Top Outbound Covid-Adjusted Destinations That Are Exciting Too
India Today|October 04, 2021
As countries around the world slowly open borders, Spice offers a fresh bucket list with a plethora of options for both the familiar and novel.
Vishal Suri

When COVID-19 hit and borders across the globe shut down for the better part of 2020, like most travel enthusiasts, I went through a gamut of emotions. Travel, for me, has always been therapeutic. Immersing myself in different cultures, learning about the history and heritage of different countries, meeting new people and making lifelong memories—be it physical visual or social, travel is as stimulating as it is healing. So this year, with many countries cautiously opening its doors to tourists, I chalked out a new Covid-adjusted bucket list for myself. If you’re all rested and recharged to kick start your travel in this New Normal Covid-era, here are some recommendations to help make informed choices along with Covid appropriate behaviour and travel precautions put in place by countries across the globe.

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SPAIN AND ITALY

No Italian escape is complete without a food tour in Palermo or the Godfather Tour in Catania. Luxuriate in the celebrity-famous Lake Como and visit Cinque Terre—five stunning villages guaranteed to make you feel like a star. What’s not to fall in love within Spain? From food to architecture, locales, and adventure, this is where Pedro Almodóvar gets creative; need we oversell? Travel further east of Madrid to the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, home to Catalonia’s most famous architect and go on an artistic private bike journey through the city of Gaudi. Ride on a horse carriage in Seville and sample authentic tapas, visit private palaces, and watch Flamenco dancers and singers perform. Let your hair down in Ibiza, the Balearic island off the southern coast of Spain famous for its appeal to celebrities, millennials et al. Your itinerary must include the beautiful city-resort of Marbella, popular for its Sierra Blanca Mountains as the backdrop to sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses. To the west of the town is the Golden Mile of prestigious nightclubs. Stay at Puente Romano Marbella—a lifestyle resort with direct access to the beach, a paradise for lovers of sport and leisure (www.puenteromano.com).

CROATIA

Visit the Croatian coasts and islands to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park, known for a chain of 16-terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water. Sample oysters in Ston, plan a visit to Zagreb and experience some epic Game of Thrones fan moments.

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