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Top 8 Places To Travel in 2021

Top 8 Places to Travel in 2021

Below is a list of our top 8 travel destinations

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CityLanguageCurrencyTime ZoneCountry Code

Amsterdam

Dutch and lots of EnglishEuro (€)UTC (+01:00)

+31

Barcelona

Catalan and SpanishEuro (€)UTC (+01:00)

+34

Berlin

GermanEuro (€)UTC (+01:00)

+49

Dubai

ArabicAEDUTC (+04:00)

+971

London

EnglishBritish Pound (£)UTC (+00:00)

+44

New York City

EnglishUSD ($)UTC (-05:00)

+1

Paris

FrenchEuro (€)UTC (+01:00)

+33

Rome

ItalianEuro (€)UTC (+01:00)

+39

Amsterdam

From kayaking the iconic canals to discovering its world-famous art tradition, exploring Amsterdam can feel like walking through a dream. Find the best things to do and make the most of your visit to the Dutch capital.

What to do and see in Amsterdam
Sure, everyone knows about the coffee shops — but what else is fun to do in Amsterdam? Holland’s capital city is a hub for happy cyclists, lazy beers by the canal, and art-lovers. As you start planning what to see, here are ten activities you can’t miss.

Planning Your Visit
How many days should you spend in Amsterdam?
There’s no right answer, but you can get a real feel for the city if you allocate three full days. That will give you enough time to hit the big sights, see the canals, and explore your way through some neighborhoods.

Getting around town
Amsterdam is an easy city to navigate. While the public transport is first class, most visitors find that the city is compact enough to be 100% walkable, save for the train to-and-from Schiphol Airport. Plus, you can easily rent a bicycle when the weather’s nice.

How expensive is Amsterdam?
While there are a couple big activities you will have to pay for (like the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum), Amsterdam is full of street markets and small independent galleries. And the city is so walkable that you won’t need to spend a lot on public transportation.

Good to know

Language: Dutch and lots of English
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC (+01:00)
Country Code: +31

Best time to visit
There’s never a promise of good weather in Amsterdam, but you can expect milder temperatures and longer days between April and September. April is especially lovely — those famous tulips will be blooming, and you can celebrate Holland’s biggest holiday of the year, King’s Day.

Barcelona

Whether you’re staring up in awe at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia or staring down in delight at a plate of tasty tapas, Barcelona will leave you smiling. Discover the best of the Catalan capital on your trip.

10 things you need to see in Barcelona
Good football team, great beaches, delightful tapas, and dreamy architecture. There’s just nothing bad about Barcelona, the Mediterranean seaside capital of Spain’s Cataluyna region. Here are a few can’t-miss attractions to put on your itinerary.

Planning Your Visit
How many days should you spend in Barcelona?
There are plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona — especially if you’re also planning on partaking in the infamous nightlife scene. In three full days, you could visit all the major Gaudí sights, as well as the Picasso and Miró museums. You could also stay for a week or more. As for what to do with your extra days? Well, you’ll have plenty of time to spend at the beach, visit the nearby village of Sitges, or go shopping in the Gothic Quarter.

What’s the best way to get around town?
Barcelona is a wonderful city to explore by foot. You can easily stroll from La Rambla to the beach and then back to the Gothic Quarter in one afternoon. The city is pretty flat, so biking is an excellent option. If you love transportation, we suggest taking a trip to Tibidabo, the 1890s amusement park that overlooks the whole city. You’ll take the metro, a tram, and a funicular — and a ferris wheel ride, if that counts!

Which tours are the most fun?
We’re glad you asked! From hot air balloon rides to bike tours to all-access guided walks of Gaudí masterpieces, there are a dozen options to spice up your Barcelona tourism. A lot of the architecture-based sightseeing is enhanced by the history and descriptions that a guide can offer you.

Good to know

Language: Catalan and Spanish
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC (+01:00)
Country Code: +34

Best time to visit
Barcelona is a beach city at heart, so it’s most lively in the summer. If you want to experience Barcelona at its best, schedule your trip around the festival of Sant Joan, or the “night of fire.” Each year on June 23, the city celebrates with bonfires and parties until dawn.

Berlin

Vibrant, trendy, and bustling with energy, Germany’s capital is a hotspot for history lovers and cultural connoiseurs. Dig in to Berlin’s top-rated tours and activities on your trip.

