Never has there been a year when understanding the future of travel has been more important. Which countries can you go to without quarantining? Will you have to take a Covid-19 test during your journey? How many times will you need to change your face mask on the plane? There are so many questions and the answers keep changing.
So, what will Travel in 2021 be like? – the Travel Experts At Idle Travel Are Happy To Advise What Travel Will Be Like In 2021. It’s been an undeniably rocky road for the travel industry in 2020 but a new year is around the corner and it is generally thought that after months, well almost a year of cabin fever, there will be an undeniable hunger for travel. This should all be made possible thanks to new air corridors opening and better testing protocols making trips abroad much easier and safer again.
Many signs point to a quick rebound in 2021 as people will be making up for all of those missed holidays in 2020, however there may still be a need to self-isolate when returning from some countries and entry requirements will vary, with many requiring a negative Covid test upon arrival.
Here at Idle Travel we have some great detainations for your next foreign holiday, after all, you’ve definitely earned it (!) and with a new vaccine being rolled out and the aviation industry campaigning for rapid testing at arrivals, heading abroad in Easter and summer 2021 might not seem as impossible as you first thought.
There are several countries you can visit without having to self-isolate on return and please note this information was correct at the time of posting.
You will be pleased to know that several popular holiday destinations are on the list, The Channel Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, the Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos, The Isle of Man, Madeira, Maldives, Norway and many long-haul destinations.
However, some of the most popular holiday destinations for the British are in the Mediterranean so let’s talk about these to get your travel juices flowing. But first…
If you are wanting to holiday sooner rather than later, then Dubai is the perfect choice with thrills and year-round sun to satisfy every traveller. Whether you crave adventure, culture and history, designer shopping or just relaxing and being waited on hand and foot, Dubai has it all.
Witness the tallest performing fountain in the world during your visit to Downtown Dubai. The Dubai Fountain offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in a captivating water, music and light experience.
Home to a ski slope, cinema complex and 560 shops and boutiques, a visit to the Mall of the Emirates is a must-see on any trip to Dubai. Shop, dine and stroll beneath the glamorous Fashion Dome, with its wrought iron ceiling reminiscent of European railways, shop brands like Apple, Chanel, Burberry and Missoni. Everyone should visit Dubai at least once!
Has always been a great summer destination. The southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, there are hundreds of miles of beaches making it every sun worshipers’ dream. While there, a trip to the city of Miami is a must, to experience its Latin-American cultural influences and notable arts scene, as well as its nightlife, especially in upscale South Beach. For families, Orlando – famed for theme parks and shopping malls, is where it’s all happening. This is a magical place for all the family to experience.
If you prefer to stay closer to home and who doesn’t love The Med, then the Greek Islands are perfect. The islands are an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition and many of the beaches have been awarded the blue flag under the Blue Flags of Europe Program, providing not only swimming, but also scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing.The ideal climate, safe waters and small distances between ports and coasts, have made the Greek Islands extremely popular among Greek and British visitors, and provide a great holiday experience from spring through to Autumn.
The Canary Islands
Think scented pine forests, haunting volcanoes, lunar-like landscapes, secret sandy coves and miles of sand dunes – the Canary Islands are unique, beautiful and offer so much diversity. From the pine-forests of of Gran Canaria’s mountainous region, to the tumbling waterfalls of La Palma or the subtropical greenery of La Gomera’s Parque Nacional de Garajonay. In complete contrast there is the extraordinary bare flatlands of Tenerife’s El Teide, Lanzarote’s lava fields and Fuerteventura’s endless plains. The Canary Islands have a near-perfect year-round temperature, making them consistently one of our most popular holiday destinations.
Portugal offers something for everyone. Albufeira is a coastal city in the southern region, a former fishing village that has become a major holiday destination, with sandy beaches and a busy nightlife. It’s surrounded by colourful apartments, with a waterfront promenade and the largely pedestrian Old Town retains the traditional character of cobblestone streets, shops and a central square. Outside of Albufeira are the 12th-century Moorish Castle of Paderne, golf courses and the Aqualand and Zoomarine theme parks. Or you could try Vilamoura, an all-in-one seaside town where life revolves around the huge marina that’s filled with million-pound yachts and lined with elegant bars and authentic Portuguese restaurants.
For an end of year visit, it doesn’t come any better than New York. New York City comprises of 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centres. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park.
There is so much to do here, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year – whenever you go there’s a unique experience waiting for you, complete with bright lights and ultra-modern lively districts, every block is paved with urban wonders.
Central Park is on the Upper West Side of the city, where New York’s iconic green space spreads across 843 acres of meadows, walkways and gardens and is always a hive of activity. There’s an outdoor arena in the park where theatre goers can enjoy a show and fans of John Lennon can pay their respects at Strawberry Fields.
A must-see is the Empire State Building, Midtown. Visited by over 3.5 million people each year, this is one of New York’s national historic landmarks, in fact one of the most famous landmarks in the world, offering an unparalleled view of the spectacular New York skyline.
Times Square is also Midtown; once a very cheap district, it was known for porn and for peep shows and was a huge tourist trap. Today it’s totally changed. It’s drug-free, crime-free and the sleazy shows have been replaced with much cooler sights. With its raucous noise, naked cowboys and selfie stick-wielding tourists, like Marmite, it inspires a love-it-or-hate-it reaction. Yes, it’s totally mad, but that’s the reason it should be on you ‘To Do’ list for your visit.