When COVID-19 swept across the world, it made everything come to a grinding halt. A lot of industries were close to paralyzed, especially tourism and aviation.
Countries started closing their borders from international travelers to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Towns, municipalities, and cities were put on lockdown. A lot of trips and flights were canceled and postponed, with no real assurance if the postponed flights can ever be taken again.
After three quarters of staying at home in fear of the virus, governments and pharmaceutical companies have announced that vaccine developments are underway and we’re getting a step closer each day to winning the battle against COVID-19.
This news has brought a lot of giddy optimism to everyone who has grown tired of living life under the new normal and just wish to go back to the way things were. And while there are still no clear signs when the pandemic will end, folks are now starting to plan their 2021 out with this in mind.
Travel will take on a different look post-pandemic. Travelers will be able to go to the usual destinations, although a lot of them will probably opt for more isolated spots. No matter what, domestic and international trips will be back soon, it’s just a matter of timing. In the meantime, here are a few places that you can consider going to in 2021.
12 Great Places to Go to in 2021
1. The USA
No matter where you’re from, the good ol’ USA is still a top travel destination in 2021. Visit famous landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Liberty Island, or the Golden Gate Bridge. Stay in hotels near a renowned attraction, such as the Space Needle Hotel, or Airbnb outside the city. Either way. You’re sure to have a blast going around the country.
2. Norfolk Island, Australia
Get away from the crowds and take a trip to one of Australia’s best-kept secrets just a few hours off the Eastern Coast. It is one of the best islands in Australia and is a perfect destination even for local Australians who are looking at exploring places closer to home.
3. Provence, France
French escapes are always great trips to make. After all, France is known to be such a beautiful and romantic country. Instead of going to Paris or staying there for the entire duration of your trip, be sure to include the French countryside, Provence specifically, and be overwhelmed with such great natural beauty and splendor.
It may be a small country but Slovenia, one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, is packed with natural beauty. Fall in love with the country’s capital, Ljubljana, and don’t forget to swing by Lake Bled.
5. Alberta, Canada
If you’re living anywhere in North America, depending on your location, Alberta is a great road trip destination. The province is filled with scenic landscapes with tons of great outdoor activities to offer both locals and tourists.
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, then Namibia is the place for you. It has plenty of isolated escapes to offer tourists that it is sure to be a hit among travelers who are looking for a change in scenery but avoiding the crowds.
Prior to the pandemic, Montenegro was fast becoming a sought-after European destination. When it opened its borders to foreign investors, ex-pats started coming in and buying and developing properties in this well-kept Balkan secret.
Santorini was one of the first European destinations that announced it is opening its doors to tourists in mid-June. If you are within a yacht or a ferry ride away from this Mediterranean haven, now’s a good time to visit and check it out.
Austria is blessed with such a picturesque landscape that completely enchants you. Whether you decide to go off the beaten path or visit some of its popular cities, Austria will surely take your breath away.
10. South Africa
Gather the gang and rent a villa in one of South Africa’s resorts and experience what a real African safari is like. It is still the best place to go to for this once in a lifetime experience.
One of the best reasons to go to this African country is it is one of the very few countries that are least affected by the coronavirus. So amazing sights plus peace of mind make it one of the best destinations in 2021.
12. New Zealand
Countries are in talks about travel bubbles so if you’re living somewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, now is a good time for you to visit this lovely paradise in the Southern Hemisphere.
As different countries loosen their COVID-19 protocols and regulations and open their borders to international travel, make sure that you still observe the pandemic guidelines wherever you go. Practice physical distancing, wear your mask, and wash your hands frequently. Be a responsible traveler.