Top 10 things to do in Berlin
The history of Berlin has seen it broken and divided, fashioning a city that’s nightlife and neighborhoods are as much of a draw as its bountiful museums and jarring architecture. Every corner has a story to tell, but here are a few worth starting with!

Planning Your Visit
When to go?
Unless you’re averse to crowds, visit Berlin over the summer, when the city’s relaxed street-life is at its most contagious. Include a Sunday to experience one of the bustling flea markets.

Where to stay?
Every Berlin neighborhood has its own character. Charlottenburg is relatively flash, with Mitte a trendier alternative. Prenzlauer Berg is the city’s café-culture capital, populated by young families. Schoeneberg is renowned for its gay clubs and bars, while Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg also provide plenty of nightlife options─most a little rough around the edges!

How to get around?
Berlin is covered by trains, trams, taxis, and buses. Train stations are largely unmanned with machines to buy tickets from. Many tourists mistakenly think the trains are free before being fined €60 by inspectors!
The Berlin WelcomeCard covers public transport in Berlin and Potsdam for 2-5 days, and also provides discounts at many restaurants and attractions, including the Berlin Dungeon.

Good to know
Language: German
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC (+01:00)
Country Code: +49

Best time to visit
May through September the weather is ideal.

Dubai

Dubai is one of the world’s hottest travel destinations, literally. A stop at the Burj Khalifa might be the high point of your trip, but there’s no shortage of incredible things to do in the city.

The 10 Attractions You Must See in Dubai

Dubai has transformed itself in recent years with a series of creative, ambitious construction projects that have catapulted this city to the top of every bucket list. Here are a few attractions you won’t want to miss when you visit this desert hotspot.

Planning Your Visit
How many days should you spend in Dubai?
For non-architects, three to four days will be plenty of time to see everything you need to see. Be very mindful of when you choose to visit. The weather gets very hot between May and September, and uncomfortable if you aren’t used to the desert heat.

Where should you stay in Dubai?
You will have your choice of impressive hotel rooms in this city. For the more budget-conscious travelers, know that you won’t have to miss out just because you can’t afford to stay at the fancier places! Plan ahead for experiences at Dubai’s luxury hotels. Make dinner reservations at Burj Al-Arab, or stop by for an afternoon cocktail (and view of the Burj Khalifa) at The Address Downtown Dubai.

Be conscious of cultural differences
If you are heading to Dubai for the first time, you may have questions about the laws that Western tourists consider unusual. In short, be respectful. Dress conservatively and make sure your shoulders are covered. Public displays of affection are considered unlawful. Also, the consumption of alcohol in public is illegal, except in specified bars.

Good to know

Language: Arabic
Currency: AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
Time Zone: UTC (+04:00)
Country Code: +971

Best time to visit
It’s best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.

London

London calling? See the best of the city and still have enough time for afternoon tea. From discovering the magic of the wizarding world to exploring the local food markets, find top-rated things to do on your trip.

The best things to do in London
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” said Samuel Johnson. He spoke the truth. Whether you’re looking for West End musicals, double decker buses, Sherlock Holmes pubs, or Kate Middleton lunch spots, the British capital has something to offer you.

Planning Your Visit
How many days should you spend in London?
If this is your first trip to London, stay for at least four full days in order to hit all the classic sights like Buckingham Palace. But whether it’s your first trip or your tenth, the key to visiting London is planning. The more you dig around, the more you’ll realize how many things you can do in the city — and everybody will want to see different sights and attractions. Before you go, decide which which tours or sights are a “must” for your group.

How much do taxis and double decker buses cost?
Transportation is notoriously expensive in London. Take the tube or a taxi at least once, for the experience and the picture. Locals travel by bus or by foot. The bus map can be a little confusing, but it is reliable and much cheaper. You’ll be an expert by the end of your trip, which will give you a better excuse to come back again!

What’s the best time of year to visit London?
They aren’t kidding when they say “foggy Londontown.” There’s always a threat of rain, which is something that bonds the English together in solidarity. Even in the summer, you should carry an umbrella or light jacket. One idea? Plan your visit around a classic London event (like the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race down the Thames, or seeing the Christmas lights at Harrod’s).

Good to know

Language: English
Currency: British Pound (£)
Time Zone: UTC (+00:00)
Country Code: +44

Best time to visit
The weather is foggy with a chance of rain year-round. In the spring, the parks are green and in bloom. In the fall and winter, hotel prices tend to be lower.

