Written by on January 19, 2021


The CDC has warned in opposition to touring through the COVID-19 pandemic, however listed below are some methods to get you safely to new locations. USA TODAY

Canceled journeys. Dashed plans to see household and associates. Missed alternatives to discover totally different locations and cultures. 

It was a 12 months of disappointment for vacationers because the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world. Health officials’ advice to not journey, private considerations and government-imposed travel restrictions to stem the unfold of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 had been an inconvenient backdrop to a way more sinister actuality of mounting COVID-19 instances and deaths – greater than 88 million instances and 1.9 deaths worldwide as of Friday, in response to Johns Hopkins knowledge.

However as COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out, we’re hopeful that 2021 will deliver extra alternatives to journey the globe – to the locations we have been wanderlusting after throughout this making an attempt 12 months.

Listed below are the locations that workers and contributors throughout the USA TODAY Community, together with journey web site 10Best.com, wish to journey in 2021 – or when it is safer to take action. Once we’ll make it to those spots is but unknown, however we’re holding on to hope for a brighter 12 months of journey forward.  

1. Grand Canyon Nationwide Park, Arizona: With plunging depths and spectacular vistas, this is among the nice wonders of the world and certainly one of America’s hottest nationwide parks. The Grand Canyon has impressed marvel since Indigenous folks first farmed there centuries in the past. I adore it a lot that I celebrated my bachelorette social gathering there. – Megan Finnerty, USA TODAY Community Storytellers Mission founder and senior director (Twitter: @MeganMFinnerty, Instagram: @MeganFinnerty)

2. Madagascar: Perhaps I’ve watched the DreamWorks film too many instances with my youngsters in quarantine, however Madagascar looks as if the proper respite from Zoom conferences to get reacquainted with nature. – Julia Thompson, USA TODAY journey & client information editor (Twitter: @juliathompson)

3. Hawaii: Since transferring to the West (which means cheaper Hawaii flights), I’ve been dreaming of a seaside trip in Hawaii. It simply is likely to be time to drag the set off after the 12 months we’ve had. – Thompson


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4. So far as my saved-up Delta miles will take me: I used to be saving Delta miles for an additional journey to Europe in 2020 with my college-age son and hope to take that journey in 2021 as a substitute. If not Europe, possibly the Canadian Rockies. – Daybreak Gilbertson, USA TODAY journey reporter (Twitter: @dawngilbertson) 

5. Wherever my mother desires to go: I used to be lucky to see my 78-year-old mother greater than as soon as this 12 months, however a hoped-for journey over Thanksgiving didn’t materialize after she had a coronary heart assault. As quickly as COVID-19 clears and he or she’s able to journey, we’re hopping on a airplane. – Gilbertson

6. Paris: My cousin and I deliberate to have fun my birthday and her graduate college acceptance there, however with an early-April departure date it was inevitably canceled, and I’ll have binged “Emily in Paris” greater than as soon as in its place sightseeing possibility. I’ve my journey credit able to rebook ASAP. – Morgan Hines, USA TODAY journey reporter (Twitter: @morganemhines, Instagram: @morganemhines)

7. Prague: I studied overseas within the Czech Republic in 2015, and 5 years away from the Metropolis of a Hundred Spires looks as if too lengthy an absence. My two girlfriends from this system and I’ve been itching for our post-college lives to align for a return –possibly in 2021! – Hines

8. Washington, D.C.: Since I graduated from Georgetown, I haven’t missed a yearly (or extra) probability to return to my alma mater – till 2020. Whereas D.C. is acquainted, it at all times gives a brand new, thrilling alternative within the type of a restaurant, espresso store or museum. – Hines

9. A COVID-19-free cruise: After a 12 months of reporting on cruises, primarily protecting the COVID-19 pandemic, I’d wish to get on a cruise ship and see for myself what it’s wish to be on board with new well being and security protocols and restrictions. – Hines

10. Amalfi Coast, Italy: After a 2019 journey to go to my brother, who was learning in Rome, supplied a chance to see Naples and Capri, I’m itching to see extra of Italy, particularly the shoreline, ideally with an Aperol spritz in hand. – Hines

11. Croatia: It’s been on my record for some time, and the wanderlust is actual. Shall be ticking off as many spots as attainable in 2021. – Hines

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12. Greece: I’ve by no means been to this European getaway, and residing some sort of “Mamma Mia” fantasy sounds simply what the physician ordered proper about now. In the event you’re studying this, you’re in all probability saying “right here David goes once more,” or one thing. You’re proper, and you recognize ABBA. – David Oliver, USA TODAY leisure reporter (Twitter: @doliver8, Instagram: @doliver8)

