Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you might not want your next trip – perhaps your first trip in over a year – to be in a packed, urban metropolis. Enter the “second-city” trip.
Second city is a somewhat ambiguous term, but it’s generally used to refer to the second-most populous city in a region, state or country. Some interpret it to extend out to the third, fourth or even 10th most populous cities in an area. In short: Skip the sprawling, highly populated metropolis for a smaller, less people-dense location.
Many people are doing so. A total of 69% of respondents in the March 2021 American Express Global Travel Trends report said they are interested in visiting lesser-known destinations this year – and here’s why you might consider them, too.
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The most obvious reason to skip the big cities in 2021: Avoid being around throngs of people as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that attending events and gatherings increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.
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