Adventure awaits, post-pandemic.
Overseas travel plans may be cancelled in 2020 because of coronavirus, but National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2021” list will transport jet setters to dreamy escapes they can book when the time is right.
The list features 25 awe-inspiring destinations for post-pandemic travel encouraging readers to “Dream now, go later”.
“While the pandemic has brought our journeys to a standstill, it has not quieted our curiosity,” National Geographic editors said. “Ahead of a new year – with the promise of a return to travel – we are eager to share these 25 timely tales of timeless places that will define our future itineraries.”
The list highlights places across Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and island paradises Australian travellers may not have considered visiting before: Katmai National Park in Alaska, mountains and beaches in the Caribbean’s Dominica; hiking in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park and Spain’s Vitoria – also known by its Basque name, Gasteiz – to take in the sounds of emerging jazz artists.
There is one spot on the list that’s very well known to us: our very own Lord Howe Island, east of NSW, which is described by Nat Geo as a “last paradise in the Tasman Sea”.
Nat Geo’s roster of destinations is separated by five different categories including Adventure, Nature, Culture, Sustainability and Family.
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The 2021 list features a special focus on cities and nations that are reportedly experiencing a racial reckoning and moving the needle on diversity and inclusion efforts.