13. Randolph, New Jersey: Perhaps that is too easy or cliche, however I wish to go house to New Jersey. I haven’t been again because the pandemic started, which pained me this fall. Nothing compares to the autumn foliage resulting in the home the place I grew up – cozy canopies of crimson, yellow and orange. Plus, who wouldn’t wish to stroll by means of a picturesque strolling path whereas listening to Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” and “Evermore” albums? A rollicking European getaway is subsequent on the record, to make sure, however a cease in exurban ecstasy sounds splendid first. – Oliver

14. Australia: The entire nation is a mecca for swim nerds (I qualify). I imply, you possibly can swim laps a couple of toes from Sydney’s Bondi Seashore after which go bodysurf within the waves. – Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY deputy journey editor (Twitter: @jaymedeerwester, Instagram: @byjaymedeerwester)

15. Cape City, South Africa: To borrow from Joey Tribbiani from “Friends”: Mountains, good. Seashore, good. Penguins, good. Improbable white wines, good. – Deerwester

16. Ha Lengthy Bay, Vietnam: Along with resuming swimming to take care of my sanity through the pandemic, I additionally took up kayaking. I first discovered of this spot east of Hanoi by means of a 2008 episode of “Top Gear” and have been low-key obsessive about it ever since. It’s thought of one of many new seven wonders of nature and a bucket-list vacation spot for a lot of paddlers because of its labyrinth of limestone monoliths, inlets and sea caves. And after a protracted day of paddling, there’s even a hidden bar and restaurant the place I can indulge my love of Vietnamese meals. – Deerwester

17. Salzburg, Austria: That is the place I did my research overseas, and I haven’t been again since, though I nonetheless love the city and be in contact with a buddy there. Conveniently sufficient, my outdated dorm is a resort now. I’d wish to bike across the Lake District and have a pint on the Augustiner brewery. And possibly substitute my ceramic steins, which I’ve misplaced since my scholar days. – Deerwester

18. Glacier Nationwide Park, Montana: The summer time earlier than beginning school, I labored at Lake McDonald Lodge in West Glacier. I used to swim throughout that lovely lake a few instances every week. I wish to do this once more and pay one other go to to Sperry Chalet, which is accessible solely by foot or horse. This spot, the place I spent my 18th birthday, burned down within the 2017 wildfires and was lately rebuilt. I additionally wish to take the reward store T-shirts up on their problem to “go climb a glacier” earlier than local weather change renders that possibility unattainable. – Deerwester


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19. Poland: In an effort to attach with our Polish heritage, I wished to take my dad on a visit to Poland this 12 months – however well being challenges and the pandemic put our planning on maintain. So, Kraków, Warsaw and Białystok, we’ll see you once we can (and we’ll be hungry for pierogies)! – Sara Moniuszko, USA TODAY leisure & journey reporter (Twitter: @saramoniuszko, Instagram: @everythingsara)

20. Montreal, Canada: My associates and I deliberate to make a journey to Canada this spring or summer time, however, after all, the pandemic had different plans. Hopefully we’ll be consuming poutine and having fun with exploring this metropolis someday quickly. – Moniuszko

21. France: Final 12 months, a few of my associates from France got here to the U.S. for a highway journey, and we made a pact to begin alternating visits to 1 anothers’ international locations yearly. So, 2020 was presupposed to be my 12 months to go to them in France and go on a highway journey to Poitiers, Bordeaux and extra. However for now, all I can do is say, à bientôt (see you quickly)! (Hopefully!) – Moniuszko

22. Japan’s Kii Peninsula: I used to be presupposed to take a self-guided strolling journey on the Kumano Kodō pilgrimage trails of the Kai Peninsula within the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics. I’m hoping to expertise the redwood forests, shrines, scorching springs and solitude as quickly because it’s secure. – Lydia Schrandt, USA TODAY 10Greatest photograph editor & Readers’ Selection manufacturing supervisor (Twitter: @LydiaSchrandt, Instagram: @lydia_schrandt)

23. Coast of New England: Pre-pandemic, I had fantasized about driving the coast of New England, from Rhode Island to Maine. After having a lot of time to analysis it extra (and have a look at loads of restaurant menus), the will to discover that area on a highway journey has solely grown. – Maggie Tyner, USA TODAY 10Greatest managing editor (Instagram: @m210t)

24. Japan for the Tokyo Worldwide Nice Quilt Competition: Over the previous a number of months, I’ve targeted on my pastime as a contemporary quilt maker as a distraction from the information and isolation of quarantine. I’ve at all times wished to expertise the websites, meals and tradition of Japan – what higher manner than viewing the intricate work of Japanese quilters at this famous show– Travis Seward, USA TODAY 10Greatest common supervisor (Instagram: @Travlis)

25. Eire: My sister, cousin and myself had been organizing an enormous household reunion in western Eire to happen in July when COVID-19 hit in March. We had been anticipating a big contingent of siblings and cousins to return and go to the small city the place our grandfather was born. Sadly, we needed to put the reunion on maintain and hope to make it to Eire quickly. – Mary Cadden, USA TODAY Greatest-Promoting Books record editor (Twitter: @marycadden, Instagram: @marycadden)

