The novel coronavirus outbreak, now named COVID-19, has hit the global travel industry hard. Airlines, hospitality and holiday operators are struggling amid the efforts to contain the virus. It doesn’t mean you should stop travelling altogether: you just have to travel smarter. Think off-beat adventures, remote travel packages and hidden sanctuaries far from the crowds.

(Related: The best detox retreats in Asia to supercharge your immune system)

However, remember to exercise the necessary precautions and act responsibly. While we should avoid heavily affected areas (click here for the Ministry of Health’s travel advisory), it’s a great time to visit places you wouldn’t normally – supporting local industry and helping businesses through the difficult time.

(Related: Travelling in Bhutan: a balm for the harried soul)

Moreover, over-touristed hotspots like Amsterdam, Venice and Prague will get to recover, and who knows? These remote travel packages will give you more time with what matters most: a tranquil holiday with an unfettered opportunity to soak in the sights and sounds of your holiday destination. As a bonus, there won’t even be a queue to take a selfie with your significant other.

(Related: Five luxe resorts and holiday operators that put animal conservation first)