We know that 2020 hasn’t been the greatest year, at all – so it’s safe to say we all need something to look forward to that doesn’t involve lockdowns, rules or restrictions, and a deadly virus finding it’s way across the globe that has disrupted millions of people’s travel plans. Fortunately for most of us, rules have eased and although we’re still taking the necessary precautions, we’re hoping the coronavirus will be soon on it’s way to never return again. We are all different when it comes to doing things that makes us feel better, or happier – for some it could be retail shopping, exercise, cooking and so on, for others it’s travelling and exploring. This article is designed to offer inspiration and a vision for those next year hoping to travel and make up for lost time.
We’ve created the ultimate travel bucket list for 2021, whether you’re looking to experience new culture and an endless supply of sun in one country, or you’re going all out for a multi-city trip – it all starts here.
Norway – For the Thrill Seekers
- Preachers Pulpit – Preikestolen, Norway
Also known as Pulpit Rock, it is a steep cliff which rises 604 metres. It possesses a very scenic route for hikers and those who love a good thrill, as well as a spectacular view. It’s an experience of a lifetime, and many options are available to explore this part of Norway however you please. It’s a six kilometre hike which takes an estimated 4 hours. It is moderately demanding, so if you’re a beginner – be prepared and up for a challenge (take plenty of snacks to keep you energised, and lots of water to stay hydrated!). Preachers Pulpit, among many other attractions that the beautiful country of Norway has to offer, is the perfect place to explore mythical, magical landscapes, valleys, mountains, and fjords.
Italy – For The Food (and Wine) Lovers
- Saturnia, Italy
Saturina is situated in Tuscany, in north central Italy. This town is known for it’s mesmerising beauty, and it’s free outdoor hot springs. The aquamarine hot springs are definitely a sight to see, and you need to experience them at least once in your lifetime. In addition to the warm, calming, and relaxing hot springs, you can enjoy stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. Saturnia is ideal for travellers looking for a peaceful trip to relax, recharge and enjoy Italy’s hidden treasures. Enjoy a relaxation soak, then experience the very best in Italian cuisine such as Risotto, pizza (obviously), truffles, focaccia, gelato and more. Pair with the very best of Italian wine, red, white, or even rose. Check out the ultimate guide to perfect food pairing with your wine.
Argentina – For The Nature Lovers
- Iguazu Falls – Argentina-Brazil
- Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia
Argentina has one of the planets most inspiring sights – the Iguaza Falls. The waterfalls are located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazillian state of Parana. It’s known to be unlike any other waterfall, which is why it’s become such a popular attraction – pulling in raving fans and nature seekers. Photographers will have a field day photographing these falls, as it always catches you by surprise.
In addition, while you’re visiting Argentina, you need to visit another spectacular sight located in Patagonia. The Perito Moreno Glacier can be found in Los Glaciares National Park and it is breathtaking experience for all. After the day of exploration and travels is over, you can sit down in your Airbnb or hotel, and saviour a glass of Argentinian white wine, paired with one of their most famous dishes – Provoleta. A mouth watering grilled cheese dish that goes the extra mile.
Bora Bora – For the Sun and Relaxation Enthusiasts
Bora Bora is the go to place if you’re looking for ultimate relaxation, without any distractions or loud noises to bother you. It’s a very small island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia and it is full of exquisite lagoons perfect for scuba diving, and beautiful accommodation that sits on top of the water, offering the most incredible, breathtaking views.
Austria – For The Photographers
- Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt is a lakeside town in Austria, and it is known as the most photographed in Europe. Take in the 16th century houses, explore ancient salt mines, gorgeous glacier gardens and be in awe of extraordinary mountain views on cobblestone streets. This town is only accessible on foot, which makes it even greater for the keen photographers who want to snap everything up in their lens! Furthermore, you can feast on local cuisine and enjoy traditional cafes serving breakfast pastries, grab lunch on the go at Maik’s Heisse Hutte.
Ecuador – For The Ultimate Hikers
- Pailón del Diablo, Ecuador
Pailón del Diablo, is another hiking destination situated in the Ecuadorian rainforest. In English, it’s known as the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ but it honestly looks like something out of a magical fairy-tale – maybe something like Harry Potter (or close). You’ll be greeted with a stunning waterfall as you hike, and the trail begins in a small village named Rio Verde. The hike to and from is suitable for all types of hikers, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced hiker – take your time as you go to fully take in the route, and the waterfall. If you’re willing to get a bit wet from the waterfall too, there is a small cave like trail that follows the cliffs uphill through various narrow openings for an even closer view of the waterfall.
Turkey – For The All Rounders
- Cappadocia, Turkey
While Turkey may not have been on your original travel bucket list, it’s a country that has some real hidden gems, and an insane amount of history behind it too. Cappadocia, is situated in central Turkey and it’s known for it’s fairy-tale and magical scenery – especially with the hot air balloons that soar through the sky each morning. There are many things you need to experience while you visit Cappadocia, but the Gulludere Rose Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum and the Ala Daglar National Park are just a few.
And of course, make sure you land yourself on top of a rooftop (preferably your own apartment wherever you’re staying) to witness the hot air balloons during the sunrise. It’s definitely a sight worth seeing.