Travel| 5 Places I’d Rather Have Been In 2020

The past few months haven’t been the easiest for any of us, unless you’re Kim Kardashian and you flew all your friends and family for a private island vacation (if you’re reading this Kim – I want to be friends!!). But definitely this year was harder in a few countries (read as: India, US) with the wide spread of the pandemic. While things have gotten better in a lot of countries, here’s my list of places I’d rather have been living in during this pandemic. The main criteria for choosing these places is 1. How beautiful and serene these places are as well as 2. The not so widespread of the pandemic in these places (obviously no place was unscathed but these places were able to control the spread due to efficient leadership and their remoteness).

Here’s my list:

NEW ZEALAND

The way this country has tackled the pandemic is praise worthy (kudos to their government). Add to it the beauty of the country on the whole. I would have loved spending this pandemic time exploring the beautiful places around NZ. The whole country is like one giant postcard – beautiful scenery, pristine nature and less people. For adrenaline junkies, they have bungee jumping and sky diving over THE most beautiful places.

BALI

Bali currently has very few active COVID cases. With their tourism on a low right now – a lot of beautiful properties are available for much cheaper right now. I would have loved to Work From Bali for a couple of months spending time properly exploring this beautiful island. I visited Bali for a week in 2017 and absolutely fell in love! It is the perfect place – from beautiful mountains to pristine beaches, from adventurous volcano hikes to insane paragliding on a beach, from beautiful five star beach properties to gorgeous bamboo villas in the middle of fields! I always thought about going back to Bali for a month or two and this time with lesser people on the island would have been perfect. Adding to the beauty of the island – the amazing food available including a lot of vegan options – making it the perfect place for me. (Follow Siobhan & Joe on IG to follow their life in Bali during this pandemic. PC: them!)

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS

I loved my visit to these islands and felt like I didn’t get enough time (one week) to explore them to the fullest. It would have been nice to spend a few months here – exploring the various islands leisurely and have a total cultural immersion. I am a beach bum and hence, beach locations are high on my bucket list especially the not-so-crowded beaches. Again, corona cases have been very few here (less than 250 in total!!).

ICELAND

Iceland has been on the TOP of my bucket list for the past few years. I had planned on travelling to Iceland this year end to spend a few weeks exploring this beautiful country. But I think I’d have loved to spend a few months here – see how the place changes from summer to winters. I hate doing trips where I’m rushing through the places – this would have been a great time to just this majestic country – stay in log cabins in the middle of woods, do beautiful hikes, explore waterfalls, go whale watching and eventually chase the northern lights! Again, another country that has controlled the spread of the coronavirus.

CANADA

Only because this country is so beautiful. Every single time I see a photo of a beautiful location on IG, it turns out the place is in Canada. I would have loved to spend time exploring this country. – hiking through the forests, kayaking in the beautiful lakes, visiting snow capped peaks as well as just enjoying city life in Toronto. Additional benefit, Justin Trudeau is so gorgeous. ❀


Bonus photo ❀

How have the past few months been in your country? If you could have spent the past few months in some other place – where would you have chosen to spend them? πŸ™‚

Take care!

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PC: Photos were taken from Google.

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  1. Man i so wish to visit these all places too!!!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Me toooo. They all look so beautiful and pristine.

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  2. chocolatesandfeelings says:

    Bali was on my list this year but….life as we know it..

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Bali is one of my favourite places ever. I can’t wait to go again. Definitely visit whenever the situation gets better. 😊

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  3. Well we’re lucky we live in and were isolated in one of your top 5! Canada! But we’d love to be in Bali or Iceland too 😊

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Totally jealous! Did you do any local travel during the past few months?! Canada looks so breathtakingly beautiful in photos posted on IG. I recently saw on IG that Chronicles of Narnia was shot in the Banff Springs Hotel. I googled photos and it looks so dreamy. 😍

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      1. We live in the Rocky Mountains so we’ve been hiking a lot. We planned to go to the east coast, but there were travel restrictions. Still, having to spend the time in our lovely mountains was not difficult. I didn’t know Narnia was filmed at Banff Springs. It is an impressive building in person too, so one day you need to visit. we live about an hour away from it.

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      2. Happy Panda says:

        I’m sure! I can’t wait to visit Canada. My brother is studying in Victoria – I’m planning a visit when he graduates in 2022. Will definitely visit Banff and get other recommendations from you! πŸ™‚

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      3. Contact me with whatever questions you have when you’re planning. Victoria is lovely. There is lot to see on Vancouver Island too.

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  4. Incredible! These places are beyond words. Love the cabin picture at the end especially. The world is so picturesque. Hard to believe such wonders truly exist. I can’t wait to explore the world more fully when I’m older.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      πŸ™‚ They truly are. Definitely put traveling on top of your to-do once you’re older. ❀

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  5. tanvibytes says:

    π•†π•žπ•˜! π”Ήπ•’π•π•š π•šπ•€ 𝕒π•₯ π•₯𝕙𝕖 π•₯𝕠𝕑 𝕠𝕗 π•žπ•ͺ π•π•šπ•€π•₯ π•₯𝕠𝕠, 𝕒𝕝π•₯π•™π• π•¦π•˜π•™ 𝕒𝕝𝕝 π•₯𝕙𝕖 𝕑𝕝𝕒𝕔𝕖𝕀 π•π• π• π•œπ•–π•• 𝕀𝕠 𝕑𝕣𝕖π•₯π•₯π•ͺ π•’π•Ÿπ•• π•₯π•–π•žπ•‘π•₯π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜! πŸ˜„

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Bali is beautiful and the local people are really nice too. 😍 I just can’t wait to visit NZ and Iceland. They’ve been on top of my bucket list forever.

