Holidays: How to prepare for 2021 holidays – best destinations to go to next year
Holidays will hopefully return to status quo ante next year once the vaccine is rolled out en masse. Many Britons will be eager to make up for lost time and jet off to dream destinations. Travel website Culture Trip has today unveiled the top destinations for holidays 2021.
The list of 13 hotspots was compiled based on insights and recommendations from Culture Trip’s global community of travel experts and local insiders, as well as the site’s search data from millions of users around the world.
Where to go on holiday in 2021
The Atlas Mountains, Morocco
North Africa’s highest mountain range offers scenic beauty, lush valley views, remote Berber villages, hiking in snow-covered mountains, bright blue skies as well as escapism under the stars – plus wonderful hospitality, all about an hour away from Marrakech. Visitors can stay in eco-lodges, boutique hotels or luxury kasbahs.
The area has seen a swift increase in interest from Culture Trip users, with searches up more than 20 percent since the beginning of September.
Costa Rica has seen an increase in popularity, with searches across Culture Trip up more than 60 percent in the past six months.
Long celebrated for its leadership in environmental policy, the country has pledged to become carbon-neutral and plastic-free by 2021. It also boasts authentic wildlife experiences with its picturesque and unspoilt national parks, tropical beaches and eco-lodges to stay in.
A highlight is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to a high biodiversity (including the most orchid species in a single place) within 10,500 hectares, which can be experienced from a series of hanging bridges, called the SkyWalk.
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Osaka is set to become a top spot for those who want to enjoy the virtual worlds of their favourite video games in real life as Super Nintendo World plans to open its doors in February 2021.
Just 2.5 hours away from Tokyo by bullet train – a unique and responsible way to travel – Osaka is also a paradise for foodies, the home of many famous temples and visitors who come in spring can see the world-famous cherry blossoms. Japan is one of the most popular destinations on Culture Trip, but the exciting city of Osaka is still far less researched than Tokyo, making it perfect for those looking for authentic experiences without the same levels of international visitors.
Iceland is home to many natural wonders that will leave travellers in awe, including the Northern Lights, mammoth ice caves and the famous Blue Lagoon. The Iceland Ring Road (also known as Route 1) runs all around the island and is equipped with a network of electric car charging stations which allows visitors to explore the entire country in an ecofriendly way.
The new ring Road 2, the Westfjord Way, provides another off-the-beaten-track road trip, taking travellers to the remote wilderness of the stunning peninsula on the north west of Iceland. According to Culture Trip data, Iceland has seen its popularity increase by more than 12percent in the past six weeks alone.
The ancient stone city of Matera, in southern Italy’s Basilicata region, will be featured in all its glory in the new Bond movie.
Here, visitors can sleep in ‘sassi’ – once-abandoned cave dwellings with a long and chequered history, hand dug from the rock thousands of years ago and thought to be among the first human settlements in the region. Besides being a unique, authentic travel experience, the ‘sassi’ are now also a sustainable model of accommodation in a place where tourism is managed in a responsible way.
Not far away from Matera – in Puglia – are the so-called Maldives of Salento, with some of the best beaches in Europe.
Walking the Old Head of Kinsale Loop with spectacular views at every turn, whale-watching off the coast of West Cork or exploring the dozens of atmospheric, rugged islands of Cork’s coastline – Ireland’s wildlife is both fascinating and accessible, and County Cork is a maritime haven for visitors.
But here, it is not just about nature experiences: Cork is Ireland’s second-biggest city, yet has the feel of a quaint fishing town while still packing in a lot of culture within the city limits. Highlights include Blarney Castle, Cork City Gaol Museum or the cosy Mutton Lane Inn, one of the city’s oldest pubs. A hugely popular destination with Culture Trip users, it saw searches increase by almost 50 percent in November.
A small European country boasting stunning beauty and big green credentials, Slovenia is packed with everything a traveller can dream of: mountains, beaches, coastal towns, Unesco World Heritage sites, a vibrant capital (Ljubljana – one of Europe’s greenest cities) and more.
It has received numerous accolades for its sustainable tourism, including being declared the first Green Country, having achieved a 96 percent level of compliance with the required sustainability criteria according to a comprehensive assessment by the international organisation Green Destinations
Next year is set to see the long-awaited opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, bringing together an extraordinary collection of some 100,000 artefacts.
And of course, Cairo has many other unique experiences to offer: its old quarters with ancient souks, bustling markets, the pyramids and century-old mosques. Cairo’s popularity on Culture Trip has surged over the past six months, with searches for the ancient city increasing by more than 55 percent.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Five ways to see the world in one single spot – Rotorua offers natural experiences that rival some famous counterparts in other parts of the world: hot springs, as seen in Yellowstone National Park; Whakarewarewa Forest, a majestic grove of Californian redwoods; Mount Tarawera, which is as breathtaking as the Grand Canyon; the Kaituna River with the Tutea Falls, which are as impressive the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls, and the mud spa at Hell’s Gate, which gets very close to the Dead Sea experience.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Norway is very popular on Culture Trip and has seen an increase of more than 15 percent in searches in the past six months.
The Lofoten Islands, above the Arctic Circle, represent the wild side of Nordic life with snowy mountains, beaches that are great for surfing, picturesque fishing villages, the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.
This remote archipelago has earned a reputation as a certified sustainable destination that welcomes visitors while simultaneously reducing the negative impact of tourism.
Messinia, in the southwest of the Peloponnese peninsula, is one of Greece’s lesser-known destinations – an unspoilt and beautiful region that many visitors overlook.
There are ancient sites, olive groves, Venetian castles, delicious dishes and divine beaches, including the secluded Voidokilia Beach (or Cow’s Belly). Messinia is also home to the Costa Navarino – a getaway steeped in sustainability with a focus on creating eco-resorts.
The Islands of Tahiti are a perennial bucket-list destination that – in addition to very strict health protocols put in place this year to protect citizens and visitors -– is making bookings hassle-free for visitors during the pandemic, with the introduction of a common cancellation policy. This offers travellers a unified policy for changes and cancellations related to Covid-19 travel concerns, ensuring peace of mind when booking this dream destination with its pristine and secluded beaches.
South Dakota, USA
South Dakota – when it is safe to travel again – will once again be a place to reconnect with nature with its peaceful landscapes of lush forests, majestic mountains and serene meadows, open spaces and wide horizons.
But it is not always quiet here: every year, on the last Friday in September, visitors can hear the ground rumble and see the dust fly at the annual Buffalo Roundup of a thundering herd of around 1,400 bison in Custer State Park. This is not only spectacular to see, the roundup also plays an important part in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.
Published at Mon, 14 Dec 2020 19:28:00 +0000