Canadian travel expert, Matthew Keezer, suggests we look for places which have remained stable throughout the pandemic, rather than choosing the destinations that were popular before the pandemic.
What makes a destination safe?
Firstly, nowhere is immune from COVID-19. But you’re in with a better chance of getting away on holiday, with relatively low restrictions, by looking for places which have experienced fewer cases of COVID-19. For example, cities and areas where hospitals have avoided overcrowding and are less likely to impose curfews or other restrictions.
Although mainland Portugal has had many COVID-19 cases (788,560 at last count), the less populated Madeira Islands have remained the safest destination in Europe ever since the pandemic started.
The archipelago implemented health measures early on to protect the local population and the destination currently has one of the lowest rates of active cases in Europe, with just 971 cases in total since the start of the pandemic.
Madeira is known for its lush nature and breathtaking landscapes. The archipelago is surrounded by the ocean, where the air is clean and clear, unlike in the majority of big European cities.
If you’re planning a workation it’s also a great choice as the government recently opened Europe’s first digital nomad village.