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      1. tanvibytes says:

        Crossing my fingers that it will be safe soon and traveling will start! πŸ˜ƒπŸ€ž

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  6. New Zealand and Bali are my dream places 😭 you chose the perfect pictures

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Mine too – they are so pretty and perfect. 😍

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  7. Oh, good picks. I cannot agree with you more on Bali. It is simply magic. It is one of my favorite places on the planet and even if I have lived there long, I do not tire of it. Like you, I have been dreaming of Iceland, too. A classmate from our yoga teacher training was from there and my enthusiasm just doubled. Hopefully next year we can all travel again!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      *fingers crossed* can’t wait to travel again! πŸ™‚

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  8. 100% agree – I want to be at these places!! New Zealand is at the top of my list too haha! #someday 😝

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yess, #somedaySOON! A really good friend of mine has relocated to NZ and I was supposed to spend May-June with her but have to content myself with seeing her beautiful photos. Can’t wait to gooo!

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      1. Omg that’s so cool you have a friend there to be able to stay with and show you around! I hope you get to go soon!!!

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  9. Toma Ruh says:

    I’d def would go to Bali. 😭 In reality I’ve been spending 2020 in Sweden. Which is honestly not the worst place to be.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Bali is β™₯️.
      Sweden is probably the only country I know that didn’t lockdown. So I’m guessing life hasn’t changed much for you?

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      1. Toma Ruh says:

        You’re right! However, university moved online which always has prons and cons. Also, life hasn’t changed much but the fact that we are only asked to keep distance and stay home if we’re sick, puts all the responsibility on us to keep ourselves safe. So one can always argue whether it’s good or bad. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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      2. Happy Panda says:

        Oh I didn’t know university moved online! My friend is working in Stockholm and he mentioned that his toddler’s school was still on – so I assumed nothing has shut! I would have hated if I couldn’t attend university – best days of my life. πŸ™‚

        It’s just been so crazy for us here in India – we had a lockdown for over 2 months and even after most places were shut for a long time. Thankfully life is crawling back to normalcy now – with masks and social distancing! πŸ™‚

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      3. Toma Ruh says:

        Sorry to hear that. πŸ’” I hope it keeps getting better! Meanwhile Sweden is getting more and more new cases as the weather is starting to become colder.

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  10. New Zealand is high on my list! I’ve been to Bali and highly recommend going there, it’s so beautiful.

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  11. Lani says:

    As you might already be aware, Thailand’s had low COVID cases and I’m incredibly grateful. I wish I could be with my mom in Hawaii though! Miss her, and love your list, xo

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thailand has such pretty beaches. Also, with no tourists – it must have been way more peaceful. But Hawaii – ❀ !! I've never been to Hawaii but it looks so beautiful in photos. Hope your mom voted! The election drama has me hooked. πŸ˜€

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      1. Lani says:

        Hahahaha. She voted for the first time in almost 50 years she has lived there πŸ˜›

        I love Hawaii. Thailand’s not the same, but it’s been home for many years and maybe I’ll look back and appreciate it more then.

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      2. Happy Panda says:

        I’ve only been to the super commercial places (Bangkok & Phuket) in Thailand – so I didn’t love it especially in comparison to Bali. But the quainter beaches look dreamy though they aren’t high on my bucket list. But Hawaii has been a dream since I was younger mainly because most American novels used to make Hawaii sound like the THE vacation spot. πŸ˜€

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      3. Lani says:

        Old America definitely idolizes Hawaii. It’s actually quite popular with the Japanese (and probably these days, the Chinese too). πŸ˜›

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  12. Kritika says:

    The first two are in my list. Gosh so want to start rolling.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      NZ and Bali are like paradise on Earth! ❀

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      1. Kritika says:

        Oh great. Thank you for motivating πŸ™‚

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  13. In 2019, right at this time, I was in Bali and I am really missing it so much. It’s a beautiful place to visit at least once. πŸ˜πŸ’–

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Oh man! How has life changed so much in one year!?! I loved Bali too – I really want to go back for longer though – live there for 1-2 months. Its such a perfect paradise like place. πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah! I totally agree! Yess it was the best. Haha let’s plan together next time!😝 And then we’ll enjoy a lot. Yeah correct!❀️☺️

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      2. Happy Panda says:

        Definitely!!!!

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      3. ☺️❀️

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  14. Zoewiezoe says:

    Gooood these pictures are insane.
    I swear, I’d sell my soul to be in the sun of one of them.

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  15. I would really like to go there!

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  16. All those pictures are so beautiful πŸ™‚

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      These places are beautiful!! 😊

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      1. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  17. sonali4465 says:

    I hope everything comes back to normal and you can travel these places soon. And we can see the beautiful pictures too. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Aww thank you 😊😊

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  18. Kate says:

    I had a few pre-booked holidays cancelled this year (as I’m know many of us have), so this post was a nice bit of escapism. I’m already planning all the places I want to go to when we’re able to travel freely again. Iceland is also on my bucket list!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Same!!! I had holidays planned to Japan,NZ and Iceland. 😦 But hopefully in 2021! 😊 Iceland has been on top of my bucket list for the last few years. The place looks so beautiful. 😍

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      1. Kate says:

        Fingers crossed you’ll be able to do these plans next year!

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  19. Rajat Kumar says:

    The last time I traveled was a weekend trip to Agra in Feb end. And I am still waiting…

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