We can’t deny that a lot of vacation plans and get-togethers were canceled when news of the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Moreover, the situation also forced people to isolate themselves in their homes for weeks on end.

Being quarantined for weeks, if not months, makes life seem idle. Luckily, many countries, like in Europe, are expected to open their borders to promote sustainable tourism on the continent. After the pandemic, of course.

A lot of people want to travel to Europe after being confined in their homes for weeks. However, it can still take time before you can have a nice, long trip away from your home. But you’re in luck! We’ve listed the best destinations to visit you’ll surely look forward to after the pandemic.

Alentejo, Portugal

The Alentejo The Alentejo is Portugal’s most prominent and wildest region. It is lined by a rocky coast toward the west and packed with olive trees, farmland, and cork oaks. A significant part of the local escapades includes nature. Meanwhile, the towns overflow with traditional heritage.

In regards to land travel,  the distance between London and the Alentejo Region is 1613 km. If you choose Alentejo as your travel destination, the cheapest way you can get from London to the Alentejo Region is through a bus via Évora, which costs somewhere between €98.85 to €134.79 and takes 37h 3m to reach.

Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist spots. It is generally an outdoor playground where you can opt to go swimming, hiking, paddle boarding, and kayaking. You can also ride the Vogel cable car to witness an aerial view of the  Triglav National Park or even hike to the Savica waterfall.

The distance between London and Lake Bohinj is 1173 km. If you want to travel to Bohinj, you can choose the cheapest way to go from London to Lake Bohinj. You can take a bus ride, which costs €71.89 to €125.80 and takes 29h 35m, including transfers. Note that there is no direct bus from London to Lake Bohinj. However, you can take a bus from London and arrive at Pod Voglom via Frankfurt StuttgarterStrasse and Bled.

Cavtat, Croatia

Cavtat is an excellent spot to visit if you’re after all the culture and sights of Dubrovnik but don’t want the typical commotion of a city. The distance between London and Cavtat is 1700 km.

If you choose Cavtat as your travel destination, the cheapest way you can get from London to Cavtat is by bus. Note that there is no direct bus from London to Cavtat. However, services are departing from London and arriving at Cavtat via Vienna, Vienna Erdberg, and Dubrovnik. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42h 29m and costs €116.82 to €152.76.

Florence, Tuscany

Florence, the Renaissance’s jewel, is famous worldwide for its contributions to the culture and arts of modern society. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the most significant cities that brought up legends like Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Today, Florence is a flourishing city with an extraordinary number of attractions.

You can opt to visit the magnificent Baptistery and Duomo or go to the Ponte Vecchio traversing the Arno River. The Ponte Vecchio is dotted with a variety of shops where you can buy Tuscany wines and other products. The Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria dell’Accademia and the extravagant fountain of Neptune is also open to tourists. Nonetheless, every corner of Florence is loaded with intriguing sites of historical importance.

The distance between London and Florence is 1208 km. If you choose Florence as your travel destination, the cheapest way you can get there from London is by bus. There is no direct bus from London station to Florence. 

However, services are departing from London to Victoria Coach Station and arriving at Florence. Then, Florence via Paris City Centre to Bercy Seine. The journey takes approximately 28h 5m and costs €73.69 to €98.85,  including transfers.

Preveza, Greece

The tourist mecca and commercial center of Preveza are situated in north-western Greece. Compared to other Greek tourist spots, it is not as well known. However, it has its portion of recurring visitors, both foreign and domestic. Although it is a modern city, its traditional feel is still present in the older parts of town.

Dotted with Greek cafes, taverns, and cobbled, narrow roads, it depicts the traditional Mediterranean appearance of an old town. Aside from marveling at its classic appearance, there are also a lot of activities to do in Preveza.

In regards to land travel, the distance between London and Préveza is 2136 km. If you choose Preveza as your travel destination, the cheapest way you can get from London to Préveza is by bus. Note that there is no direct bus from London to Préveza. However, services are departing from London and arriving at Preveza via Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station, Mannheim and Thessaloniki. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 47h 38m and costs €125.80 to €233.64.

Takeaway

Nations are slowly rising from the effects of the pandemic. Countries around Europe are already starting to reduce imposed COVID-19 restrictions. Specialized tourism organizations, governments, and international institutions are also working hand in hand to reestablish safe travel locally and internationally. Hence, after a long period of being quarantined, vacations to Europe for relief-seeking travelers can be immediately possible after the pandemic.