For many Americans, the summer of 2022 is the season of revenge.
They are willing to go a little further and spend a little more than they usually spend on summer holidays to ensure they have an unforgettable trip. The journey of revenge is about making up for lost time and opportunities lost due to the pandemic.
I have identified the best places for Americans to do just that. These are places that won’t show up on the average person’s wish list, but each one offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Each of these destinations is open to tourism and ready to receive visitors right now.
1. Turks and Caicos
There is no better place for luxury travel after the pandemic than the Turks and Caicos. This chain of sandbars in the Atlantic Ocean offers total relaxation in the form of white sand beaches, azure waters and a laid-back island vibe. All this is just a few steps from Miami.
In addition to postcard-worthy beaches, Turks and Caicos has a pristine coral reef that is perfect for snorkeling. From parasailing to kayaking, you can indulge in almost any kind of water sport, or spend time exploring the 32 uninhabited islands on a small boat or yacht. Deep waters are only a few minutes from the shore. For sport fishermen looking real in the big game, this is a dream place.
Turks and Caicos is undeniably the place to be pampered, with world-class beach resorts, renowned golf courses and spas, and high-end gastronomy. However, all this luxury comes at a price: a couple’s week-long stay at a beach resort, including dining out, horseback riding and a half-day boat trip, can cost $9,000.
But one of the lessons of the pandemic is that when they do present themselves, they have sixteen possibilities, and for those looking for a complete escape, the Turks and Caicos are hard to beat. Right now, Americans must be fully vaccinated with two doses of the approved vaccine in order to come here.
2. Azores and Madeira, Portugal
Two alternatives to the most visited beaches on the Portuguese mainland are the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. Located 870 and 600 miles respectively from Lisbon, these unique islands almost make you switch off while you immerse yourself in untouched nature.
Known as the “Hawaii of the Atlantic”, the landscape of the Azores is dominated by green peaks and valleys. The nine islands that make up the Azores have an abundance of natural attractions, from geysers to waterfalls, fine sand beaches and thermal baths. Here is the highest mountain in Portugal, Mount Pico with a peak of 7700 feet.
Madeira, on the other hand, is known as the “floating garden of the Atlantic” due to the lush laurel forests and exotic flowers that grow in abundance. Madeira has won the award for the best island in the world…