As 2020 has been the worst year for travel in living memory, it’s time to look ahead to 2021, and get dreaming about the incredible adventures and unique experiences to come that we all missed out on over the last twelve months.
With travel plans scuppered and bucket list trips put on hold, here at Not In The Guidebooks we’ve been working hard to discover the very best responsible, authentic and local experiences to help you get off the beaten track in 2021.
Here is a selection of our best new destinations to stoke up that wanderlust for the year ahead, and help you dream of your next adventure, for what will hopefully be the year we look back on as the year where the world opened back up.
Rising in a veil of mist and steam from the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores recall an almost prehistoric landscape. Lush, green forests climb the sides of dramatic mountains and rushing waterfalls cascade into deep, hidden lagoons.
Bubbling geothermally heated pools, secluded coves and magnificent cliff views make the Azores a truly exotic, exciting destination, and with all this natural wonder, come many immersive experiences.
Whether it’s hiking stunning trails leading to the ridges of a volcanic crater, floating in geothermally heated coastal pools, swimming with wild dolphins out in the majestic Atlantic Ocean, or kayaking on lakes suspended high above sea level by volcanic crater walls, the Azores is the perfect destination for anyone with a thirst for adventure.
Cambodia draws in every traveller it welcomes with a slow, laid back pace of life, particularly when you leave the manic Phnom Penh and head to the dreamy backwaters, where you’ll find technicolour sunsets, lazy rivers and quiet temples that hum to the sound of cicadas.
Throw in the incredibly good food, the magical wildlife, thick jungles and rolling hills, shimmering rice paddies and paradisiacal coast, and you’ve got country that will have you hooked from day one.
A world of exploration awaits, from unleashing your inner Indiana Jones whilst exploring creeper covered temples, drifting on huge inland lakes with an ice-cold beer in hand, to getting up close and personal with Cambodia’s gentle giants or exploring buzzing night markets.
But Cambodia’s main attraction is its people. There are few places on earth you’ll get a warmer welcome and more attentive hospitality, and with few to no tourists over the last year, it’s likely the locals will be happier than ever to see you.