2020 may have been the year that travel stopped – but 2021 is gearing up to be the year that we get back out into the world. We’ve all been dreaming of our next big adventure, and now it’s possible to start planning for travel in 2021, thanks to Trafalgar’s worry-free travel policies.
With worry-free assurances like enhanced wellbeing procedures, risk-free and flexible bookings, and perfectly planned trips, you can start exploring the world again with peace of mind.
To help inspire your next trip, we asked our Trafalgar community where they plan on travelling to in 2021. Read on to discover the 2021 travel trends, plus all the best experiences you can enjoy in each region.
Europe and Britain
56% of the Trafalgar community plan on travelling in 2021 to Europe and Britain. Here are some of the top experiences to inspire your trip to this region.
Cruise through Venice
Take to the canals in a dreamy gondola to see Venice from its best angle, with gorgeous sights like the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Basilica of St. Mark.
Do this on: Best of Italy
Discover ancient Athens
Step into the cradle of civilisation in Athens and see its ancient treasures, from the ruins of Acropolis to the goddess Athena’s Parthenon temple.
Do this on: Best of Greece
Explore the Scottish Highlands
Take a journey through rolling green mountains, glittering lakes and waterfalls, and ancient castles in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Do this on: Real Britain
Admire the Swiss Alps from an aerial cableway, the world’s first CabriO cable car
Begin your journey in Lucerne, then travel 1,900 metres into the air on the world’s first CabriO cable car, all the way to the top of stunning Mount Stanserhorn.
Do this on: Contrasts of Switzerland
Experience the charm of Paris
The City of Love is famed for its romance, whether you stroll along the Seine River, gaze at the Eiffel Tower, see the icons of the Louvre, or witness the bewitching Moulin Rouge.
Do this on: Best of France
Watch a flamenco show in Spain
Prepare to be amazed when you witness the flamenco in Spain. The thrumming guitar, beautiful singing, and clapping and thumping steps make for a soul-stirring experience.
Do this on: Treasures of Spain and Portugal
Marvel at the fjords of Norway
From the snow-capped peaks and deep blue waters of Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord to the waterfalls and quaint villages of Næroy Fjord, Norway will blow you away.
Do this on: Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords
Admire the peculiar landscapes of Cappadocia
Fairy chimney rock formations, underground homes from the Bronze Age, ancient rock churches, colourful hot air balloons… Cappadocia is one extraordinary place.
Do this on: Best of Turkey
USA and Canada
14% of the Trafalgar community plan on travelling in 2021 to the USA and Canada. Here are some of the best experiences you can enjoy in this region.
Be amazed by the Canadian Rockies
The Rockies are truly extraordinary, from the electric blue Lake Louise of Banff to the fairytale scenery of Maligne Lake and Spirit Island in Jasper.
Do this on: Spectacular Canadian Rockies
Chill on the beaches of Hawaii
There’s nothing quite like the turquoise waters, coral gardens, sugary white sands and famous surf scene of Hawaii and its spectacular islands.
Do this on: Hawaii Four Island Adventure
Hit the streets of New York
Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York pizza… need we say more?
Do this on: New York Explorer
Stroll around Old Quebec City
Discover the old-world charm of French-speaking Old Quebec, with elegant castles, cobbled streets and gorgeous parks. Don’t forget your camera!
Do this on: Best of Eastern Canada
Explore the US National Parks
The USA is famed for its incredible national parks, from the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, to the 2-billion-year-old Grand Canyon, to the iconic peak of El Capitan in Yosemite.
Do this on: National Parks Wonders
Go whale watching in Victoria
Take a boat ride around Vancouver Island and keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent whales, plus seals, porpoises and bald eagles.
Do this on: Iconic Rockies and Western Canada
Take a helicopter ride over Las Vegas
See the City of Sin in style with a night-time helicopter ride to see the dazzling lights, from the famous casinos along the Strip to the Luxor space beam.
Do this on: The Trailblazer
Go on a boat ride under the Niagara Falls
There’s no better way to see the biggest waterfall in North America than with an up-close cruise. Marvel at the thundering roar and feel the spray of the falls!
Do this on: East Coast USA & Canada
Australia and New Zealand
9% of the Trafalgar community plan on travelling in 2021 to Australia and New Zealand. Here are some of the most iconic experiences you can get Down Under.
Cruise around Sydney Harbour
See two of the most iconic sights in Australia on a sunny boat ride; the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Do this on: Contrasts of Australia
Discover the Franz Josef Glacier
Whether you take a guided ice walk or a thrilling scenic flight, you’ll get a breathtaking view of the 12-kilometre glacier, Mount Cook and the stunning Southern Alps.
Do this on: New Zealand Uncovered
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Sink beneath the dazzling waters of the world’s largest living structure to see all kinds of vibrant coral and curious marine life.
Do this on: Wonders of Australia
Visit the Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua
Learn about Maōri music, dance, carving, weaving and indulge in a traditional Hāngī meal in a Maōri village set in the ancient Tawa forest.
Do this on: Inspiring New Zealand
Watch the outback sunset over Uluru
There are few experiences more beautiful than watching the glorious pink sunset light up the dusty red walls of the world’s largest rock monolith.
Do this on: Outback Australia
Cruise on Milford Sound
Nicknamed the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Milford Sound fjord is absolutely stunning, surrounded by soaring mountains, waterfalls and rainforests.
Do this on: Australia and New Zealand Panorama
See the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
The TranzAlpine train takes you on the journey of a lifetime, with a spectacular view of the alps, plus world-class service onboard.
