Cooped-up travellers were finally thrown a bone this week.
After two months on lockdown, the EU said holidays could be possible this summer - advising countries with similar rates of coronavirus infections and "comparably strong health systems" to look at lifting border measures between each other.
Time to pack the swimsuit? Erm… time to dust it down and see if it still fits, maybe.
I'd expect things to become clearer in the coming weeks, so take a breath and hold off on booking for now - though we can dream, of course.
Here are possible timetables for eight top destinations.
The Spanish archipelago, despite being an early focus of the pandemic when a Tenerife hotel was placed in lockdown, has fewer than 2,300 cases, with just 84 in Lanzarote and 45 in Fuerteventura.
Tourism is critical there, and its government wants the Canaries to become a "world laboratory for tourism safety".
This July, the islands will work with the UN to test "the world's first safe flight with passengers carrying coronavirus-free digital health passports", its tourist board says.
Overseas visitors may be possible from October... in time for winter sun.
Hugely dependent on tourism, Greece has a low Covid-19 case load (fewer than 2,800) and plans to begin reopening hotels, resorts and restaurants from June 1. Transport links are suspended but a possible return of overseas visitors has been mooted for as early as July.
Irish visitors won't be sunning themselves in the Cyclades that early, but Greeks could conceivably be joined by holidaymakers from places like Germany, Austria or Scandinavia.
Devastated by Covid-19, with more than 27,000 deaths, Spain is reeling.
But it has begun easing restrictions and is a huge country - with areas like the Basque Country, Murcia and Galicia (familiar to Camino pilgrims) far less affected than zones like Madrid and Barcelona.
Nearby, the Balearic Islands of Majorca and Ibiza could be early starters, with reports of a “pilot project” to reboot tourism in late June with German tour operator, TUI. Visitors currently need to quarantine for 14 days, but the rule is due to expire on May 24.
Watch this space.
High prices make it a once-in-a-lifetime holiday for most, but Iceland moved swiftly to contain coronavirus - and quickly curbed the spread, thanks in part to a tiny population of just 364,000.
Its government expects to start easing restrictions on international arrivals "no later than June 15" - details remain to be worked out, but early stages are expected to see incoming travellers given a choice between a virus test or a two-week quarantine.
"The Algarve is ready to restart its tourist activity," João Fernandes, president of Algarve Tourism, proclaimed this week. With qualifications, of course. Hotels and golf courses have begun to reopen, restaurants can trade from Monday with 50pc capacity, and beaches and water parks will start opening with social distancing from June.
Just 340 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the entire Algarve region since January, the tourist board says, and a ‘Clean & Safe’ stamp of approval will help businesses reassure visitors.
Sealed border and air travel restrictions are the barriers - once they unlock, future visitors can expect to wear masks "in closed areas" and temperature checks on arrival at Faro Airport.
"We went hard, and we went early," as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put it.
New Zealand is an early poster child of the pandemic - an island nation with a similar population to Ireland, but just 1,500 cases of Covid-19. Currently on Alert Level 2, Kiwis can travel between regions, meet in groups of up to 10 and eat in bars and restaurants - albeit with social distancing in place.
No date has been given for the reopening of borders to overseas visitors, but there is talk of a Trans-Tasman "travel bubble" with Australia, and the country’s success, low population and spectacular outdoors are likely to look very appealing for future bucket list trips.
A whopping €18bn plan to reboot French tourism landed this week, with cafés and restaurants set to start reopening from May 25, and French permitted to go on holiday from July… provided the virus situation doesn't deteriorate.
A 14-day quarantine for overseas visitors is likely to remain to July 24 but hotel and tourism professionals have committed to guaranteeing "a full refund" in the event of cancelled reservations linked to Covid-19. That’s likely to encourage travel.
June 3 is now the planned date for resuming overseas visits.*
Italy was devastated early by this pandemic but has won much sympathy, and fans yearn to return for its mouthwatering food, wine and destinations like Tuscany, Sorrento and Rome.
A quarantine is in place, but a gradual reopening is underway and it's possible that lesser-effected regions may become more progressive in loosening restrictions. Sicily, for instance, is looking at a €75m war chest to subsidise stays or visits to attractions.
*This section has been updated
Sign up for our free travel newsletter!
Like what you're reading? Subscribe to 'Travel Insider', our free travel newsletter written by award-winning Travel Editor, Pól Ó Conghaile.