Your Top 20 Travel Destinations to Visit in 2021

7 December, 2020

Do you miss traveling so much that you’ve been attempting to satisfy your wanderlust by endlessly scrolling on your social media and visiting the top travel destination you have in mind via Google Maps? If so, you are not alone. A lot of people had to cancel their travel plans for 2020, too. So instead of posting new pictures of their recent travels, a lot have jumped on the #TakeMeBack trend on social media.

Admittedly, the pandemic has changed the trends in travel for safety purposes but not the people’s desire to do so. That is why, if you’re curious to find out the top travel destinations for 2020 that people missed visiting, then this is the article for you. From this list, you can start forming your destination bucket list for the coming years.


Local destinations

The Philippines is never short of amazing destinations. If you’re planning to visit them before 2020 ends, make sure to prepare the necessary documents for quarantine traveling. If you missed being in awe at the country’s beauty, here are 10 top destinations in the country that you should visit real soon.

1. Baguio

Baguio’s unique charms that keep people coming back are the cool weather, breathtaking landscapes, and amazing food. If you want to wear layers of clothing even in summer, then you can perfectly do that in the City of Pines.

Not to mention there are different parks and places you can visit such as Camp John Hay. Of course, aside from going around the city, Baguio is also one of the best places to eat. Don’t miss out on visiting Good Taste, Grumpy Joe, Lemon and Olives, and Cafe by the Ruins.

2. Batanes

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For travelers who want to experience adventure and a taste of paradise, the ‘Scotland of the Orient’, Batanes might be the top destination on your list. Sure, the budget of traveling here is quite similar to visiting Taiwan or Hong Kong, but the picturesque view of this place is so remarkable that it is worth all the money you will spend traveling there.

Be prepared to feast your senses on the beautiful green hills and blue seas you will encounter in Batanes. While you’re there, make sure to insert in your itinerary a trip to the islands of Sabtang and Itbayat.

3. Bohol

If you dream of seeing Tarsiers again and go dolphin watching, then Bohol is where you should be. Panglao is one of the most popular beaches in this province due to its white-sand beaches. If you’re up for a different adventure, you can visit caves, kayak, or go wall climbing. Indeed, this is a destination for everyone hungry for adventure.

4. Boracay

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Speaking of a top travel destination in the Philippines, Boracay shouldn’t be missed at all costs. According to DOT’s 2019 performance report, a total of 2,034,599 travelers visited this island. And ever since Boracay opened its doors on October 1, a lot of people have come back to this tropical island to witness its marvelous sunsets and white sand beaches.

Another thing to enjoy is the island’s rich and diverse marine life. Get ready for various water and island activities once you set foot on this island’s white powdery sand beaches. Of course, to ensure your safety and that of others, make sure to follow the guidelines imposed by the local authorities.

5. Cebu

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Another travel destination that a lot of people missed is Cebu. The hustle and bustle of Cebu City plus the varied tourist attractions like Malapascua Beach and Bantayan Island up in the northern part and its southern destinations like Kawasan Falls and Osmena Peak keep people coming back. Even if you have visited these sites before, you would still want to return to these tourist spots to create new memories there again.

6. Davao

As the ‘Fruit Basket of the Philippines’ and one of the safest Philippine destinations even for solo travelers, Davao is one of the most visited destinations in the country, especially during the fruit-bearing season. Durian, mangosteen, marang, pomelo, and other tropical fruits are abundant and affordable during these months.

Do not forget to visit the different nature adventure parks such as Davao Crocodile Park, Philippine Eagle Center, and Eden Nature Park. Aside from the famous Samal Island, once you get back to Davao, don’t miss the nearby Talicud Island where you can try snorkeling.

7. Palawan

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Another paradise island in the Philippines that a lot of local and foreign tourists visit yearly is Palawan. El Nido, Coron, Puerto Princesa are just some of the cities that people frequently visit.

In these tropical paradise islands, people admire the limestone cliffs, crystal blue waters teeming with life, and breathtaking landscapes. When you travel back to Palawan, make sure to visit Sabang, Honda Bay, and Culion.

8. Sagada

Sagada is not just a place ‘where broken hearts go’; it is also a place for people who love hiking and the view of the sea of clouds. Of course, aside from hiking, people visit this top destination for its caves, waterfalls, and other natural attractions. Don’t miss out on their famous Sagada coffee and pastries while immersing yourself in the breathtaking (literally and figuratively) view of the town.

9. Siargao

Known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines due to its challenging waves and beautiful islands and islets, a lot of people even decided to move here and make the beautiful teardrop-shaped island their home.

Aside from the waves, this top travel destination is also famous for its unspoiled beaches and islands such as Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island. Once you get back to this paradise, don’t forget to pay a visit to Sugba Lagoon, Sohoton Cave, and Bucas Grande.

