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20 Best Places You Can Travel To During Quarantine

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Places You Can Travel To During Quarantine. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Gainesville, FL

This product was recommended by Jane Watkins from Watkins PR

Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida just opened – with hospitals grade cleaning. Forbes titled an article calling it Possibly the Safest Place to Stay. Gainesville has impressive museums (practicing covid protocols) and plenty of outdoor spaces (biking trails, walking trails, natural springs).

Daytona Beach Shores, FL

This product was recommended by Jane Watkins from Watkins PR

South of the popular Daytona Beach – the “Shores” area is quieter. And The Shores Resort & Spa is following covid-protocols. The beach is a great place to be (open air).

Memphis, TN

This product was recommended by Jane Watkins from Watkins PR

We handle the social media for the Guest House at Graceland – the fab hotel located walking distance form Elvis Presley’s Graceland. As part of the Graceland campus, The Guest House offers shuttles to and from Graceland, which is following covid protocols.

Spartanburg, SC

This product was recommended by Jane Watkins from Watkins PR

This small, charming town is big in character and content! Home to one of the best bookstores (Hub City Writers Project), BMW factory, track and museum; several arboretums; train tracks turned to trails (new bike trail opens this Friday) and so much more. We work with Spartanburg Marriott which has a big lawn, spacious pool and steps from the Chapman Cultural Center (arts, museums, music, more). Of note about the trails (Bike, path) – usage more than doubled during COVID. That is great!

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino

This product was recommended by Joana Marques from Eleven Six PR

The resort is once again welcoming guests following a multimillion-dollar renovation. the hotel has reimagined the resort experience to fit today’s climate while maintaining what guests love about the hotel. Trankilo, the new adults-only pool, includes 10 outdoor, spacious cabanas accommodating up to six guests and are complete with a private entrance and stairway, ensuring privacy and peace of mind as the hotel rolls out a redesigned pool and beach experience to adhere to new cleanliness guidelines. The new ZoiA Spa encourages guests to find balance through the spa’s emphasis on energy, purity, serenity and devotion. It is the ideal place to unwind and take part in self-care. A highlight is Massage den Awa, a gentle form of body therapy performed in the Trankilo pool for deep relaxation that combines elements of massage, shiatsu, and muscle stretching. For guests’ peace of mind, spa therapists use face masks, shields and gloves. An air purifier is designed to sanitize and purify the air through patented UV germicidal technology in each of the six treatment rooms. Also, the spa’s salon for hair appointments as well as manicures and pedicures now includes a divider between guests for social distancing. The resort also launched two intriguing new ways to dine safely outdoors while soaking in ocean breezes and sunsets. Guests can enjoy Dining Under the Stars on the Dos Playa Deck between the pool and the beach which includes a three-course meal and a range of dishes from seafood to fresh salad and select cuts of meats. Piet’s Pier Bar, one of the best places on the island to watch the sunset, now offers dinner for the first time. The newly enhanced casino has 44 new state-of-the-art slot machines that are all strategically placed throughout the venue. The non-smoking casino also offers a new, redesigned layout with additional slot machines, gaming tables and video poker machines to comply with the new safety protocols. Hyatt Regency Aruba recently hired a Wellness and Wellbeing Manager who focuses on working with guests’ wellbeing while on property around three key areas: feel, fuel and function.. The manager creates stress-free experiences related to wellness and mindfulness such as aerial and beach yoga, meditation, and water and land excursions. Hyatt Regency Aruba incorporated the updated guidelines from Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment that focuses on safety first and wellbeing always. The resort implemented these measures as providing clean environments to guests and colleagues is a top priority. Hyatt Regency Aruba created a Hygiene Team that meets on a daily basis to discuss all guidelines and practices being put into place. Each member of the team is assigned to a specific area of the resort and meets with all departments at the resort to provide training. The property now has hand sanitizer stations throughout the resort, enhanced food measures and hygiene protocols, has removed select high-touch items from guestrooms, conducts frequent cleaning of public spaces and guestrooms, performs wellness and temperature checks, added social distancing signage, now offers knock-and-go room service, and requires usage of masks by staff, among others. In addition, Hyatt Regency Aruba provides care packages in guestrooms with face masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Marlin Bay Resort & Marina

