Travel Fun in 2021; Top Travel Destinations to Book in the New Year
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So much for that “20-20 vision”, we hoped for. But 2021 is a new year, and as the saying goes, “New year, new destination.” Okay, that might not be the actual saying, but we believe this year will be the year of make-up vacations and travel restarts! So, dust off your passport and take a look at some of Yampu’s newest destinations, top-selling regions, and travel expert picks below! Because you deserve some fun in 2021.
South America -Yampu Classic
We hate to lump together such an array of stunning destinations, but there are so many South American countries that are worth mentioning. If you’re like us and can’t choose just one, you can easily work with your tour consultant to create a custom multi-country itinerary that fits all of your travel tastes and needs. We of course highly recommend a visit to Peru, whether it’s your first trip to the land of the Incas or a return voyage to see sites you may have missed the last time. The boundless Andes even made ranks on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2021 Gold List, so you know Peru is a must experience.
United States – NEW
With International travel being rather limited last year, our travel experts began looking in their own back yard for a taste of adventure with plenty of space to social distance while still itching that travel bug. From witnessing some of the oldest and largest living beings on earth at Sequoia National Park, to visiting where the buffalo roam in Yellowstone, the United States’ National Parks offer endless outdoor adventures. The short domestic flights make traveling a breeze, but if you want to see Americana in all its glory, a comfortable road trip can be easily organized.
Papua New Guinea – NEW
Though Papua New Guinea is not the most accessible destination to explore, the difficulties are what draw explorers to the island. Dense rainforests and active volcanoes make up most of the mainland surrounding tribal villages, many with their own native dialect. Adventure seekers and nature lovers will enjoy the many hiking trails, dense terrain, and diverse fauna. In contrast, culture enthusiasts will enjoy learning about some of the oldest cultures on the planet with face-to-face experiences.
Iceland – NEW
Rising from the cold depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is one of the youngest landmasses in the world’s history. Created from the most active volcanoes in the world and carved by the largest glaciers in Europe, the Nordic island nation rightfully earned the epic title of “Land of Fire and Ice”. Also referred to as the land of light and darkness (an equally impressive appellation), Iceland’s long summer days that provide up to 24 hours of sunshine contrast with the few hours of winter daylight. These long winter evenings are what draw many of Iceland’s visitors to its frigid shores to spectate the stunning Northern Lights. No matter the time of year, Iceland is sure to offer unique experiences for travelers including trekking its pristine landscapes, soaking in its geothermal pools, admiring the local wildlife, and tasting its unique cuisine (fermented shark, anyone?).
Central America – Yampu Classic
Much like their neighbors to the south, Central America is packed full of experiences rich in culture, history, and nature so it’s difficult to pick just one to visit! Travelers can experience the dense ecosystem of Costa Rica’s rainforest while watching for the colorful Macaw or visit the locals at the markets in the highlands of Guatemala. A Cruise through the Panama Canal or discovering the rich marine life along the Barrier Reef in Belize are must-have experiences. Hike Nicaragua’s Mombacho Volcano and relax in hot springs while exploring the land of lakes; or take in the vibrant nightlife and arts scene of San Salvador, with its dramatic backdrop of volcanoes. Roll cigars and visit ancient Maya ruins in Honduras or take in all the sites with an Ultimate Central American Vacation. Whatever your interest, Yampu will design the trip of a lifetime.
Italy – NEW
One of the latest and most requested destinations on our list needs no introduction.
Often referred to as “The Boot,” thanks to its geographical shape that resembles a high heel, Italy is arguably the capital of fashion, cuisine, art, and history of the western world. Once encompassing much of Europe, the middle east, and northern Africa, the birth of the great Roman empire spread western knowledge, culture, and religion through its reaches. Along with a fascinating history, Italy is also well known for its gastronomy. Foodies and culinary artists flock from all regions of the world to experience the love and devotion that is put into the famed cuisine.
For those who have yet to experience the beauty of Italy, a voyage through Rome, Florence, and Venice is an essential introduction to the Italian Classics. For returning visitors, we highly recommend soaking in some of the region’s most scenic views while Exploring Coastal Italy, including Naples & Amalfi.
