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21 Travel Experiences for 2021

by Travelbag on 18 September 2020, 16:09PM

Machu Picchu, Peru

You might have had grand plans for 2020 which, unfortunately, haven’t come to fruition. But this global pause has, perhaps, given you a moment to take stock and examine what you really want to do – and where you want to go.

Unable to travel, we’ve all had time to think about those bucket list items that we’re desperate to tick off.  And, now that the world is opening up once more, it’s time to start planning ahead. If you’re eager to make up for lost time, read about 21 amazing travel experiences you could line up for 2021.

 

1. Sip cocktails at the world’s first island beach club

After a stressful 2020, why not relax in style next year? Jet off to idyllic Fiji, where you’ll find white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and fish-filled corals – and the world’s first island beach club. On its very own isle, Malamala Beach Club is the ultimate place to chill out. You can go for a dip in the infinity pool and look out across the crystal-clear sea, sip hand-crafted cocktails on your cabana, and try delicious Asian-fusion à la carte bites.

2. Explore Japan during an unexpected Olympic year

If you’re looking for a trip which combines culture and nature, Japan should be on your list. You can visit ornate temples, marvel at Mount Fuji and discover vibrant cities, like Tokyo and Kyoto. Plus, since the 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed, 2021 is a great time to visit. Plan your holiday for July to make the most of the electric atmosphere around the Games or, if you want to see the country’s iconic cherry blossoms, visit between March and May.

Cherry blossom in Japan

3. Sleep underwater at the Great Barrier Reef

If you’re making a bucket list, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is surely on there. But did you know you can go one step further? Thanks to Reefsuites, you can now sleep underwater near the world’s most famous corals. On a remote pontoon, this exclusive accommodation gives you the chance to explore the reef, long after the crowds have gone home. Enjoy an evening swim, watch the stunning sunset from the deck, and feast on a three-course dinner beneath the stars. Then, you’ll retreat to your private underwater bedroom, where you can watch the ocean come to life through floor-to-ceiling windows.

4. Go on an American road trip

Nowhere does road trips as well as the USA. After a year of restrictions, what better way to celebrate your freedom than an adventure across the States? You could drive part of the iconic Route 66, which runs all the way from LA to Chicago. Or drive up California’s sun-soaked coast, then head east towards glittering Las Vegas. There are loads of national parks in this neck of the woods, too, so you can explore Yosemite, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and more.

Monument Valley

5. Focus on your wellbeing in St Lucia

It’s fair to say that 2020 has been stressful. So if you want a wellness-focused break next year, consider staying at BodyHoliday in St Lucia. This award-winning resort has a simple promise – “Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind” – and a long-standing commitment to wellbeing. You can keep active by running on the beach, stretching out with a yoga class, or scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea. But, if you fancy some downtime, don’t worry – there’s a fantastic spa too.

6. See orangutans in Borneo

Get back to nature in 2021 with a trip to Borneo. The island’s age-old rainforest is crammed with all kinds of wildlife, including gibbons, proboscis monkey, sun bears and clouded leopards. But Borneo’s orangutans are the star of the show. Sadly, due to their dwindling numbers, it’s unlikely you’ll see one in the wild. Instead, visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Around 80 rescued orangutans live in this forest reserve, where they’re taught how to look after themselves, before being returned to the wild. Make sure you’re there for feeding time, when you can watch these flame-haired primates munch on bananas.

Borneo orangutan

7. Visit Machu Picchu, without the crowds

In the wake of the global pandemic, capacity reductions have been brought in everywhere, from offices to theme parks. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are no different – but there is a plus side to this. Visitor numbers to Machu Picchu in Peru have soared in recent years, so the ancient Incan citadel can feel somewhat over-run. Now, though, tours are limited to just eight people, and there’s a maximum capacity of 75 people per hour. So you’ll be able to take in this New Wonder of the World, without having to push through the crowds.

8. Marvel at Singapore’s Supertrees

If you’re a city-lover, consider a getaway to Singapore. This metropolis is famous for its melting pot of cultures and old-meets-new style. And the city’s unique flair is showcased perfectly at the Gardens by the Bay. Right by the marina, this beautiful Eden is a maze of colourful gardens and tropical zones. Supertree Grove is the jewel in the crown, where man-made 50-metre trees are connected by a canopy walkway. And, at night, you’ll be able to experience the Garden Rhapsody, when the trees are illuminated with a dazzling light display.   

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

9. Search for the ‘Big Five’ on safari

Plans may have been put on hold this year, but a South African safari is certainly worth the wait. Whether you want to explore Kruger National Park or the Eastern Cape’s game reserves, a safari here will never disappoint. Your guide will be able to point out a variety of wildlife, ranging from lions, rhinos and elephants, to eagles, jackals and warthogs. Plus, thanks to our tailor-made itineraries, you can see more of South Africa’s major attractions, like Cape Town and the Garden Route. And, if you plan your trip for July 2021, you might even be able to catch a game at the British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour.

10. Stargaze on Stewart Island

Stewart Island is the third-biggest island in New Zealand. Lying 30 kilometres off the South Island, it’s pretty remote – and this has certainly worked in its favour. The amount of birdlife here is amazing. Kiwi birds outnumber people by 50 to one, and you’re also likely to see penguins, albatross and falcons. But it’s not just the wildlife which benefits from the island’s isolation. Stewart Island has no light pollution and, in 2019, the isle was declared an International Dark Sky Sanctuary – one of only 13 on the planet. So you’ll be able to see thousands of stars, the Milky Way and even the stunning Southern Lights, Aurora Australis.

