World journey authority Lonely Planet has right now unveiled a radical reimagining of its much-awaited Greatest in Journey picks for 2021, reflecting an unprecedented yr of disruption within the journey business. For the primary time, this yr’s record spotlights not solely locations but additionally folks and communities who’re remodeling the journey business. In 2021, Lonely Planet is waiting for the essential modifications happening globally, from sustainability to variety, and shining a light-weight on the way forward for journey.
“Journey is a way more thoughtful train in 2021 than it has been ever earlier than,” Lonely Planet CEO Luis Cabrera mentioned. “With vacationers cautiously re-engaging with the world and centered on guaranteeing their influence is secure and optimistic for host communities, we have now determined to spotlight locations and people that actually allow guests to have transformative experiences and make real contributions.”
Journey is at all times altering. Greatest in Journey 2021 champions individuals who make journey a drive for good, all of the extra important in a yr when COVID-19 has disrupted and deprioritized journey. Greatest in Journey 2021 displays how journey contributes to sustainability, group, and inclusivity and ponders how we will finest discover the world responsibly. Moderately than delivering a vacation spot bucket record, Lonely Planet centered on how folks journey now: open air; in household teams; purposefully; with cautious consideration to the communities they’ll discover.
After a tumultuous yr for journey, Greatest in Journey additionally symbolizes Lonely Planet’s dedication to those values. “We’re taking the prospect to re-emphasize what we’re right here for and why: our mission stays to be a trusted journey companion. One which conjures up, informs, and guides, whereas being in sync along with your journey needs and desires,” mentioned Cabrera.
Lonely Planet began the method for the 2021 Greatest in Journey record by looking for nominations from Lonely Planet’s huge group of employees, writers, photographers, videographers, bloggers, publishing companions, and extra. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic struck and, like the remainder of the journey world, Lonely Planet hit the pause button. However different issues modified, too. The dialog surrounding variety took a decisive shift. The way forward for journey moved in direction of small-group engagement and decades-old points like overtourism got here again to the forefront. Consequently, Lonely Planet’s picks match this new strategy and are tailor-made for journey in 2021 — a yr that is going to be like no different.
Uncover the outstanding folks and locations remodeling journey and making the world a greater place – for now and future generations. Winners embrace:
- Soraya Abdel-Hadi
- Le Vie di Dante (Roads of Dante)
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Rocky Mountaineer
- Virginia Mountain Bike Path
- Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
- Gothenburg, Sweden
Everybody has a unique story to inform. Have a good time the folks and locations that illuminate the mosaic of tales and views discovered around the globe. Winners embrace:
- Gabby Beckford, Packs Mild
- Costa Rica
- El Hierro, Spain
- Hiakai, New Zealand
- Jeff Jenkins, Chubby Diaries
- Wheels of the World
- Karl Krause and Daan Colijn, Couple of Males
- Gullah Islands, USA
- San Diego, USA
- Amman, Jordan
Who is aware of finest what sort of journey will profit their communities? Individuals who dwell and work there, in fact, providing genuine and unforgettable experiences that give again to native communities. Winners embrace:
- Invisible Cities, U.Okay.
- Faroe Islands
- Medellín, Colombia
- Tesfa Excursions, Ethiopia
- Hesham Moadamani, Refugee Voices Excursions
- Footprints Café, Cambodia
- Burren EcoTourism Community, Eire
- Georgette Jupe, Woman In Florence
The Greatest in Journey record is a two-way road in 2021, as nicely. In January, Lonely Planet will announce readers’ nominations of their very own favourite folks and locations which are shaping the way forward for journey this yr and past. Reader’s Alternative voting begins right now and may be discovered on the Greatest in Journey touchdown web page.
For these all in favour of visiting one of many locations in Lonely Planet’s Greatest in Journey record, KAYAK’s suite of COVID-inspired instruments, together with its versatile filters, Discover characteristic, and Journey Restrictions map may help vacationers do it neatly.
For extra info on the Lonely Planet Greatest in Journey 2021 record, go to www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel. Award locations may also be explored with Lonely Planet’s Guides app at no cost and on social media channels through #BestInTravel.