20 Places to go in 2021
Due to the present pandemic, the planet is still on hold. The vaccine may take time to be processed. As a result, the escape could be coming in the middle or even at the end of the year. It may take time until we go back to the pre-pandemic levels, but there is something that is for sure, travel will never go to stop.
Tourism is part of our lives and an essential factor for our mental health. It is about traveling to places, focusing on connecting and engaging with the world. Meeting locals and making a difference in others. Appreciate nature, peace, and freedom. It is about self-reflection and personal growth. Dreaming and planning ahead for your next trip provides positive energy towards the first steps into a world full of new experiences, sites, scenes, and cultures. We selected 20 destinations around the world; we believe they are going to be on your bucket travel list:
Havana is a charming city, with a richly diverse architecture: Art Deco theatres; and taxi drivers in half-century-old American guzzlers, all of this happening right before a string of Neoclassical shop fronts attesting to a grand colonial past, thus lending Havana that unique Caribbean flavor, a sort of magic so special, so enchanting. By far, the most attractive sections of Havana are:
- The old city or Habana Vieja.
- The most emblematic oceanfront boulevard, the Malecón.
- Vedado, the city's heart, with its Plaza surrounded by theatres, lounges, nightclubs, and cinemas.
A few miles away lies the very essence of Havana—of Cuba itself—the immense Plaza de la Revolución. Beyond it are some of Havana's most stylish restaurants and best music venues mushrooming amongst old colonial streets and new avenues, all of which lend the entire city a well-deserved spot in anyone's tourist bucket list. Hava has kilometers of coastline of incredible and beautiful white sandy beaches to enjoy. It is ideal for relaxing, savoring the tropics' warm weather, or diving in its divine coral reefs.
Naxos is a Greek island in the South Aegean. For its endless sandy beaches, lazy villages, homemade wine, and arsenic cheese was described by Herodotus as 'the happiest of islands.' It has enormous mountains, fertile valleys, rich green canyons, and stunning beaches. The west coast of Naxos is embellished with mile upon mile of dusty sands. As you head south, the beaches get more excited: Plaka, where you can jump across the dunes on horseback, Mikri Vigla for windsurfing and kitesurfing, and crystal-clear Kastraki. Naxos is also home to gorgeous old churches, castles, museums, stone-built houses, beautiful squares, and its wide variety of cultural events. Without forgetting the culinary and tasteful uniqueness of the naxian food. It is an excellent place for family and friends encounters.
Naples is an ancient city in Italy that will surprise you. It's here where you'll find unique views, the country's best pizza, pasta, espresso, and the most distinctive street markets—Naples' wealth of cultural and historical monuments. You'll find royal palaces, castles, and ancient ruins that hold some of Christianity's oldest times. The city's Museo Archeologico Nazionale alleges the world's most distinct collection of Pompeiian frescoes and mosaics, while its Cappella Sansevero holds Italy's most remarkable marble statue. While in this fantastic city, you should also consider exploring the secret islands off the coast and significant archaeological sites and provincial towns just outside the city's borders. Capri, Pompeii, Sorrento, Procida Island are extraordinary places you must visit with a day trip from Naples. Be sure that you won't regret it!
Are you thinking about honeymooning? How about having a tropical island (nearly) to yourself? This is Asia's smallest country, but make no mistake about it—it's large enough to make your vacation huge! This conglomeration of archipelagos gathers some of Asia's most beautiful beaches. With its hundreds of seaside resorts, the island-nation is the last refuge of the sea-loving vacationer— it's the paradise for diving, swimming, fishing (game fishing being one of the world's most renowned), windsurfing, and water skiing. And when we said you could nearly have an island to your own, we didn't exaggerate— almost each of The Maldives' archipelagos is a resort on its own. With white-sanded beaches, crystal clear waters, palm trees swinging to the sea's soft breeze, and charming hospitality, The Maldives is the little chillaxing giant of Asia.
Visiting this city allows you to discover traditional Vietnamese food, experience the locals' way of life, and be inspired by stories of the city's culture and history. Vietnam's capital city is rich in history, with the streets of its sprawling Old Quarter dating back to the 14th century. However, today's Hanoi is about much more than the past. The ancient city is being refreshed with modern cafes, world-class restaurants, and great art galleries. A few days in the city don't get fairness, but fortunately, most attractions are within walking range of one another. Among the great activities besides the Hanoi Old Quarter are the Dong Xuan Market, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Ba Vi National Park, Hanoi Opera House, and theTemple of Literature.
Exploring Strasbourg enrolls an exclusive experience due to its distinctive regional architecture, culture, and cuisine. It is rich with 2 000 years of history. Its a World Heritage site since 1988, was the first urban center in France to be selected by UNESCO. With its novel architectural heritage, the city is brimming with surprises just waiting to be discovered. Here you can have the best French and German cuisine - due to its position a few kilometers from the Franco-German border, it has, for centuries, turned between French and German administration, making it a model of a bi-cultural city. You will have the chance to see the 12th-century cathedral, the storybook "la Petite France" neighborhood, the Maison Kammerzell, one of the city's most charming squares - the Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait - its historical museums. Also, Strasbourg has stylish shopping streets and excellent Saturday markets. The best way to get a sense of the city is to take a boat trip; you will relish the city's lively tourist hub, well-preserved half-timbered homes, and transcendent panoramic views.
