In this article we are sharing 7 wonderful destinations where you can travel in 2021.
We have good reasons to think that the global health crisis will end at some point in 2021. For this reason, next year will be the time to finally retake all those activities that we put on hold during the pandemic. For sure, one of them is traveling! Let ‘s start.
Portugal is a great country with many things to discover!
In the northwest of the country there is the city of Oporto (Porto), famous for its red and white wines, named after the city. You will recognize them for their sweet and aromatic flavour. If you are into wine routes, you must visit its vineyards and wine shops.
Besides that, we suggest you go for a walk in La Ribera district. You are going to be amazed by its cobbled streets, colorful facades and beautiful buildings!
There is a lot to see in Portugal. Lisbon is another interesting city. No doubt, its most famous monument is San Jorge Castle, a mix of ruins and fortifications that in some cases reach up to 2000 years old. Another highlight is the National Museum of Azulejo, considered as one of the best of its kind worldwide. Finally, since Lisbon is a coastal city, you will find both sandy beaches with calm waters, ideal for families, and other beaches with big waves, a dream come true for experienced surfers.
Algarve is another wonderful beach destination that you must see in Portugal. The beaches are famous for their blue-green waters and its spectacular rocks, like Benagil Caves or the Albandeira beach arch.
2. Normandy (France)
France also has a wide range of tourist attractions. For 2021 we suggest you travel to a magical destination: Normandy. This region, located in the northern part of the country, has a lot to offer: natural beauty, fascinating history and rich cultural heritage. Find out what to see in Normandy.
In Étretat, right in front of the English Channel, there are huge cliffs with vertical walls that reach up to 150 meters in height. At the bottom of these big rock formations, if there is low tide, you can admire its beautiful beaches and discover some oyster farms dating back to the 18th century.
Driving for about an hour toward east, along the Alabaster coast, you will get to Veules-les-Roses, a lovely village with both countryside and seaside landscapes.
Go for a walk on the banks of the river Veules where you can enjoy the ancient mills wheels spinning around with the force of the water, the beautiful huts and the colorful gardens of hydrangeas and roses. We also invite you to visit the beaches, which stand out for their fine sand, calm waters and low tide.
In the other part of Normandy, there is Monte Saint-Michel, a rocky island at the estuary of Couesnon river. It is home to the abbey of the same name. In fact, on the spire of the abbey (170 meters above sea level), there is a statue of the archangel Saint Michael.
Another location with a great history heritage is the Cotentin Peninsula, where on June 6, 1944 happened the Normandy’s landing. That day started one of the most important battles in history that changed the course of World War II.
The amphibious operation occurred on the beaches of Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach.
Finally, you can’t leave Normandy without visiting the Giverny Gardens, located in the former property of Claude Monet. When you walk through this place, you will feel like in a painting by the famous french artist, and this is not just a coincidence. Monet deliberately arranged this garden so that its scenes would serve as inspiration for his paintings.
This island is one of the most fascinating natural destinations to travel during 2021.
One tenth of Iceland’s territory consists of glaciers. The most famous is the Vatnajökull, whose area of 8000 square kilometers makes it the largest in Europe. At the southern end of this glacier, there is Diamond Beach, named for the many shiny icebergs floating on Lake Jökulsárlón and eventually reaching the shore.
We also recommend you to ride the Golden Circle Route, that will lead you to breathtaking landscapes. Stops on this tour include Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area (in Haukadalur Valley), and Gullfoss Waterfall.
Historically, Iceland is located in a zone of intense volcanic activity. It’s not a surprise, then, that throughout its territory there are such a large number of lava caves. You can choose one of the many tours that will take you to the heart of these natural caves. If you visit this destination between September and April and camp in the open air during a dark night, you will have good chances to see one of the most sublime spectacles of nature: the Northern Lights.
This country also stands out for its literary, architectural, and historic heritage. In this regard, Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður, Akureyri, Keflavík, and Garðabær will offer you the best cultural opportunities.
Iceland is a country very rich in natural resources, which makes it a very appealing tourist destination. Its landscapes can vary according to the season of the year, so we advise you to stay well informed before purchasing your tickets, keeping in mind the objective of your trip.
Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, is the right place to go shopping. Inside the huge Jan el-Jalil bazar, you will find jewelry, antiques and souvenirs. Other must see places are the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the Egyptian Museum, which exhibits the trasure of Tutankhamun.
Only 18 kilometers from Cairo, there are the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, of more than 20 meters tall. These monuments stand out from the others of the country. Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this complex is the best preserved.
Other remarkable cities are Alexandria, famous for its library (the modern one) and the Catacombs of Kom. Hurghada is an ideal port for water activities, such as yachting and diving.
