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Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips. This article was updated November 2020.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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It’s been a hard year; you deserve to have your most incredible New Year’s Eve yet. If sand between your toes and a drink in your hands factors heavily into your party plans, consider channeling your inner beach bum and ring in 2020 at one of these world-wide parties.

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Miami

Miami, NYE

Every year, the city of Miami holds its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display in South Beach. Carve out a spot in the area along 9th Street and Ocean Drive, and bring a hearty picnic while you wait. Grab your last supper supplies at the Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Farmers Market, a fresh-food source that features both raw and vegan options. Beat the rideshare fees home with a snooze in one of the pristine all-white decorated rooms at Delano South Beach.

Turks & Caicos 

Looking for a lower key beach option? Head to Turks & Caicos, where Ricky’s on the Beach (aka Flamingo Café), located on Grace Bay Beach, offers a sweet alternative to nearby resort bashes. The local favorite turns into a stroke-of-midnight hotspot, featuring a bonfire and prime fireworks viewing. Rewrite your list of resolutions from the balcony of your room at the four-star Bianca Sands on Grace Bay.

Sydney

Sydney, NYE, Australia

Given that Australia is one of the first places to welcome in the New Year, the country takes its celebration duties very seriously. Sure, you could watch the fireworks in Sydney Harbor (and honestly—who could blame you?), but why not make like the locals do and throw your own party for one at popular surf spot Bondi Beach by being the first one in the water after midnight? (While skinny dipping isn’t officially sanctioned, no one is going to blame you if ring in the new year by flashing a bit of flesh.) Book a room at the oh-so-funky QT Bondi, and you’ll be five minutes away from your first hot shower of 2020.

Phuket

Music fans in search of a maximalist celebration should head to Thailand where the area around Patong Beach is transformed into a massive festival, complete with oversized sound systems and floating stages. If your synapses aren’t turned up to 11, try transferring the party over to Paradise Beach, where yet another phalanx of dancing friends awaits. Be sure to get your pregame in at The Bloc Hotel, a deluxe resort located inches from the beach. (Yes that distance is a hyperbole—but not by much.)

Rio de Janeiro

Copacobana, NYE, Rio

After Carnival, New Year’s Eve is the biggest night of the year in Brazil. The bacchanal action centers around Copacabana Beach, where nearly 3 million visitors dance, drink and restaurant hop until the witching hour—and then continue celebrating well into the morning. Dress in white for good luck, ride the Ferris wheel (set up every year for the occasion) for an extra dose of fun, and don’t forget your bottle of Champagne—the drink de rigueur. For the ultimate luxury, sleep off the wild evening at the Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, a luxury hotel brand known—like Brazil—for effortlessly combining the old with the new.

Goa, India

This coastal Indian party town is known for waterside bars, beaches dotted with trance DJs, and miles and miles of fairy lights. If you enjoy the wild side, head to the dance parties surrounding Anjuna. Otherwise your best bet is Palolem, where smaller crowds and intimate settings will actually allow you to grab the occasional moment alone. With a generally favorable exchange rate, splashing out at Marriot is always a good idea.

Boracay, Philippines

Live the lux life at the Discovery Shores Boracay, a resort known for throwing lavish beach-side New Year’s Eve parties. Not only can you and up to three friends sleep in their premiere suite for under $100 each per night, you can start off 2020 with a food coma brought to you by their high-end buffet. DJs? Dancing? Booze? Yup, all present in large quantities.

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May and June may not always be the first months that come to mind when you think ‘beach vacation’, but they should be. Because we’ve got some steep bargains for you.

During the next couple of months, popular international destinations that would normally seem like a splurge suddenly top the list of those with the greatest savings, making them double the paradise for budget travelers. So we’re helping you take the guesswork out of trip-planning with this handy little chart of the Caribbean destinations with the steepest savings:

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Dutch Sint Maarten

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Known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, Sint Maarten offers tons of dining and nightlife experiences, along with miles of beautiful coast. Take in all the island has to offer by catching a ride on the Lambada Sunset Sail, a 90-minute catamaran cruise along Simpson and Long Bays. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $20 for children.

Sample Fare for May 9-12: Fly from New York to Sint Maarten and stay three nights at the 4-star Raintree’s Simpson Bay Resort & Marina from $490 per person.

Aruba

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Located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, Aruba is the perfect vacation spot for travelers seeking solace from daily life. Mi Dushi’s Afternoon Snorkeling Cruise takes guests out to sea to dive into the island’s warm waters. This 3-hour exploration lets visitors get up close and personal with the tropical marine life for just $43 for adults and $27 for children.

Sample Fare for May 23-27: Fly from Chicago to Aruba and stay four nights at the 3-star Aruba Tropic Apartments from $752 per person.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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This unique island stands alone as the most mountainous in the Caribbean. Take a break from the usual beach and water activities and head up to Coral World Ocean Park’s St. Thomas Butterfly Garden to see hundreds of butterflies representing more than 25 species and six different countries. Best of all, an hour admission is a steal at just $12 per adult and $6 for kids.

Sample Fare for June 21-24: Fly from Dallas to St. Thomas and stay three nights at the 3-star Villa Marbella Suites from $645 per person.

Barbados

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With its expansive sandy beaches and bright blue waters, it’s no surprise that beautiful Barbados has one of the highest visitor repeat rates in the Caribbean. For a uniquely Barbadian experience, check out Caribbean Dynamics’ Friday Night Fish Fry in Oistins to sample the local seafood dinner and the works of local artists. Tickets start at $60 for adults and $35 for kids.

Sample Fare for June 1-5: Fly from Los Angeles to Barbados and stay four nights at the 3-star Gemini House from $717 per person.

Turks and Caicos

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Visitors are drawn to Turks and Caicos for its tranquil beaches and crystal waters. With over 65 miles of coral reef to explore, snorkeling is one of Turks and Caicos’ most popular activities. For sun-seekers, the immaculate Grace Bay Beach, considered the most famous and peaceful of all the area’s beaches, offers a quiet respite.

Sample Fare for April 26-29: Fly from San Francisco to Turks and Caicos and stay four nights at the 4-star East Bay Resort from $856 per person.

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Now through May 15, use promo code ‘OFFSEASON16’ to save $50 on CheapTickets.com’s best package deals. Visit CheapTickets.com/OffSeasonDeals for off-season deals and packages to these destinations!

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