Five cities to visit abroad when lockdown ends
As the UK reaches almost the one-year mark of lockdown, many have been daydreaming about post-pandemic travel oases to keep their attitudes buoyant. Once things are – hopefully – able to return to some sort of normality, city breaks might be the solution to rejuvenate our current cautious, isolated lives. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of five revitalising, stimulating destinations to visit when travel restrictions are lifted – or to fantasise about in the meantime.
Though often not the first location that comes to mind when thinking of the US, New Orleans is a vibrant, warm city that offers unique experiences for any visitor. Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, the locals are known for their laid-back yet indulgent lifestyle as reflected by its distinct music and spirited nightlife. The iconic, spicy Creole cuisine tantalisingly blends the African, French and American cultures present in its history. Though it’s associated primarily with Mardi Gras festivities each February, the Louisiana metropolitan area is welcoming any time of the year.
As Australia has reopened dramatically compared to the rest of the world, a trip to Sydney may be the closest holiday similar to pre-pandemic times. The city is renowned for its dramatically designed Opera House and will impress tourists with its Royal Botanical Gardens and lively harbourfront bars alike. Relax on the famous Bondi Beach, and catch up on any Vitamin D you may have missed over the lockdown period while working, playing games with No Deposit Bonus or simply texting with friends.
Due to its location in the Southern Hemisphere, Cape Town is ideal to visit during the UK’s chilliest months when its summer is at its apex. The city offers something for everyone with its buzzing festivals and markets as well as its winding scenic routes along the ocean. Take a cable car up to the top of the adjacent Table Mountain to experience a scintillating, sweeping overview of the metropolitan area.
If one wants to stay closer to home but still get a change of scenery, consider visiting Galway. The Western Irish city provides all the charm of the Emerald Isle with a more relaxed, quaint atmosphere than Dublin. Daily busses can take travellers to esteemed sightseeing destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher and the vast landscape of Connemara. Enjoy a pint of Guinness in Eyre Square before catching a glimpse of a passing seal by the Spanish Arch.
After lockdown, one may be craving a high-octane, energetic holiday. Berlin – known for its unparalleled club scene – is probably the dynamic, sparkling experience one may be looking for. The city can meet – and most likely exceed – anyone’s yearning for a time of unrestricted social interactions. For those searching for a tamer vacation, the location also offers outstanding opera events, unique museums and vibrant street art tours. Take a walking tour of the Berlin Wall and finish the day with a beer at one of the many avant-garde bars in the area.
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