 

New York City

Ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple? From American landmarks like the Empire State Building to gospel concerts in Harlem, discover the best New York City has to offer.

Ten Things You Must See in NYC
You know it from your favorite Woody Allen film or Sex and the City episode. Whether you dream of combing East Village bookshops or sipping martinis in the Meatpacking District, there’s something here for you. Skim our highlights and you will fall in love in a New York minute.

Planning Your Visit
How many days to spend in New York?
Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won’t have to go very far and you’ll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!

Where to shop?
From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.

Where to eat?
Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).

Good to know

Language: English
Currency: USD ($)
Time Zone: UTC (-05:00)
Country Code: +1

Best time to visit
There’s truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.

Paris

The City of Love, the City of Lights, whatever you call it, falling in love with Paris is easy. Whether you explore the catacombs or lose yourself in the Louvre, make your visit to the French capital unforgettable.

The 10 things you simply must see in Paris
Everyone falls in love with a different part of Paris. Whether you visit for the romantic gardens, the bohemian streets of Montmartre, the couture fashion, or the art history: there is always another gem waiting for you around the corner.

Planning Your Visit
What should you know before you arrive in Paris?
In a city this crowded with people and this steeped in tradition, you should decide which attractions you want to see in advance. Know which museums are a must-visit for your group. Make dinner reservations. Decide which neighborhoods you want to explore. Figure out how to beat the crowds at the Musee d’Orsay.

How big is Paris?
If you haven’t been to Paris before, you may be surprised by how sprawling the city is compared to other, more walkable tourist destinations like Rome or Barcelona. (You can certainly walk — but the Métro will help you zip around quicker!) Try to organize your sightseeing by neighborhood, so that you’re not racing across the city several times a day.

How many days should you spend in Paris?
It depends! It really will help to prioritize what you want to see before you go, and map out how long it will take you to see everything on your list. You could easily fill five days with tours and major attractions — but remember to dedicate time to strolling down the Seine, shopping your way through the Marais, and drinking a Kir Royal at a sidewalk cafe.

Good to know

Language: French
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC (+01:00)
Country Code: +33

Best time to visit
As is European tradition, the French go on holiday for most of August — meaning that it actually might be the best time to go! The city will be a little less crowded, and you’ll be able to experience Paris at a slower pace.

Rome

The beauty of roaming around Rome? Anything you come across probably influenced Western Civilization. From the Colosseum to pasta-making classes, discover the best the Italian capital has to offer.

The 10 Things You Need to Do In Rome
So, the Eternal City is on your bucket list? Prepare to mix and match 2500+ years of history and discover your own version of Rome. You could fall in love with this city without ever seeing a museum — but here are some of the more notable sights.

Planning Your Visit
How long should you stay in Rome?
We can promise you won’t get bored! You could manage to hit a lot of attractions in 4-5 days, or you could stay for months. Rome is incredibly walkable — meaning it’s easy to get a sense of the city just by exploring the neighborhood where you decide to stay. You’ll quite quickly discover hidden-gem Italian restaurants or accidentally stumble upon Roman ruins.

How much money do you bring?
The big attractions charge you an entrance fee. Colosseum tickets start at 10€ to tour the inside. You can plan on seeing a lot of the ruins and churches from the outside for free, and you will find delicious Italian food for reasonable prices. One very cool free activity: the Casa del Cinema at Villa Borghese. The city of Rome subsidizes the outdoor film screenings here. Buy some wine and pizza, sit on the grass, and take in a free movie.

Where is the good shopping?
This completely depends on your budget and style. You’ll probably walk down Via Connotti on your way to the Spanish Steps. That’s where to go if you’re looking for the great designer houses of Italy, like Prada and Gucci. Alternatively, check out the Mercato Monti in the neighborhood near the Colosseum. It’s open daily for your fashion and trinket flea market fix.

One more thing to know about how old Rome is…
Roman tradition suggests the city was founded in 753 BC, and archaeologists suggest that inhabitants were settled there even earlier!

Good to know

Language: Italian
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC (+01:00)
Country Code: +39

Best time to visit
Rome is in southern Italy, so winter weather is mild. One tip: keep major Catholic holidays in mind. It may mean things are closed; more likely, it will mean huge crowds. Whether or not you want to see Easter at the Vatican, it will help your hotel (or flight) plans if you know in advance.

* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, tours, attractions, and venues in this location may be temporarily closed. Check out our travel update page for the latest information.