12 DESTINATIONS TO DREAM OF IN 2021
VACATION INSPIRATION FOR BRIGHTER DAYS AHEADWhile 2021 might be starting with more uncertainty, we know one thing’s for sure… nothing can stop us from dreaming of brighter days ahead. To help you tap into your travelling spirit, here are 12 exciting destinations around the world that are keeping us inspired and excited for our next adventures, whenever they may be!
1. Canadian Rockies & Lake Louise
A breathtaking postcard of CanadaFrom carving your way down snowy slopes to hiking up summits for incomparable mountain views, the Canadian stretch of the Rocky Mountains is one of our favourite four-season travel destinations. Our highlights? Jasper’s sprawling Columbia Icefield, the 3 towering ski hills of Banff National Park and, of course, the iconic turquoise waters of Lake Louise.
2. East Coast Beaches
Endless views of the Atlantic OceanOur beach vacation dreams don’t always drift past our borders, but often land just along our country’s beautiful eastern coastline. We’re thinking about Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula and its colourful fishing villages perched atop rocky cliffs, vast forests and stunning seaside. Further east, Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton shines, earning its reputation as North America’s #1 island —imagine kilometres of beaches caressed by warm, salty waters and friendly towns boasting a rich Celtic cultural heritage.
3. Road-Trip Classics
An epic compilation of Canadian must-seesLush vineyards, charming farms and orchards, craft breweries… we can almost taste the gastronomic wonders that await in and around our favourite Canadian cities. The best way to sample as many as possible? Road trippin’! We love taking the road from Toronto to the wineries around Niagara-on-the-Lake or embarking along Vancouver Island’s Pacific Marine Circle Route for goodies on the west coast. There’s also always a complete feast for the senses on the menu when travelling up north, where Yukon’s Top of the World Highway is lit up by the jaw-dropping sight of the spectacular Northern Lights. Discover more of our dream Canadian road-trip suggestions!
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4. Caribbean Hidden Gems
Tropical surprises off the beaten pathOne of the best destinations for world-class Caribbean cuisine, home to an exciting culture and a friendly people, blessed with the dreamiest of beaches, Barbados quite simply steals our heart. We can’t wait to cross all of its must-see attractions from our bucket list! To infuse this year with more joy, picture yourself on One Happy Island, also known as Aruba. Go for good vibes only on one of its legendary beaches, in the spirited towns of Oranjestad and San Nicolas, or around the natural wonders of Arikok National Park.
5. Home of Pura Vida
Eco-tourism & laid-back living“Pura Vida,” it means pure life, and that’s just what you’ll find in Costa Rica, a Central American country focused on sustainable travelling, health and wellness. Picture national parks teeming with wildlife (the cutest monkeys!), towering volcanoes, and an incredible coastline dotted with all types of beaches (from surfing meccas to secluded shores!). See more reasons why we love travelling to Costa Rica!
6. Natural Heaven on Earth
The world’s most unique wildlifeOff the coast of Ecuador lies one of the world’s most magnificent hidden gems: the Galápagos Islands. A cruise to this incredible archipelago blends luxury with adventure. Drop anchor to discover the islands’ legendary biodiversity (that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution!). Swim with giant sea turtles, cavort with friendly sea lions, admire marine iguanas, and explore unique volcanic and rugged landscapes! We love sailing to the islands aboard Celebrity Cruises’ journeys for a truly immersive seafaring experience around the archipelago.
7. Green Irish Hills
Mythical story-making by the seaEurope’s greenest island promises bedazzling adventures at every corner, from historic cliffside castles to charming coastal towns imbued with Celtic lore. Get a taste of Ireland with our breakdown of the best Irish food or sneak a peek at the dreamy scenery in store for you when travelling across the Emerald Isle throughout this Ireland travel guide depicting the country’s 8 most amazing landscapes.
8. Greek Islands
Sublime scenery fit for the godsFrom the blue-domed houses of Santorini and the lively atmosphere of Mykonos to the ancient ruins of Crete and the lunar-like beaches of Milos, nothing compares to the iconic islands of Greece. The best part? There’s an island fit for every type of traveller! Discover more about the Greek Islands to find out if you’re more made for hiking around Naxos or seeking serenity on Patmos.
9. Cosmopolitan Spain
One-of-a-kind architecture & tons of tapasOh Barcelona, with your bohemian vibes, whimsical, architectural marvels and beautiful beaches! This Spanish city is one of our European faves, serving up delicious local cuisine and a delectable art scene. It’s a must-see stop on any journey through Spain, but true adventurers can also look to our ultimate bucket list for more of the spirited country’s attractions, from unbelievable medieval towns to the sun-soaked Costa del Sol.
10. Swiss Bliss
Mountain views that’ll make you yodelSitting prettily on the banks of a mountain-ringed lake, Zurich prides itself on its high standard of living. Switzerland’s largest city is an elegant and polished place with a delightful artsy side. It’s also the gateway to the country’s most magnificent splendours—we’re talking snow-capped peaks, picturesque alpine villages and the Jungfraujoch railway station, the highest in Europe, flanked by epic glaciers and offering breath-taking views you’ll never forget.
11. Hawaiian Shores
A cinematic version of paradiseFrom Jurassic Park to Avatar, the Hawaiian Islands have played the part of paradise in more than one iconic movie. Lulled by a soothing soundtrack of ocean sounds and ukulele-based melodies, each island harbours a little something for everyone, from the lively luaus of Oahu to the romantic beaches of Maui and the epic volcanoes of Big Island. Prep for your first visit with our helpful first-timer’s guide to Hawaii!
12. Ice, Ice, Baby
Northern once-in-a-lifetime adventuresRugged mountain ranges, an untamed expanse of frozen wilderness, mist-shrouded fjords… Alaska feels like the last frontier, both impenetrable and fascinating. The world’s best cruise lines make it easier to pierce through its wildest mysteries and explore the northern state from all angles aboard state-of-the-art ships. We’re all about that mix of upscale luxury at sea and wild adventure on land!
What’s NextFeeling inspired? When you’re ready to start travelling again this year, learn all about our commitment to safer travel. Before booking, make sure to stay informed before you go with the latest entry requirements and more. To plan a totally flexible vacation with complete peace of mind, rest assured that we’ve got you covered thanks to our selection of travel protection plans.
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