This product was recommended by Joana Marques from Eleven Six PR

The resort in the Florida Keys has resumed operations. There are just 13 luxurious vacation homes available as well as 74 wet slips and 24 boat lifts, giving visitors a chance to enjoy a piece of paradise without crowds.. The resort features three and four-bedroom private and spacious vacation homes that combine casual design with lavish modern amenities. The 13 vacation homes offer magnificent views and have private balconies as well as open living spaces, ideal for guests who need to plug into work, do private workouts or simply relax in their own space. Decorative items that are high touch as well as magazines have been removed from all homes to ensure sanitized spaces. The houses remain fully stocked, including EPA registered cleaning supplies and a bottle of hand sanitizer, and beautifully decorated. The four-bedroom houses also feature private plunge pools. Guests staying on land and at sea can enjoy a variety of resort facilities including a heated pool where there will be a newly appointed pool concierge, catering to needs such as handling beverage orders to minimize interaction as well as ensuring social distancing. Pool and ping pong tables, foosball and board games are all part of the fun and will be closely monitored in terms of guest usage and thoroughly cleaned between uses. There will also be a hand sanitizer station available for all to use, and staff will always be equipped with hand sanitizer. Guests can take advantage of the sunshine and outdoors with kayaks and paddleboards that are available for rent onsite. Concierge services are offered via phone, text and email, as well as in-person by appointment. Guests still benefit from personalized services that are executed virtually. Before arrival, the concierge team will contact visitors about remote check-in. Prior to and during the trip, the team will assist with current information and their recommendations for activities and safe dining options. The team will work closely with guests to discuss all of the incredible and unique experiences that visitors can partake in at the resort and assist in booking any activities that are available outside of Marlin Bay as well. Marlin Bay Resort & Marina has updated their cleanliness and safety protocols in line with Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) guidelines, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) “Safe Stay” initiatives, along with State, Federal and local guidelines. The resort has implemented remote check-in and check-out, added signage in public spaces to enforce social distancing and is constantly disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the resort and marina. Due to the enhanced cleaning techniques and standards in the vacation rentals, arrival time has changed to 5 p.m. and departure time is now 9 a.m. Until further notice, no outside guests or day visitors will be allowed, and groups must be 10 or less people. The concierge is constantly monitoring the status of local regulations, businesses, restaurants, attractions and services, to provide guests with the most updated information.

Andaz West Hollywood

This product was recommended by Joana Marques from Eleven Six PR

The first hotel on the famous Sunset Strip has resumed operations. The historic property has implemented various enhancements to ensure guests feel safe and secure while enjoying everything the hotel has to offer ranging from art-centric guestrooms, rock ‘n’ roll history, dining at their own pace and a heated rooftop pool. Hotel guests can soak up the sun and relax in the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles in private cabanas or in pool chairs that are arranged to ensure social distancing is practiced. The hotel’s Riot House Market is open to purchase food, wines, beers and premixed cocktails that can be enjoyed in a guestroom or by the pool. There is also contactless room service available. Guests can limit in-person contact by using the World of Hyatt mobile app to check in and check out, enter their rooms, order room service, cast shows on the TV using Chromecast, and much more. For travelers who prefer to check in with a team member, the process is done outdoors at the hotel’s front entrance. In order to keep guests and team members safe, Andaz West Hollywood has implemented new operational guidelines and protocols that are a part of Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment including training employees about new processes for hygiene and cleanliness, constantly cleaning public areas, placing hand sanitizer stations throughout the hotel, ensuring employees wear protective masks and equipment, and enforcing social distancing. In addition, the hotel keeps lobby-level doors and windows open to allow for air flow.

Bluefields Bay Villas, Jamaica

This product was recommended by Dana Cohen from Bluefields Bay Villas

A collection of six all-inclusive luxury villas, Bluefields Bay Villas is located on Jamaica’s south coast. Situated on the hilly coastline overlooking the sea, each open-air private villa is equipped with expansive views, private pools, dedicated butler, maid service and chef, and is designed with antique island charm, allowing the beauty of the island to take center stage. Each villa, ranging from two to six bedrooms, has its own personality, from the palatial-like San Michele house with its private island to the intimate Cottonwood Cottage tucked in the trees. COVID: The Minister of Tourism just visited the other day and inspected the property personally to place the government’s seal of approval for safety measures. They provided touches hand sanitizers throughout, social distancing floor stickers and contactless thermometers. Additionally, testing for staff is happening regularly and the each ’team’ will remain only at their assigned villa, no crossover. Therefore if one team member may get sick, they can isolate a villa vs closing down the entire property. Additionally, all guests get access to Club Mobay (VIP expedited service through customs) which allows for a shorter time spent in the airport AKA less contact with individuals.

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada

This product was recommended by Bruce Harpham from BruceHarpham

I recommend this location as a great place to visit for Canadians for a few reasons. First, I enjoy visiting the area’s historical sights related to the War of 1812. In addition, you can hike along the Bruce Trail here. Finally, if you just want to relax and enjoy a drink, there are dozens of wineries in the area. I have been to the area several times and I have planned my next visit for September 2020.

Colorado Springs

This product was recommended by Spencer Yeomans from Untamed Space

You really can’t go wrong with visiting anywhere in Colorado, but the Springs are full of activities for any type of lifestyle. Drive up Pike’s Peak, visit the Garden of the Gods, hike or climb in Cheyenne Canyon, and enjoy the view of the mountains as you unwind for the day. It’s easy to drive for a few minutes into the mountains and forget that there’s a bustling civilization nearby, which is why I love this city so much.

