Tours & Trips

The 10 Best Places to Book a Tour & Travel in 2021

Iona Brannon

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2020 has been quite a year with the Covid-19 pandemic seriously slowing down travel. While non-essential travel should be avoided to help slow down the spread of the virus, it’s okay to take this time to dream about where to travel abroad next. The future is looking bright for 2021 as Covid-19 vaccines are developing into a reality. Whether you’re looking to lounge by the beach or partake in strenuous outdoor activities, these countries and states are welcoming visitors in 2021.

1. Barbados

The Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa is a program that allows foreigners to move to Barbados for a year to work remotely. Between this visa program that encourages tourism and the stellar job the Caribbean island has been doing to keep the spread of Covid-19 low, this is definitely one of the best places for travel abroad in 2021. Barbados is a country you’ll want to consider especially if you have the capacity to work remotely.

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2. Chile

This South American country is already open to international travelers, and visitors can go to any destination that’s currently in step 3, 4, or 5 in the reopening plan. From incredible trekking in Torres del Paine National Park to the historic neighborhoods of Santiago, you’ll find plenty to do in Chile.

3. Indonesia

Bali in particular has long been a popular spot to travel abroad to in Indonesia, and 2021 is no exception. The welcoming island promises visitors a backdrop of lush forests, spectacular beaches, and an incredible culinary scene. If you don’t know where to begin planning a trip, booking a tour can ensure you get the best highlights of the island.

4. Utah, USA

For those on the West Coast of the United States, Utah and its many outdoor adventures is growing in popularity. Utah has five different national parks available to explore, and you don’t have to be a hiking pro to take on these national parks. Many of the trails in Utah’s parks are accessible for young families too!

5. Mexico

Mexico is a classic getaway country for Americans because of how affordable it is and how close it is to the United States. The country has a diverse collection of landscapes and culture. Mexico City specifically is continually reinventing itself as an artistic haven. You can experience different facets of Mexico depending on your personal preferences, and you’ll find tours for every type of traveler available for travel abroad.

6. Florida, USA

Florida in the Southern United States has a lot more than alligators and spring break parties. The state offers a variety of travel experiences, from historic St. Augustine to laid-back Panama City Beach. The capital city is also developing into a tourism destination. With more than 700 miles of trails, Tallahassee has an outdoor scene that is growing so much that the city is even nicknamed “Trailahassee'' by locals.

7. Maldives

The Maldives was one of the first countries to reopen its borders to tourists in 2020. As long as you test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours prior to your departure, you can enjoy this pristine destination for 30 days on a tourist visa. Most of the resorts are on their own private islands, giving you as private of an atmosphere as possible. 2021 is the year to visit the Maldives as the number of tourists remain much lower than usual. There are all kinds of deals on tours, so be sure to see which one suits you the best.

8. Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been open to tourists who meet their entry requirements since Nov. 1, 2020. The rich heritage of the country is evident in the national museums and historic walking tours. The renowned pura vida spirit is evident in everything from the volcanos to the rainforests, and in 2021 you can expect to see more of an emphasis on sustainability in the tourism sector.

9. Croatia

Croatia has become a top travel abroad destination in the past few years among travelers, and for good reason. The country has an extended coastline that reaches 500 miles. Inland, small historic towns spread across the country, ready to be experienced. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you might already know that a great deal of the show was set in Croatia. Croatia is currently set to open up its borders in January 2021, so now is your chance to do some deep diving on must-see places.

10. Vietnam

This Southeast Asian country has long been a favorite for Asian travelers and western backpackers. Its ancient history can be traced back to 2000 BC, giving history buffs all kinds of history to study. It’s also one of the top coffee exporters, so coffee fiends will have more than enough caffeinated experiences to explore. If traveling to Vietnam on your own sounds a little intimidating, you can always go with a group where all the details are sorted out for you.

If you do decide to travel to one of these destinations in 2021, familiarizing yourself with the CDC’s recommended travel guidelines can help you assess and prepare for what to expect and how to travel safely. We’ve got high hopes for travel abroad in 2021, so start dreaming, plan ahead, and have a trip of a lifetime!

This post is updated annually, and it was most recently revised in December 2020.