26. Portugal: An expensive buddy immigrated to Portugal earlier than the pandemic, and it has a wonderful digital nomad group in addition to a number of paths towards prolonged residency for expats. The second I get caught with a vaccine, that’s the place I’m headed – the cliffs, wine, associates and tradition are ready! – Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY loyalty editor (Twitter: @lindsdee, Instagram: @thenomadette)

27. French Polynesia: My husband and I grew up close to the Jersey Shore. We received married this 12 months in October and had deliberate to spend our honeymoon on the fabulous islands and seashores of French Polynesia. We like to journey and wished to go to a stupendous location to loosen up and spend our first few weeks as a married couple collectively. Perhaps we’ll go for our one-year anniversary! – Waldy Diez, USA TODAY video content material coordinator (Twitter: @_waldy, Instagram: @waldymdiez)

28. Russia and Georgia: My buddy moved to Russia final 12 months. I had massive plans to go to her in 2020, however – yeah. I would like her to indicate me round Moscow, take the prepare to St. Petersburg and finally head to Georgia as a result of 🍷– Alex Ptachick, USA TODAY supervisor of viewers growth (Twitter: @alexptachick, Instagram: @alexptachick)

29. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada: That is our go-to summer time getaway spot, with fantastic boutique motels, nice meals, wine and the world-famous Shaw Competition, a magnet for theater-goers all through North America. – Mizell Stewart III, USA TODAY Community VP/Information Efficiency, Expertise & Partnerships Twitter: @MizellStewart 

30. Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau: I took images with Cameroonian journalists who visited the newsroom final fall, and my father observed how remarkably related our faces had been. A DNA check confirmed that my mom’s ancestors had been from what’s now Cameroon whereas my father’s ancestors had been from the realm of Guinea-Bissau. I wish to discover these locations and as rather more of Africa as I can. – Nichelle Smith, USA TODAY enterprise editor for racism and historical past (Twitter: @NicSmith312, Instagram: @nysmith8)

31. Madrid: After I’m feeling sorry for myself, I watch Pedro Almodovar’s “Girls on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” I wish to go to this stunning metropolis to remain in Pepa’s penthouse condominium, entertain crazy girlfriends after which race by means of the streets in a mambo taxi. – Nichelle Smith

32. Belgium and the Netherlands: I’ve received a dream spring journey to Belgium to catch the spring biking season with the Ronde van Vlaanderen and standing atop the well-known Koppenberg. Then we’ll head as much as the Netherlands to see the tulips at Keukenhof – consuming scrumptious beers of Northern Europe and using ourselves. – Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY investigative reporter (Twitter: @npenzenstadler)

33. Dollywood: The least I can do to pay my dues to the woman who funded one of the COVID-19 vaccines – the identical icon who wrote “I Will At all times Love You” and “Jolene” in the identical day – is to make a journey all the way down to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, get myself some cinnamon bread and take a spin on the Tennessee Twister at Dolly Parton’s theme park. (Perhaps not in that order.) – Joshua Bote, USA TODAY information reporter (Twitter: @joshua_bote, Instagram: @joshua_bote)

34. Germany: One in every of my associates was supposed to maneuver to Germany after commencement, however her program received placed on maintain – and so did our hopes for an Oktoberfest ladies’ journey. Perhaps subsequent 12 months we are able to begin planning a visit and all journey collectively once more. We at all times have the most effective time once we’re touring collectively. – Alexis Arnold, USA TODAY engagement producer (Twitter: @alexisaarnold, Instagram: @alexisaarnold)

35. Japan and Korea: My associates and I had already began planning an in depth itinerary by means of the attractive seaside metropolis of Busan in South Korea, the colourful Seoul, the beautiful Jeju island, after which on to discover Japan’s colourful capital metropolis of Tokyo, see cherry blossoms in Yoshino and take a look at the gardens and palaces in Kyoto. Then the pandemic hit, and a visit we as soon as noticed in our close to future feels additional away. Perhaps (quickly) we are able to begin dreaming of it once more. – Fatima Farha, USA TODAY viewers editor (Twitter: @fatimafarha_)


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36. Thailand:Is there anyplace I’m not wanderlusting about proper now? No. But when I needed to choose one place, I’d select Thailand. There’s loads of nice meals, tradition and historical past to find, whereas the seashores would provide some much-needed relaxation. And, after all, it is going to be simpler to pop over to different Asian international locations as soon as I am there. – Catherine Smith, USA TODAY 10Greatest social media director (Twitter: @BagsWerePacked, Instagram: @HerBagsWerePacked)

