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19 Best Holiday Destinations for 2021

19 Best Holiday Destinations for 2021

With the current pandemic imposing more restrictions on travel, some avid travelers are left wondering: Where could I feel the rush of excitement during this trying time?

As the coronavirus cases fluctuate in various cities and countries, people have been doubtful about ever returning to the normal pre-Covid. Will this be the new normal from now on? And will travel be considered a safety and risky issue at the same time?

The avid globetrotters refuse to accept a non-travel lifestyle. So if you’re one of the travelers itching to see a new sightseeing destination this year, then here are 19 Best Holiday Destinations for 2021 that you should look into.

1. South Africa

South Africa remains to be one of the most diverse communities in the world. It has a very rich culture and consists of breathtaking views that even pictures can’t justify. Although not many people have looked into traveling to South Africa the tourism in this country has certainly improved year after year. Also, traveling and immersing yourself into nature during the pandemic is a good idea for the mind, body, and soul.

Top Things to Do in South Africa

See the mountain gorillas in Uganda. There are only around 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world and Uganda will present you with these beautiful creatures. Ensure that you book a tour in advance as you only have an hour to spend with the gorillas

Want to see the great migration? Visit Tanzania and Kenya. You can consider these two places as one trip. You’ll see the Great Migration of over two million zebras, gazelles, and wildebeests
If you’re into large and stunning waterfalls, don’t forget to drop by Zimbabwe and Zambia. You can book safari tours in national parks as well

Shark cage diving is also another popular activity in South Africa. Imagine yourself being face to face with a killer marine animal

These are just a few of the things and places you can visit in South Africa. If you want to rent a car with a tracking device, you may do so and drive around various nearby areas.

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is another place you should check on your bucket list. It encourages sustainable tourism that aims to reduce carbon footprint. Costa Rica revolves around activities that use renewable resources and have feather-light footprints. The country aims to have zero carbon emissions by 2050. Also, Costa Rica is the country with the least number of Covid cases. On top of that, here is what you can do in Costa Rica

Top Things to Do in Costa Rica

Visit the beautiful beaches in the Nicoya Peninsula

See one of the world’s active volcanoes Arenal Volcano

Guanacaste is considered Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast”

Experience Costa Rica’s lush rainforest by visiting Corcovado National Park

3. The British Virgin Islands

If you want to truly immerse yourself in stunning secluded beaches, then don’t forget to hop on a plane to the British Virgin Islands. It has killer breathtaking scenery that you can gawk in. The British Virgin Islands survived the dreadful Hurrian Irma. It’s definitely one of the most idyllic places to see. Here are some activities you can do in the British Virgin Islands

Top Things to Do in Virgin Islands

One of the best ways to experience BVI is to charter a boat with your companions. You’ll have the freedom to explore, stop, and marvel at crystal blue waters and see more than 300 other boats decked out

Bath in Virgin Gorda, which is considered a geological wonder

Taste the freshest conch shells in BVI

4. Greece

With pristine beaches, innovative cooking, and a picture-perfect skyline, Greece should make it to your top travel bucket list. Here are some places you can visit in Greece

Top Things to Do in Greece

Don’t miss the number one sightseeing destination Acropolis

Climbing Mount Olympus is for the adventure seekers

Admire the beauty of Lake Plastira

Experience the romantic Santorini vibes

Try spelunking at the famous Melissani Cave and see the Melissani Lake underground

5. Iceland

There is no place in Iceland that isn’t picture-worthy. Traveling to Iceland encourages tourists to rent a car and drive around this magical place. From lush forests to ice-cold glaciers, Iceland is undoubtedly the perfect summer or winter getaway. Don’t miss out on these activities

Top Things to Do in Iceland

Go whale watching

Try one of the most unique horse breeds the Icelandic Horse

Go for a night out in Reykjavik

Bathe and relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa

Go for a glacier hike

6. France

Looking for a romantic getaway? France could be the next destination you’ve been yearning for. Its capital, Paris, is known as the city rich in fashion and art. It has one of the biggest art museums called the Louvre. France also boasts the most delicious and innovative cuisines. Here are other things you can do in France.

