Are you dreaming of a vacation? The coronavirus pandemic stopped many people’s vacation plans before they started. 

If Spring Break hadn’t happened before safer at home orders began, Spring Break was spent at home. Many people chose to cancel flights and travel that had been planned for a long time, even if it meant they wouldn’t get their money back.

As the days, weeks and soon to be months go by on lockdown, the idea of traveling again seems like a distant dream. While we don’t know when it will be safe to travel, we already have a list of places we would like to visit.

Sicily wants to be at the top of your travel bucket list. Italy has obviously been hit hard by the coronavirus, and the country has taken a huge loss due to no tourism. In fact, the island of Sicily alone has lost $1.09 billion in revenue.

While Sicily could simply show us pictures of their pristine beaches, historical sites and delicious food, they want to do something even more enticing – pay for part of your travel expenses. In fact, they will provide vouchers to cover half of your flights and a third of your hotel costs.

The Island of Art’s official tourism website acknowledges the current situation and that now is not the time to travel, but it is a time to think about traveling.

“This is the time of  waiting, a time that is necessary. Let’s stay at home but, while waiting, let’s make plans, let’s dream and travel with imagination.”

With so many things to do in Sicily, everything from horseback riding to wine tasting, it could be a great spot for a post-coronavirus vacation, and the day of traveling to Sicily may not be all that far in the distant future. On May 4th, Italians will be able to visit parks and move around more freely. On May 18th, stores and museums will reopen. In June, bars and restaurants can reopen.

Would you consider traveling to Sicily after the coronavirus pandemic is over? Does the fact that some of your travel expenses would be covered for you entice you to travel there? Do you think other places should consider paying for travel expenses to boost tourism?