The past year has been tough on us all, but it has also inspired us to take a look at travel from new perspectives, consider local destinations, and alternative ways to explore the world. While some countries are still in lockdown, and certain social distancing rules still apply together with travel restrictions, we are slowly adjusting to the notion of post-pandemic travel and what it may mean for the industry. More importantly for you, what it might mean for your very first post-pandemic vacation plans.

Knowing that you cannot possibly rely on the idea of eliminating the pandemic out of the equation, there are different ways to ensure that you travel safely, but still comfortably, and enjoy the many perks of international exploration. Here, we’re suggesting a few travel ideas for your next vacation that can help you make the most of your trip without compromising your health and safety.

Private Hosting Platforms on the Rise

Entrepreneur taking selfie on balcony at sunset
Entrepreneur taking selfie on balcony at sunset

Instead of turning to a hotel, more people will choose private and luxurious rentals via trusted platforms such as Hosteeva. Due to the pandemic, accommodation available through such platforms must abide by stringent hygiene and cleanliness rules, making them far more appealing to the modern-day globetrotter.

Private accommodation makes travel safer, more intimate, and much more customizable. With contact-free check-in as well as food delivery offers, reducing contact and thus the risk of contracting the virus in the first months of travel will make any vacation stress-free.

National Park Escapades

Entrepreneur hiking through national park
Entrepreneur hiking through national park

To avoid populous cities and to renew our connection with Mother Nature, we’ll pack our bags in 2021 and venture into the wild. However, for the sake of greater safety and creating family-friendly travel opportunities, more nature-based getaways are becoming widely available. For example, in addition to existing camping grounds with well-maintained barbecue areas and RV-friendly spots, more national parks are turning to cozy lodges as well as glamping.

Book a lodge at Yosemite in California, or a fully-equipped tent in Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands national parks. You’ll find similar options scattered across various other national parks in the U.S. and beyond, with the trend for boutique, small-scale accommodation taking over in the post-pandemic travel ecosystem.

Yachting Across the Mediterranean

Entrepreneur sailing on yacht along Mediterranean Sea
Entrepreneur sailing on yacht along Mediterranean Sea

Although crowded beaches are not going to be that alluring for the time being, versed travelers have found a way to bask in the sun, enjoy the sea breeze, and savor Mediterranean delicacies on their next vacation: yachting! Boat-based getaways will take over the world by storm, with trusted providers such as Ribco ensuring durable, yet practical inflatable boats to help travelers enjoy the coast.

In addition to being free to roam and explore the hidden beaches and almost uninhabited islands in the Adriatic, you’ll be able to turn any vacation into a luxury escapade with the provided yacht amenities and perks. Not to mention the ability to stay away from crowded places and get picky with where you want to dock for the night.

Remote and Secluded

Aerial view of sandy beach with couple and canoe
Aerial view of sandy beach with couple and canoe

In addition to sailing, yachting, and camping, you’ll find that certain remote and sparsely inhabited regions will become top picks for travelers in 2021. Even though you’ll be able to visit destinations that have tackled the pandemic splendidly, such as New Zealand, you should still opt for nature-based and “low profile” sights and activities rather than the most crowded cities. In the spirit of all things remote, you’ll find more people curious about places such as Iceland, Mongolia, Alaska, and the like.

Look for outback, off-the-beaten-path experiences, small towns, villages, rural escapades. These are all going to help restore the economy, provide safe travel destinations, but also help keep people in smaller groups rather than flocking in large numbers to a single area.

Train Trips to the Rescue

Entrepreneur gazing out of train window
Entrepreneur gazing out of train window

Perhaps the Orient Express isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but ever since flying has become such a major health risk, not to mention the closing borders, people have turned to trains again. This once high-end mode of transport that emphasized the beauty of “slow” travel has become a safe haven for families with kids who want to have an effortless vacation. There are so many beautiful, action-packed railroad destinations that can appeal to solo travelers as well as couples and families.

Private rooms, a selection of delicious food, and the view of the stunning scenery you’re passing by—all of these factors combined create a unique travel experience. Choose destinations based on your budget, but also based on your location. The New York-Montreal route is a particularly wonderful one, enabling both the city-lovers and the nature enthusiasts to bask in the views and the stops. Plan for your trip when the borders open once again, so that you can truly enjoy the trip from start to finish!

Travel will certainly look and feel differently from what we’ve gotten used to, but with a little bit of creativity and some planning, we can still take our vacations safely and without worrying about jeopardizing our health. These ideas will be more prevalent than before, allowing you to organize your getaways, see the world, and still stay on the safe side until the pandemic dwindles. Hopefully, you’ll get inspired by the listed suggestion and make the most of your next vacation, wherever you choose to go!

Have any more post-pandemic travel ideas? Let us know down in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.