Heading to 2021: De-stressing from everything 2020 has brought us

During a Covid-19 pandemic when people traveled significantly less than they had used to do, and the world still has been seeing restrictions everywhere, squeeze ourselves in a trip before the new year still not being the best option to “relax”. And we wonder, what will be your next route?

What wasn’t stressful about 2020? Depending on where you are located you can mention elections, anti-racism movements, wars, and the typical global crisis this year enhanced by a huge pandemic that involved all of us.

In the middle of chaos and without being able to escape we start to think about more and more things to add to the list of positive trends to come out of this year, and that includes topics such as exemption from airline relocation fees, better aircraft sanitization and easier hotel cancellation policies.

Have we ever thought about it before? Probably yes, but not that often as we can do it now.

After almost a year without extravagant trips, most of us are ready for bucket list trips in 2021. Research shows that 2020 was the year with the largest domestic trips of short duration, with the largest savings for travel spending in 2021, where trips intended to be international and longer.

Considering a pandemic that still is going on, those who can travel tend to opt for more expensive but safer trips, or alternative routes that can be made in mini-vans, on natural regions with more adventure and outdoor activities.

Whatever your option is, here we show you some examples either to escape from international hotel chains, low-cost (and unsafe) flights, or crowded beaches.

The Bothy Project, Scotland

A refuge for your inspiration. The Bothy Project is itself the product of a project. It was built as a part of a plan to establish series of studios in diverse locations across Scotland where artists could hide themselves away and get creative. To read more about this imaginative attempt to mobilise the Scottish art community, take a look here

Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

One of the world’s best places for watching the northern lights. The aurora season lasts from late August until the end of April. Sleep under the stars and live an unforgettable experience

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

We know, this is a very turistic place. But how many times did you think about goind there instead of usual routes? Samarkand, also known as Samarqand,  titled by UNESCO as the Crossroads of Culture, exemplifies the wonders of the Silk Road. A city in southeastern Uzbekistan and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. 


Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih), Saudi Arabia

The first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. It features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD.

San Ignacio Mini in Argentina
Ruins od San Ignacio Mini, image from the blog the culture trip

San Ignacio Mini in Argentina is one of the most well-preserved settlements of the Jesuits missions. Built-in the area to Christianize the Guaranis en of the 17th-century, the ruins are today one of the most important testimony of these large complexes and the Guaranis war.

Uluru, Australia
Uluru, Australia

Also known as Ayers Rock and officially gazetted as Uluru / Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. Perfect for those who like hiking or just want to have an natural experience that can include sleep under the stars or a fancy lunch in the middle of the wildlife – Uluru can please everyone, even the most spiritualists. According to Aboriginal legends, Uluru is at a crossroads between all of the sacred paths known as ivara that run through Central Australia. The paths hold the memories of demigods and diving beings that experienced journeys and adventures. According to Anangu beliefs, their souls occupy the surrounding nature.

As you can see, there are plenty of alternative routes to escape from the obvious and saturated tourism. Starting to create your bucket list trip is certainly one of the options to escape the stress of the end of the year and focus on a perfect and destressing trip for 2021. We hope you can share your thoughts with us!

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