Moab, Utah

This product was recommended by Spencer Yeomans from Untamed Space

Moab is a quaint little town that’s surrounded by an immense amount of natural beauty. I love it for all the rock climbing opportunities, as well as the hiking and mountain biking. If you go to Arches National Park, prepare to have your jaw hit the ground at the sight of all the amazing monoliths. It’s impossible to not feel your adventuring spirit revive in the presence of such grand rock formations.

Duluth, MN

This product was recommended by Spencer Yeomans from Untamed Space

I might be a little biased since Minnesota is my home state, but Duluth is one of my favorite places to visit. There’s nothing quite like looking out at Lake Superior during the sunrise or sunset, and seeing the water extend well past the horizon. There are plenty of scenic places up and down the coast that are worth stopping at for a picnic, especially after a hike through the pine forests. And of course, you can’t go to Duluth without watching a few barges float beneath the famous lift bridge.

Spain

This product was recommended by Philip Weiss from PhilipWeiss

Even though the European continent was the most affected by the virus during the first semester of the year, many governments have eased quarantine rules to start receiving visitors again under certain restrictions. Such is the case in Spain, a country that had one of the most strict lockdowns in Europe but has been welcoming tourists for the past two months. One of the places that has filled up again with visitors after tourism was reactivated in Spain is Barcelona, where iconic sites such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the Park Güell, and its beautiful beaches like Nova Mar Bella and Bogadell have been reopened. Many would think that they won’t get to live the entire experience if traveling during these times, but that couldn’t be any more wrong. Almost every attraction is now reopened for you to visit (at least in the case of Barcelona), such as luxury hotels, bars, restaurants, cinemas, zoos, museums, etc. However, they won’t be filled at 100% of their capacity, which could even become a plus for you if you’re not a big fan of waiting in lines and crowded places.

Qeparo, ALBANIA

This product was recommended by Narin Zekovski from Covered Traveler

It’s a small town not touched by tourists, less crowded, which is perfect during the pandemic. There are beaches, mountains, and privacy! It’s also extremely cheap for anyone.

Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

This product was recommended by Narin Zekovski from Covered Traveler

Exploring the Amazon would be a great way to stay safe from the crowds, hence the pandemic. Amazon Jungle Trek with a small group while camping would be a great destination during COVID.

Kabak Koyu – Faralya, TURKEY

This product was recommended by Narin Zekovski from Covered Traveler

It’s a hidden gem in Turkey away from the crowded vacation places. There are a lot of camping spots that would give you privacy while also being away from the busy hotels. It has one of the best trekking routes, as well as great beaches and nature.

The Paha Sapa

This product was recommended by Vinay Amin from Eu Natural

The Black Hills have a rich history and include several areas for tourists to explore. The Devil’s Tower, Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills are named as such because when seen from a distance, the trees lining the mountains made them appear dark. The Black Hills are the oldest in the nation, and when photographed from above, you’ll see outlines of the exact shape of a human heart, complete with chambers, arteries, and veins. The Lakota Sioux tribe deems The Black Hills as sacred and often come here to pray. Learning the rich history of the United States of America is something everyone should try at least once.

Tulum, Mexico

This product was recommended by Agness Walewinder from Etramping

I was living in Tulum, Mexico together with my boyfriend during the pandemic for over 6 weeks. We found a great place where we could peacefully work and study online while obeying social distancing rules without any problems. This place was located 3 km West from the Gran Cenote (and 10 km West from Tulum) immersed in the jungle. It was very peaceful, quiet and relaxing. We could freely go on walks through the trails without worrying about being exposed to COVID-19. There were plenty of uncrowded cenotes around the area that we could easily drive to with a rental scooter. We rented an entire house through Airbnb which was very secluded, safe and so breathtaking (I’ve attached a few pictures of the area). While Tulum can be quite touristic, there are plenty of areas outside of Tulum (approximately 8-10 km far) that are perfect for a short or long stay for couples, families and single travelers. Also, Mexico is one of the very few countries that allow tourists and it’s safe to travel there. I was initially planning to be there for a week but then Coronawirus happened and I was based in Tulum, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen for over 5 months. 🙂

Upstate New York

This product was recommended by Allie Schmidt from Disability Dame

We visited our in-laws at the end of May in New Lebanon, NY and stayed in a really cute Airbnb. It makes a great travel destination, because there are so many hiking trails in the Berkshire Mountains. It’s also a very easy drive, as we took a road trip from Nashville with a 6-month-old. Overall, it’s just a relaxing place to take your mind off things (not to mention, this region was taking COVID a lot more seriously than where we currently live, which was nice).

Belarus

This product was recommended by Danielle Hu from The Wanderlover

Belarus has opened back up to tourists and is a great place to spend some time this year. Visit the many historic sites (like the Mir Castle Complex) and enjoy the unique city of Minsk, the capital of Belarus. It’s a place that might not rank among the top tourist destinations but is still a great place to visit and explore.

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