The story is ever-changing for everyone amidst the pandemic right now, with some countries opening to tourists and others being quickly placed back in lockdown when figures show the infection rate rising again.
With this in mind, we’ve had time to put our travel sombreros on and pick out some dreamy destination ideas for you to add to your bucket list next year when, we hope, this pandemic and other distance-relating measures will be behind us.
We know it will be a little unclear when these places will be open, but it doesn’t mean we should stop our wanderlusting, so let’s have a look at which destinations we believe should be added to that future 2021 bucket list of yours!
A chilled staycation in the UK
If you’re feeling uncomfortable travelling further afield, then why don’t you take a look at some beautiful and unique staycations in the UK? Whether it’s a family getaway in a quaint beachside town or hiking in the Lake District with friends, Air BNB have some incredibly luxurious, unique and fun holiday homes in the UK that could make for a truly wonderful trip.
People watch in Paris
There are various European countries that are opening to the UK, so why don’t you spend a few days in Paris, people watching with a cafe au lait and a croissant? Explore the Eiffel Tower at night and Montmatre in the evening, watching the sun go down amongst the artists and creatives that feature predominantly in this town.
Drink Espressos in Italy
If Paris has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about it that you feel like leaving for another time, there couldn’t be a better European country to visit than Italy. Famed for its mouthwatering pizza, pasta and gelatos, why don’t you explore its history by visiting Rome and the infamous Tower of Pisa? Alternatively, look at hiring a villa in Cinque Terre and wake up with a strong espresso and some breathtaking views out of your window. We’re big lovers of deals and there’s some fantastic ones on booking.com.
Hot Air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
Staying in Cappadocia is almost like being part of a magical fairytale surrounded by its tall cone-shaped rock formations that make you feel like you’re in a Disney film rather than in Europe. Why not stay in one of Cappadocia’s famous “cave” hotels and wake up early for a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. There’s a lot of outdoor activities to do here too from quad biking to horse riding.
Get lost in the US National Parks
We don’t know about you, but after spending the majority of 2020 indoors, hiding from the entire world and this horrible pandemic, we’re looking forward to planning our next outdoor adventure. Where better than choosing from a variety of INCREDIBLE national parks that happen to be all over the USA? From exploring the Grand Canyon to venturing through Yellowstone to echoing in the footsteps of Reece Witherspoon in the now infamous film “Wild” and trekking the PCT, there’s plenty of choice to add to your 2021 bucketlist. Keep up-to-date with the latest COVID19 guidelines on the NPS website.
Patagonia is an outdoor lover’s wonderland, full of magnificent, natural beauty and an assortment of wonderful hikes. If you’re short on time and budget, then visiting Patagonia on the Chilean side would be more appropriate, but if you have a little more of both, then we would fully recommend exploring Argentina. There’s endless places to visit, but you can’t leave without visiting The Torres del Paine National Park (Chilean Patagonia) or making your way to the most Southern part of Argentina and exploring the surrounding viewpoints in Ushuaia.
Hike to Machu Picchu, Peru
Prepare yourself for incoming Peru spam. We LOVE Peru and Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible hiking experiences you can do. Built around 1450, it’s one of the most beautiful, archaeological sites discovered as evidence of the Inca empire and was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The ruins were discovered in 1911 and the city is divided into a lower and upper part, separating farming from residential areas. There are three trails that take between 3 to 4 days to complete – The Salkantay Trek, The Lares Trek and the original Inca trail. Make sure you BOOK ahead – only 675 guests will be allowed in per day to comply with social distancing when MP reopens in July 2020. We can personally recommend Bamba Experiences but Salkantay Trekking offer more luxury if you are wanting to hike that particular trek.
Summit Rainbow Mountain, Peru
5100m above sea level looms the mindblowingly beautiful Rainbow Mountain, another of Peru’s outstanding and magnificent natural beauties where you can rejoice with sheer exhilaration at the colours and the panoramic views of the mountain range.
Celebrate the Olympics in Tokyo
The Olympics has always been an event we’ve wanted to see, but even if it’s not on your list – it’s been postponed to Summer 2021 – we would still recommend visiting Tokyo in general. Whether it’s to taste incredible Japanese food, taking a Bullet Train to Kyoto to visit the infamous Geisha district and its quintessential temples, being one of the first to experience Pixar’s new Toy Story Hotel near the Tokyo Disney Resort (yes, you’ve heard that right) or to visit the Spring Cherry Blossom districts whose festivities were postponed this year due to COVID19, this capital city will be a fantastic start to a culture-rich holiday.
Hike up Mount Batur at Sunrise, Bali
Mount Batur is an active volcano located in Ubud and there’s nothing quite like waking up at 2am, hiking through cool air and star-filled skies to eventually reach summit in time to see the sky burst with the most unbelievable colours. We honestly couldn’t recommend anything more exhilarating – the feeling after you climb down is euphoric.
Hike the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand
It’s a well known hike, but popular for a reason. Prepare for breathtaking views as you hike across emerald crater lakes and active volcanoes.
Skydive on Mission Beach
Which destination is going to be on YOUR 2021 bucketlist?