37. The mountains: I am not likely a skier, however I am unable to consider a greater balm for 2020 than mountain air and a bloody mary (or two). Any mountains will do, however Crested Butte, Colorado, has a particular place in my coronary heart. It nonetheless feels a bit like an outdated ski bum city, not overly haughty, and there is a Waffle Cabin. Sufficient stated.  – Annah Aschbrenner, USA TODAY 2020 elections editor (Twitter: @AnnahBackstrom)

38. Grand Teton Nationwide Park: After spending the higher a part of 10 months in a 600-square-foot condominium, I’m craving a visit to a sparsely populated mountain wilderness someplace. And it would not get a lot better than the majestic views at Grand Teton. – Tom Schad, USA TODAY Sports activities reporter (Twitter: @Tom_Schad)


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39. Glacier Nationwide Park: I’m decided to get myself and my household to Glacier as a result of it is stunning and since I’m terrified local weather change will soften it earlier than we get there. We spent the vacations final 12 months planning a visit that included Banff, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier that sadly did not materialize. Taking a look at footage of it on Instagram amid pandemic has been a much-needed psychological break. Hopefully subsequent 12 months I am going to be capable to submit my very own. – Cara Richardson, USA TODAY information/content material technique (Twitter: @caramrich)

40. Vietnam: We hope to take our 4 youngsters, ages 14-23, my mom and my parents-in-law whereas my mother can nonetheless deal with worldwide journey. We’d begin in Hanoi, the place my mother was born, and go to ancestral locations that my youngsters are named after. We’d find yourself in Saigon, the place I used to be born and from the place my household fled towards the tip of the Vietnam Warfare. – Thuan Le Elston, USA TODAY opinion operations editor (Twitter: @thuanelston, Instagram: @thuanyriver)

41. Galway, Eire: The west coast of Eire is house to miles of untamed and forbidding panorama, and the warmest most hospitable folks on the earth. An Irish hug together with a dose of Irish wit (in a comfy pub with a pint in hand) would do us all a world of excellent when that is over. – Katie Kelly Bell, USA TODAY journey contributor (Twitter: @katiebell3, Instagram: @katiekellybell)

42. Treasure Seashore, JamaicaThis nook of Jamaica isn’t ridden with high-rise motels or vacationer sights. It’s a sluggish commune with nature, Caribbean satisfaction and the recentering I lengthy for in 2021. Time slows right here and is strictly the kind of intimate journey I crave and might’t wait to return to.  – Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY journey contributor (Twitter: @crushglobal, Instagram: @crushglobal)

43. London: It’s arduous to imagine that I’ve by no means been to London. I had deliberate to go, and for one motive or one other it hasn’t labored out. My plan can be to do a couple of cities in Europe as soon as issues calm down. – Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY journey contributor; private finance author (Twitter: @ELambergwriter, Instagram: @ELambergwriter) 

44. Margate, New JerseyIt’s my favourite Jersey Shore seaside city, just some miles from Atlantic Metropolis. I met my husband there and am trying ahead to spending lengthy weekends there within the spring and summer time. – Lamberg

45. Israel: My husband and I’ve been speaking about this journey for a number of years. We had significantly mentioned going through the summer time of 2020, and that didn’t occur. I hope to go there in 2021, and a bonus can be to deliver our youngsters. I’d e book a curated tour for certain. – Lamberg

46. Greece: Everybody who visits the Greek islands says they’re life-changing. I wish to see the splendor of all of it in the summertime of 2021. That is absolutely a bucket journey for me! – Lamberg

47. Wales: Caught contained in the previous 12 months, I’ve transported to this small, fascinating nation with works like Joe Dunthorne’s novel “Submarine” and the “Collected Poems” of Dylan Thomas. Just a few hours west of London, Wales and its craggy peaks is loaded with well-known historic landmarks, castles and otherworldly seashores.  – Ed Komenda, Las Vegas Reporter, Reno Gazette Journal (Twitter: @ejkomenda)

48. Crested Butte, Colorado: I like summer time within the laid-back ski city. I miss its Rocky Mountain wildflower hikes, its epic mountain-bike trails and free out of doors concert events. Subsequent 12 months, I’ll savor all of it. – Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY journey contributor; Society of American Journey Writers president (Twitter: @Lbleiberg, Instagram: @Lbleiberg)

49. Snowboarding in Japan: My journey this winter was canceled, however they’ve the most effective snow on the earth, the most effective meals and a slew of recent slopeside motels. I like every little thing about Japan, however the powder is epic! – Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY journey contributor; writer (Twitter: @TravelFoodGuy, Instagram: @TravelFoodGuy)


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50. Namibia: I’ve been on safari throughout southern and japanese Africa many instances and adore it. However I haven’t been to Namibia, the place the wildlife is extraordinary however there are additionally deserts of towering dunes, seashores, mind-numbing shipwrecks and many new lodges. – Olmsted

