For most people who love to travel, it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a write-off. With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, international travel for leisure became impossible. Although flights have started again and most borders around the world are open, there are still stringent restrictions in place for travelers from certain countries and quarantine rules that apply when you get to your destination which can make taking a short trip impossible for most. Thankfully, COVID19 restrictions are not going to last forever so what better than to start planning your adventures for next year? Here are some of the best European cities and towns to visit in 2021.
During the lockdown periods imposed across Europe, Berlin received a lot of praise for its quick and efficient handling of the virus with excellent track and trace systems and clear rules in place to keep everybody safe. If you want to visit a city that you can trust to have your back in a post-COVID19 world, Berlin is a great option. And it’s filled with some excellent things to see and do including the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, and the DDR Museum. Transport links here are also excellent with many options for traveling across Europe such as this Berlin to Prague train.
If you want to visit somewhere absolutely beautiful to make up for the fact you’ve been unable to travel in 2020, Santorini in the Greek Islands is a stunning choice. While Santorini did reopen to tourists for a while, currently it is under restrictions with certain countries, such as the UK, requiring travelers to self-isolate for fourteen days after returning. However, in 2021, things might be looking a little bit more back to normal, so it’s well worth booking your trip here for next summer to see the stunning sunsets, white-domed buildings, and gorgeous beaches.
A European destination that’s often underrated, there are plenty of great reasons to book a trip to Slovenia for 2021. Although it’s quite small, Slovenia is truly a gorgeous destination with plenty of things to do for travelers. Be sure to visit the stunning and romantic Lake Bled and spend some time exploring the unique, quirky capital city of Ljubljana.
If you’d like to visit France but want to avoid crowded cities for your 2021 trip, it’s a great time to spend more time in the French countryside. Provence is a wonderful destination for an escape from all the craziness in the world right now, filled with small, quintessential French towns and gorgeous green scenery.
Iceland is another country that handled the pandemic well with news stories reporting that it now feels like COVID19 never happened. It’s definitely a great choice of destination for your 2021 travel especially if you plan to visit in winter where there’s a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Head to the capital city for a vibrant experience or use this Iceland trip planner to put together an itinerary you’ll love.
COVID19 might have ruined many of our travel plans for 2020, but don’t let that put you off planning your next adventure for 2021.