The Red sea is an ideal place for diving lovers! Its crystal-clear waters offer a great visibility of up to 40 meters! In this special ecosystem live hundreds of species of fish, invertebrates and corals and the conditions for fishing and sailing are ideal. Finally there is Aswan, where you can see the temples of Philae, Abu Simbel and Kom Ombo, the unfinished obelisk of Aswan and the mausoleum of the Aga Khan.
We also suggest taking a 3-4 days cruise tour on the Nile river. Most of them leave from Asuan and end the journey in Luxor or the other way around.
Without a doubt, Egypt is a “must” on every traveler’s bucket list. With more than 3000 years of history, its architecture and natural beauties, make it a classic destination.
Vietnam is one of the most interesting Asian destinations to travel to in 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is still closed to international tourism, but hopefully it will open its borders in 2021.
We suggest you start exploring Vietnam in Hanoi, where there is a lot to see. Besides being near to other attractions, the country capital city has many hotspots. The main ones are Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Presidential Palace, War Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market, Literature Temple, Tran Quoc Pen Pagoda and the longest mosaic mural in the world.
In your itinerary, you can’t miss the imperial city of Hue, home to the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, who ruled between 1802 and 1945. Its historical and cultural legacy is so great that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
You also have to make time to go to Halong Bay, considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Activities that you can enjoy in this beautiful natural setting include swimming, cruising, kayaking, entering the Sung Sot and Thien Canh Son caves, and visiting the floating villages in the area.
If you are one of those who seek new culinary experiences every time you go on a trip, Vietnamese gastronomy has dishes that will delight you. Typical dishes include Cá cuốn ho fish bun, Cá kho tộ caramelized fish, Chạo tôm shrimp cake, Bun Bo Hue noodle soup, Bánh canh rice soup, Chả giò spring roll, summer Gỏi cuốn and the desserts of jack, litchi, passion fruit and pitahaya.
6. Dominican Republic
If you are dreaming about the Caribbean, you should visit the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo is one of its most famous destinations. During your tour, you should walk through the Colonial Zone and visit Faro a Colon as well as its museum.
At the south-east of the capital, there is Parque Mirador del Este, where Cuevas de los Tres Ojos and Isla Saona are located. The second one has mangroves and beaches full of palm trees, and its shallow waters are perfect for snorkeling. If you decide to try this activity, you will be able to appreciate coral reefs and sea stars.
Are you visiting the Dominican Republic in February? Then you must go to La Vega, an hour and a half from Santo Domingo. Every Sunday of February, the city dresses up to celebrate the best carnival in the Caribbean.
As in many destinations, in the Dominican Republic there are also security measures and special protocols at airports and hotels to face COVID-19. To travel with peace of mind, it is highly recommended to purchase travel insurance that guarantees medical assistance in case of illness (including contagion by Covid-19) or accident as well as unforeseen events that may occur during the trip.
Besides being the capital of the country, Mexico City is its cultural center. This huge city is home to the Zocalo, in whose surroundings you will find the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, the ruins and the museum of the Templo Mayor. In the southeast of the city there is the neighborhood of Xochimilco, where you can walk through a system of canals aboard a colorful boat known as a trajinera.
Another must-see when talking about Mexico City is the Bosque de Chapultepec, one of the largest urban parks in the world. Its facilities include some of the most important cultural buildings in the country, such as the Castle of Chapultepec, the National Museum of History and the National Museum of Anthropology.
In the southeast of the Mexican Republic, there is the amazing Riviera Maya. One of its main attractions is Chichén Itzá, declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The largest building in the complex is the Kukulcán temple, which has a height of 24 meters and a length of 55 meters.
In the heart of the Riviera Maya there is Playa del Carmen, a destination that stands out for its paradisiacal beaches, lively nightlife, and first-rate hotels and restaurants. We also invite you to travel through the route of the cenotes, which includes a 30 km strip between the towns of Puerto Morelos and Leona Vicario. Besides enjoying the underground waters, you can enjoy activities such as bicycle rides, ATVs, zip lines and temazcal.
Finally, this country is one of the most valued for gastronomic tourism. The main ingredients of Mexican cuisine are corn, beans, chili, tomato, green tomato, avocado and cocoa. Each region has its own way of preparing typical dishes. Some of the most popular are the cochinita pibil, the mole, the pozole, the cabrito, the menudo and the tamales.
In this post about travel to Mexico we give you some advice and recommendations to travel safely in this country. Don’t miss it!
What you need to know before traveling in 2021
The coronavirus situation is different in each country, as well as the measures stipulated by governments. For this reason, the smartest thing to do is to keep yourself updated with the latest information provided by the official sources when choosing your travel destinations in 2021.
It is also very important to buy travel insurance that protects you against any eventuality, (which includes a COVID-19 infection). Start planning now where to travel in 2021 and enjoy a well-deserved vacation.