51. Turks and Caicos Islands: A much-needed breath of recent air is certainly so as, and this British territory will do exactly effective. A second tour to this nature wonderland will embrace pictures, snorkeling, parasailing and sampling all-inclusive gourmand meals. – Jerald Council, Studio Gannett artistic director (Twitter: @jeraldcouncil, Instagram: @jerald_council)

52. South Seashore, Miami Seashore, FloridaThis winter I dream of stress-free on the extensive white-sand seaside after a swim within the ocean, coconut daiquiris by the pool, walks by means of city to admire the artwork deco structure and nice meals. I wish to keep at a stupendous boutique resort or a grand extravaganza. On a cloudy day, I’d go into Miami to see up to date artwork at Pérez Artwork Museum or Institute of Up to date Artwork. I lengthy to stare upon palm bushes. – Deirdre van Dyk, editor, USA TODAY magazines/Studio Gannett (Twitter: @DeirdreVanDyk)

53. Dunedin, New Zealand: I’m craving hikes by means of inexperienced grass and lengthy walks in gardens, dolphins leaping within the sunshine and a view of the ocean from a sheep-covered hill. After a go to in 2016, Dunedin turned my favourite place on the earth, and it doesn’t harm that it’s mainly assured to be COVID-free. – Chrissie Thompson, USA TODAY training editor (Twitter: @cthomptweets)

54. West Coast of Australia: I lived in Sydney in my early 20s and have lengthy dreamed of taking my three kids there, renting a camper van, parking up at beautiful seashores, watching kangaroos hop alongside and browsing the coast. I by no means made it to Western Australia and would like to expertise it with my youngsters. – Lola Augustine Brown, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Twitter: @lolaaugustine)

55. Viking World Cruise: After a 12 months of seeing the identical view out my home windows, I wish to get up in a distinct metropolis – nay, nation – day-after-day. I wish to preserve transferring, to fulfill and dwell with a wide range of folks from throughout and share new experiences in several cultures. This looks as if the perfect method to see the world and make up for a misplaced 12 months.

– Lois Alter Mark, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Twitter: @loisaltermark)

56. St. MaartenI’m an island lady at coronary heart born in Manhattan, residing now in Montreal and protecting the Caribbean islands for longer than among the resorts have been open. Lacking the nice and cozy vibe, cosmopolitan appeal and a few of my dearest buddies, my best choice in 2021 is St. Maarten and the opposite Dutch Caribbean islands close by. – Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY journey and 10Greatest contributor (Twitter: @Reffes1, Instagram: @melanietravel2019)

57. Denmark: I’ve lengthy wished to go to two historic amusement parks in Denmark: Tivoli Gardens, which dates to 1843 and is claimed to have impressed Walt Disney as he developed Disneyland; and Bakken, which (amazingly) first opened in 1583 and is the world’s oldest still-operating park. – Arthur Levine, USA TODAY journey contributor and theme parks journalist (Twitter: @AboutThemeParks)

58. Any airport on the earth: I stay up for arriving early for a flight, getting espresso and an I-only-eat-this-when-I-travel muffin and watching waves of vacationers heading off to nice adventures and into the arms of these they love. – Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY journey contributor (Twitter: @hbaskas, Instagram: @hbaskas, StuckatTheAirport.com)

59. The Arizona Path: This 800-mile gem will get you from the Mexican border throughout the Sonoran desert, the Grand Canyon and all the best way to Utah, all on foot. Two months beneath the celebrities and amongst the cactus are the proper treatment for being locked in and down eternally. – Dave Stamboulis: USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor, photographer (Instagram: @stamboulisd, davestamboulis.com)

60. Thailand: My spouse and I had been in Cuba when COVID-19 hit and have been caught within the Americas ever since. A brief trip has become a sojourn removed from our Bangkok residence, so we is likely to be the one people hankering simply to go house. – Stamboulis

61. Camino de Santiago, Spain: I’ve churned by means of a prolonged record of books from individuals who have walked the historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, which is house to the tomb of St. James. I’m nonetheless deep in analysis mode, pondering whether or not to take the Portuguese Method or French Method. Nonetheless, with each Google search, I’m romanticizing the journey, imagining savoring the meals of northern Spain and having fun with the comradery of the albergues as soon as I’m able to journey to Europe once more. – Melissa Yeager, Arizona Republic client journey reporter (Twitter: @melissayeagr, Instagram: @melissayeagr)

62. Germany: A buddy in Berlin requested me if there was a care package deal she may ship me of the issues I miss from my time residing in Germany. The issue is every little thing I miss can’t be shipped: the sound of the German language clattering round me; a Sunday wandering the flea market stands in Mauerpark; recent bretzel and a radler in a biergarten; a late-night doner kebab from a stand by the U-Bahn; or the luxurious of sitting on the sidewalk patio of a restaurant for hours, leisurely having fun with an amazing meal and good firm. I can’t wait to return. – Yeager

