2021: Trending destinations for the travel-starved

SINGAPORE, 27 January 2021: Tripadvisor released its annual Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for Destinations 2021, revealing where travellers ventured in 2020, while travel was still open, as well as where they dreamed of going when the pandemic kept them at home.

The awards highlighted popular, trending, and Emerging Destinations around the world, as well as a new category for 2021; national parks.

The awards are based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings for accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations worldwide on Tripadvisor over one year.

With travel restrictions in place for much of the year, travellers explored the world very differently — they took more local trips closer to home and favoured outdoor spots, away from crowded cities. According to a recent survey of Tripadvisor travellers, more than half (52%) say they are more likely to take an outdoor or nature trip than they were before the pandemic. As a result, many of the Asia-Pacific destinations featured on the Travellers’ Choice Trending Destinations for 2021 were outdoor destinations.

Sanya, China, known for its picturesque beach resorts is ranked number four on the global Trending Destinations for 2021 while Queenstown, New Zealand has made the list at number six. On the global stage, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is the number one Trending Destination, seeing the biggest spike in top reviews and ratings last year.

While Covid-19 kept travellers from exploring too far from home for the large part of last year, that didn’t stop them from raving about the trips they did manage to get in. Topping the world’s Travellers’ Choice Popular Destinations list Bali, Indonesia moves up from fourth place last year to replace London in the top spot.

“Alongside the latest vaccine developments, pent-up demand is prompting the world to think more about travel in 2021,” said Christine Maguire, Tripadvisor global media business vice president and general manager. “But one result of the pandemic may be the destinations that interest them. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 74% of travellers would spend more time selecting a destination when planning their next trip2. If you’re like me and already imagining your first post-vaccine vacation, this list of travellers’ favourite destinations can serve as your inspiration.”

Top 10 Popular Destinations in the World

Popular Destinations include the locations that travellers raved about most on Tripadvisor in the past year, comprising iconic world cities.

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. London, United Kingdom
  3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. Paris, France
  6. Hanoi, Vietnam
  7. Crete, Greece
  8. Bangkok, Thailand
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Istanbul, Turkey

The full list of Popular Destinations including the Asia list here: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations.

Top 10 Trending Destinations in the World

Trending Destinations recognize destinations that saw the biggest increase in a combination of positive ratings and reviews over the last year.

  1. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  2. Corsica, France
  3. Doha, Qatar
  4. Sanya, China
  5. Gatlinburg, Tenn., United States
  6. Queenstown, New Zealand
  7. Tulum, Mexico
  8. Natal, Brazil
  9. Kas, Turkey
  10. Guadeloupe, Carribean

The full list of the world’s top Trending Destinations here: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-TrendingDestinations

Top 10 Emerging Destinations in the World

Emerging Destinations showcase the spots with the greatest year-over-year increase in “saves” on Tripadvisor around the world. Different from the other categories, which highlight where travellers have already visited, the Emerging list identifies where they want to visit. These are the destinations travellers were dreaming of while they were stuck at home all year — and where they may go next.

  1. Martinique, Caribbean
  2. Panama City Beach, Fla., United States
  3. Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
  4. Holbox Island, Mexico
  5. St Ives, United Kingdom
  6. Mazatlan, Mexico
  7. Colorado Springs, Colo., United States
  8. Shoalhaven, Australia
  9. Wroclaw, Poland
  10. Mudgee, Australia

The full list of top Emerging Destinations in the world here: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-EmergingDestinations

Top 10 National Parks in the World

When indoor activities shuttered in 2020, travellers headed to the great outdoors. Here are their favourite National Parks around the world.

  1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  2. Jim Corbett National Park, India
  3. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
  4. Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., United States
  5. Kruger National Park, South Africa
  6. Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  7. Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., United States
  8. Zion National Park, Utah, United States
  9. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
  10. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

The full list of the top National Parks in the world here: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-NationalParks