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Where to go in 2021: Travel destinations after the pandemic

 Where to go in 2021: Travel destinations after the pandemic

Yes, but when? That's the question many travelers are asking about tourism after Covid-19... Are you one of them? No one really knows the answer, but let's allow ourselves to dream a little, refine our bucket list, and think about where to plan a trip for the coming New Year. After the break we've been having, what are the must-see countries in 2021?
It goes without saying that going abroad must be done with ethics and social responsibility in this time of health crisis. 

Great destinations to visit in 2021 or post-COVID-19

 1. A road trip in Sweden, the ideal trip to make post-COVID

After the year 2020 with very little travel, it will be necessary to choose its destinations in 2021. Sweden is thus one of those countries where a post-COVID trip will be welcome. Wide-open spaces, forests, and lakes as far as the eye can see and a social distance that you will have no trouble respecting. It is not for nothing that Sweden is one of the few countries that has not opted for strict confinement of its inhabitants. With one of the lowest population densities in the world, Swedes have a great advantage in keeping their distance from each other. 
For a road trip to Sweden, the south of the country is particularly suitable. Easy to reach, you will find here wide open spaces, superb landscapes, but also the magnificent sandy beaches along the Baltic Sea. A nice trip to plan after a difficult year!

2. The perfect country in 2021, New Zealand

I had not planned to be there in 2021, I arrived here in October 2019. But clearly, because of the health situation in the world, this is the country to be in these difficult times. I named: New Zealand!

Why New Zealand? It is an island (several in fact) big enough to have enough to discover, with low population density, few cases of COVID-19 (very well managed), you can travel there without restriction and without risk.
The hardest part is to get in! So if the country opens its borders, probably with the quarantine, and you feel like taking a breath of fresh air without thinking about COVID-19 in 2021, join me in this beautiful country! In the meantime, I'm getting my surfboard ready, summer is coming!

3. Taiwan, the jewel of Asia

Taiwan has always been shunned by travelers in Asia. A happy blend of China and Japan, the country has its own personality and has a lot to offer. Few tourists prefer Taiwan on their first trip to the Asian continent. One generally finds there true enthusiasts of Asia who want to push further their discovery of these cultures as opposed to ours.
Nevertheless, the diversity of Taiwan's landscapes can please any type of traveler. Whether you like hiking, cosmopolitan cities, or culture, there is no doubt that you will fall in love with this island. Finally, foodies will be in paradise in Taiwan, where you will find one of the most diverse and delicious cuisines of the entire continent. 
It is perhaps its impeccable management of the pandemic that will make the country a popular destination in Asia in the coming years. We hope so for the Taiwanese! 

 4. Post-pandemic Tanzania

After these long months of confinement, in 2021 I want nature and wide-open spaces, don't you? For that, Tanzania is an ideal destination with for example the immensity of the plains of the famous Serengeti, the paradise for safari lovers!

We sometimes erroneously summarize the country to this activity whereas Tanzania is also great landscapes in the rift valley on the way to Lake Natron, superb encounters with the Maasai of course, but also with other very authentic tribes like the Hadzabe. For hiking enthusiasts, the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro by the Machame route is an unforgettable experience. Finally, to rest a little after so many discoveries, the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar are waiting for you! Note also that the climate is warm and pleasant all year round, the spaces as far as the eye can see, so you are always outside almost sheltered from COVID...

5. Post-Covid-19 Safari in Northern Kenya

Going on safari in Kenya is a dream trip that you will remember for the rest of your life. Northern Kenya has wildlife reserves off the beaten track and a very interesting endemic fauna (reticulated giraffe, Grévy's zebra, Somali ostrich, Vulturine guineafowl, Beisa Oryx ...) in addition to traditional African wildlife and felines.

6. Sri Lanka, a must-see destination 2021

In 2021, Sri Lanka is a must-see destination (as soon as its borders reopen). First of all, the Covid-19 was quickly mastered on the spot, the subject was taken seriously. Secondly, there are plenty of little corners of paradise where one can travel without worrying about social distancing! Indeed, big cities that are swarming with people, such as Colombo or Kandy, are easily avoidable. You can find yourself in beautiful places with few people around you.
I am thinking in particular of Sigiriya for its "jungle queen
" countryside or Komari for its deserted beach. To get around, you can opt for a driver at an affordable rate. Finally, if you have a health concern, the hospitals are of quality in Sri Lanka and the doctors are fully trained (internships in Commonwealth countries, in particular).

7. Costa Rica, a preferred destination for post-COVID travel

Costa Rica, one of the few countries that remained open during the containment, is a preferred destination for post-COVID travel. Indeed, Costa Rica has been focusing its tourism for several years on ecol
ogy and the effects are beneficial for the environment and also for travelers. The natural parks thus offer trekking in very small groups, which is ideal for the observation of fauna and flora. Costa Rica also offers kilometers of dream beaches on its Pacific coast, the most famous of which is Manuel Antonio Beach.

This health crisis should allow us to change our travel habits and thus stop mass tourism. Costa Rica is the destination that brings this new tourist impulse.

8. Scotland, next year's destination

What if Scotland is your next destination after Covid? Wide-open spaces, islands by the thousands, the region will amaze you while allowing you to keep your distance. You could settle down on a Scottish island such as Coll, Iona,, or Orkney for a few days and enjoy the local life (without a car if you wish). Nature, culture, gastronomy are waiting for you in Scotland when it will be possible to travel. 
A small bonus, if you come from Europe, it is possible to travel to Scotland by train to reduce your carbon footprint. If you have time, you can even discover beautiful English regions along the way! This is a great way to make up for your missed trips with an unforgettable experience in the UK.

9. Venice after the pandemic

With its 30 million annual visitors, the City of the Doges had become over the decades the symbol of mass tourism. The arrival of COVID reshuffled the map by shutting down the cruise ships that were pouring into St. Mark's Square and grounding planes from China and the United States, in particular.
As the Venetians emerged from the confinement, they were surprised to see their city without the crowds, and we took the opportunity to visit the Serenissima before the confinement. What a privilege it was to be able to admire the cultural and architectural wonders of the Serenissima without almost anyone! So a piece of advice: in 2021, as soon as the borders reopen, go to Venice to (re)discover the city as you have never seen it before!  

10. Mexico after the crisis

The health crisis has created in many people the desire to keep a certain distance and they now seek to visit open and little frequented spaces. Mexico is the ideal post-COVID travel destination because it is full of them!
Instead of visiting the crowded beaches of Playa del Carmen or Cancún, give a chance to the beautiful beaches of Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca or Balandra in Baja California! Feel like the outdoors? Go to Chiapas, where you will find the Montebello Lagoon Park, a biosphere reserve with 59 lakes.
Would you prefer to stay away from the tourist sites of Chichén Itzá and Tulum? There are 193 archaeological areas in Mexico open to the public, such as Calakmul in the state of Campeche, Palenque in Chiapas, Ek Balam in Yucatan, El Tajín in Veracruz or Dzibanché in the Quintana Roo!