With lockdown in place from the Corona-Virus, many of us are at home, longing the days we can finally travel. With flight cancellations, border closure in certain countries, and fear of catching the virus, traveling may not be a thing for a while. However, planning future trips for when restrictions are eased can be done, and it can be done right now.
Here are our top 3 Cities we recommend visiting after lockdown. We curated these cities from the standpoint of being cheap, not very crowded, and gorgeous in terms of looks and vibes, which is what you’d want if you’re traveling on a budget and want to be cautious with the virus.
Ljubljana is a small city. One that isn’t busy or crowded like a typical capital city would be. The center of the city is completely traffic-free, designed for pedestrians. This leaves the old cobbled paths and the banks of the Ljubljanica River to people strolling through terraces of restaurants and bars. One thing we love about Ljubljana is that everything is within walking distance, which means no need for public transport to get you from A to B.
However, the negative about it being such a small city is it starts becoming very familiar after a few days. It gets to a stage where you find yourself not having much to do anymore. I was here for one week and felt this way. If you’re spending more, it’s’s something to consider.
Your time is better spent outside. Unless the weather isn’t great, then going somewhere indoors like a museum would be a better option. You can walk around the Old Town and get a real sense of the city’s history and architecture in a couple of hours.
I would describe Ljubljana as a chill, laid back, and quiet city. There aren’t many aspects of the city that will blow your mind; instead, the city is all about its vibrant atmosphere. You definitely won’t get New York or London vibes here. But you will get a colorful and laidback Old Town surrounding a hill, topped with a castle. Ljubljana is pretty and picturesque, a perfect place to visit for a weekend.
For us, this city is excellent for those who are still wary about the virus and don’t feel ready to visit a big, busy, populated city as well as having to take public transport.
Pula is a small, quiet city. When you’re there, you’ll notice that while Pula is a big city in Croatia, it isn’t a big city in person. It’s not flocked with tourists or polluted with city noise. The city has different atmospheres, depending on where you go. The center is a lot more rugged, full of history, old buildings, and ruins of a civilization that once lived there. Then you have the seaside, a vibrant, gorgeous side of the city that will immediately capture your attention and take your breath away.
The Pula Arena is the 6th largest amphitheater in the world. It is also the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have a four-sided tower, which is worth checking out. The Adriatic seaside along Pula is stunning and peaceful. The city never gets crowded or busy, which lets you take in and appreciate the views, especially during sunset.
Pula is for those who are not expecting much. For those who just want a nice relaxed place to go to without the flock of tourists and people around the summer-time. You can easily get to places by foot. It’s a cheaper alternative to staying in terms of Airbnb’s, as opposed to the touristy pricier seaside cities in Croatia. There isn’t a lot to do compared to bigger cities on the seaside. If you love shopping, you may be disappointed. There is a shopping center on the outskirts of the city center, but known brands like Zara are missing.
Pula gives you what other bigger cities near the seaside provide a lower price and fewer distractions. You’re also put in a unique spot that allows you to take day trips to check out other nearby towns in Istria that are also stunning. Again another small city that isn’t populated and doesn’t require the need for public transport. If you’re wary of the virus, but want to visit a gorgeous seaside city, perhaps consider Pula.
Krakow is a bigger city than what we’ve listed above, though still not a huge overly crowded one. The streets are wide, and the city center is spacious, with fantastic architecture, full of castles, museums, gothic style cathedrals, to modern buildings like the Galeria Krakowska. Being the spacious city that it is, it’s great for social distancing. As well as every sight being within walking distance, so there’s no need to use public transport.
I would describe Krakow as a laid back city with a lively atmosphere. You’ll find musical bands playing in the evenings, entertainers interacting with people, laughter smiles on everyone’s faces, and horse carriages roaming around the Old Town. Outdoor bars and restaurants around the old town is also a big thing you’ll notice when you’re there too. I highly recommend Polish cuisine like pierogi or barszcz. All in all, Krakow is a great place to bring the family.
Top 3 Cities to Visit After Lockdown Is Over
So where will you travel to? These are my choices for the top 3 cities to visit after lockdown is over. Based on where I’ve been so far and from the standpoint of social distancing & being on a budget. Consider visiting these; you will not be disappointed.