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Underrated Countries to Visit in Summer 2021

We didn’t think this day would come but finally, international borders are opening up and people all over the world are booking their next vacation. While many are revisiting the travel plans they made prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of alternative vacation spots that people should consider if they want to avoid the influx of travelers we’re expected to see this summer. After doing a bit of research myself, here’s a list of countries I came across that are welcoming Americans back and that provide the much-needed getaway we’ve all been longing for.

St. Barths – On June 9, everything opened back up on this Caribbean Island. Hotels, restaurants and local businesses are eager for guests’ arrival. If you’re traveling from the states, be sure to have your vaccination card on hand and proof of a negative COVID-19 test to avoid any mishaps as you’re entering the island. For more details about traveling to St. Barths, check out this Travel + Leisure article.

Croatia – Have you heard of Game of Thrones? The popular HBO show filmed many popular scenes in this beautiful country, including the famous King’s Landing. Beyond that, Thrillist.com recommends checking out the rich history of Croatia, outstanding old-world architecture, and nearby seaside towns such as Split and Hvar Town for the ultimate getaway.

Portugal – Slowly but surely, Portugal is reopening to tourists. While most people will visit its next-door neighbor Spain, Portugal has just as much to offer without the constant crowds. Lisbon is the country’s capital – known as one of the world’s oldest cities – and is home to some of the best seafood in the country.

Switzerland – If you’re fully vaccinated, consider booking your next trip to Switzerland! Zurich is the financial center with unique restaurants and hip bars, Geneva is a mythical wonderland with showstopping views, and the Swiss Alps are just as beautiful as everyone says they are – no matter what time of year you go.