Trending travel destinations for 2021

Conde Nast Traveler assembled a list of the trending travel destinations for 2021 based on top internet searches.  Most of these locations share common traits: sun, sand, and seclusion.

11.  The Maldives – While you can’t drive there, the volume of flights have increased and the island is open to all travelers who produce a negative PCR (nasal swab) test taken 72 hours prior to departure.

10.  French Polynesia – Some commercial flights have resumed to Tahiti, including a United Airlines flights that departs from LAX.  But if you want to travel to Fiji, you’ll need to wait.  Commercial flights are on hold until at least spring of 2021.  But a private, all-inclusive flight package can be purchased for you and 20 of your closest friends for only $450,000!

9.  Los Cabos, Mexico – If your Facebook feed looks like ours, then you know Cabo is popular!  And the airlines do too as they add more routes to this sunny Mexico destination.

8.  Miami – This always popular domestic destination is seeing its fair share of travel and with liberal pandemic restrictions, visitors can enjoy what the city has to offer.

6. & 7. – Maui and Oahu – For months the islands were under strict 14-day quarantine restrictions for visitors.  But they recently relaxed requirements to a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure bringing back demand for these Hawaiian Islands.

5.  Punta Cana – In July, the Dominican Republic opened its borders to visitors and by October, resorts were open back up to guests.  Another location that checks the boxes for sun, sand and seclusion.

4.  Orlando – No one can keep the mouse down.  At least not after four months when the theme parks officially re-opened on July 11.  While limited in capacity and reservations must be made online, families are once again experiencing the Disney magic.

3.  Las Vegas – Resorts and casinos are slowly reopening their doors to guests.  And while the Strip might look and feel different, airlines have resumed non-stop flights.

2.  Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Tulum – Hey, it’s Mexico, again!  It’s confirmed.  This is where travelers want to be in 2021.  

So, it’s no surprise that the top spot on the list goes to another Mexican resort town…

1. Cancun – While consistently a hot spot for travelers across all the US, its popularity increased as US air carriers have all added flights to the city.  In October 2020 it surpassed one million visitors, which was the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Where will you go in 2021? Are your destinations similar to these trending travel destinations?

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