The UK loosened their restrictions on international travel from July 6th. There are a number of countries that the UK now deem COVID-safe enough to allow nationals to travel to, previously dubbed them “travel corridors” or “air bridges”. These countries are only in Europe and include France, Italy, Spain, Germany among many European nations. Most importantly it also means that UK nationals don’t need to self quarantine for 14 days once they arrive back in the UK.
As you can imagine like most travellers I’ve been itching to be able to go travelling whilst in lockdown. When this news broke a few weeks ago it was hard not to feel excited and upbeat. There’s many countries I felt I would miss out on visiting and in particular, many countries in Europe I want to visit. But now there’s hope for us here in the UK with restrictions being relaxed.
Here’s the top 5 countries I’ve got my eyes set on in the near future:
1. Budapest, Hungary
My heart has been set on Budapest as far back as late last year. It was featured on my post about my travel plans for this year, specially for this summer. But with the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic I didn’t think it was going to be possible.
Fortunately with the restrictions loosening all hope is not lost. I’m still hopeful of visiting the place as part of a 7 day interrail trip: spending 2/3 days then travelling to other neighbouring countries. One which is on this top 5 list also.
I’m most excited about going to the ruin bars and experiencing the nightlife and taking a dip in the thermal baths with the warm sun beaming on me! I’ve heard just as positive things about the street food at the markets and vendors. It’s going to be awesome when I do go.
Image Credit: Unsplash
Cyprus has been one of the islands that I’ve kept on my radar for a few year now. With murmurings of cheap holidays being offered and with it being mid summer I can’t help but feel tempted. Plus it’s been a while since I last went on holiday to an island.
Imagine feeling the mediterranean sun beaming on you with some Cypriot food to keep you well fed. To top it off some stunning aesthetics to marvel at whilst on a beach or paradise-looking resort. Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol – you’re spoiled for choice!
A trip to Switzerland would suit me to a tee. Indulging on fine sweets and chocolates, classy watches and around organised people if the stereotype about a lot of the Swiss is true. Not to say the rest of Europe are behind on time though 😜
Summer in Switzerland is considered the best time of the year for some quality sightseeing and hiking. While in the cooler seasons a ski trip is the must do activity!
Notice how I didn’t include a city also. That’s because I’m still debating where exactly in Switzerland I’d like to go. This country has quite a few places that usually appeal to me. You’ve got Zurich, Geneva (cant not do Geneva without a jog or walk along the Lake Geneva itself), Basel, which is closely situated to France too.
Also Montreux, which I don’t think doesnt get as much attention from as it’s such a scenic place to visit. I had it down as one of my preferred romantic places in Europe to visit.
4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
A second visit to Dam has well been overdue for me. I went three years ago with my sports team and ever since I boarded the plane to return to London I knew I had unfinished business in the city.
Boat trips along the canals, indulge on some authentic Dutch waffles and crepes and cycle on the cycle-friendly streets and ramming people over like they did to me 3 years ago. The nightlife is supposed to be immense over there so that’s a big bonus.
As you can see theres a lot of activities well associated with the city that I’ve yet to tick off. I’m more than ready to have the ultimate Amsterdam experience.
5. Monte Carlo, Monaco
To cap off my top 5 is one of the few principalities left in the world and that’s Monaco – home to a small 38000 residents approximately.
Being a Formula 1 fan and watching cars race in the streets of Monte carlo was enough for me to want to go to the principality. The glitz and glamorous lifestyle, the casinos, the yachts and scenic landscape are all just bonuses to be honest.
However Monaco is the least likely in terms. As a budget traveller could I afford it? But this list is one of places I really want not necessarily a list of countries that I will end up visiting. Plus one can hope and dream of course.
Image Credit: Unsplash
Those are the 5 countries in Europe I want to visit after quarantine. Portugal was another country I so dearly want to visit. Unfortunately the UK government didn’t include Portugal as part of their travel corridor plans due to the risk of COVID-19 infection still being high. Over the coming months I can only imagine they’ll be more of these “travel corridors” as more countries start to open up their borders again. The travel and tourism industry has been hit tremendously by the pandemic. They need more money coming as well as governments because a lot of countries’ economies thrive on their tourism value.
What are yout thoughts on my top 5 list? Do you like it? Which countries would you most like to visit. I’ve left a picture with a list of countries that UK tourists can travel to quarantine free. Make sure you follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest otherwise what the hell are you doing with yourselves!