Many would-be travellers are looking to 2021 with increased optimism. According to Google Trends, online searches for ‘2021 holiday’ have increased by 124% since the end of March.
Using Google search data, travel company Kuoni has uncovered 2021’s most dreamed of destinations based on the most frequently searched and most post popular holiday destinations for 131 countries.
1. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Home to the popular tourist destination of Dubai, the UAE was the most searched-for holiday spot for 2021 in 11 countries. Each of the seven emirate states has its own characteristics, but they’re all an excellent destination for some winter sun. Dubai has a futuristic style with soaring skyscrapers, epic shopping malls and long stretches of beach, Fujairah has some incredible snorkelling spots and Ras Al Khaimah draws beach lovers to its beautiful coastline.
In joint second place is Canada. It’s easy to see why this beautiful country might appeal to people dreaming of wide open landscapes and towering mountains. Popular activities here include camping, fishing, hiking, climbing, kayaking and skiing, and there are plenty of opportunities for whale spotting along the both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Cities like Toronto and Vancouver also offer a bustling, cosmopolitan buzz for those seeking an alternative to the great outdoors.
Alongside Qatar and Canada in second place is the United States of America, a country so vast and varied it can suit getaway dreams for any kind of holidaymaker. Popular destinations include Florida with its dazzling theme parks, buzzing Las Vegas, soulful New Orleans and New York City, a city with one of the world’s most recognisable skylines. The combination of these eclectic places makes it clear why this is such a popular choice for 2021 breaks.
Topping the 2021-related holiday searches for eight countries, Qatar is another Middle Eastern destination that showcases an exciting blend of cutting-edge modernity alongside lively traditional markets and souqs. The capital, Doha, is rapidly expanding – rivalling Abu Dhabi and Dubai in neighbouring UAE for slick architectural design and lofty high-rise towers.
The most popular 2021 destination for six of the countries we reviewed, is Egypt. This heritage-rich destination is bursting with captivating historical monuments such as the world famous Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, and the temples in Luxor. There are also beautiful beaches and a vibrant underwater world to explore in coastal resorts like Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh.