Top 10 Destinations to Travel to in 2021

The pandemic is finally waning, and travel options are opening up! After many months of being grounded, we can think of no better time than now to take to the friendly skies. Which begs the question: With so many amazing dream locations to choose from, where should you go? Read on for a roundup of 10 of our favorite destinations to discover in 2021.

1. Chania, Greece

Located on the westernmost side of the island of Crete, Chania lays claims to fantastic beaches, luxurious resorts, and a charming medieval Old Town that’s like taking a step back in time.

Secret villages, secluded coves, and inventive cuisine are among the many reasons Chania is a divine destination for those looking for a taste of true rest and relaxation.

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2. Costa Rica

Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica comprises more than six percent of the planet’s diversity — more than the entire continent of Europe and the United States combined. Whether you’re interested in tropical beaches, lush forests, or remarkable wildlife, you’ll find it in Costa Rica.

Given its abundant natural allures, it’s hardly surprising that Costa Rica is a leader in ecotourism. You can feel extra-good about a trip to Costa Rica thanks to its commitment to all things green.

3. Shetland, Scotland

If a tropical getaway or whirlwind city trip isn’t your style at the moment, Shetland, Scotland, is an antidote to urbanity. This scattered archipelago between Scotland’s northernmost point and the west of Norway boasts some of the planet’s most epic scenery and wildlife, including Shetland ponies and puffins aplenty.

Whale-filled waters, miles of remote coastline, towering bluffs, and a distinctive culture make Shetland a respite from the hustle and bustle of every day — and an inimitable place to visit. And you won’t go hungry (or thirsty!) while you’re there, thanks to bustling pubs, abundant breweries, and an up-and-coming culinary scene.

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4. Vietnam

This Southeast Asian sanctuary has become a travel hotspot thanks to a combination of lustrous resorts and local flavor. “A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling,” raves Lonely Planet of this mesmerizing mecca for high-end adventure seekers.

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5. The Dominican Republic

One of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries, the Dominican Republic offers everything from breathtaking mountain scenery and desert scrublands to dynamic city life and historic architecture. Not to mention its famously friendly people. A multitude of all-inclusive resorts represents the embodiment of care-free travel.

Feel free to laze away your days on the beach with a rum drink in hand, or embrace your inner explorer with everything from waterfalls to whale watching. Looking for some nightlife after a long dry spell? The Dominican Republic will not disappoint.

6. Helsinki, Finland

Just because Helsinki may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of post-pandemic travel doesn’t mean it’s not a must-see travel destination. A cultural hotspot, the Finnish capital offers premier waterfront dining, a robust arts and cultural scene, impressive architecture and design, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Go in late August, meanwhile, and you’ll be there for the start of peak Northern Lights viewing.

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7. Melides, Portugal

While this pristine Portuguese beach town has long flown under the radar, it is just starting to get its due. Located on the untouched coast of Alentejo, Melides has become a haven for creative types drawn to its laid-back vibe.

Raves Conde Nast Traveler of this low-key destination, “The peaceful region is characterized by rural towns, wild Atlantic beaches, and raw landscape: vineyards, rice fields, and forests tumbling down hillsides, the ocean a constant smudge of inky blue on the horizon.”

8. Belize

Now open to fully vaccinated travelers, this Central American country nestled between Guatemala and Mexico may be small in size, but it’s huge on charm. Approximately 180 miles of gorgeous coastline, a sparkling cultural and music scene, world-renowned scuba and snorkeling, and an astonishing natural landscape (and the wildlife to go with it) are just a few of the reasons Belize is a bucket list destination.

Many leading travel authorities can’t be wrong: Ethical Travel Magazine, MSN, and USA Today all recommended traveling to Belize in 2021.

9. Tahiti

It may be far and away, but Tahiti is well worth the trip. While Tahiti may be best known as a romantic honeymoon destination (and we can’t argue with that), there are many other reasons to visit this piece of French paradise adrift in the Pacific.

Tasty French-influenced cuisine, whale watching, snorkeling and diving, dramatic mountain peaks, awe-inspiring waterfalls, phenomenal blowholes, endless lagoon, big wave surfing, and distinctive Polynesian culture and art all add up to making Tahiti a one-of-a-kind travel destination to cap a one-of-a-kind year.

10. Seychelles

This charming island nation off the coast of East Africa is famous for its warm waters and luxurious accommodations. However, the Seychelles offer much more than that. Tear yourself away from its spectacular blue-green waters, and you’ll find stunning landscapes, extraordinary nature and wildlife, and rich culture. From spending a day exploring a local market to discovering the legendary Vallée de Mai nature reserve on the island of Praslin, there’s no shortage of things to see, do, and delight in on a trip to the Seychelles. Make sure to leave time for a stop at Curieuse Island or Cousin Island. Aside from the Galapagos Islands, these are the only places in the world where you’ll find gentle giant tortoises.

One last thing to keep in mind when traveling on a trip in 2021? While the world is opening up, some restrictions remain in place regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccine requirements. Practice due diligence to make sure you’ve got what you need before you set out.While the world is a different place than it was 18 months ago, one thing will never change: Travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures — which explains why we’ve all missed it so much! There’s no better time than now to start making up for lost time. Decide on a destination, research affordable airfare, and start planning the trip of a lifetime.

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