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These past few months, avid travelers around the world have had to cancel trips and get comfortable in the confines of their own homes. We’ve missed spring breaks, graduations and getting to see our friends and family face-to-face. But tough times don’t last; tough travelers do, and many of our top travel bloggers are already planning their next escapes. For now, the world can wait, but here’s where we’re headed as soon as it’s safe to pack up again. Plus, let us know in the comments the places you’re most looking forward to traveling next, and why!

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Eastern Europe by rail

St Sava`s temple in Belgrade

I have a pretty epic Eastern European rail and bus journey planned for fall that I’m crossing my fingers will still happen. It begins in Belgrade, Serbia and ends in Lviv, Ukraine and includes overnights in Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, Krakow and other cities along the way. Meanwhile, from my home in Los Angeles, I’ve been California dreaming like crazy and am chomping at the bit to take a sun-drenched and solo road trip or two to regional places I love like Palm Springs, Las Vegas, the Mojave Desert, and Joshua Tree National Park, to name just a few.—Jason Heidemann

St. Pete Beach, FL

St. Petersburg in Florida

Since the virus has changed life as we know it, I’ve rearranged my fall travel plans from Italy’s Amalfi Coast to a more familiar spot, Florida’s St. Pete Beach. It’s drivable and there’s a great little old-school beachfront resort there called The Tahitian where I’ve stayed a few times already. It’s nothing fancy but it oozes nostalgic, mid-century charm that reminds me of simpler times, with a shuffleboard court, a heated pool and grills on its beachfront patio—Old Florida at its finest. It’s a comfy, familiar and affordable spot, drenched in sunshine year-round, which makes it a great post-quarantine destination to return to.—Martina Sheehan

Barcelona, Spain

First place I’m heading back to is Barcelona. I’m one  to usually make it a point to travel somewhere new, but during lockdown I find myself reminiscing about this quirky and whimsical city. Visiting a quiet Park Güell first thing in the morning (when it’s free) and listening to a local musician play Spanish guitar always moves me. It reminds me to slow down and enjoy the moment. It’s a perfect city to walk around aimlessly and then take a break in a plaza and order tapas. Also, the rooftop of Casa Mila never gets old for a photographer. I’ve spent hours up there and always find a new shape or angle.—Monica Pedraja

Sedona, AZ

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona.

As soon as it’s considered safe to travel again, I’m heading to Sedona, Arizona … alone. As much as I love my husband and our dog, we’ve been cooped up in our urban home together 24/7. I crave wide open spaces and some solitary “me” time. Revisiting the red rock landscape of this mystical corner of the Southwest always rejuvenates and restores. I look forward to taking hikes to vortex sites and indulging in spa treatments like chakra balancing and Integrated Energy Therapy. After Sedona, perhaps my husband and I can finally take that trip to Santorini—together—for some R&R along its caldera, where azure-blue waters, pink-hued sunsets and white-washed buildings absolutely kiss the eyes. We’ve been researching and discussing our ideal itinerary as a fun project while we shelter in place … even as I plan my solo getaway to Sedona.—Erica Bray

Australian wine country

Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Top of my list is Australia’s Victoria Pinot country. I’ve never been more sure in my life that all I want to do at the end of the year is drink wine in (what will be) the Australian summer. I’ve also got active plans to revisit Tokyo, which over the last few years has become my happy place. Strolling in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, sitting elbow-to-elbow at my favorite ramen spot, people watching Akihabara—it’s all been appearing nightly in my dreams. I’ve even started battling daily with the Duolingo owl, just so I’ll have a fighting chance at reading the chip packets at FamilyMart when I finally return.—Laura Studarus

The Aloha State

hawaii

My best friend recently moved to Hawaii for work. My husband and I are eager to visit her in Honolulu (it would be our first trip to Hawaii, and we’d have a free place to crash), but we’d previously been dreading the prospect of a long plane ride with our two young children. Now, after being cooped up with them 24/7 during COVID-19, what’s another 13 hours? Hawaii, here we come.—Dalia Colon

