestic market is booming and availability in the most popular destinations is thin, but a lot of you are wondering about international destinations. Here are five of our top picks for your summer 2021 getaway:
From July 19th, a hundred thousand welcomes await vaccinated travelers who will once again be able to visit the Emerald Isle. From the rugged Wild Atlantic Way to the stately manors of the Ancient East, Ireland is a land of contrasts. Perfect for active outdoor adventure, you can enjoy biking along the Great Western Greenway, horseback riding on the beaches, walking along the stunning coastlines and mountains, or even go surfing in County Donegal. Ancient castles, stately homes, famously friendly locals, and so much more awaits you on your journey though Ireland.
Sipping sangria, eating paella, and listening to the sound of music floating across the square…the quintessential evening in Spain. One of our top picks in Europe has opened its doors just this week. There are no quarantines or restrictions on movement for fully vaccinated travelers, and with tourism just getting started again, now is really the time to visit. Explore the verdant north where you can hike the breathtaking Picos de Europa or find yourself a quiet place in the south where you can lay on the beach during the day and venture out to explore the town in the evening. No matter where you go in Spain you are sure to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle, stunning natural wonders, rich history, and exceptional food.
Croatia Croatia has been one of the hottest up and coming destinations in Europe over the past few years. As one of the very first countries to open their doors to vaccinated tourists, this year looks like it will be no different. No need for testing, upon arrival you must simply present proof of both vaccination and of paid accommodation in Croatia. Croatia is a spectacular Mediterranean destination that is enormously popular, yet in many ways still feels like a hidden gem. It is an ideal destination for adventure seekers, beach lovers, history buffs, and foodies. One of our client’s most popular ways to visit Croatia is by boat. Since Croatia has over a thousand miles of mainland coastline and over a thousand islands sitting just off the coast, chartering a sailboat to explore the coast is a spectacular way to spend your vacation.
Long a favorite of US travelers, France has reopened their doors to fully vaccinated travelers. To visit you must also provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours from departure. World class art and architecture await you in France where you can spend your days exploring the rich culture and while away your evenings at a bistro with a glass of champagne. The regions of France all offer a unique experience, from the apple orchards of Normandy to the lavender fields of Provence, you can have a new experience everywhere you go. A top destination in the winter as well when you can ski the majestic Chamonix with some of the best instructors in the world to guide you.
Greece Whether or not you have had a full round of the Covid-19 vaccine, Greece is welcoming travelers back to the country. If you are not fully vaccinated, then you must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test and everyone must complete a Passenger Locator Form upon arrival. Just down the coast from Croatia, Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason. Friendly locals, incredible historic sites, pristine beaches, and fabulous food; there is no shortage of reasons why Greece is such a wonderful place to visit. While the islands get all the hype (and don’t get me wrong, I adore them), I highly recommend spending time on the Greek mainland. The perfect destination for a road trip, there are endless discoveries to be made in Greece. Ancient sites, waterside villages, and beautiful beaches, all without the mass of tourists you often find on the islands. But even if the islands are at the top of your list, it is still possible to avoid the tourists, particularly this year. Santorini will probably never be this peaceful again since the cruise lines are not operating en masse. So, if a peaceful summertime visit to Santorini is on your list then this is the year to do it!
Looking for something a little different? A few other destinations also open (or soon to be) include Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, and Slovenia. Ready to travel this summer? Let's talk about the options available to you.