Updated: Mar 16, 2022
The short answer is yes Within two weeks all travel restrictions will be lifted. The question really is; are you ready?
As governments across the world loosen coronavirus restrictions and shift to accepting Covid-19 as a manageable part of everyday life, the travel industry is growing hopeful that this will be the year that travel comes roaring back.
While uncertainty remains over the course of the pandemic and government policies on mask mandates and testing requirements for travel, the industry is seeing a strong desire among travelers to take big bucket list trips this year, particularly to far-flung international destinations and European cities.
Having just returned from 3 weeks in Cuba, I can say, more so now than before I left in February...it's a great time to travel. The downside is that it's pretty expensive everywhere, no matter the destination. Many of the things affecting us here in Canada, inflation, shortages, and gas prices, are likewise affecting ALL global destinations.
Before I forget, I also manage a travel website company "Scratch Tours", we are currently ramping up for 2022/23. Our next guided tour will be a return to Cuba in April for 9 nights, with visits to Havana, Matanzas and Varadero. Click the link above to learn more.
Although this looks like this is finally the golden year to travel, I suspect with most of the restrictions being lifted a little late while push the big start to November 2022 into 2023. This summer looks like another staycation, make the best of it! Cheers!
Some Quick Picks For Last Minute Vacations
For those of you, like myself still looking to squeeze a little sun in before Spring...
Central America; Want to roam ancient ruins, trek through the jungle, surf, and eat delicious food with few tourists around? Visit the smaller countries in Central America — think El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Here you will find most budget hotels for around $15 per night, meals for $3, most bus journeys for the same price, and beer for less than a dollar.
Portugal; Not all Euro countries are created equal, and Portugal is one of the bargain countries in the region — and one of my favorites. I fell in love with the country the first time I visited — how could I not, with beautiful beaches, wine country, stunning cliffs, delicious food, jovial locals, and historic cities all at bargain prices. Portugal has become a lot more popular and crowded in recent years. Lisbon has become especially expensive was people move there and drive up prices. It’s a great place after all! However, once you get outside of Lisbon, prices are still relatively cheap compared, even if the crowds are a bit larger these days!
Mexico City and Central Mexico; Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, and – by our numbers – the cheapest place to travel in North America. With world-class museums, incredible architecture, and historical sites, Mexico City is a religious and cultural mecca that deserves a spot on your budget travel destinations list. While you’re there, take a day trip to the famed Aztec temple Teotihuacan – known as the “Pyramid of the Sun.” If you’re traveling with the kids, a stop by Six Flags Mexico may also be in order.
Peru; As the capital of Peru, Lima is the nation’s largest city. Hotel prices in Lima rank inside the top 40. However, food and beverage prices speak to every budget traveler’s heart – ranking 14th and 24th, respectively. While spending time in Lima’s well-preserved town center is enjoyable, taking a trip to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu is a must while in Peru.
Marrakech, Morocco; Located in western Morocco, Marrakech is an important economic and cultural center in North Africa. A former imperial city, one of the most popular things to do here is to tour the palaces and their gardens. Also consider getting lost in the chaotic streets of Medina, the walled medieval city within the city which is designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located relatively close to both the mountains and the desert, nature and wildlife tours are also popular.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; If beautiful beach vacations are more your thing, Punta Cana may be a great fit for you. As one of the cheapest places to travel in the Caribbean, Punta Cana is an attractive option for budget travelers from the United States and Canada. With spectacular sandy beaches, relatively affordable prices, and the incredible turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sean, this place is sure to help you get your relax on.
There are plenty of other great destinations for the less budget minded as well, Jamaica, Bahamas, Asia, etc. At this point I would avoid Eastern Europe and Russia for obvious reasons. Cheers, and happy hump day!