With the COVID-19 pandemic biting hard and restricting the ability to explore new places, there is no denying that the past year hasn't been the best year for travelers. However, flight search statistics from Kayak shows that American travelers are currently topping up their travel list with new destinations and can't wait till traveling becomes worthwhile again.
Well, if you are one of those avid travelers that are still yet to decide on the next dope travel location, perhaps a quick look at these most trending travel destinations in 2021 can help narrow down your choices.
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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Top on the list of current destination searches trending so far is St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Popularly known as the gateway to the Caribbean, St. Thomas can be described as a tropical wonderland with breathtaking hilltop views, crystal clear waters, and hidden coves protecting sugary white beaches.
You don't need to come too prepared for this travel destination, as everything you'd need to enjoy your stay is within the island. Top sites to visit when in St Thomas are the Honeymoon Beach, Pirates Treasure Museum, Water Island, and the Mountain Top.
Although some restrictions have been placed on entry requirements because of the pandemic, you don't need a passport to visit if you are an American. All that is required of you is to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of departure.
Key West, FL
Another favorite getaway spot that Americans are adding to their list is the Key West in Florida. This location is famous for its beaches, watersports, lively nightlife, historic sites, and amazing conch-style architecture.
Although the Key West shouldn't be your go-place if you are looking for an affordable travel destination, you can still make it worth your while if you are a good planner.
The key trick (pun intended) here is to plan your trip during an off-season (this might be hard to decipher because of the pandemic), shop around for accommodations, dine in chic, serene yet affordable restaurants and take advantage of the beach and the sunsets; it's free!
The Key West is open for tourists this period, and although some events are being canceled, you are still guaranteed to have an enjoyable trip with a decent budget of $200 per day.
Cancun, Mexico, is another destination with a high search frequency on Kayak. Cancun is a slice of paradise you should consider visiting, especially in 2021. It is the typical playground of most American spring breakers and beach lovers.
Flights are particularly affordable to Cancun and even more so this period. Hence, a memorable trip should fit within any reasonable budget. The most eye-popping sites in Cancun that you should visit include its Playas Delfines, La Isla Shopping Village, Xoximicco Cancun, and its Mayan Museum.
Another exceptional feature of this travel destination is its mouth-watering yet affordable delicacies! If you love tacos, you'd never get enough of it when you visit Cancun.
A trip to Oranjestad is also a travel adventure filled with exciting promises. Oranjestad is a bustling harbor city flanked by malls filled with diverse boutiques, dazzling jewelry stores, and international luxury retailers.
This beautiful city provides travelers with a unique blend of old and new, leaving first-time visitors with an overwhelming charm. At the moment, Oranjestad is travel restricted due to the pandemic; however, all you need to unlock the destination is a COVID-19 test and quarantine for one day before entry.
There are so many scenic sites to visit in Oranjestad. You should consider some popular sites like the Donkey Sanctuary, Eagle Beach, the Butterfly Farm, and the National Archeological Museum.
If you are more in tune with nature and wildlife, then a visit to Anchorage in Alaska should be on the top of your list. There is no doubt that this particular location is a top choice. It offers moderate temperatures and adventurous activities like glacier spotting in Kenai Fjords National Park, mountain biking across Denali National Park, salmon fishing, and dog sledding through the backcountry.
You will get the most of the fun in this location on a budget of $153 per day. There are currently no restrictions upon entry; all required is a mandatory COVID-19 test for all travelers without a fee.
Your travel experience is never complete if you are still yet to tick off Honolulu on your list. Although quite pricey, a trip to Honolulu is nothing short of flawless and an amazing escape from the stress of overcrowded cities.
Apart from its exquisite sites like Diamond Head State Monument and its beautiful waterfalls, it offers a diverse culinary scene to its visitors. Honolulu’s top restaurants are quite affordable, and you are bound to discover tastebuds you didn't know existed.
Most Americans understand that life is a full-time vacation when visiting Miami, Florida. This location is a top destination for culture, art, food, and unbeatable nightlife. There is no shortage of beaches in Miami, and this is a plus if you are looking to make a memorable trip while on a tight budget.
Also, the all-year-round sun is a bonus, especially when you hope to catch a quick "tan." Although the pandemic might have curtailed some care-free fun, if you have a mask while having the best time here, you are good to go.
Atlanta is another must-visit site that has been buzzing this year. Everything is in the mix here, and there is something fun for everyone! If you are an art lover, The High Museum of Art should be foremost on your mind. It is also home to the thought-provoking National Centre for Civil and Human Rights, and if you are looking to shop, you shouldn't miss out on a visit to the Ponce City Market.
You are also going to love Kahului. This destination is fast becoming a trend for avid travelers itching to explore this 2021. Kahului is famous for its youthful vibe. It is a surfers haven. So if you love to surf, connecting with your kind here is a must.
Apart from its endearing natural features, this particular travel destination also offers unforgettable trips to places like the Haleakala National Park, Kaanapali Beach, and the Iao Valley State Park. If you are in America, the most popular route to this top destination is from Los Angeles, and a ticket through this route should cost you about $247 for a round trip.
Santo Domingo, DR
Another excellent destination you should consider if you are yearning for a trip is Santo Domingo. This destination is probably reserved for the last because of its language restrictions. But if you have a bit of Spanish at your fingertips, then you are good to go!
The best time to plan a trip to this part of the world should be from April to July. It should be avoided during its hurricane season, which is usually from August to October.
Santo Domingo is one of the most affordable travel destinations; you can work with a budget of $106 per day asides from your plane tickets. Your go-to options in Santo Domingo should include taking a trip to the 3 Eyes National Park, the Zona Colonial, the Agora Mall, and the Catedral Primada de America.
Although travelers are presently advised to reconsider a trip to the Dominican Republic, you can still make your trip if you have satisfied all COVID-19 protocols.
When the lockdown ends and the COVID subdued, travelers will be racing to destinations around the world. If you want to soak in the sun or in nature or the waves, consider one of the top places in this article. Don’t forget to take your Newverest Scratch off Map to document your travels.