Top 10 Zika free holidays
Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, a babymoon or have a little one on the way, it is more important than ever to stay in the know when it comes to Zika.
Whilst Zika has been largely out of the public eye since it hit the headlines in 2016, it remains prevalent in tropical climates. The mosquito born virus has swept across the planet, affecting thousands of people worldwide, yet it is pregnant and nursing women that are most at risk.
This being said, many previously affected countries have recently been declared Zika free and, on top of that there are still many destinations that are completely safe to travel to. Here, we’ve shortlisted a selection of Zika free destinations to ensure you can enjoy peace of mind during your next holiday.
Australia is the perfect place to escape to on honeymoon after celebrating a winter wedding. Bask in sunshine whilst the UK shivers its way through the cooler months as you cruise your way up from Sydney to Cairns, explore the wild and rugged west coast or discover the otherworldly Ayers Rock for a holiday to remember. With no reports of Zika to date, the only thing left to keep you up at night is the jet lag...
For a worry free safari, look no further than Botswana. Home to the incredible Makgkadigkadi Pan, the otherworldly Okavango Delta and the lush habitat of the Kalahari Desert. Whether it be on foot, on horseback or via the many waterways of the country's national parks, there are so many ways to get up close with the bush in Botswana, and all of them are unequivocally Zika free.
As one of the only countries in South America to remain untouched by Zika, Chile is a fantastic option for those looking to combine culture with nature on an unforgettable holiday on this fascinating continent. Start in Santiago, discover the stunning Lake District, venture to Patagonia or explore the Atacama Desert in this vast and varied country that ticks all the travel boxes for adventure seeking couples.
From north to south, Europe is Zika free thanks to its cooler climate. With summer being prime time to visit Europe, there are any number of adventures to be had across the continent. From the beaches of the Med to the foodie hubs of France and Spain and the cultural hot spots of Russia and Greece, Europe is a melting pot of fantastic experiences where adventure knows no bounds.
Whilst pockets of the USA have been affected by Zika, Hawaii continues to be completely Zika free. With rolling surf and swaying palm trees, Hawaii is a beach lovers dream. Take a tour of the islands of Hawaii for an unforgettable way to squeeze in beach relaxation before the little one arrives.
Mauritius sits in the heart of the Indian Ocean but despite its close proximity to Africa, the island nation has not had any reported cases of Zika, meaning that whether you are planning a family or looking for a holiday with little ones, it is ideal. Pair with South Africa for the ultimate way to enjoy a beach and safari itinerary whilst steering clear of Zika affected destinations.
Only a short journey from the UK yet a world away in terms of culture, Morocco is a fantastic destination to discover for a special getaway. Home to a rich and fascinating culture, spectacular desert landscapes, unique mountain terrain and bustling cities, Morocco is a fantastic destination for a Zika free holiday not far from home.
Mozambique is one of the world's biggest islands, and home to some of the most idyllic stretches of coastline, densest rainforests and most diverse wildlife offerings in the world. There, you can pair wildlife encounters before setting sail around the Quirimbas or the Barazaruto archipelagos for the ultimate wildlife and beach, with the added bonus of no reported cases of Zika.
The Seychelles is an island paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean. This archipelago is a tropical haven, home to sugar white beaches, oceans teaming with kaleidoscopic fish and all manner of marine life. With no reported cases of Zika in the Seychelles, it is a brilliant, and utterly romantic, place to unwind before the arrival of a baby.
One of the lesser discovered gems of South America, Uruguay is a fantastic destination on its own or paired with neighbouring Argentina and the perfect place to get off the beaten track. With beautiful pastoral scenery, rich traditions and delicious cuisine, Uruguay ticks all the boxes for a couples holiday as well as being totally Zika free.