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15 Best Holiday Destinations For 2021

As the COVID-19 travel rules are relaxing and things are coming back to normal, that would only mean it’s time to start planning your holiday. Lucky for you, we’ve created this list of the top 15 destinations in the world to visit this year! Whether you’re looking for an action-packed getaway or a relaxing break, there’s something here to suit every taste.

White houses along the seaside

1. Santorini, Greece

Santorini (if you can’t go now wait for 2026) is one of the most beautiful places in the world and has a real taste of paradise. The whitewashed buildings that cling to the steep cliffs look like they were molded from sugar cubes; all that remains after an ancient volcanic eruption was a smattering of islands surrounded by miles and miles of sparkling blue water. What makes the island even more attractive is its reasonable prices which are much lower than other European holiday destinations.

2. Seychelles

If you want to escape completely then head to Seychelles, an archipelago made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa known for their luscious beaches, swaying palms, and spectacular ocean views. Most of Seychelles’ islands are uninhabited and unspoiled by tourism which is exactly what makes them so perfect for a tropical getaway. One such island is Ile Des Deux Cocos (named after its resemblance to two coconuts), the largest in the North Island archipelago where you can laze on powder-white beaches, snorkel in clear aquamarine water or take a boat ride through dramatic rock formations that jut out from the sea like stubby fingers.

3. Montenegro

Montenegro has attracted an increasing number of visitors ever since they co-hosted Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 and it became known as one of the most beautiful nations in the world. This Balkan country is a medley of stunning mountains, traditional seaside towns, and medieval walled cities, but its crown jewel is without a doubt neighboring Lake Skadar – Europe’s largest lake with an abundance of flora and fauna as well as stunning views.

4. Halkidiki, Greece

If you’re looking for an alternative to partying in Mykonos then head to Halkidiki in northern Greece where the pristine beaches are free from mass tourism. The three peninsulas that make up Halkidiki offer a tranquil landscape dotted with small settlements, pine forests, and clean waters ideal for swimming or fishing. Your holiday will be made all the better by tasty local seafood and world-class wines.

Port

5. Mljet, Croatia

It’s always worth checking to see if your hotel offers complimentary boat transport to take you around this Croatian island to the north of Dubrovnik; this is because the best views are found on the water. Mljet is a saltwater lake with two national parks, one on each side. On the east coast is Naploeon’s Bay, named after the Roman emperor who was supposedly exiled here and conceived the idea of conquering Egypt. Farther north along the coastline are secluded coves, lush hillsides, and long stretches of a pine forest ideal for cycling.

6. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

In southern Tanzania, you’ll find Ruaha National Park where the wildlife viewing is as good as it gets. In fact, acclaimed explorer Thor Heyerdal was so impressed by his trip to Ruaha in 1952 that he embarked on a second African expedition specifically to prove that it offered ‘the best game viewing in the world’.

7. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands, India

Accessible only to the most skilled divers in the world, North Sentinel Island is known for its coral formations and wide range of fish species. The island can be visited by experienced scuba divers between May and October when the water conditions are at their best. Even though this place boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia, it’s quite difficult to find any information about them because they are part of an isolated tribe that doesn’t welcome visitors.

8. Namtso Lake, Tibet Autonomous Region, China

Namtso Lake makes it very easy to fall in love with the Tibetan people and culture because it lies on the southern slopes of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. The lake is the largest saltwater lake in China, and it’s often described as a holy place where many Tibetans make pilgrimages in order to receive enlightenment. It is also an ideal place for camping in the summer when Namtso celebrates its annual ‘floating islands’.

9. Marajo Island, Brazil

Located at the mouth of the Amazon River, Marajo Island offers beautiful wildlife and pristine beaches perfect for diving or fishing trips. If you are looking for a quiet getaway from Manaus, this island will fulfill all your expectations by offering plenty of freshwater fish species you can photograph or just marvel at.

Clear sky

10. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is a natural reserve located in southwest Bolivia and it’s the largest salt flat in the world after Salar de Coipasa, according to World Wildlife Federation. This place might be one of the most incredible places on Earth thanks to its surreal landscapes made from white salt perfect for taking stunning photos.

11. Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Japan

If you want a different type of holiday full of activities including skiing or snowboarding, then Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is the best option for you. The great thing about this ski resort is that it’s located near two hot springs which offer soothing relief from muscles done from too many hours skiing down slopes.

12. Mývatn Area, Iceland

The Mývatn area is a beautiful stop for travelers who want to visit the volcanic craters, geothermal hot springs, and lava fields of this great country. There are many tours available which you can book before going there so that you have an unforgettable experience during your vacation.

13. Narsaq, Greenland

Narsaq is a small town located in South Greenland where a lot of people come each day to see the famous icebergs from the great Sermeq Kujalleq glacier calving into the fjord. The best time to take photos of those amazing landscapes with glaciers as a background is during the winter months when it’s snowing everywhere around but apart from that, there are kayaking and dog sledding tours you can book to see most of the place.

14. Palau, Micronesia

Palau is a small island in South Pacific and the only country that has no standing army but they still want to keep their sovereignty so they have their own police. There are some WWII remnants around and many snorkeling and diving opportunities for those who like that kind of activity. The local cuisine is also delicious and it’s a must-try!

15. Curonian Spit, Lithuania & Russia

The Curonian Spit is a unique area with dunes made up by sand that glitters when sunlight falls on them as well as picturesque ports, seaside towns and fishing villages where you will surely enjoy your vacation.

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Written by Salman Azhar

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