Having been not able to travel for most of us has been quite daunting due to coronavirus breakout all over the world. But, planning your future trips would one, help cope with the psychological pressures that most of us are dealing with these days and second, it would help put together a really well-planned holiday; a highly recommended way for travellers considering what has been going around for a while.
Let’s dig into some of the best possible places to visit in 2021.
A road trip to Scotland would be the best choice for Londoners who still wish not to travel outside the UK, considering the quarantine conditions when travelling abroad.
The best suggested place would be the Isle of Skye – a giant golf course with some wicked rock formations.
Another great place to visit in Scotland is Old Man of Storr – a spectacular rock formation which looks like something out of a fairy-tale.
While you are in Scotland, another place to visit is the Glenfinnan Viadict, which you must have seen in the Harry Potter films. It has a beautiful train that goes across the area with some amazing views.
The main town Edinburgh is an amazing place to be. You would get a feeling as if you went back in time. Apart from visiting the local town and streets of the city, a great way to spend the day is to get spectacular views of the city from the hike at Arthur’s seat – an extinct volcano in the Holyrood Park.
A 5-7 day trip to Greece would be spectacular for anyone. Athens is one of the oldest cities of the world, that is still dominated by the 5th-century BC landmarks like the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple – the majestic ruins of an ancient Greek building, known for its dignified white marble columns and perfect sense of proportion.
Areopagus Hill, also known as Mars Hill, is a spot to get one of the most iconic views of the Acropolis. It is located very close to the main entrance into the Acropolis, so must go here before or after you tour the Acropolis. According to Greek mythology, this hill got its name from Ares, the god of war. In ancient times, this was a meeting place where philosophy and law were discussed.
Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, is another hidden treasure of the city – situated on an idyllic landscape, is known to be a rare geological phenomenon. Its brackish waters, rich in salts and minerals, have a temperature between 22o to 29o degrees all year round.
The lake is replenished both by the sea and the underground thermal springs, that offer a natural and unique thermal spa experience. Swimming here is more than pleasurable, it’s a holistic experience, stimulating the swimmers’ energy and balancing their wellness.
Meteora is a mystical town known for its ancient monasteries built upon massive rock pillars. It is a four-hour drive from Athens to Kalabaka – a small town of Meteora. Visiting this town would give you a feeling of being in a game of thrones movie and no – no dragons would pop-out of nowhere.
Enjoy the amazing views of the rock formations and beautiful monasteries from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Rio De Janeiro is home to beautiful beaches, massive mountains, and an energetic culture. The city is known for the famous ‘Christ the Redeemer’ – a massive statue that is over 125 feet tall. It is a crowded place as people come and visit it from all over the world.
Rio has many good beaches but one of the best is Ipanema beach.
Another great spot in Rio is the Mirante – Dona Marta – an amazing look-out with some of the best views of both day and night, with highlights of sunrise in a time lapse over the Sugarloaf Mountain.
If you are planning to travel to Rio in February 2021, you can experience the most iconic carnival festival of Brazil for great experience of the culture.
If you are keen to travel to USA, then Utah should be on your list. You can plan a multi-day trip to the amazing Zion National Park in the southwest Utah. It as an ideal location for hikers, with steep red-rock cliffs that are thousands of feet high.
The most famous hike of the Zion National Park is the Angel’s Landing – a 5-mile round-trip hike known for its sketchy trails to reach the top of the Angel’s Landing. To reach the top, hikers would have to go through some steep switchbacks and a small canyon. It is famous for its thousands foot drop-offs and cliffs that leads the way.
From the top of the Angel’s Landing, hikers can witness some amazing views of the whole Zion National Park. As it is very famous, be ready for lots of people to be visiting too.
Another great hike in the park is the Narrows – one of the premier hikes in the park and on the Colorado Plateau.
Up in the north, six-hour drive from the Zion National Park is the Bonneville Salt Flats – two hours away from the Salt Lake City.
It is known as one of the craziest locations in Utah; 30,000 acres of mud covered in a layer of salt with no vegetation. All you can see if white salt land surrounded by mountains. It has featured in many music videos and movies.
The best part is when it rains, the salt flats become the world’s largest mirror – a truly surreal place.
If you are into skiing, you must checkout the Park City and other nearby skiing resorts – just an hour drive from the Salt Lake City. It offers outstanding terrain for all levels of skiers.
Dubai is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a man-made city with artificial islands. Dubai is known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, and a lively nightlife.
It is home to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world standing 2,723 feet high with 124 floors, offering some amazing views of the city – another good location for a great time lapse video.
At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music.
On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis – The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks is another delight if you are travelling with family.
For luxury travellers, Burj Al Arab – the only 7-star luxury hotel of Dubai, stands on a man-made island, 280 meters away from Jumeirah Beach, the beast beach of the city.
Desert safari is another great activity to add to your plan with options to choose from evening desert safari, morning desert safari or the overnight desert safari with spending the night under the stars and waking up to the desert sunrise.
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Split is the second-largest city of Croatia after the capital Zagreb. The historic centre of the city is situated inside an ancient Roman palace called Diocletian’s Palace. It isn’t just a pretty seaside attraction but is a fully functional high street, home to Split’s leading commercial outlets and the heart of the city’s restaurant and nightlife scenes.