New Zealand Southern Lights

11. Stay in an overwater villa in the Maldives

If you had to cancel a holiday in 2020, a luxury stay in the Maldives is sure to make up for it. This Indian Ocean hotspot is famous for its paradisiacal islands, complete with sugary sands and five-star resorts. Why not treat yourself to luxurious getaway and stay in an overwater villa at LUX* South Ari Atoll? You can admire the panoramic sea views from your sundeck, or go for a cooling dip in your very own infinity pool. And, whenever you feel like snorkelling, simply walk down your private steps into the ocean.

12. See the world’s largest elephant gathering in Sri Lanka

Petite Sri Lanka packs a huge amount into its borders. This scenic island has everything from sweeping beaches and tea plantations, to UNESCO-protected cities and incredible national parks. And, every year, something amazing happens in Minneriya National Park. Between August and October, more than 300 Asian elephants come together in an event known simply as ‘The Gathering’. Head out on safari to witness this amazing sight – and you might spot monkeys, buffalo and parrots along the way.

The Gathering in Sri Lanka

13. Watch The Ashes in Australia

Remember what it’s like to sit in a stadium, with fans cheering all around you? Well, 2021 sees the return of The Ashes in Australia, where England and the Aussies will battle it out once more. The tournament kicks off in November 2021 and runs until January 2022, with the five matches being held in cities across the country, including Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Sounds like the perfect excuse to book a tour of Australia.

14. Drive through the Canadian Rockies

If you’re looking for a real taste of freedom in 2021, hire a motorhome and drive through the Canadian Rockies. The beauty of having a motorhome is the flexibility – you can plan your route, stop whenever you like, and stay in some amazing campsites. Start off in Calgary, then head east towards Banff National Park, where you can marvel at snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes, including picture-perfect Moraine Lake. You can then continue on to picturesque Whistler, or round off your trip with a few days in glittering Vancouver.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

15. Party during Mardi Gras in New Orleans

If you had tickets for a festival in 2020, why not go one step further next year? Jet off to New Orleans and immerse yourself in the lively Mardi Gras celebrations. It’s one of the biggest carnivals in the world, with an action-packed schedule of parades, live music, dance shows and more. The party atmosphere lasts for weeks, with events planned to start on 6th January 2021 and wrap up with a grand finale on 16th February.

16.  See enormous butterflies in Kuala Lumpur

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is famous for its futuristic architecture and flavour-filled food. But did you know this city is also home to the world’s largest butterfly garden? Spanning over 7,500 square metres, the gardens at Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park are filled with tropical plants and more than 5,000 butterflies. You’ll be amazed as flashes of blue, green, orange and yellow flutter around you. And, if you hold still, a butterfly might even land on your hand.  

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

17. Stay in an eco-lodge in Namibia

One positive outcome of the pandemic has been the recovery of the natural world, as carbon emissions dropped across the globe. So, if you’re keen to find a sustainable travel experience, take a look at Sorris Sorris Lodge in Namibia. This luxurious eco-lodge is all about giving back to the community, with a focus on hiring local people, using local produce and celebrating indigenous culture. You can discover ancient rock paintings, go on a guided walking safari in search of elephants, and soar above the plains in a hot air balloon.

18. De-stress at a yoga retreat in Bali

If you’ve found 2020 an anxious time, consider spending some time in a calming yoga retreat in Bali. In the heart of the island, cultural Ubud is home to dozens of exceptional retreats where you can stretch out, de-stress and unwind. If you want to focus on a specific aspect of your wellbeing, you can book on to a specialist course – there are loads of options, ranging from balancing detox programmes, to breathing and meditation classes. And you’ll be surrounded by Ubud’s lush greenery the whole time.

Bali yoga retreat

19. Go all out in Dubai

Extravagant Dubai is the perfect place to let loose after a year of restrictions. The aptly-nicknamed City of Superlatives doesn’t do things by halves. You can go to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and shop ’til you drop in the biggest shopping centre on the planet, Dubai Mall. You can even zoom down the world’s largest indoor ski resort – obviously – or, for something more sedate, unwind with a 24-carat gold facial at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

20. Fly over Kenya’s Maasai Mara

If you’re looking for a bite-sized adventure with a side of luxury, combine a Kenyan safari with a beach break in idyllic Zanzibar. From Nairobi, you can fly over the incredible Maasai Mara in a light aircraft, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife below. At your safari lodge, you’ll be able to spend a couple of days searching for cheetahs, giraffes and elephants. Then, once you’ve had your fill of the wilderness, you can retreat to the beautiful island of Zanzibar, where powdery beaches and bath-warm seas await.

Loi Krathong, Chiang Mai

21. Experience Loi Krathong in Thailand

Thailand’s Loi Krathong – ‘Festival of Light’ – is seen as a time to move on from any misfortunes and make wishes for the coming year. So what better way to put 2020 behind you than to join in with this incredible celebration? Head to Chiang Mai in early November and immerse yourself in the magic of Loi Krathong, as hundreds of flowers and candles float down the river, and lanterns are released into the night sky. 

 

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