With the world the way it is right now, the governments of many countries are stuck in a state of dilemma; a standstill with the economic affairs on one end, and the health of their people on the other. The coronavirus, or it’s more formal name, Covid-19, has been termed a global pandemic. And rightly so – with more than 30 lakh cases worldwide, and a staggering 2 lakh (reported) deaths thus far, this virus started in Wuhan, China, and has only been expanding since then.
One of the first industries to leave, and one of the hardest to be hit, is the travel industry. With transport restricted both inter-country as well as intra-country, it’s hard to imagine what tourism might look like post Covid. And that’s not even half of the concern: what kinds of issues and insecurities might prospective travellers have both now and later, and which countries would be considered safe enough to travel to?
Well, if you’re one of the people who might feel unsafe right now: we’ve got your back – here’s a list of 7 countries that are, for the time being, as safe as can be!
1. Saint Lucia
Having been one of the last islands to finally gain independence, Saint Lucia managed to break free in 1979. Its pre-colonial architecture that has been abandoned for decades now sees nature’s beautiful way taking its course. Being an island, the country hosts a vast oceanscape that stretches for miles, and pristine white sand that you sink both your toes, and your heart, into. For such a tiny island, Saint Lucia really pulled through – 15 cases in total, and all of them fully recovered! The people of this island, having already been accustomed to the tourist pull that is the Carribean, really took measures into their own hands and now see a country blossoming in otherwise dreary conditions!
Greenland is another case of completely recovered cases. Being such a large country and with 11 totally recovered cases out of 11 Covid-19 infected people, it’s an ideal travel destination once the channels open out.
It could possibly be due to the people-landscape ratio: for the amount of nature Greenland holds, the population is few and far between. Which makes it perfect for a beautiful, reclusive vacay – see the fastest-moving glacier while on a ride through some of the grandest fjords, or dog-sled through a northern arctic wonderland. Greenland was already such a breathtaking country to explore, but now it’s even more desirable!
Termed ‘The Kingdom In The Sky’, Lesotho is a beautiful expanse of lush greenery that’s situated in Africa’s embrace. It’s one of the less-travelled countries – which could be the reason for its lack of ANY Covid-19 cases – and could aptly be described as a ‘hidden gem’. Why, you ask? From mountaintop pubs, cave dwellings, indigenous (and vastly unaffected) culture just waiting for you to seek out, Lesotho has it all. And if you thought this was enough, they even have skiing, snowboarding and pony trekking – yes, in Africa! It’s truly a natural rollercoaster, and the area of Semonkong encapsulates this statement perfectly: One of the continent’s highest single-drop waterfalls that start at the plateau of a series of rolling, green mountains and culminates at its rocky base. We’d bet that a good time is guaranteed in a place like this!
4. Solomon Islands
A magnificent conglomeration of South Pacific aqualife and their unique culture, The Solomon Islands are truly a sight to see. They were home to some of the bloodiest battles that World War II ever saw, but emerged victorious against the fight with Covid-19: with absolutely no cases reported yet! The former is a milestone in history which the people draw attention to; snorkelling amidst beautiful coral reefs and WW-II shipwrecks is one particularly enjoyable activity. Immersing yourself in their multicultural people, as well as many other historical sites, along with delectable South Pacific island cuisine is a true must-do whilst you still have time!
One of the most secluded areas in the World, this remote set of islands lay dotted around the Pacific Ocean. An addition to this yet unknown list of countries that have never experienced the wrath of Covid-19, Micronesia is a place you’d want to visit even if it never held a spot on the laureled list anyway. Here’s why.
Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae are its four main territories, each hosting a wide array of exotic island flora, fauna and populus. The local cuisine and culture are so exquisite that there exists a part of Yap that still uses stone money to this date! To travel back in time and experience a life filled with the joys one felt before technology, or even the simple pleasure before this, rocked the world – Micronesia is where you go. Connect to more than people on your phone, connect to a land that speaks to you.
Bhutan, having a total of 7 cases thus far, and 5 of which being recovered cases, are number six on our list for good reason. They recently elected a new government, which has been committed in their efforts to safeguard the health of the country, and prioritize the safety of its people by upgrading and streamlining their health services. With such a proactive government, it’s no wonder the people of Bhutan have been known to be some of the most happy folk around! Reasons to visit (apart from the happiness quotient) include their buddhist culture that lives in the homes, streets, monasteries and hearts of its people. A serene juxtaposition of human efforts and natural beauty, the country’s vibrant snow-clad hills, green meadows, and buddhist red-and-gold monasteries will leave you wanting more.
Curaçao is arguably one of the best places to wind down, relax, and suntan as you sip your mimosa and think about the wonderful life you’re living. And then come home to a lively bunch of committed and passionate locals, whose culture is both colourful, and vibrant. Lively headpieces and a groovy hip-shaking dance that’s characteristic to the Carribean is what the locals here know how to rock! Houses are coloured differently, with hues of turquoise, faded deep pinks and yellows, and cobbled streets that reassure you that you’ve reached an island full of life. The island has had 16 cases so far, with 1 death and only 4 active cases – their government has been taking active measures since mid-March, and are now on stay-at-home orders until further instruction.
So there you have it, folks. A concise, informative guide to everywhere you could travel (safely!) after the current situation cools down. It is important to note that although travel is possible and safe, you must still be cautious. Of course, we know you’ve already taken these things into account, and want to remind you that using hand sanitizer, masks and keeping a certain degree of distance between bodies is the right thing to do while travelling. We care about your safety, and would love to be a part of your travel experience!