Do this on: Southern Spectacular
Wander around Melbourne’s vibrant streets
Take a stroll through the maze of alleyways lined with boutiques, wine bars, food markets, colourful murals, and some of the world’s best coffee.
Do this on: Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road
4% of the Trafalgar community plan on travelling in 2021 to Asia. Here are some of the most spectacular experiences to put on your Asia bucket list.
Sail through Halong Bay in Vietnam
Hop aboard a traditional junk boat and set sail through the dazzling emerald sea of limestone islands, golden sandy inlets and floating villages. Unforgettable!
Do this on: Highlights of Vietnam
Get up close with the iconic Mt. Fuji
Get a jaw-dropping view of Japan’s highest mountain and the Fuji Five Lakes area with a drive to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th station. It’s even more beautiful with spring blossoms.
Do this on: Classic Japan
Marvel at the Great Wall of China
Built nearly 3,000 years ago, this 21,000-kilometre UNESCO site is truly astonishing. Walk a section of the wall and see how it snakes for miles through the lush green valleys.
Do this on: Classic China
Explore Angkor Wat in Cambodia
There are few experiences more stirring than watching the sunrise over the stillness of the Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest religious monument in the world.
Do this on: Vietnam and Cambodia Uncovered
Wander the Botanic Gardens of Singapore
Welcome to a botanic utopia, with 82 hectares of UNESCO-listed gardens – including over 60,000 different flower species! Be sure to stop by the stunning orchid garden.
Do this on: Singapore Explorer
Relax on the beaches of Thailand
Lounge on the soft white sands, snorkel the sparkling waters, get an expert massage or enjoy a plate of fresh seafood… We love unwinding in the Land of Smiles.
Do this on: Treasures of Thailand plus Phuket
Gaze at the Taj Mahal in India
As the ultimate symbol of love, there’s something quite moving about setting eyes on the Taj Mahal, made with glistening white marble and precious gemstones.
Do this on: India’s Golden Triangle with Varanasi
3% of the Trafalgar community plan on travelling in 2021 to Latin America. Here are some of the most iconic experiences you can’t miss in this region.
Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Uncover the mysteries of the Incas as you walk their ancient pathways through Machu Picchu, the iconic ‘Lost City in the Clouds’. It’s an experience you’ll cherish forever.
Do this on: Highlights of Peru
Explore the landscapes of Patagonia
It doesn’t get more epic than Patagonia. This spectacular wilderness stretches across Argentina and Chile and is packed with glittering glaciers, turquoise lakes, Andes mountains and incredible wildlife.
Do this on: Wonders of Patagonia
Ride the eco train to the Iguazu Falls
Climb aboard the eco train and journey through the lush jungle to see the thundering spray of the largest waterfall system in the world. Be sure to set eyes on the giant Devil’s Throat!
Do this on: South America Landscapes
Ascend up Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer
Ride a cogwheel train through the lush Tijuca Forest to the summit, where you’ll find the famous 38-metre Christ the Redeemer statue and spectacular views of the city below.
Do this on: Icons of South America
Explore Tayrona National Park in Northern Colombia
Meet leading anthropologist Dr. Santiago Giraldo for a rare cultural encounter with the indigenous tribes in Tayrona. This is a truly special experience you’ll never forget.
Do this on: Colombia Rediscovered
Walk in the clouds of Monteverde in Costa Rica
Hop aboard a gondola and fly among the trees, keeping watch for the incredible wildlife of the Monteverde Cloud Forest like monkeys, toucans, sloths and the rare Quetzal.
Do this on: Costa Rica Eco Adventure
Learn to tango in Buenos Aires
Dive into the culture of Buenos Aires and learn the art of the tango at a traditional milonga. You can even watch a local family perform the elegant dance.
Do this on: Impressions of South America
Africa & The Middle East
2% of the Trafalgar community plan on travelling in 2021 to Africa & The Middle East. Make your next trip extra special with these incredible experiences.
Learn the secrets of the Serengeti in Tanzania
The Serengeti is one of the world’s best places for wildlife viewing. It’s home to an ancient ecosystem, the Great Migration, the Big 5, and breathtaking landscapes.
Do this on: African Safari Adventure
Visit a Berber village in Morocco
Follow the route of a thousand kasbahs to the Dades Valley to meet the local Berber tribesmen, before spending the night among the Atlas Mountains.
Do this on: Best of Morocco
Wander the red dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia
Journey through the Namib, the world’s oldest desert, to the famous blazing red dunes of Sossusvlei, surrounded by camel thorn trees and stark white clay pans.
Do this on: Namibia Adventure
Explore Kruger, South Africa’s oldest national park
Get a look at the most incredible wildlife, ranging from the famous Big 5 to the Little 5, with big cats, giraffes, and herds of elephants in between.
Do this on: Best of South Africa
See the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza
As the oldest of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World and the only one to remain largely untouched, seeing the Great Pyramids and Sphinx is a truly moving experience.
Do this on: Wonders of Ancient Egypt
Marvel at the spectacular Victoria Falls
As the largest waterfall on earth, the Victoria Falls does not disappoint. You’ll soon understand why the locals call it ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.
Do this on: Victoria Falls Experience
Go on safari in Kenya
From the mighty Maasai to Amboseli, Tsavo West and Lake Elementaita, Kenya’s wildlife viewing is extraordinary. It’s all about big cats, elephants, buffalo, rhino, and scores of birds.
Do this on: Wonders of Kenya
Be amazed by the unique ancient city at Petra
As one of the world’s first cities, with rose-red facades carved into the sheer rock face over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataean people, Petra is a true archaeological wonder.
Do this on: Best of Israel and Jordan
Where do you plan on travelling in 2021? Let us know in the comments below!