Are there any better words in the world than “relaxed restrictions”? Travel to and from Hong Kong has now become easier, and we’re already busy thinking about potential destinations for a holiday, be it a short break or a longer vacation. Need some inspiration? Here’s a glimpse of some prime places for future trips, courtesy of luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel.
Namibia is Africa as you’d never expect. Think towering sand dunes, desert-adapted wildlife, far-flung luxury camps and the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast. Whether you’ve visited the continent before or you’re a first-timer, the country will take your breath away. We also love that it flies under the radar making it less touristy than its more famous neighbours.
From arts and culture in Athens to beaches and nightlife on Santorini, Mykonos and Crete, Greece is a one-stop-shop for summer fun. Travel within the country is hassle-free. Plus, there’s a wide range of hotels and resorts from laidback to bling, depending on your preference. The luxury villas are some of the best in Europe for multi-generational family getaways.
After the stresses of COVID-19, many would love to get to a holiday destination and do nothing for two weeks. If you’re looking to sleep, eat, relax and repeat, the Maldives is the place. Hotels are located on their own private islands and there are options for every type of traveller. You’ll find large resorts with kids’ clubs and plenty of activities for those hard-to-please teens. And there are smaller, more intimate properties better suited for an adults-only trip.
Sri Lanka has been doing it tough. But the tiny island is on the way back and we know how much it would love to see tourists again. The place packs a huge punch in terms of diversity, from the Cultural Triangle and rolling tea country, to national parks full of wildlife, and the beautiful beaches that line its coast. One of the things we’re most excited doing again is getting the whole extended family or groups of friends together. The beautiful, fully catered private villas dotted around Sri Lanka are totally fit for this purpose.
After a couple of years of being stuck in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, rolling hills, big blue skies and pure fresh air are the things of dreams. Drive from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island on one of the world’s greatest road trips, passing volcanoes, fjords, lakes and beaches along the way. With its wildlife, adventure activities, food and wine culture, and truly spectacular luxury lodges, New Zealand takes the prize for best all-round travel destination.
Lightfoot Travel is a luxury tour operator with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London specialising in designer holidays around the world.
This article first appeared in the City Guide 2021/22 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.