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As we begin to see the excitement of the travel corridors, travel bubbles and restrictions are being lifted – optimism is returning as we begin our love for all things… It's time to vacation in 2021!

So where to go in this 'new world'? Well I'm glad you asked….

You can be certain that you can book with confidence when thinking about your next flight, cruise, rail or road trip because destinations are taking extra health and safety precautions for the well-being of their passengers.

And as people now seek to travel with purpose and reconnect with nature, and some places in the world deemed 'low health risk', here's to walking around the world after border restrictions There is a collective view of the best and most beautiful places. the lift.

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Croatia

This Baltic beauty is just as popular as the Greek islands, with its celebrity growing even more so thanks to Game of Thrones (shame through the medieval cobbled streets of King's Landing and Dubrovnik).

The idyllic beach and its day bars, ancient buildings that are part of its buzzing nightlife, fresh and hearty food… and the opportunity to rent a boat to island hop along the azure Adriatic coast… are the hallmarks of a perfect vacation.

Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar were once taken over by tourists in peak summer, this may change in 2021, but consider less popular (but equally picturesque) areas on the coast such as Istria (borders Italy and Slovenia) - add these to the list too!), or go inland to national parks like Plitvice Lakes and Krka Waterfalls for a point of difference.

Norway

 Scandinavia is seen as a (Covid) low risk destination but with high impact i.e. full of exciting experiences and is famous for its spectacular landscapes, charming villages and majestic mountains. The priceless Northern Lights (electrically charged particles from the Sun), are a must-experience for watching the lights sour in the sky above the Arctic Circle.

And while you're there, board one of the world's most incredible rail journeys - the Phlom Railway, which offers panoramic views of some of the most stunning nature amid the Norwegian fjords.

Sea of Orange Tiles
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Portugal

One of the Mediterranean's best sun and sand destinations, with historic cities, world-renowned cuisine and natural landscapes. Something for everyone as it has become an increasingly popular wellness destination to unplug and relax with some of the best surfing in the world.

Contiki is offering new self-care experiences like its Portugal City and Surf Adventure. The 2-night 'Special Stays' at Noah's Surf House in Santa Cruz offers experiences including paddle boarding, skateboarding, and early morning sunrise yoga with views of the country's beautiful coastline.

Vienna by River

For those who have experienced Europe several times and are looking for a difference, consider a river cruise – it's a unique way to explore Europe as you get past castles on a luxury ship and float down the quaint villages (up to 130 people), all while relaxing and sipping wine from the roof deck. Think floating 5-star boutique hotels, restaurants, bars and yoga studios promoting 'wellness on the water'.

Waking up to swans outside your window as you roll the misty waters, pure magic. And there's plenty of free time to explore cities and towns. Vienna to Prague is my choice, sailing along the charming Rhine and Danube rivers, stopping in the "waltz city" to explore its artistic heritage, royal palaces, and historical treasures.

FOR YOUR SAFETY AND SAFETY - The air on all Uniworld Boutique Collection ships is air-purified and the treated surfaces are self-disinfected in an odorless, chemical-free and sustainable manner, decomposing microbes such as bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus family is done.

Sunset tree in Kenya Safari, Africa
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Southern Africa

Safari, Safari, Safari. The feeling that you are part of a David Attenborough documentary is very real – my group had to walk six young lions within arm's reach and then attack a buffalo right in front of our dazzling eyes – only to see the buffalo six He ran to warn the lions to drive away and then hit a tree with his head to show his dominance against the lions. That kind of 'live show' doesn't happen every day, which is the beauty of a safari - every day and night is different, you can only expect to catch the Big5 (lion, elephant, panther, buffalo, rhinoceros).

Also add to the stunning Lions Head Climb with 360 views of Cape Town, various nature walks and of course the lovely spirit of the people – your vacation is complete.

Lion World Tours, African Travel & Adventure World Travel tailor trips across Africa to suit your needs, passions and different levels of soft adventure.

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Egypt and Jordan

How fascinating it is to step back in time in the land of the pharaohs, get lost in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, visit the gigantic pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, and visit the mighty Nile, on the banks of which many ancient monuments Huh. The history and stories to be heard are enough to bring out the explorer in anyone, not to mention all the mezze plates and hummus.

Then on to Jordan, full of World Heritage Sites and inspiring desert landscapes, Petra, sites set on rocky landscapes and considered a 'world wonder' with a clear mood that changes with the changing light of dawn and dusk.

Trafalgar and Insight Vacations offer guided vacations and the opportunity to visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative, a community of women with the mission of self-empowerment and developing their craft (figure Highest unemployment rate for Middle East) - You are welcome to come and join them, learn their way of life and give back to the community #MakeTravelMatter.

South America

Take some time out and be at one with nature and wellness – Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest (stay at eco lodge), Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins (hike Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World!), Lima As a global gastronomy destination and relax on the white sand beaches.

CostSaver, takes you to South America, for the packageless vacation you've designed; And now Uniworld Boutique River Cruises sails to the Amazon and includes Peru to explore Machu Picchu. Try a state-of-the-art skiff ride on the Yanayaku-Puket River where you can kayak, canoe and swim in these famous waters with a possible sighting of pink dolphins.

Canada

A breath of fresh air for many, Canada offers a glimpse of the thriving city and hosts a range of activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, skiing, wildlife and more. Get lost and discover the gifts of Mother Nature from the Rocky Mountains to the waters of Alaska and cover the national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada. But also consider that the mountains of the Yukon or British Columbia are equally impressive to the Rockies.

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Japan

Combining Eastern traditions crossed with Western modernity, Japan is one of the oldest civilizations with diverse history, majestic temples and boasts of 21 UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites; pristine landscapes such as Mount Fuji and its wooded hills, the chance to take a dip in the mineral-rich Onsen Hot Spring Baths heated by geothermal forces, which are said to confer 'rejuvenating powers'; Its fresh powder ski area in winter, and cherry blossom blooms in spring which peak in April.

Food and entertainment are important to Japanese culture, so while on vacation you should sample an array of delicious dishes that make up their traditional dishes (including sake and singing karaoke, of course). FYI - Japan is the birthplace of karaoke and there are about 100,000 karaoke boxes and bars nationwide. So find your favorite song and immerse yourself in the culture!

Embrace the timeless tradition and modern spirit of Japan's iconic landmarks at Kotohira's soothing hot springs, then contemplate world peace in Hiroshima with Japan's Trafalgar Splendors.

Australia and New Zealand

Yes, I've listed two countries to fit in the top 10, but they share similar qualities yet are completely unique from each other - incredibly diverse, extraordinary scenery in nature and endemic wildlife, and offer an interesting indigenous culture to be discovered (and they are both considered to be incredibly low-risk COVID countries).

While Australia is famous for its picturesque beaches and white sand, New Zealand is known for its breathtaking mountains and landscapes.

Imagine snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef (one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest single structure created by living organisms), then head north to the Daintree Rainforest and sleep in an eco-treehouse, then travel to Uluru A spiritual place that draws you like a whirlpool in the most magical way.

New Zealand offers a distinction between its north and south islands – a plethora of natural wonders such as the Tasman Glacier, made famous by The Lord of the Rings. Take a scenic journey through Fiordland National Park and to the unrivaled Milford Sound.