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The best travel destinations for 2021 we really want to jet off to as soon as possible


The beach of Le Precheur in Couleuvre Cove, Martinique. (Picture: Philippe Giraud/Corbis via Getty Images)

Travel has been off the agenda for most of us this year, with restrictions in place from countries, airlines, and hotspots due to coronavirus.

Fingers firmly crossed we’ll be able to see the world more at some point in 2021, soaking in all the culture we’ve missed out on due to coronavirus. Although some people aren’t quite so optimistic.

There are plenty of places we’re desperate to head to once we’re allowed, with tropical beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty coming out on top.

TripAdvisor have announced their 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards, and you will be pleased to know that some places are a lot closer to home.

St Ives in Cornwall, always a favourite with Brits, is fifth on the list of emerging destinations thanks to water sports and hiking trails.

Hayley Coleman, TripAdvisor spokesperson, said: ‘These are destinations that travellers want to visit next – whether an existing tourism gem, or an off-the-radar spot not yet firmly on the map for international travellers.

‘It is no secret that St Ives is a well loved and long established tourist haven, with its picturesque harbour, beautiful beaches and buzzing art scene, but its place on this list shows just how much travellers are missing it and longing to visit again, once COVID-19 restrictions ease.’

London, as you’d imagine, came second in popular destinations, while York was 22nd in trending. Basically, staycations don’t seem to be totally dead.

Top spot in each category, however, were Martinique for emerging, Cabo San Lucas for trending, and Bali for popularity. Can you tell we’re all looking for a sunny escape?

Let’s take a look at the full results:

Panama City Beach in the United States (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm)

Emerging Destinations

  1. Martinique, Caribbean
  2. Panama City Beach, Florida
  3. Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
  4. Holbox Island, Yucatan Peninsula
  5. St Ives, United Kingdom
  6. Mazatlan, Mexico
  7. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  8. Shoalhaven, Australia
  9. Wroclaw, Poland
  10. Mudgee, Australia
  11. Annecy, France
  12. Jeju Island, South Korea
  13. Tromso, Norway
  14. Ubatuba, Brazil
  15. Dresden, Germany
  16. Elba Island, Province of Livorno
  17. Maastricht, The Netherlands
  18. La Rochelle, France
  19. Lugano, Switzerland
  20. Male, Maldives
  21. Miyakojima, Japan
  22. Tobermory, Ontario
  23. Alexandria, Egypt
  24. Mar del Plata, Argentina
  25. Dunedin, New Zealand
Fancy heading to Lover’s beach, Cabo San Lucas? (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Trending Destinations

  1. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  2. Corsica, France
  3. Doha, Qatar
  4. Sanya, China
  5. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  6. Queenstown, New Zealand
  7. Tulum, Mexico
  8. Natal, Brazil
  9. Kas, Turkey
  10. Guadeloupe, Caribbean
  11. St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
  12. Cairo, Egypt
  13. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  14. Goreme, Turkey
  15. Chengdu, China
  16. Amman, Jordan
  17. Matera, Italy
  18. Shenzhen, China
  19. Udaipur, India
  20. Campos Do Jordao, Brazil
  21. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  22. York, United Kingdom
  23. New Delhi, India
  24. Hurghada, Egypt
  25. St Augustine, Florida
Sunset in Bali (Picture: Getty)

Popular Destinations

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. London, United Kingdom
  3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. Paris, France
  6. Hanoi, Vietnam
  7. Crete, Greece
  8. Bangkok, Thailand
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Istanbul, Turkey
  11. Hoi An, Vietnam
  12. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  13. Marrakech, Morrocco
  14. Phuket, Thailand
  15. New Delhi, India
  16. Cancun, Mexico
  17. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  18. Florence, Italy
  19. Dominican Republic, Carribbean
  20. Tenerife, Canary Islands
  21. Lisbon, Portugal
  22. New York City, USA
  23. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  24. Jaipur, India
  25. Cusco, Peru

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