Top 20 trips you must do in 2021
- Tohoku, Japan
A hidden treasure in the region of Japan’s Honshu Island is home to mountainous settings, volcanoes, lakes and hot springs, pine-covered islets of Matsushima Bay and stunning natural landscapes. It is unspoiled region in Japan where you get an array of outdoor activities like hiking, rafting and skiing whilst offering flamboyant Japanese cultural festivals like the Nebuta Matsuri (in Aomori) and Akita Kanto (in Akita) in summer.
- Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar in Tanzania is a treat for the avid traveler as the stunning destination is abundant with soft-sand beaches, crystalline waters, an inviting archipelago full of life, rich history and diverse lifestyles leaving you wanting for more. You will be in for explorations on historical and cultural sites, experience eco-tourism and diverse architecture apart from the affordable accommodation options with hotels be it city hotels or beach resorts starting from USD20-USD50 a day.
- Ljubljana, Slovenia
A charming old-school capital city and also the largest city in Slovenia, offering romantic escapades, Ljubljanica River lined outdoor restaurants and cafes, family-friendly boat rides and home to 20th century Slovene paintings and sculptures. It’s also home to the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Slovenia displaying historic exhibitions, Tivoli Park and neighbour to the exotic tourist destination Croatia.
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- Muscat, Oman
Oman is probably one of the best Middle-Eastern countries to visit, settled in the north-eastern corner of the Arabian Gulf. The glitzy capital is full of life, filled with pristine beaches, stunning landscapes including rolling sand dunes and jagged mountains. It will not fail to offer you the authentic Middle-Eastern experience where you get to explore Omani history and culture at the markets, museums and mosques. People are pretty friendly and welcoming so you will get greeted like royalty while you’re there.
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s bustling capital settled amidst the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers which was also a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. You will get plenty of cafes and restaurants to eat and drink, places to explore such as riverfront parks, the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum housing artifacts from around the country. At the heart of the country you will find the art deco Central Market which is not to be missed!
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- Sri Lanka, Ella
One of the most scenic train rides in the world and in Sri Lanka, Ella is abundant with natural charm offering eye candy to the avid traveler. You can either take the train from Colombo Fort train station or from Kandy which is a 7-hour ride through rich tea plantations, refreshing rice fields and mountainous landscapes. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the island with many tourist attractions like the Ravana’s cave, Ravana Falls and Nine Arches Bridge to name a few.
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- Cappadocia, Turkey
Imagine adventures in the air amidst kaleidoscopic landscapes? That’s exactly what Cappadocia in Turkey has to offer. Hot-air ballooning in the middle of picturesque Goreme Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum featuring natural limestone formations, stay in a cave hotel, horse riding and pottery making are some of the adventures you ought to try out in Cappadocia.
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- Nusa Penida, Indonesia
It is located in south east of Bali which is also famous as the golden egg island with plenty of attractions to explore. It is a backpacker’s dream destination and eye candy to those who love the ocean. You will get lots of activities to partake in such as snorkeling, scuba diving, long swims in the ocean and exquisite hotels to stay in.
- Seoul-Jeju, South Korea
From off-beaten paths to exhilarating experiences, Seoul and Jeju has so much to offer. You will get to indulge in your favourite Korean cuisine, the bustling city of Seoul with cafes and stores whilst Jeju is ideal to unwind with some stunning beach resorts to lodge in, volcanic landscape of craters and cave-like lava tubes, Hallasan Mountain with hiking trails and a nearby Gwaneumsa Temple to explore.
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- Marrakesh, Morocco
A different world of its own, Marrakesh in Morocco is a must-visit this year as the thousand-year-old city welcomes you to rich culture and heritage. It is also called the ‘red city’ as the pink-tinted buildings illuminates during sunset. Some of the places you must-visit in Marrakesh are the old walled city Medina, the beautiful Ben Youssef Madrasa and Koutoubia Mosque.
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- Warsaw, Poland
An underestimated destination with unbelievable architecture that portrays scenes just like in the movies. Warsaw in Poland is a warm and a welcoming city which is home to the Royal Castle, an old town with the Royal Castle and upscale restaurants, Łazienki Park and the Warsaw Rising Museum.
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- Transylvania, Romania
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t put Romania on top of your bucket list and specifically Transylvania. It’s all about the sceneries from forested valleys to gothic castles and fairytale like landscapes. Even the old folklore vampires came about thanks to Transylvania. You can explore the many attractions such as the Corvin Castle, the Carpathian Mountains, Piatra Craiului National Park and the Bucegi Mountains to name a few.
- Koh Lipe, Thailand
Popularly known as the ‘Maldives in Thailand’, Koh Lipe is located in the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. Its home to some exotic beaches and long stretches of clear blue waters. Pattaya is pretty popular with hotels and restaurants and a great place to unwind whilst there are two other fabulous beaches with plenty of lodging options.
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- Dubai, UAE
Dubai is a lively city in the UAE which is also a shopaholic’s paradise and a plethora of adventures in store for you and the rest of the family. Catch the exhilarating views of the city atop Burj Khalifa, worlds tallest building, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located in the Dubai Mall and exciting theme parks like MOTIONGATE, IMG Worlds Adventure and more.
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- Cape Town, South Africa
Take a trip to the wild side in Cape Town, South Africa where you will be enthralled with rocky views, nature’s wonders and flamboyant culture. One of the main highlights of Cape Town is the Table Mountain offering unhindered views of the city skyline and the ocean. You can also stroll along the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and take a ride on an aerial cableway.
- Cairo, Egypt
Apart from the upcoming worlds largest museum dedicated to a single civilization, The Grand Egyptian Museum, you will be in for one of the wonders of the world, The Great Pyramids, The Great Sphinx and other amazing hot spots around Giza. These attractions are bound to carry you to another era as these splendid monuments are about 5000 years old and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is another that you ought to explore.
- Cycle Saigon to Hanoi, Vietnam
A laidback experience await in Vietnam where you can take a long ride to the countryside passing paddy fields, lush hill country and high passes such as Hon Giao. Do not miss to indulge in some delicious Vietnamese cuisine along the way in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An Hue and in Hanoi.
- Maldives Dhoni Cruise
Probably one of the most anticipated tourist destinations in the world, Maldives is all about the sun, sand and sea. Breathtaking cruise on a traditional Dhoni on the crystalline waters is a must-try while you’re holidaying in the island. Apart from the luxurious resorts to stay in, you can take long swims in the unspoilt beaches and experience a variety of excursions in the waters.
- The Golden Triangle, India
An abundance of sightseeing and history in the Golden Triangle comprising of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur await the traveler who’d love to go in-depth explorations to the roots of India. The fascinating Taj Mahal, Maharaja’s palace and hilltops are a must-see en route to the golden trio.
- Melbourne, Australia
An ideal family vacation await down under in Melbourne Australia with a plethora of places to explore from street food spots, coffee houses, bustling markets and excursions. During Spring and Summer, you ought to visit the flower fields at Tesselaar in Yarra Valley where the field fill up with a myriad of colourful tulips. Yarra Valley is also a popular spot for homemade chocolates and ice creams. Cherry-picking and the Puffing Billy Railway are also ideal activities to try out with the entire family.