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Where to travel in 2021

We made it through 2020. Can you all believe it? After the craziest year, one in which so many travel dreams had to be postponed, its time to look into the crystal ball and foresee a new year in travel. With the vaccine news there has been some restored hope and a new outlook on what travel in 2021 may look like.

Here’s a look at my top destinations that are perfect for your next getaway whether you feel comfortable traveling now or post pandemic. All the destinations listed below are currently open to travelers with exception of a few. As with most things pertaining to travel during Covid 19, restrictions can change at a moments notice. Just another reason why working with a travel advisor is so important.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Arenal Volcano

Nestled between the Pacific ocean and the Caribbean, Costa Rica boasts impressive rainforests, beautiful beaches, relaxing hot springs and majestic volcanos. There is a little something for everyone. For those looking for culture, restaurants and the hustle and bustle of a city, San Jose is the perfect start to your trip. From there spend some time in the famous Arenal region, where travelers can soak in hot springs and visit the volcano. End your trip at the beach for some rest and relaxation.

How to get there:

Travelers need to complete an online health care form 48 hours before boarding their flight, as well as showing proof of travel insurance that will cover medical and accommodation expenses in the event they are required to quarantine.

Nayara Springs

Where to Stay: Nayara Springs

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– A la Carte breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
– $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
– Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

From the cultural cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg to South African wine country and safaris, South Africa makes for a perfect destination for travelers wanting to discover Africa for the first time.

How to get there:

Travelers need to show a negative COVID-19 no older than 72 hours from the time of their departure, as well as install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app on their phones.

Silo Hotel, Cape Town

Where to Stay: Silo Hotel

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Daily A La Carte Breakfast for two guests per bedroom
– Virtuoso guests will have the option of $100 Hotel credit
– Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

When I think of Palm Springs, I think of mid century architecture and famous actors and actresses. Typically a weekend getaway for the Hollywood elite, Palm Springs and the surrounding area boasts great shops, restaurants and night life along with stunning natural landscapes like Indian Canyon and Joshua Tree.

How to get there:

Currently, travelers coming into California from out of state are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. Further, hotels and other lodging are not taking out of state guests unless they are considered essential workers, or planning to stay for 14 days and quarantine at the property. As with all travel restrictions during Covid these can change at any point.

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant (up to $70 per bedroom per day)
– $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
– Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

The National Parks

Yosemite

Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and beyond, the National Parks had a moment this past summer as travelers wanted a combination of epic landscapes, adventure, relaxation, wellness and social distancing. Look for accommodations and more to be booked solid (and going quickly) for the 2021 season.

How to get there:

Travel Restrictions for each National park vary based on the states they are in. Check the national parks service regularly for updates as closures and openings change often.

Caldera House

Where to stay: Caldera House

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Daily Continental Breakfast for four guests per 2-Bedroom Suites, for six guests per 4-Bedroom Suites
– $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
– Welcome Basket & Complimentary Snacks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
– Dedicated Concierge Services
– Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
– Complimentary WiFi

Bermuda

Bermuda

Families and couples looking for a tropical local with character, can’t go wrong with Bermuda. The 180 islands that make up Bermuda host pink sand, beautiful water and a little British flair make this island destination perfect for those looking to rest and relax with an ocean breeze and a cocktail in hand.

How to get there:

Travelers wishing to visit Bermuda must show a negative COVID-19 test from no more than five days before departure, fill out a travel authorization process online and pay a $75 fee, additionally they will be tested at the airport and will need to quarantine at their accommodation until the results are ready (turn around time is typically 24 hours). Travelers will then be tested every few days while on the island and be required to take their temperature twice each day and report it online.

Rosewood Bermuda

Where to stay: Rosewood Bermuda

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Daily $60 USD Breakfast Credit per room, served at Island Brasserie restaurant
– $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
– Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit

Most think of the popular Cancun or Cabo areas of Mexico, when they think Mexico coastal vacation, but Riviera Nayarit is having a huge moment right now. The area just south of Puerta Vallarta is the new hot spot to be and with hotel openings like the recent One and Only Mandarina look for it to be on many 2021 travel top destination lists.

How to get there:

Currently there are no travel restrictions to this area of Mexico for air passengers. On arrival temperatures will be taken and you will be asked to fill out a form at customs. Hotels are open at 50% capacity to insure social distancing measures are in place.

One and Only, Mandarina

Where to stay: One & Only Mandarina

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Daily a la carte breakfast for two guests per bedroom, available in our restaurant Alma
– $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
– Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

Egypt

Egypt

Travelers looking to explore Egypt’s popular history of Pyramids, Pharaohs and mummies will discover that there is much more to this ancient destination. Shopping enthusiasts can wander through the maze of the souk and haggle for the best deals on clothing, jewelry and interiors, thrill seekers can ride 4 x4’s in the dessert, wellness lovers can enjoy a spa day and relaxation by the Nile and don’t forget a camel ride ending in a sunset dinner in the desert.

How to get there:

Americans traveling to Egypt must secure a visa, show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure (a digital copy will not be accepted, only in paper form), and also show proof of health insurance upon arrival.

Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

Where to stay: Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
– Daily Full Breakfast for two guests per bedroom
– $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay

Maine

Maine

There is nothing like Coastal Maine in the summer. Visitors flock to the area to discover the rocky coast line, beautiful beaches and of course a good lobster roll or two. Dotted along the coast are the quaint and dreamy New England towns where you can ride bikes, grab a drink and do some shopping. Further north is Acadia National Park, home to the highest point on the east coast, Cadillac Mountain. This is a year round destination perfect for nature lovers, whale watchers and seafarers.

How to get there:

All out of state travelers coming to Maine must receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival or complete a 10-day quarantine.

White Barn Inn

Where to stay: White Barn Inn

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Complimentary Full Breakfast daily for two
– $100 USD Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
– Private kitchen tour
– Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

Maldives

Maldives

Over 1200 islands make up the Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean. Beach lovers will enjoy the private island feel surrounded by clear water and amazing ocean life. Over water bungalows are very popular and each resort has its own feel and in most cases its own island, where you are catered to with world class service, food and amenities.

How to get there:

Travelers wishing to visit the Maldives must have a confirmed booking in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism, must submit an online Health form within 24 hours prior to departure, and a negative PCR test given 96 hours prior to time of departure.

Joali Maldives

Where to stay: Joali Maldives

TCW Perks:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Complimentary A la Carte breakfast for two, per bedroom daily for duration of the stay
– $150 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
– Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
– Complimentary Wi-Fi

*all images provided by unsplash and the hotels listed.

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