Top Ten Places to Travel in 2021!

For many people, this long-awaited new year will bring back the hope of adventure. The early days of post-Covid travel are going to be marked by peoples’ continued desire to experience destinations that keep them away from the crowds. WT's acclaimed style of travel specializes in just that—small group and private adventures exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations in the company of expert Trip Leaders.

Here are our top 10 picks for destinations that will fit this unique moment. The time to start planning is now.

All of our journeys can be booked as a private departure for your own group of family and friends. If you have any questions about these trips, our Safety Protocols, or our No-Risk Booking Policy, feel free to reach out to our Area Specialists at 1-800-368-2794 or info@wildernesstravel.com.

New Zealand

This tiny country brimming with adventure has a lot more to offer than stunning scenery. Not only is New Zealand a success story for its early containment of COVID-19, but its people have also embraced the outdoor lifestyle and have truly perfected farm-to-table cuisine that we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy during our journeys. You have four trips to choose from, including hiking the best parts on the famed Te Araroa trail on the North and South islands as well as discovering the World Heritage Site of Milford Sound.

Serengeti National Park

We’ve honed this classic safari in Tanzania to perfection, with exclusive camps that bring you away from the crowded lodges and close to the wildlife you traveled so far to see. Your days will be filled with game drives and game walks as you follow the Great Migration, and enjoy fascinating cultural interactions with the Maasai tribes. At night, relax beneath a star-filled sky listening to the sounds of the wild.

Torres del Paine National Park

This legendary national park in Chile is home to some of Earth’s most jaw-dropping natural wonders. Our classic In Patagonia hiking journey explores the dramatic scenery of this renowned wilderness, and we’ve rolled out a brand new adventure in the spring of 2022 that tracks Paine’s elusive pumas. Both will bring you far away from the crowds and into the park’s untouched wilderness.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Iconic Machu Picchu has opened to an extremely limited number of visitors—only 30% capacity are allowed into the site—making 2021 the year to discover these archeological wonders without the crowds. The absolute best way to experience this citadel is from the legendary Inca Trail, where you enter Machu Picchu through the "Gate of the Sun" just as the Incas did centuries ago! Exclusive camps, full porter support, and gourmet meals keep you well fueled throughout the journey. Be sure to book your space soon as permits are going to sell out quickly!

The Galapagos Islands

The larger cruise lines have yet to restart operations in the Enchanted Isles, giving you an opportunity to feel like you have the archipelago exclusively to your private group. Enjoy thrilling up-close encounters with wildlife that have absolutely no fear of humans, along with daily hikes, snorkeling, Zodiac explorations, and optional sea kayaking.

Slovenia

Tucked between Croatia and Italy, Slovenia has somehow remained a hidden gem of the European hiking circuit. The snow-capped Julian Alps, turquoise rivers, glacier-fed lakes, traditional villages, and exploding culinary scene (we even enjoy a special night at a Michelin-starred restaurant) make this a can’t miss destination.

The Dolomites

Enormous rock spires, deep green valleys, and tiny villages set the scene for our days in the Italian Dolomites. We’ll enjoy spectacular hikes in this world-renowned mountain realm in northern Italy, with a choice of two hiking options each day, and overnights in lovely and secluded mountain refugios.

The American Southwest

Looking to stay close to home but still want to feel a world away? The string of national parks that weave through Utah and Arizona are the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with nature. Our Private Journeys are full of adventure—from hikes and optional rafting on the Colorado River to lessons on geology and a sightseeing flight over the Grand Canyon!

Yellowstone National Park

With your experienced naturalist guide, enjoy the wildlife of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, including wolf viewing, hiking, floating the Snake River, and wonderful lodging. Our winter itinerary will have you snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and also has the option to visit the famous Old Faithful geyser without the typical crowds.

Egypt

Egypt has become one of our best-selling adventures, and 2021 is looking to be no different. Whether you choose a Private Journey or Small-Group Adventure, our expert Trip Leaders reveal the fascinating history dating back thousands of years. Sail the Nile from Luxor, the site of Karnak, to Aswan by dahabiya (a traditional yacht), exploring Cairo and the temples of Abu Simbel along the way.

View our 2021 Catalog

Get inspired for your next journey with our Catalog of Adventures! With vibrant award-winning photography and over 200 journeys around the world, it is truly a Dream Book that will grace your coffee table and feed your wanderlust.

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