When in Split, one must experience the Dalmatian coffee culture, which is known to be an entire afternoon’s commitment for locals. It is said to be a tradition, that Croatians treat with a reverence that borderlines on holy.
Beaches are what people come to visit the city for and if you do not want to be at the most crowded beaches of Split, then a trek or a short drive away from the city centre would lead you to more quieter beaches, great for sunbathing and small families.
A day spent on island hoping could be another highlight of your trip. Find a tour group for the best experience of sightseeing Croatian Islands in a day. You can visit the natural sights like the Blue Cave, Budikovac Island and the Stiniva Bay. You can swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters of the Adriatic. Make sure you take some time to sightsee on Hvar Island.
If you are in Split, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most beautiful parks, the Plitvice Lakes National Park that covers over 73,000 acres and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The park has beautiful blue lakes, lush greens, 7 trails from easy to hard level and a panoramic electric train. It is a delight for photographers.
Spend a day exploring the capital, Ljubljana – also named as Europe’s green capital. The city has beautiful bridges, stunning river, amazing food, no cars and lots of free space for pedestrians to explore around the city centre.
Start your trip with visiting the famous Lake Bled, one of the most picturesque lakes of Europe with super clear waters where you can safely swim to the church on the mini-island, right in the centre of the lake.
Sailing is another great experience to have in Slovenia.
If you are more of an adventure junkie, head to the Soča Valley – the adventure capital of Slovenia. You can experience the adventures of rafting, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, rowing, and cliff jumping from some of the most amazing waterfalls of the country.
Spend a day at one of the world’s famous Postojna Caves, which are about 4million years old.
Vintgar Gorge, located just 5 km northwest of Bled, is one of the most magical places to visit in Slovenia. With boardwalks crisscross their way along the Radovna River, it creates an enchanting landscape that is very photogenic and fun to explore.
Tolmin Gorge, located off of the main tourist trail, is another great option if you want a lesser crowd.
Bali – an Indonesian island, is known for its forested-volcanic mountains, spectacular beaches, and the beautiful coral reef. If you want an ultimate relaxation vacation, this is the place to be.
Jimbaran is the ultimate place for a remarkable sunset experience in Bali; combined with an amazing seafood dinner, making it one of your lifetime experiences. Expect some crowd as this place is highly popular amongst tourists.
A daytrip to the incredible Tegenungan waterfall is a great idea. It is one of the most visited waterfalls in Bali. However, if you want a much-secluded experience, you should head to Pedang Bulia waterfalls – one of the most unknown waterfalls in Bali. It is known to be a local secret and is no less magical than others.
Other options include Nung Nung waterfall, which is the highest waterfall in Bali and the Aling-Aling waterfall, which is rated the most fun waterfall as it is best for cliff jumping (5-15 metres high spots).
If you have a slightly bigger budget, head off to the Gili Islands or Kuta is the best option for people with tight budgets. Kuta is also great for beginner level surfers as waves here are much manageable. Many popular restaurants like McDonalds and Starbucks are available here so expect some good internet too.
A hidden gem, Nusa Penida is within 45 minute of ferry ride from mainland Bali. Hiring a car is the best option to explore the area. The place has two popular picturesque viewpoints, not to be missed.
The Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is an archipelago of nine islands showing off nature in its purest form and is one of the largest whale sanctuaries.
It is a perfect destination if you need to reconnect with nature. If you like hiking, dolphin- and whale-watching, tasting local foods, living real experiences, this is the place for such a holiday.
Montanha do Pico, a volcano mpuntain lies on the Pico island at 2,351 metres high. It last erupted in 1718. It is not too difficult of the terrain to climb. The entire route to the summit is marked by wooden poles every 50 metres or so telling you the elevation. On a clear day, one can have a clear view of the islands of Graciosa, Faial, Terceira and São Jorge.
In the centre of Terceira island, is the Algar do Carvão – real extinct volcano. You can descend 100 metres into the ancient lava tube. It’s a surreal experience when you look up and see the sky. The upper parts of the cave are filled with mosses and ferns, giving a beautiful green hue, whereas the bottom is a huge lake with clear waters.
Whales and dolphins can be spotted all year round.
However, if you are travelling in summer, diving could be a way for you to spot some octopuses and tigerfish.
New Zealand is an incredible destination to discover. It is packed with unforgettable landscapes, breath-taking scenery and an unparallel combination of lakes, mountains, and lush greenery.
Queenstown is a place to visit for people in search of a dream spot for adventure and adrenaline. Queenstown is surrounded by the towering perks of the southern alps and right on the banks of a deep blue lake.
Fiordland is another most scenic spot in New Zealand, famous for incredible hikes. It features an ancient rainforest, stunning fiords, spectacular waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. This is the place to enjoy the overnight cruises and hikes.
If you are a fan of train rides in Europe, Trans Alpine Train in New Zealand is the one for you. It is famous for its scenery through which it passes.
Whale watching, Waitomo Caves and skydiving are other great options to hype your vacation.
Last but not the least, you can go for glacier flight at the Glacier Country, above snow fields, ice falls and crevasses.
Hope this has given you some inspiration to travel again. Good luck planning your next trip! XX