Top Things to Do in France

Watch the stunning sunset at the Eiffel Tower

Enjoy a breathtaking and chill Seine river cruise

Enjoy watching the Royal Serenade at Chateau de Versailles

If you have an adventurous palate, you can try escargot and other French dishes

Bike around the lovely Bordeaux

7. New Zealand

Who says New Zealand is only good for its milk? Traveling to New Zealand can be a lovely experience as the country is rich in cuisine, culture, and it consists of fun-loving people. The country also has one of the best vineyards worldwide. On top of that, do these things when you’re in NZ.

Top Things to Do in New Zealand

Do thrilling activities in Queenstown such as river rafting, bungee jumping, skiing, hiking, biking, and more

Try the wine in Waiheke

See how the locals do it in an authentic Maori village

Explore the stunning geothermal beauty

Do kayaking in the Bay of Islands

8. Nepal

Aside from enjoying white water rafting, Nepal is another destination for thrill-seekers. It has 14 of the highest mountains which could be heaven for both hikers and trekkers alike. It also has a vibrant culture and one of the nicest people in the world. Here are what you can do in Nepal.

Top Things to Do in Nepal

Try tandem paragliding in Pokhara

Try Ultra-light flight in the Himalayas

Go for a trek in Everest Region

Enjoy off the beaten track treks as well

Hike Kathmandu

Also Read: Comprehensive guide on trekking in Nepal

9. Bhutan

If you want to truly immerse yourself into nature and the outdoors, then visit Bhutan. It’s a country that rode the waves of commercialization without losing its soul and essence. It dwells around sustainability in all its sightseeing activities. And it aims to protect the environment no matter what. There is a somewhat visual and spiritual feeling when you visit Bhutan. Enjoy these adventurous activities

Top Things to Do in Bhutan

Go for a Bhutan cultural tour

Go for a The Last Shangri La tour

Visit Bhutan Vistas

Try the Chomolhari Trek for 12 days

Gawk at Bhutan’s inspiring monasteries

Also read: Bhutan Adventure Holidays 

10. Tibet

Tibet is an ancient land that went through so much. It has a rich culture and inspiring history of how the people fought for their freedom. Moreover, Tibet is also a trekker’s paradise. You get to experience one-of-a-kind treks in Tibet. Here are some things you can do

Top Things to Do in Tibet

See the stunning Potala Palace

Enjoy and respect the pilgrims at Jokhang Temple

Watch and enjoy the monks’ debate at Sera Monastery

Watch the charm of Lake Yamdrok

Climb the world’s highest mountain – Mount Everest

11. Bora Bora

Bora Bora isn’t your ordinary travel destination. This place is for lovers and anyone wanting a romantic getaway. It’s a small island, yet it exudes a different kind of wonderful vibe for tourists from all walks of life. The island is filled with so many stunning beaches with crystal clear waters, beautiful coves, and a long stretch of white sand beaches. Here are places you must visit in Bora Bora

Top Things to Do in Bora Bora

Book a stargazing and sunset cruising tour

Try stingray and shark feeding

Go for a swim at Bora Bora Lagoonarium

Hike Mount Otemanu

Bask in the beautiful beach of Matira Beach

12. The Maldives

Another idyllic beach getaway, Maldives is one of the go-to destinations for lovers, families, and honeymooners. Its serene vibes and pristine beaches are what make it an attractive tourist destination. It is filled with crystal clear waters under swaying palm trees and blue skies. Other than that, you can enjoy these activities in this paradise

Top Things to Do in Maldives

Book a half-day tour in Male, promenade, and enjoy the scenic view

Enjoy water sport activities in Maafushi such as kitesurfing, wave surfing, and windsurfing

See the colorful marine creatures while snorkeling in the water safari

Try sandbank snorkeling and sunset cruising

Try a fun dive and let experienced scuba divers teach you

13. London

Aside from trying to see royalties in person, London also has other great attractions to offer. This country boasts of architecture, art, fashion, food, and most especially football. Its history goes back to 2,000 years ago and is still preserved in this modern day. Here are some activities you can enjoy in London

Top Things to Do in London

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, then visit the Warner Bros Studio in London. See the costumes, sets, and props that they used to film Harry Potter

Enjoy walking around the colorful Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and enjoy the beautiful Japanese garden and more

Discover the beauty of the royal palace, Tower of London, which has a 900-year history

