Following a year of postponed travel plans, travelers are itching to ignite their sense of wanderlust with new and exciting international adventures. Despite the ever-changing travel advisories and COVID-19 mandates, many countries are beginning to loosen restrictions and open their arms to tourism once again. Continue reading to find out which destinations the App in the Air community recommends you consider for your upcoming travels.
As New Zealand begins to open its doors to foreign travelers, exploration awaits. Based on CDC travel recommendations, New Zealand is among the safest countries to visit due to its level 1 low COVID-19 rate. As with most travel requirements, international travelers are required to be fully vaccinated or to present a valid COVID-19 negative test result taken within three days prior to departure.
For the adventure seeker, you can witness the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland of geothermal activity, venture down the famous Glenorchy-Queenstown Road for expansive mountain views, explore the glowworm caves at Waitomo, or hike up the highest volcanic cone in Auckland.
Delve into New Zealand’s rich cultural history by admiring the finest Victorian craftsmanship at Larnach Castle and Gardens.
Finally, experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, performances, storytelling, and hāngi feasting at Tamaki Māori Village, one of the most popular New Zealand cultural experiences, earning TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award in 2021.
The island of Saint Barthélemy is also among one of the safest countries for travel according to CDC recommendations. Fully vaccinated Americans and Canadians are allowed to enter the island without self-isolating upon arrival.
The Caribbean island offers a unique blend of French and Swedish sophistication and flair, the natural beauty of clear waters and white sand beaches, and an easy-going village charm.
The main town and capital of the island, Gustavia, is the perfect place for a quaint afternoon spent tasting the local fare at cafes or strolling through high-end shops.
Scandinavia: Denmark & Sweden
Scandinavian countries also offer international travelers a historical and culturally immersive travel experience.
According to Denmark COVID-19 Travel Policies, the country requires international travelers to be fully vaccinated to enter. No COVID-19 test or self-isolation will be required upon arrival.
In the beautiful city of Copenhagen, visitors can enjoy the charming danish architecture of Nyhavn by hopping on a guided canal tour, or visit the expansive collection of jewels, art and treasures of the Danish Royal Family in Rosenburg and Egeskov.
Sweden also offers a plethora of culturally rich cities, from Stockholm and Gothenburg, to Malmö and Helsingborg.
Rated the number one attraction in Sweden by TripAdvisor, visit the Vasa Museum to witness the world’s one-and-only preserved 17th-century ship. Visitors can also walk the historic streets of Gamla Stan, home to the Swedish Royal Palace, or indulge in homemade traditional Swedish meatballs and other local cuisine at the renowned Stockholms Gastabud — perfect for the ultimate foodie.
With the world opening up, and rising airfare ahead, it is the perfect time to jumpstart planning your 2022 international trips. Where will you go?