Top offbeat travel destinations to visit in 2021 and beyond

Top offbeat travel destinations to visit in 2021 and beyond

COVID19 changed the way we travel. Once the situation improves and we are able to travel freely, here is a delectable mix of destinations that would be ideal for you to explore. These destinations are either overlooked by most travellers or are familiar hotspots offering new reasons to return in 2021 and beyond. I have taken care to include places that are ideal for all – from cheap family holiday destinations to offbeat adventure playgrounds for solo or budget travellers, from the East of the world to the west and north to the South.

Top offbeat travel destinations to visit in 2021 and beyond

1) Hokkaido, Japan

The northernmost region of the four major islands of Japan is also the least explored by tourists. While foreigners have missed Hokkaido, the Japanese have long been visiting the island for its mild summers, action-packed winters, spectacular unspoiled nature, beguiling culture, coastline villages and the freshest seafood in the country. Hokkaido is a year-round destination – in winters, Hokkaido creates the best ski conditions in Asia, while summers attract hikers, cyclists, and campers. Besides, Hokkaido is quite famous for its lavender fields, tulip parks, wildlife, autumn foliage, the last Sakura (cherry blossom) viewing, new year sunrise, and soul-warming Hokkaido-style ramen.

One of the top travel destinations to visit in 2020 isHokkaido, Japan
One of the top offbeat travel destinations to visit in 2021 and beyond is Hokkaido, Japan

For further reading, check: Offbeat Japan, Sakura Bloom in Japan, The best time to visit Japan, Things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, Facts about Japan: The land of the rising Sun, Step by step guide for multi-visit Japan visa, Best New Year Celebrations around the world and their strange traditions

2) Waitomo, New Zealand

Whether you have seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy or The Hobbit series or not, you’ll know New Zealand, is one of the most scenic places in the world. The country is made of two islands – the South Island is lined with spectacular mountain ranges, glaciers, and lush forests and the North Island is bejewelled with astounding coasts, geothermal pools, and extraordinary glow-worm caves.

Andrew Nelson, a local Kiwi, highly recommends going on a glow worm cave tour in Waitomo. Inside the caves lined with stunning stalagmite & stalactite formations, you see a spectacular show put on by the glow worms.

For more info, check, 100% Pure New Zealand Road Trip

3) Luang Prabang, Laos

Nestled in the mountains at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River in central Laos, Luang Prabang is a town cast in time. This compact UNESCO World Heritage city presents a fantastic melange of architecture, natural beauty, culture and cuisine. Spend a day marvelling the beauty of the exquisite 14th-century Indochinese architecture of the town before you head out to take a refreshing dip in the aquamarine Kuang Si waterfall. Go on a boat ride or make an overland trip to the breath-taking landscape of Pak Ou Cave before witnessing the alms giving ceremony of the saffron-clad monks. Enjoy the night-life and mouth-watering local delicacies at the night market. 

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