If you’re traveling with kids, visit the Shrek-inspired attraction

Visit the Windsor Castle

14. Japan

Japan has one of the friendliest people in the world. The country is also one of the safest travel destinations in the world that has the lowest crime rates. If you lose a valuable item in Japan, expect it to be returned as the Japanese are also very honest people. Aside from that, Japan takes pride in scenic places, parks, mountains, temples, and more. Don’t forget to visit these places in Japan

Top Things to Do in Japan

Kyoto was once Japan’s capital and don’t forget to see its quaint town

Meet a geisha and see experience their finesse in every move

Ride a Shinkansen, the fastest bullet train in Japan

Book a traditional room in Japan with tatami and Japanese architecture

Eat their delicious dishes such as ramen, okonomiyaki, and more

Soak and relax in Japan’s hot springs called Onsen

See the breathtaking Mount Fuji

15. Italy

If you want to maximize your holiday this 2021, don’t skip Italy on your next trip. The country has charms wherever you go. Whether you drink wine, see ruins or visit museums, Italy’s beauty will enchant you. Don’t miss doing these things whenever you’re in the country

Top Things to Do in Italy

Hike the exquisite charm of Cinque Terre

Ride the romantic Gondola in Venice

Don’t forget to try the pizza in Naples and pasta in Florence

Experience ancient Rome by stepping inside the Colosseum

Try skiing at the Dolomites

Try trekking in Sardinia

Visit and try wine in a vineyard

16. Thailand

Experience a diverse travel destination in Thailand. This country has every place for every kind of traveler. You can either visit and meditate in a quiet temple, enjoy relaxing in a laid-back beach somewhere, or party in the streets of Khaosan Road. Thailand truly is a travel destination worth looking into. Here are also some other things you can do in Thailand.

Top Things to Do in Thiland

Marvel at the stunning charm of the Grand Palace in Bangkok

See Sop Ruak, where the Ruak River and Mekong River meet

See the elephants in person

Discover some beautiful islands like Phi Phi

Meet the tribes in the hills of northern Thailand

Experience the Songkran Festival

17. The Philippines

The Philippines is full of beautiful wonders. From beaches, mountains, waterfalls to amusement parks, volcanoes, and malls, the Philippines have everything to offer for every travel junkie. Travel from north to the southern Philippines and experience the hospitality of the Filipino people. Here are the top things you should do in the Philippines.

Top Things to Do in Philippines

Visit the fine sand beaches on Boracay island

Dive and see the magical shipwreck in Coron

Marvel at the grand Mayon Volcano in Albay

Experience the beautiful scenery of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol

See different rock formations in the Underground River in Puerto Princesa

Visit the eerie hanging coffins in Sagada

Go island hopping

18. Spain

When we think of traveling to Spain, we instantly put Madrid and Barcelona on our list. Indeed, these colorful places should be a must-see if you’re planning your next trip. Spain is rich in culture, arts, fashion, cuisine, and is a haven for huge shoppers. Whenever you’re in Spain, don’t miss these activities and places.

Top Things to Do in Spain

Experience the Moorish-Hispanic The Alhambra and gawk at its marble fountains, high ceilings, and halls

Visit the City of Arts and Sciences Valencia

Go with over two million tourists who visit Costa del Sol every year

Visit one of the smallest and loveliest towns in Spain Ronda

See the beautiful artistry in Guell Park, Barcelona

See the enthralling view of the Canary Islands

19. Australia

Australia is a backpackers’ paradise. This is one of the go-to places for backpackers due to the many exciting activities and wonderful sightseeing destinations the land down under has to offer. Australia also boasts the friendliest people in the world. Plus, the diverse landscapes can be a picture-perfect memory for all travelers from all over the world. However, one of the reasons why travelers, especially divers, visit Australia is due to its magical Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy these places in Australia

Top Things to Do in Australia

Try trekking or hiking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Marvel at the grandiose Sydney Harbor Bridge

Experience the city life in Melbourne

Surf at Bondi Beach

See Australian kangaroos in person


Although travel might have some restrictions now, that doesn’t mean you have to stop seeing and exploring altogether. As long as you procure the proper travel documents and remember to practice safety precautions at all times, traveling during the pandemic can be enjoyable, not to mention cost-efficient.

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