From the verdant valleys of Tuscany to the iconic sites of Rome and the delicious Mediterranean flavors of Sicily, Italy is the epitome of experiential travel.
Scandinavia – NEW
Another destination that has recently been added to our expansive portfolio, Scandinavia is a unique region of jaw-dropping scenery. With breathtaking fjords, colossal mountains, and overtly welcoming locals, visitors will see exactly what makes Scandinavia so uniquely Scandinavian.
Not to be confused with the Nordic and Baltic regions, the Scandinavian Peninsula is shared by Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. Whether you decide to try your hand at dog sledding in Tromsø in Northern Norway or to learn of the Finnish sauna Etiquette in Helsinki, Scandinavia offers endless experiences. From cycling Copenhagen, one of the most cycling-friendly cities in the world to savoring traditional Swedish dishes in Stockholm, the choice is yours.
Africa -Yampu Classic
From watching the sun set over the wild plains of the Serengeti and checking off the famed pyramids of Egypt to tasting unique Moroccan flavors and learning why the people of the Mursi tribe adorn themselves with large lip plates, Africa offers experiences straight out of a National Geographic magazine. With vast open wildlife far away from the crowded cities a game safari while staying at one of our remote-luxury lodges will put you front and center of the stunning animals who call Africa home
Whether you want to spot the big-5 or taste your way through the Winelands of Cape Town or even a combination of the two and then some, we have you covered.
Croatia – NEW
Neighboring Italy, sharing a maritime border across the Adriatic Sea, is the island speckled shoreline of Croatia. Crystal clear waters complement the delightful Mediterranean climate and idyllic beaches of Croatia while stark mountains of the Dinaric Range rise in the distance. Moving inland, visitors are welcomed by rolling fields of verdant farmland that produce delectable ingredients that are used in signature dishes. With food playing an important role in Croatia’s culture, visitors will be welcomed by locals with full plates and ever-flowing wine glasses. Though the country is beginning to grow as Europe’s holiday destination, Croatia is still regarded as a hidden gem that is not overrun by tourists, offering genuine experiences throughout the country.
Central Asia – NEW
Linking the continents of Asia and Europe since the establishment of the Silk Road, Central Asia and Caucasia serve as a diverse melting pot of cultures and religions from centuries of trade and changing of rule. Encompassing the Caspian Sea, the two regions both offer diverse landscapes, historical architectural wonders, and warmly welcoming cultures that are unique to each country.
Armenia provides an almost biblical experience to its visitors with hundreds of ancient churches, monuments, cathedrals, and ruins scattered amongst its beautifully stark landscape.
The small country of Georgia serves as the heart of the Caucasus, drawing inspiration from their neighbors from all corners of the region while Azerbaijan is the ever-burning flame of the Caucusus with an astounding combination between tradition and modernity.
Mongolia’s unique nomadic lifestyle provides experiences in the pristine nature that visitors long for, surrounded by rugged mountains, dune-lined deserts, and vast valleys of grasslands while each of the Five-Stans offers a unique perspective of the region where visitors can soak in the culture through its welcoming locals.
Canada – NEW
Renowned worldwide for its vast, pristine landscape, Canada is the second-largest country in the world, spanning 6,521 Kilometers (That’s 4,025 miles for those still on the imperial system) from coast to coast with over 43 national parks in between, covering 224,466 square Kilometers (139477 mi²). Canada is divided into 13 provinces, grouped into seven large regions, each distinct with its own culture, landscapes cuisines, and even languages. Though most speak English throughout Canada, the province of Quebec prides itself on its francophone dialect, hosting the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, Montréal. Along with cultural melting pots such as Ottawa and Toronto, Canada’s untouched parks, such as the stunning Banff National Park, are what draw many of its visitors.
Have any of these destinations made it onto your travel list for the new year? Let us know in the comments where you plan on traveling to in 2021! Before you forget, be sure to signup for our newsletter for more travel tips, tricks, and deals.