We’ve got high hopes for travel in 2021. There’s no doubt that we’re eager to get out there and explore again – the only question is: where first? Luckily, the end of the year usually means all sorts of ‘where to travel’ lists start appearing – and perhaps surprisingly, even 2020 is no exception.
The latest comes from National Geographic Traveller, which has just put out its annual ‘best in the world’ list. This year, they split its list of 25 ‘destinations on the rise’ into five themes: sustainability, family, nature, adventure and culture. The magazine says each of its choices are intended to serve as inspiration for future travel, whenever that may be possible.
Highlights in the sustainability category include Alonissos in Greece, where an ancient shipwreck has been turned into an underwater museum, and the French territory of New Caledonia, which now has a 1.3 million-square-kilometre marine park. In the family section, meanwhile, they recommend the almost-complete England Coastal Path, which will be the longest seafront walking trail in the world.
Adventurers, they say, should take to the mountains, beaches and waterfalls of Dominica, while culture vultures are advised to explore the Native resilience of New Mexico’s Pueblo Nations. Nature lovers, on the other hand, may well be into the grassy savannahs of the Cerrado, Brazil, or the ‘last paradise’ of Australia’s Lord Howe Island, where only a select number of visitors are allowed at any one time.
Read on for National Geographic’s full list of the best places to travel in 2021.
The best destinations for culture
The best destinations for nature
The best destinations for sustainability
The best destinations for adventure
The best destinations for family
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