We might be stuck in another lockdown in England, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of travelling again and maybe even start tentatively planning some trips for 2021.
To help you decide where in the world you’d like to explore, it could be worth scouring the top travel destinations for 2021 as selected by National Geographic. The Independent shared the list of 35 places, which have been put into one of five categories: sustainability, nature and wildlife, adventure, culture and history, and family.
When it comes to sustainability, Costa Rica tops the list, but there are a number of European locations that might be more appealing in the new year.
These include Alonissos in Greece, Helsinki in Finland, Freiburg in Germany and Denmark’s capital Copenhagen.
If you’re looking for an island escape then Alonissos is a good place to choose. It’s part of the Sporades island group and the most remote of the northern Sporades islands.
Alonissos is surrounded by a national marine park and the island itself is also a haven for rare seabirds. You might also spot dolphins or the Mediterranean monk seal in the waters here. The island is a great place for walking, with pine forests, olive groves and spectacular sea views to enjoy.
Under the nature and wildlife category, Scotland tops the list, which is perhaps unsurprising given its rugged landscapes and wilderness areas.
South Africa, Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in Canada and Lord Howe Island in Australia are among the other destinations that feature on this list.
For adventure breaks, National Geographic recommends far-flung and wild destinations such as Greenland, Antarctica and the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Also in this category is Dominica and the Carian Trail in Turkey.
If it’s culture and history you’re looking for then you needn’t leave the UK, with Coventry named as one of the best spots to visit. Elsewhere in Europe, Porto in Portugal and Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain’s Basque Country also feature.
For anyone looking for some culture and history that’s a little more unusual, Guam, Pueblo Nations in New Mexico in the US and Gyeongju in South Korea are among the other top picks.
When it comes to family travel, England’s coast path is among the recommendations, with this destination coming behind Montenegro and Japan.
Transylvania in Romania and Hortobagy in Hungary are the other European locations that make the cut in this category. Hortobagy National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site that covers some 75,000 hectares and features a mix of plains and wetlands.
Although Transylvania is best known for its association with the Dracula legend, there are plenty of attractions here to keep all kinds of travellers occupied. The region is home to some of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, as well as incredible gothic castles and the beautiful Apuseni Mountain Range.
Wherever you decide to travel to next year, make sure you take the time to find holiday apartment rentals that allow you to enjoy some privacy and that are close to the main attractions you want to visit.