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THE 6 BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2021
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- Travel Diaries
Where do you want to travel in 2021? Every year, we look at the best places to visit in the coming year. Right now, it might seem inconceivable to think about travelling abroad, due to the global pandemic and travel restrictions that have closed the borders of many countries. But here’s the good news: Things are looking up for 2021. While many places around the world remain off-limits, more and more countries are beginning to open their doors, and they’re doing it with health and safety protocols in place.
With this in mind, where should you travel in 2021 if you want to go beyond the borders? Below are the places that we have on our radars. So if you’re planning a trip, these are definitely places you should put on your travel bucket list.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands have always been a sailor’s paradise with pristine waters, secluded beaches, endless breathtaking scenery and 60-plus mountainous islands constantly visible on the horizon. There's never been a better time to take a socially distanced vacation in the BVI. The BVI deserves to be seen again.
Definitely on most people’s bucket list, New Zealand was one of the countries that have best dealt with covid. If you are basing your travels on some kind of purpose, which also includes sustainable travel and being socially distant in nature, then New Zealand has to be on your list. New Zealand ticks off all of those boxes and holds plenty of appeal for its amazing outdoors and isolated escapes – which is why it is perfect for those travelling in 2021.
Mexico beyond the beach
Mexico was one of the first countries to reopen its borders to travellers, and while the beaches remain popular, the heart of Mexico’s interior is also beating strong. Places to keep an eye on for 2021 include unique spots like the Yucatán’s capital city of Mérida – also known as the White City. Then there’s San Miguel de Allende, which was recently voted the best small city in the world by Condé Nast Traveller and which is a food lover’s paradise. Moving into urban landscapes, there’s Mexico City. It has seen a surge in recent years and this coming year is no different. The amazing food and culture is no secret, but the opportunities to explore neighbouring towns and villages and fabulous hotels, of course, are really changing the landscape of this city.
Located right next to Italy, Slovenia had been overlooked by tourists up until now. But it’s a top destination for 2021, thanks to leading by example in areas like sustainable tourism: National Geographic recently named it the world’s most sustainable country and its capital, Ljubljana, is known as Europe’s Green Capital. What’s also impressive is that Slovenia is a foodie heaven; being named European Region of Gastronomy for 2021 with six of its restaurants awarded a total of seven Michelin stars in 2020. Add to that, a focus on nature, gorgeous scenery and a great climate – it all makes Slovenia a place many will head to in 2021.
The Islands of Tahiti
So many destination weddings, honeymoons and milestone celebrations were put on hold in 2020, so 2021 will be a year for celebrations. And what better place than French Polynesia. The Islands of Tahiti is also a natural choice for any traveller seeking carefree vacation options. With naturally pristine, remote and secluded beaches, the destination’s 118 South Pacific islands provide the perfect escape in this new era of travel.
With its deep turquoise waters and long beaches lined with tangerine trees, Bodrum has long been a vacation spot for ahead-of-the-curve jetsetters. Now, more travellers are discovering this Turkish Riviera beach town. In the past, Bodrum has taken a backseat to Ibiza and more recently Hvar, but Bodrum is truly the new St. Tropez. Bodrum is ready to take center stage. Plus, it’s a destination where you’ll rarely spend time indoors, thanks to all the open-air restaurants, seaside bars and beachfront clubs.
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