5 international destinations to regain the desire to travel

We reclaim that adventurous spirit, the ladders at big airports and multi-hour flights. Long-distance travel is gradually returning to our lives. Some countries that had been isolated by covid have reopened their borders and we already have the travel bug, and the desire to visit them. After so many months, we deserve it.

Indonesia: dream islands

Although it has been open for a few months, since March 7, passengers vaccinated with the full directive can enter and enjoy the spectacular island of Bali without having to quarantine, and will be able to explore the rest of the country after the fourth day. of your trip.

Escape to the dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu can be a nice complement to our sunny days at some of the most suggestive and Instagrammed beaches on the planet. We can also go to the Nusa Islands, one of the secrets of this country; enjoy trekking, hiking and diving in Komodo National Park, the world famous lizard sanctuary; or marvel at the rice paddies that fill the islands with an emerald green color, such as Tegalallang and Gunung Kawi, among many others.

Australia: natural heritage

With the borders open to all vaccinated tourists since the end of February, the sixth largest country in the world offers us experiences of all kinds. Beyond cities like Sydney and Brisbane, Melbourne presents itself as one of the most appropriate destinations for this year 2022, according to the Bloomberg press agency, for its quality of life, its multicultural environment and its contrast between Victorian architecture and contemporary.

Music and urban art lovers, this is your city. Away from the urban world, the MungaThirri-Simpson desert is also, according to CNN, one of the country’s hotspots.

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It covers 36,000 square kilometers and was declared a national park in November 2021. To explore it, you must get an all-terrain vehicle to access its vast network of lakes, its impressive red dunes and its grasslands full of birds. .

Spending the nights camping under the stars doesn’t sound bad either. And why not go on a road trip? We will travel safely, and less exposed to covid, if we travel with our vehicles on routes such as the Great Eastern Drive, in Tasmania, tasting seafood and contemplating the coast; the iconic Great Ocean Road in Victoria; or the Gibb River Road, a 660 kilometer odyssey that crosses the interior of the country and brings us closer to waterfalls, lakes, natural pools and hidden and secret caves. A natural heritage that never ceases to amaze.

Due to its quality of life, Melbourne (Australia) is among the destinations of 2022, according to Bloomberg

Philippines: a tropical Eden

With its 7,641 paradise islands – of which only 2,000 are inhabited – this archipelago located in Southeast Asia has been welcoming foreign tourism again since the beginning of February. You do not need a visa, provided you are vaccinated against covid and present a negative PCR carried out no later than 48 hours before the trip. If we meet these requirements, we can start enjoying its appetizing tropical climate in Manila, the capital; get up close to the pristine white beaches of Palawan, with its dramatic rock formations; or practice water sports on the island of Siargao.

We will also be fascinated by the biodiversity of the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, on the island of La Paragua, and the beauty of the rice terraces of Luzon, both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Hospitality and gastronomy that have their roots in Asian cuisine, especially Chinese, and also Spanish, due to colonization, are other tourist attractions. Rice rules, but you should also try roast suckling pig and marinated chicken; the kare-kare, a succulent oxtail stew simmered in a peanut sauce; or the sinigang, a set of shellfish in sour broth. For dessert, the traditional halo-halo, which in addition to crushed ice, evaporated milk and ice cream, baked sweet beans and fruits, will add more color to our trip.

With its 7,641 paradise islands, the Philippines has again been welcoming foreign tourism since the beginning of February.

Colombia: pure eclecticism

With more opening months abroad, currently anyone who wants to enter Colombia must complete a Check-Mig form and have the complete vaccination schedule. A PCR or antigen test will be required if the traveler has received only one dose of the vaccine or if 14 days have not elapsed since the last dose.

The fourth largest country in South America, it borders both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, so it has 2,900 kilometers of coastline. In addition to visiting the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla, essential stops on any trip to Colombia, we can also visit Pereira, one of the epicenters of current coffee tourism -along with the cities of Armenia and Manizales- , and one of the destinations to consider in 2022, according to Bloomberg.

The streets of Cartagena de Indias, meanwhile, are home to the unforgettable palenqueras, women of African descent dressed in rainbows who sell exotic fruits and who live in Palenque, the first slave-free city in the Americas.

Cook Islands beaches are among the safest in the world

Cook Islands beaches are among the safest in the world

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For lovers of nature and more sustainable tourism, a type of offer that the country is trying to promote, there are also destinations as spectacular as the Amacayacu National Natural Park, a protected area on the banks of the river Amazon; the Cerros Mavecure, in the department of Guanía; or the deserted beaches of the island of Providencia, declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Cook Islands: pristine and safe

It is the most remote archipelago on the planet, located in the South Pacific, and could boast of being covid-free until February 2022. Despite everything, it remains an extremely safe destination and, for this reason, since early May, it has reopened its borders to tourists, who must have received the full vaccination schedule to enter.

This country, made up of about fifteen volcanic islands scattered between New Zealand and Hawaii, and which was chosen as the best destination to visit around the world in 2022 in the Best in Travel guide. planet alone, awaits us with dreamlike landscapes, crystal clear turquoise waters, white sand and exuberant vegetation. We will arrive after a flight from Australia or New Zealand to Rarotonga, a former extinct volcano that has become the main island of the country, where the capital, Avarua, is located.

Here you can hike and then fly to Aitutaki, an atoll that is said to be home to “the most beautiful lagoon in the world”. We will also fly to Atiu, one of the most pristine places on earth, and to the islands of Mitiaro, Mauke and Mangaia, where you can soak up Polynesian culture. Flying over these atolls is such a beautiful experience that it will be hard to forget.

In these two years of pandemic, moreover, the Cook Islands has prepared to offer more ecological and sustainable experiences, which add to its already wide offer of diving, fishing, cruises on the lagoon or excursions to explore their lush and diverse tropical landscape.

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