10. Siquijor

Labeled as the ‘Island of Fire’, Siquijor charms tourists with its landscapes, seascapes, and laid back vibe. People who desire solace in their adventure often visit Siquijor. If you’ve visited Cambugahay Falls, Paliton Beach, Old Enchanted Balete Tree, Cantabon Cave, and Lugnason Falls, chances are, you’re going back to these amazing destinations once you return to Siquijor for a vacation.


International destinations

Of course, aside from the Philippines, there are other places around the world that you might have probably missed. Without further ado, here are the international top travel destinations that you should visit soon.

11. Japan

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For the past five to six years, Japan has been the top destination for Filipinos. Japan’s beauty is not the only thing that keeps tourists going back to this country. There are tons of unique experiences and memories you can make in each visit. Whether it's spring, summer, fall, or winter, Japan’s beauty remains. Once you return to Japan, don’t forget to enjoy an authentic taste of sumptuous Japanese cuisine.

12. South Korea

Dubbed as the “Land of Oppas” and K-wave, South Korea is another top travel destination for Filipinos. Not only are K-dramas appreciated for their entertainment value, but the shooting locations of these dramas have become hotspots that pull in tourists like Sandbox in Start-Up.

Make your K-drama dreams come true and pay a visit to this beautiful country and its beautiful people and who knows – maybe you’ll meet your very own Dal Mi, Do San, and Ji Pyeong.

13. Taiwan

Since Filipinos fell in love with milk tea, they have become frequent visitors to Taiwan. Amazing food, hot springs, sceneries, temples are the top reasons why people keep going back to this country. When you return to Taiwan or if you’ll be visiting for the first time, it is best to schedule your trip on a date that will coincide with at least one major festival such as the Lantern Festival, Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival, and Organik Techno Festival.

14. Thailand

If you love the combination of sweet, spicy, and sour flavors, then Thailand cuisine is for you. While you can enjoy these cuisines here in the Philippines, nothing beats tasting them in their origin country.

As the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is a top travel destination that is sure to captivate your heart with its nightlife, beaches, wildlife, temples, and markets. Another thing that people enjoy here is the affordability. Once you go to Thailand, pay a visit to TrueLove at Neverland, a world-famous Husky cafe as well as Chiang Mai.

15. United States

The USA has always been a dream destination for travelers. This country is a melting pot of cultures and history. Every state you visit is like visiting another country. Whether you want to visit museums, swim in beaches, climb mountains and trek canyons, or do other activities, the sure thing is you can enjoy that when you visit the States.

16. Singapore

As the fourth cleanest country in the world with the most awesome airport, Singapore has been a favorite destination for Filipinos and other tourists around the world. If you love to spoil yourself with luxurious things, then don’t forget to pay a visit to the Marina Bay Sands and enjoy nightlife parties at Singapore’s best bars.

If you’re interested in science, technology, culture, and art, you should not miss visiting the ArtScience Museum. For food lovers, you shouldn’t miss eating at Liao Fan Hawker Chan, the world’s first hawker to be awarded one Michelin star. One of the best staples to order on this hawker is the Soya Sauce Chicken.

17. Indonesia

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With its breathtaking beaches and warm locals, Indonesia has made its way into the hearts of Filipino tourists. Bali in particular has been a top travel destination due to its idyllic beaches, temples, rice paddies, food, and culture.

Once you go on beach hopping in Bali, make sure to visit the lively bars found near the beaches. Since it is also a surf spot, make sure to learn how to surf and ride the waves during your vacation. On your next trip, you can also plan a yoga and meditation retreat.

18. France

Paris in France is another favorite travel destination on every traveler’s bucket list. Dubbed as the ‘City of Light’ and the ‘City of Love’, Paris always gives off a romantic feeling even for single tourists. Of course, visiting famous museums in the city will help you learn more about art and culture. However, if you find yourself returning to France, why not discover the beauty of Nice, Bordeaux, and Marseille?

19. United Kingdom

History, culture, food, and scenery – these are just some of the reasons why the United Kingdom should be on your travel destination list for 2021. Of course, once you visit this country, don’t miss visiting Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing of Guard Ceremony. And hey, since you’re in the UK, why not give Sherlock Holmes a knock at 221-B Baker Street?

20. Switzerland

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After watching Crash Landing On You (CLOY) and seeing the beauty of Switzerland, then this country must have landed on the top spot of your travel destination list. And why not? Snow-capped mountains, breathtaking landscapes, chocolates, and fondues are some of the reasons why people love visiting Switzerland. And because this is a safe and peaceful country, even solo travelers will feel at ease wandering around.

The world is waiting to be discovered so plan your next vacation now so that you’d be able to visit the top travel destinations you’ve missed and always dreamed of visiting.