63. British Columbia: I really feel a pull to return to this beautiful Canadian province ASAP. Visiting the Haida Gwaii archipelago and glimpsing an elusive spirit bear are excessive on my dream record. Maybe afterward I am going to pop as much as the wide-open areas of the Yukon, one other gem that has captured my coronary heart. – Corinne Whiting, USA TODAY 10Greatest Seattle native professional Twitter: @Corinne12020353, Instagram: @travelcorx

64. Cruising round New Zealand: I’d have been photographing the fjords of New Zealand’s Milford Sound from the deck of a cruise ship nearly now, had been it not for the pandemic. Cruising is expensive to my coronary heart, as I can {photograph} each from land and sea and seize the elegant fantastic thing about our world. And I solely have to unpack as soon as. – Joanne DiBona, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor, photographer (Twitter: @JoanneDiBona, Instagram: @joannedibonaphotos)

65. Oman: Upon my first journey to the Center East, I used to be instantly entranced, so it’s a no brainer that I’m craving to go to the oldest impartial state within the Arab world. Wealthy historical past, off-road adventures into otherworldly landscapes, ornate structure, plus a facet of zesty delicacies? Sure please. – Jillian Dara, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Twitter: @DaraJillian, Instagram: @jilliandara)

66. Canada: I’m an enormous fan of Canada and have been eagerly awaiting the nation to reopen its borders to Americans, however I perceive why they’re being extra-careful. I had a number of journeys to the Nice White North deliberate in 2020, together with a rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. My final worldwide journey was to Tofino, British Columbia, in March earlier than the world shut down, so I’ve lasting recollections of spending carefree days eating at fabulous eating places, having fun with storm watching and driving up and down Vancouver Island. I can’t wait to return to my favourite nation and expertise the beluga whales of Manitoba, the northern lights of the Yukon and the grandeur and fantastic thing about Banff and Jasper nationwide parks. – Lavanya Sunkara, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Instagram: @nature_traveler)

67. Oaxaca, Mexico: After my dad died, my mother and I began taking a yearly trip collectively. My mother was born in Oaxaca, and we’ve by no means been there collectively. We’ve made a dedication that this might be our subsequent journey, and we wish to be there to have fun Día de los Muertos in 2021. – Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY senior video producer (Twitter: @sandyhooper, Instagram: @sandyhooper)

68. Memphis, Tennessee: I’ve been listening to numerous Elvis music whereas working from house for the previous 9 months, and I’m discovering this burning need to revisit his Graceland mansion. I first noticed Graceland in my 20s, after I most popular the younger Elvis; now that I’m older, I really feel extra in tune with the fried-peanut-butter-and-banana-sandwich man within the white jumpsuit. I’d wish to expertise being completely immersed within the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. – Wendy Pramik, USA TODAY journey contributor (Twitter: @wpramik, Instagram: @columbus_family_adventures)

69. Prince Edward Island: Earlier than my spouse and I had been married, in 2005, we fell in love with Prince Edward Island. I’d like for us to return with our two youngsters (ages 14 and 12) and camp out in a seaside home for every week to discover this splendidly pastoral setting: the crimson soil, the freshly hung laundry blowing within the breeze and the welcoming hominess of a lobster supper. – Michael Pramik, USA TODAY journey contributor

70. The Seychelles: As a result of they’re heat, beautiful and fragile. – Scott Stein, Content material Ventures

71. Sicily: It’s a part of Italy however much more magical and historical and touring there stirs the guts, thoughts and abdomen. Plus it’s the house of the Targa Florio, one of many oldest races in motor sports activities. Think about bombing across the outdated course in a brand new Targa. – Stein

72. Tucson, Arizona: Some vacationers comply with their hearts, I comply with my intestine. Meals is my focus after I journey, and Tucson has a meals heritage that dates again 4,00Zero years. The distinct delicacies has earned them a Metropolis of Gastronomy designation from UNESCO, and it is so well-deserved. – Kae Lani Palmisano, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributing meals editor (Twitter: @KaeLaniSays, Instagram: @KaeLaniSays)

73. Corsica: I’ve at all times wished to see Corsica for its coastal cities, craggy mountains and pure bounty. Due to fragrant herbs and flowers, this French island has earned the moniker Scented Isle, and I’d like to delight in all that rugged, sensual abundance. Plus, I’m dying to go to the vineyards and expertise the two,000-year-old wine tradition. – Jill Barth, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Twitter: @jillbarth, Instagram: @jillbarth)

74. New York Metropolis: Simply earlier than the pandemic, my 8-year-old daughter was actually excited for her first journey to the Huge Apple. She wished to stroll among the many concrete jungle, expertise superb purchasing and meals and attend a Broadway efficiency. All these needs elevated as soon as “Hamilton” was released on Disney+. We’re hoping we’ll be capable to take her earlier than she turns 10. – Michelle Spitzer, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Instagram: ByMichelleSpitzer)

