Five Blow-Out Trips You Can (Mostly) Take Now: to the Caribbean, Greece, Italy, the US, and Africa.

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Photo credit: SIMON WATSON
Photo credit: SIMON WATSON

You’ve waited long enough. It’s reward time. Here are five crème-de-la-crème journeys—in the Caribbean, Greece, Italy, the USA, and Africa—planned out day by day. We’ve consulted top trip designers. We’ve considered every detail. You can book the itineraries as they are or customize them as you desire. The contact information for the travel advisors we worked with on each trip is listed in the "How to Book It" section at the end of every article. They are always invaluable, and even more so these days, with travel rules, restrictions, and requirements constantly evolving. Please note that all restaurant recommendations are TBD because of the still uncertain schedule of post-Covid openings. (And, because things do still change like the wind, get travel insurance.) Dare we say it: Bon voyage.

A Sailing Trip Around 15 Caribbean Islands

Photo credit: ANDERS OVERGAARD
Photo credit: ANDERS OVERGAARD

Private yacht charters spell travel freedom. You can use them to explore many islands or to have maximum time on the water (helpful if borders suddenly close—each vessel also comes with many water toys). You can be as active (mountain biking) or laidback (onboard spa treatments) as you like. You can leave an anchorage earlier than planned, or linger. So consider this Leeward Islands itinerary one excellent example of what is possible. When can you go? You can go now, but may need to adjust some ports of call if protocols change—no big deal. Plan this trip to the Caribbean

An Odyssey in Greece So Divine It Would Make Odysseus Jealous

Photo credit: YIORGOS KORDAKIS
Photo credit: YIORGOS KORDAKIS

Whether you’re planning a first trip to Greece or a post-pandemic return splurge, the stops, excursions, and pampering on this itinerary are the tops (and crowd-free, for now). When can you go? Borders are open, but watch those entry requirements—nothing is carved in stone. Plan this trip to Greece

The New Grand Tour of Italy—Venice, Lake Como, Capri—and Everything Else We Love the Most

Photo credit: FRANCESCO LAGNESE
Photo credit: FRANCESCO LAGNESE

We’ve left nothing to chance—you’re staying at celebrated hotels, with priority access to monuments, museums, and culinary extravaganzas. Plus tips for aperitivos-with-a-view. When can you go? Theoretically, now—borders are already open. But details are still being worked out and a safer bet might be July. Plan this trip to Italy

A Private-Plane, All-Comforts Tour of Six Great American National Parks

Photo credit: ROBERT JASO / TRUNK ARCHIVE
Photo credit: ROBERT JASO / TRUNK ARCHIVE

The private planes will transport you from park to park, and top guides will get you off the beaten path—always a challenge in the parks. And for all you Aman junkies, we’ve scheduled stays at two. (You’re welcome.) When can you go? You should book now, but you'll need a bit of patience—many hotels and park lodges are full until mid-August.

Plan this trip to American Parks

A 14-Day Adventure-Filled Safari in Zambia

Photo credit: Frank Herholdt - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frank Herholdt - Getty Images

If you're longing for Africa's wide-open spaces and wildlife but worried about the hassle (these days) of multiple border-crossing protocols, pick a single country. Peaceful and stable Zambia has 1) one of the richest and most diverse wildlife concentrations on the continent; 2) the great (and thrillingly canoeable) Zambezi River; and 3) a Wonder of the World—Victoria Falls. All that in the palm of your hand (plus few tourists). When can you go? Zambian borders are open to travelers, but you do need a visa in advance.

Plan this trip to Africa

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