Koh Samui Island
If you are a lover of nature, Samui island is the ideal place to visit. It is a tropical paradise, surrounded by azure waters and beaches extending beyond the horizon. But the Island is much more than that: its thriving food scene is among the best in Thailand, while its eclectic clubs and bars allow it to compete with other places legends. You will have the opportunity to stroll into the Namuang Waterfalls - exciting water cascades with natural pools to swim in, the Cameron Hansen Gallery -which includes Asian cultures, landscapes, and history. You will also see the giant Buddha and the Wat Plai Laem temple. The distinctive Angthong National Marine Park and the Grandpa and Grandma Rocks - natural large granite rocks that do not look like a usual natural wonder - are few examples of what you will enjoy in this Thailand hidden gems.
A city like no other. It would take a lifetime to see everything that Jerusalem offers. It is one of the world's oldest and holiest capitals. Jerusalem owns enormous spiritual significance in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. To experience the antiquated and divine, you have to head to the walled Old City; for modern architecture, shopping and entertainment, make your way to Downtown Jerusalem. In the Old City, you will enroll in its quarters that holds several sacred sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount, and the golden-domed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Mount of Olives is a significant site for Christian pilgrims. It also offers spectacular views of Jerusalem. While the Old City releases after dark, downtown cafés, rooftops, and bars. But, you won't definitely leave this city without immersing yourself in its delicious local cuisine. From the ultimate hummus plate, the exquisite falafel, Kaek el Quds and shwarma sandwich to the unique maklouba, delicious Mushakan, and the great variety of salads are only a few culinary samples of what you can enjoy without overlooking its fantastic sweets varieties. There's so much to taste and see here!
A cultural fortress surrounded by traditional souqs and architectural relics from the past, Marrakech offers visitors a classic taste of Moroccan and Berber cultures, with their street vendors, exquisite restaurants, and local warmth. The city is extremely popular with tourists who crowd the streets searching for adventure and liveliness.
One of the most sought-after tourist destinations of the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is more of a monument to Balkan heritage…and fun! Having become a UNESCO World Heritage city, Dubrovnik is home to many museums, resorts, cafes, shops, and an unparalleled lifestyle that has lent the town a rather hip profile over many Mediterranean counterparts, the French Riviera. Its yacht-filled harbors, its famed seaside castle walls, Venetian-style Renaissance palaces, dozens of elaborate public gardens, alluring Rio-style beaches, sea resorts (the Adriatic is replete with island-resorts!), and nearby mountains make the city the glittering jewel of The Adriatic. And as if it were not enough, Dubrovnik also hosts the famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival, packed with hundreds of venues such as classical music, opera, theatres, modern music, open-air markets, and all that could further incite the envy of Cote D'Azur!
With its stunning scenery and lush mountains, this beautiful Island offers a mild climate all year round, a warm welcome, a traditional gastronomic delicacy, panoramic views, excellent beaches, which all together make your escape unforgettable. Madeira also offers excellent opportunities for hikers. There are paths for all athletic levels that take you through genuinely memorable spots, plenty of historical water channels, untouched forests, and green mountain tops. In Funchal, there are colonial restaurants, gardens, a market, and a 16th-century cathedral to discover, while further afield, the Island boasts beautiful green landscape, hilltop villages, and canal-side walks.
The capital of and largest city in Germany, Berlin is the kind of town where vibrant life, modernity, and the classic meet to offer a unique cocktail of ultra cosmopolitan lifestyle seldom matched by any other city in Europe. Replete with world-renowned theatres, orchestras, universities, and museums, Berlin is synonymous with liveliness, intellectual stimulus, and certainly lots of fun. Don't miss taking a tour along the Spree River to catch a glimpse of the imposing Reichstag with its glass dome, or pass from under the city's most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate its lavish gardens, the Pariser Platz. You can also inspect a fraction of the past by visiting the Berlin Wall's remnants. Berlin is oversaturated with thousands of stylish cafes, trendy shops, fine restaurants, and there's not enough time to tell which gallery, museum, or square you might choose to go and visit—it's full of the best, and it's never over! You might decide to watch and listen to a performance of Beethoven at the world-famous Berliner Philharmonie, perhaps stroll along the Gendarmenmarkt, maybe do some frivolous shopping at Europe's second-largest department store, the Kaufhaus des Westens—Germany's answer to Harrod's. Frantic during the day, intellectual and orderly in the afternoon, and neurasthenic at night, Berlin will never be a boring place for anyone, much less a disappointment in anything—it has everything and anything each taste could muster, and that in itself says it all.