75. St. Lucia: A favourite vacation spot for its (inactive) volcanoes and black-sand seashores, it’s far much less overrun with vacationers like me than different Caribbean islands. However I haven’t been in almost 20 years and am dying to return. – Gary Levin, USA TODAY TV editor (Twitter: @garymlevin)

76. Ann Arbor, Michigan: All I wish to do after we get again to some sort of regular is head to Michigan to see my sister, brother-in-law, niece and new nephew, born in October, who I’ve solely met on FaceTime. And since they dwell in a cute school city, I’ll fortunately hit up the eating places I’ve liked whereas visiting earlier than, and naturally the legendary Zingerman’s Deli.  – Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY TV critic (Twitter: @klawls)

77. London: Talking of visiting household at nice places, I additionally wouldn’t thoughts seeing my different sister in London. The pandemic has prevented seeing my expat sister, and any excuse to go to certainly one of my favourite cities is welcome.  – Lawler

78. Palm Springs, California: All I’ve wished to do because the pandemic began is lay out by a pool surrounded by good meals, drinks and associates. Palm Springs looks as if the proper place to make that occur with its seemingly good climate all 12 months. It’s a relaxed vacation spot that may really feel like a secure area to assist get me into the swing of touring once more. – Anika Reed, USA TODAY trending information editor (Twitter: @heyitsanika, Instagram: @heyitsanika)

79. Positano, Italy: I had simply began kicking across the concept of a visit with associates when quarantine started, so I’m decided to make this occur finally. And name me primary, however I am eager for the day my Instagram can showcase someplace extra thrilling than my neighborhood park.  – Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY leisure & journey reporter (Twitter: @hannahyasharoff)

80. Mount Desert Island, Maine: I visited my boyfriend and his household right here, and it was one of the crucial stunning locations I’ve ever been. I do know – Maine can get absurdly chilly (and darkish) within the winter. However the high-quality seafood, the Downeast Maine coast, Acadia Nationwide Park and the historic structure of the homes are definitely worth the journey. 

– Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY leisure & journey intern (Twitter: @ryu_jenna)

81. Scotland: After I lived in London, I met up with a buddy in Edinburgh and fell in love with it (and Glasgow) on that journey. I’m desirous to lastly go to the Scottish Islands and Aberdeen, the place my maternal grandfather’s household is from.  – Heather Muse, Reviewed director of viewers growth (Twitter: @heather_muse)

82. Napa Valley, CaliforniaWhat do I would like for a 2021 escape? A stunning Napa winery trip the place I sip wine, nibble charcuterie, snigger with my greatest associates and don’t wash a single dish for 4 days. – Jennifer McClellan, USA TODAY music & way of life editor (Twitter: @JenMcClel)

83. Aokigahara forest, Japan: Final 12 months, I went to Tokyo. It was my first-ever worldwide journey, and I performed it fairly secure, sticking to temples, cafes and arcades, marveling on the metropolis’s measurement and effectivity. It was marvelous. However what I actually wished to do was go mountaineering in Aokigahara forest, a mossy, misty sea of bushes that appears like one thing out of legend. I believe on my second journey, I’ll be courageous sufficient to enterprise into the wild. – Barbara VanDenburgh, USA TODAY books editor (Twitter: @BabsVan)

84. Middleburg, Virginia: This isn’t removed from my home, and I preserve daydreaming about this small city surrounded by vineyards with sweeping mountain views. I took a visit with associates there final 12 months, and I do know already these recollections will final me a lifetime. I had my first youngster in July, so it could simply be pure that I don’t really feel able to go too far simply but. The sleepy type of a quaint foremost road looks as if it is going to be simply the appropriate velocity. – Shannon Inexperienced, USA TODAY audio/voice editor (Twitter: @shannonraegreen, Instagram: @shannonraegreen)

85. ParisMy husband and I had been engaged there, and our 2020 plan had been to have fun my milestone birthday there – and present our 9-year-old daughter the Metropolis of Lights. She already has an ideal French accent when she pronounces the title of her favourite pastry: croissant. – Liz Johnson, USA TODAY Community options editor (Twitter: @sourcherryfarm, Insta: @sourcherryfarm)


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86. Austin, Texas: I’ve already received the tickets! They had been bought Jan. 20, 2020, for an Easter trip to see household. As soon as we’re in a position, we plan on ready within the lengthy line for Franklin Barbecue, two-stepping on the Damaged Spoke and listening to no matter nice band is enjoying The Continental Membership. And I’m certain there’ll be some bespoke store or restaurant we’ll have to go to. An island of blue in a sea of crimson! – Johnson

