Doubtlessly, we faced the hardest time in 2020 – locking ourselves indoors for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the situation is getting under control as the COVID-19 vaccines are out and distributed, and the stay-at-home orders are gradually lifting – with many countries opening their borders to welcome international travellers. It might have piqued your interest to put your step outside the cubicle to regain a sense of normalcy in the summer of 2021. In this blog, we will cover the 5 best places to travel safely this summer.
Just like you, many people are antsy to get out there to breathe some fresh air in their most desired (safest) destinations while watching their kids making sandcastles and playing around on a sugary-white sandy beach. Safety remains the biggest concern despite the vaccines being out.
We bring you a handful of the safest summer vacation hotspots to travel with your family and friends. These destinations stand out since they are marked as the safest places on earth to visit at present, which renders peace of mind to potential travellers.
As summer is slowly sneaking in and rolling around, you must be floating with endless trip ideas. While many people around the world have started picking their go-to-spots for the summer, why would you lag? Just keep some travel safety rules on as we, at SATA Travels, promise to ignite your travel inspiration with incredible summer vacation ideas.
COVID-19 Safe Countries’ Criteria
How do you determine which countries are safe to travel in terms of COVID-19 transmission and containment? The European Council has rolled out three sets of criteria –
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Before the mercury starts rising to unprecedented heights, you would want to escape the scorching heat and high temperatures for more exciting choices, pleasant weather, interesting sights, and much more. Let’s dive deep and unearth some of the best (safest) vacation spots for you and your family this summer.
1. Abha (Saudi Arabia):
A blessed country with exotic landscapes and an outstanding topography, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or KSA, simply Saudi Arabia, has long been shrouded in mystery and intrigue. With tourist visas now available to everyone – not just business travellers and religious pilgrims – intrepid travellers will leave no stone unturned to explore this rich country flourishing with historical & cultural sites and diverse landscapes from desert and mountains to the sea and bustling cities. Abha, one of the most scenic cities in the country, piques the interests of tourists who have a penchant for mountainous terrains.
The way to escape the sweltering heat is to choose Abha as it lies in the Asir Mountain region and is home to popular attractions like Aseer Regional Museum, Jabel Akhdar, etc.
Also Read: 11 Best Places to Visit in Sharjah
2. The Cultural Hub of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia):
The extravagant city of Riyadh deserves mention for its stunning skyscraper and swanky malls. The largest city in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is also one of the wealthiest cities on earth. You will have plenty of places to visit and things to do including the historical sites to peruse like the Masmak Fortress, the formidable Murabba Palace, and more. Summer camps are quite popular in Riyadh to keep yearning young minds occupied.
How Safe Is Riyadh?
The government authorities have taken all the measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Just keep normal COVID-19 guidelines in mind while travelling with your family. The overall risk in Riyadh is low. Make sure you don’t disrespect the moral codes of locals.
3. Jeddah – Saudi’s Cosmopolitan Delight:
Another most sought-after summer hotspot in Saudi is Jeddah. The second-largest city in the country, Jeddah is a cosmopolitan delight and is also rich in historical and cultural delights. It flaunts a perfect blend of modern and historic attractions, which transforms Jeddah into a beguiling city.
Top Places to Explore in Jeddah: Are you an art enthusiast? Sneak peek into Athr Gallery. This place is known for housing intrinsic art pieces and hosts several events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Floating Mosque in Jeddah is marked for its tranquil vibes and scenic location. Also known as Fatima Al Zahra Mosque, the Jeddah Floating Mosque is open for visitors round-the-clock.
Safety In Jeddah?
The traditional gateway to Mecca, Jeddah is very safe in terms of COVID-19.
4. Medina (Saudi Arabia):
Home to the Prophet’s Mosque and considered the second holiest city in Islam; Medina is brimmed with religious and historical sites. It is the place where the Prophet Muhammad migrated to, from Mecca.
Top Places to Explore in Medina: Popular Places to Visit here include Al-Masjid An-Nabawi and the Madinah Museum.
Amid an increase in virus cases, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a set of health measures that every person in the country, including Medina, has to follow. The authorities have augmented precautions to limit the spread of potentially fatal ailments. Stick to the official guidelines to stay safe and stay blessed!
Spot dolphins with your little kids, go hunting for fossils along the coast, immerse in water-related activities or lose yourself to the soothing sounds at a music festival, Fiji is a great destination for travel during summer. A country in the South Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago comprising more than 300 islands.
Top Places to Explore in Fiji: Famed for coral reefs, palm-lined beaches, and rugged landscapes, Fiji never shies away from meeting your expectations. Vanua Levu and Viti Levu are the major islands to visit.
How Safe Is Fiji? As per the US Embassy website, “There are no cases of COVID in the community in Fiji.” This ensures your safe travel to the country. Domestic transportation, hotels, stores, and banks are all available.
No matter whichever place you decide to travel to from the above list, always take all the travel safety measures, such as carrying a sanitiser, wearing a mask, maintain distance when in public space, stick to the official guidelines, and avoid breaking any norm that might put you at risk. When you do that, you will have one of the most cherished moments of your life for sure (considering the fact that you are gearing up for your first trip post lockdown).
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