Copenhagen, Denmark

copenhagen

Two weeks before social-distancing started in Boston, my boyfriend and I moved into a new apartment together. After dating for a little over a year, we were excited for the new adventure of cohabitation—and well, we have had a crash course over the last month. On April 1, we had a two-week trip planned to his hometown of Copenhagen, to spend Easter with friends and family. Though we’ve been there together a few times already, this trip was special, since it was our first holiday with his side of the family. Plus, we had somehow scored hard-to-get reservations at The Alchemist, a 50-course tasting menu that recently earned two Michelin stars. Denmark in the spring also has a certain charm about it: After months of gray skies and short days, the sunshine surprises everyone with its warmth, and locals often have picnics in the park to celebrate the arrival of a new season. We hope to make it this fall, where at the very least, we can try and make our new restaurant reservation—and have a much-delayed (and needed!) celebration with our loved ones.—Lindsay Tigar

Minocqua, Wisconsin

The last few weeks have given me a unique chance to slow down and look back at my most memorable trips—Slovenia, Peru, and Wisconsin are top of my list of places to revisit.  As soon as it’s safe to travel again, I’m looking to book a weekend in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Minocqua is one of those special places that’s straight out of a postcard. The quaint downtown area is full of charming shops, local eateries, and some of the best fudge you’ll ever try. No matter where you wander you’re never more than a couple blocks away from the shores of Lake Minocqua. Best of all, it’s driving distance from my hometown, Chicago. I visited two years ago and can’t wait to go back and spend some quality time outside.—Sarah Mack

Turks and Caicos

turks and caicos

We usually try to take an end of winter/early spring trip somewhere tropical, to escape the cold and soak up the vitamin D. Since that wasn’t possible this year, we’ve moved our warm weather vacation to fall (fingers crossed) and booked some ultra cheap flights to Turks and Caicos. It’s been years since we visited and the memory of the stunning white sand beaches, cerulean waters, and delicious fresh seafood is luring us back big time.—Lindsay from Compass + Twine

Marrakesh

Marrakesh

Marrakesh has been on our bucket list for years and all this quarantine-ing is just exacerbating our wanderlust. Exploring someplace brand new, with a totally different culture and an exciting food scene is just what the doctor ordered for us once we’re able to travel again. At the top of our Morrocan to-do list? Visiting Le Jardin Secret, wandering the medinas, shopping for beautiful rugs at Galerie Le Pacha, and eating all the tagine we can find!—Sarah from Compass + Twine

Yamagata, Japan

Okama Crater

I go to Japan half a dozen times per year for my Japan travel blog, and one of those trips always takes place in spring for the sakura. This year was to have been my most comprehensive cherry blossom trip ever but, alas, it was not meant to be. I plan to go back as soon as Japan’s borders open back up. And I mean literally day-of: I live in Taiwan, so I can fly in easily. If this takes place in fall, I’ll head to the Tohoku region’s Yamagata prefecture (which I’ve previously only visited in winter) and hike down to the colorful volcanic lake of Okama Crater, or up 1,000 steps to mysterious Yamadera temple. Or, there’s a chance I’ll return on my annual autumn color trip, if I can.—Robert Schrader

Montana

After being stuck between the same four walls for weeks, I want to go somewhere rural, somewhere expansive, hence Montana. I’ve always wanted to visit a dude ranch, but now I want to go there more than ever. I’m envisioning days spent horseback riding through mountainous landscapes, white water rafting with my family and the fanciest glamping experience I can find.—Danielle Braff

New York City’s 5 Boroughs

My home base of New York City has been hurting a lot lately but we’ve also been seeing the good in people—we’re tough but helpful. While the city may look a little different when visitors start trickling back in, many of New York’s great attractions won’t have changed, and fortunately, many of them are out in the fresh air, so I’ll be able to start exploring again fairly soon. Of course, there’s Central Park but I also look forward to revisiting the High Line in Chelsea, the waterfront aligned Hudson River Park and heading uptown to Fort Tryon Park. Other great walks include a more leisurely stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge, where you can view the Little Red Lighthouse. For meals, I prefer to skip the chains and spend money at locally-owned restaurants. I’ve missed the city’s delis, bagels and pizza, and cuisines from around the globe that make dining in New York such a treat.—Michele Herrmann

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