87. Sessa Cilento, Italy: I’ve cousins residing on this distant mountain high in Palermo, a spot I solely visited as soon as as a tween. So a few years later, I lengthy to return with my Italian-speaking husband and my very own teen sons and to deliver my dad so he may extra simply converse together with his relations. I lately found a buddy in my South Jersey hometown is from Stella Cilento, one mountain high to the south, so now the area intrigues me much more. – Tammy Paolino, USA TODAY Community options editor (Twitter: @CP_TammyPaolino, Instagram : @TammyPaolino)

88. San Diego: I’m itching to go paddleboarding in La Jolla, paragliding at Torrey Pines and mountaineering alongside the coast. I frequently discover causes to return time and again.  – Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY journey contributor and video host (Twitter: @wordzilla, Instagram: @sarahsomewhere)

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89. Waikiki Seashore, Oahu, Hawaii: With heat turquoise ocean waves and sumptuous sunsets, Waikiki Seashore is certainly one of my favourite spots on Oahu. I like the mix of metropolis and seaside life – and having fun with the good eating places, bars and legendary motels close by. I cowl Hawaii typically and might’t get sufficient!  – Marla Cimini, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Twitter: @MarlaCimini, Instagram: @marlacimini)

90. Wailea, Maui, Hawaii: I’m lacking that aloha spirit – particularly strolling alongside Maui’s picturesque Wailea seaside stroll that winds alongside the dramatic shoreline. It’s my high Wailea morning ritual after I’m on the island. In laid-back Wailea, spectacular seaside days are assured. – Cimini

91. Lisbon, Portugal: I completely love exploring Portugal, with its rugged shoreline, pleasant wine areas and beautiful seashores. It’s particularly enjoyable to wander round Lisbon, with its hills, cleverly designed tiles and fountains. The culinary scene is superb – particularly the seafood.  – Cimini 

92. Southern California’s seaside cities: California is my “house away from house,” and I’m trying ahead to returning to a number of SoCal beach towns: La Jolla for its beautiful shoreline and tide swimming pools, Santa Monica for a motorbike trip, Venice Seashore for skateboarding and Huntington Seashore (Surf Metropolis, USA) for the waves.   – Cimini 


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93. Loire Valley, France: The actual reply is wherever I can use my passport, however France’s Loire Valley is an early contender for the primary journey. A school classmate talked about that he took a implausible week-long biking tour by means of the medieval monuments a couple of years in the past, and I’m desirous to comply with his lead. It’s been a fairly sedentary few months, so the concept of biking from chateau to chateau seems like a dream. See you on the highway! – Megan McCarthy, Reviewed government editor of development (Twitter: @megan, Instagram: mkm416)

94. EireOur April bucket journey was canceled attributable to COVID-19. I’m jonesing for that verdant magnificence that has been talking to me for many years. – Chelle Koster Walton, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor (Twitter: @SanibelChelle, Instagram: @sanibelchelle395)

95. Marquette, Michigan: The Higher Peninsula’s greatest small city for fall foliage, clear air and out of doors journey, Marquette is on bracing Lake Superior. Unequaled mountaineering, biking, fishing, golf, waterfalls, specialty retailers, breweries and indie eating make the Higher Peninsula a Midwestern mecca for journey.  – Jacky Runice, USA TODAY 10Greatest contributor; journey/meals journalist (Twitter: @jackyrun, Instagram: @juannabee)

96. Barcelona, Spain: I fell in love with Barcelona after taking a quick journey there whereas learning overseas in Europe my junior 12 months of school. The climate, the meals and the artwork all made it a dream vacation spot I’ve wished to journey again to ever since. Hopefully, in the future I can. – Charles Trepany, USA TODAY life and leisure fellow (Twitter: @ctrepany, Instagram @ctrepany)

97. Oxford, England: Oxford turned my favourite place on the earth after I studied for a summer time at Magdalen School. I nonetheless daydream about my days spent with associates, getting misplaced within the magical structure and exploring the college. Plus, Oxford is particularly cool for fellow e book nerd: It has the lamppost that supposedly impressed C.S. Lewis, the pub the place J.R.R. Tolkien would seize drinks and a few “Harry Potter” movie places. – Trepany

98. Texoma: After spending a lot of 2020 quarantined at house in Los Angeles, I’ve been eager for a visit to a small city, crammed with pure magnificence. In researching locations all through the nation, I got here throughout Texoma, an interstate area between Oklahoma and Texas that has a big lake for fishing and loads of cabins – good for a romantic retreat post-pandemic. – Trepany

99. Common Studios (or any theme park, actually): The coronavirus pandemic meant my favourite occasion of the 12 months, Halloween Horror Nights at Common Studios, couldn’t go on this 12 months. However that’s OK. It simply means I’ll should scream twice as loud when this fright fest comes again sooner or later. – Trepany

100. MarsTruthfully, at this level, why not? After spending most of 2020 quarantined at house on Earth, I’m wanderlusting for anyplace within the galaxy. – Trepany

It is a sampling from our record of 100 locations we’re craving to journey. To succeed in the remaining, go to usatoday.com/journey.


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