A different kind of destination. It is situated on Malaysia's east coast, closed to Singapore. It is primarily known for its incredible diving and snorkeling possibilities. There are also fascinating flora and fauna on Tioman. Nature lovers will find the mountainous interior's rugged trails worth exploring in addition to many beautiful white-sand beaches, excellent accommodation options, and culinary varieties. Definitely, Tioman is a tropical paradise island that might be the ideal spot for your next trip.
The Basque country stands out for its ground-breaking architectural structures, world-class art museums, fine dining restaurants, trendy districts, food markets, and green hills with a breathtaking coastline.
You have to visit this fantastic place to perceive how design and architecture diffuse the whole town. The Guggenheim Bilbao Museum's stunning architecture represents one of the crucial iconic landmarks. Bilbao is a bustling, friendly city that you can easily walk to almost anywhere–from the "Casco Viejo" (old town) to the shopping and business district, to the Guggenheim and back across the river to the University of Deusto-founded in 1886. This region also possesses some of Spain's most beautiful beaches and mountains and is famous for its delicious pintxos and seafood.
Recognized in 2015 as one of the world's "New7Wonders Cities", Durban is South Africa's largest port, major manufacturing center, and, if you're looking for sun, sand, and fun, the top African beach destination. With its crystalline beaches, numerous resorts, casinos (some rivaling Vegas, and yes, Monte Carlo!), posh shopping streets, cinemas, and endless water-sports and attractions, Durban is one anyone's African tour bucket-list.
Divided by the legendary Vltava (the inspiration for Smetana's grandiose music), Prague is home to imposing palaces and castles. The most recognizable Prague Castle perched over the hill overlooking the city and river. It is the Czech President's official residence and the world's largest ancient castle. Rich in history and classified as an Alpha global city, Prague is full of imposing cathedrals and cobbled streets flanked by an immense number of well-preserved medieval buildings, pubs, restaurants, and trendy shops. Notable places include Wenceslas Square, the Gothic Powder Tower, and one of the most remarkable modern buildings in the whole of Europe—the Dancing House, which appears to be frozen in a sensuous silhouette of glass, steel, and concrete. The Old Town Square, the Charles Bridge, and the incredible National Theatre are just a fraction of the impressive stock of beautiful architecture and amusement Prague offers.
Edinburgh has had an immense role in the arts, Literature, and politics, with significant characters either hailing from or having resided there, like Samuel Johnson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Adam Smith, J.K. Rowling, Charles Darwin, and Sean Connery. Edinburgh has also been a major science center, with many engineering and learning centers like Edinburgh's famed University. But what makes the city so much appealing is its unique Old Town skyline. It preserves many Medieval and Reformation-era buildings, cobbled streets, and a picturesque profile seldom seen elsewhere. The prominent landmarks are Edinburgh Castle with the quaint Grassmarket at its bottom, and the area containing Holyrood Palace, the monarch's official residence in Scotland. Edinburgh is also home to excellent museums, like the National Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Scotland, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which houses some of Britain's finest paintings. Edinburgh is also packed with crowded, cheery pubs and cafes. Beyond the city are a breathtaking expanse of verdant valleys, crags, rolling hills, and country mansions, all forming the pre-requisites for a truly romantic painting.
And speaking of Mozart, this is his birthplace. Salzburg is a renowned city famous for its well-preserved Baroque architecture, enchanting Alpine scenery, and of course, for being the cradle of the musical genius himself. But not all are old and quaint: Salzburg, believe it or not, juxtaposes the old with new; visit its famous Hangar-7, an ultra-modern glass and steel building that houses a collection of airplanes, helicopters, and Formula 1 automobiles. Where else can you find all that in one place?
Ile Sainte Marie
It is also known as Nosy Boraha, a tiny tropical paradise Island in Madagascar. This Island was a former pirate's habitant. Located on two major trade routes of the 17th century, where ships passed through, turning from the Indies, the Island of Sainte Marie was the seas' bandits' refuge for two centuries. The ruins of these ships still lie off the coast of Ambodifototra. Moreover, the Island, with a natural heritage preserve, is full of history and activities to discover. You'll find excellent diving spots, dreamy beaches, and forest trails that while delight nature lovers.
World-renowned for its exquisite beaches, high-end resorts, and vibrant nightlife, Bali is a must for any visitor to the islands. Situated in the Coral Triangle, Bali is a gem of marine biodiversity, and as such, it attracts thousands of visitors who come to explore the colorful reefs surrounding the coast. Visitors can opt to stay at any of the Island's posh resorts and either go for an audacious surf and swim or chillax under the sun. One of the best things to do in this exotic place is to immerse in a yoga retreat session. There is something to be enjoyed by every type of wellness traveler. And for those who wish to espouse excitement with richness, Denpasar, Bali's capital, has beautifully decorated temples hosting exotic rituals and dazzling shows.