Like all things in 2020, planning a trip is, well, different. For months, most of us avoided leaving our neighborhoods, and, currently, we find ourselves at a unique moment, when even visiting a neighboring state has potential logistical hurdles—from mandatory Covid-19 tests to possible self-quarantines—not to mention the ongoing risks of the virus itself.While navigating the New Normal makes for a markedly changed getaway, it also offers several advantages if you’re looking to travel in the near future. Some of our favorite destinations have reopened with safety measures and cleaning protocols that will benefit visitors for years to come, and there’s a shift to spending as much time as possible outside. Another silver lining: no more worries about overtourism this year. It’s entirely possible that you’ll have previously buzzy destinations, from the beaches of Hawaii to the temples of Luxor, nearly to yourself. The lack of crowds has an alarming flip side, though. The United Nations predicts the travel industry will lose upwards of a trillion dollars this year, putting the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people who work in the sector at risk. The sudden drop in revenues has had a calamitous effect on the ancillary benefits of tourism around the world, especially conservation and community empowerment. With all of this in mind, we're cautiously optimistic about recent progress made in vaccine developments, and are looking ahead to get back into voyager mode. From New England to East Africa, here’s what you need to know about the places that are open and enacting health measures to ensure safety.Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to start planning winter vacations for this year and the future. Our team can match you with the accommodations and activities that are right for you and provide information on coronavirus travel safety, destinations that are open to travel, Covid-19 hotel policies, transportation options, private villas and charters and more. Related: Best Winter Vacation Ideas for 2020-2021: 25 Trip Ideas from Antigua to Zambia
Join Indagare CEO and founder Melissa Biggs Bradley on our Antarctica Awaits Insider Journey to the ends of the world next fall. Aboard the all-new, state-of-the-art Ultramarine from Quark Expeditions, guests will see the White Continent up close, discovering some of the world's most epic scenescapes and wildlife. Reserve your spot here.
November through March sees balmy temperatures and clear blue skies in the Maldives, an island nation of more than a thousand atolls—and some of the world’s most fabulous resorts—off the southern tip of India. Spend days lounging beachside or at your overwater bungalow, but be sure to take a dip under the water as well: manta rays, whale sharks, sea turtles and dozens of species of fish make the reefs here “feel like The Little Mermaid come to life,” says Indagare’s Sasha Feldman.Entry Requirements: Proof of negative PCR test results from within 96 hours prior to departure.Indagare Tip: The best resorts in the Maldives are on their own atolls—mini communities, which is a major safety feature in the age of social distancing. And while the country only began requiring proof of test results in September, some resorts took extra precautions. Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi both require guests and staff to take PCR tests upon arrival and one week into the stay. The payoff: a mask-free experience, if you choose.
One of Indagare's most beloved safari, culinary and cultural destinations reopened to international travelers in November. Its private game reserves are exemplary success stories for conservation, with fabulous lodges, gorgeous views and, of course, diverse wildlife, with nearly every animal on a safari-lover's check-list.
Entry Requirements: All travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, performed within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight.
Indagare Tip: Pair a safari with time in the South Africa Winelands, one of the most physically stunning wine countries in the world and a mecca for foodies.
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