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Although spur of the moment, spontaneous vacations can be a thrill, leaving everything to the last minute just doesn’t work for plenty of people. Travelling without a plan can be stressful and difficult, and sometimes, there’s nothing like organizing your vacations in advance.

Planning ahead and sorting out next year’s trips today can be beneficial in so many ways. Advance planning can give you so many more options than just heading out the door on a whim, and you can really take the time to work out exactly where you want to go, what you want to see, and arrange all the experiences that you want to do.  

If you are thinking of getting your planning in early and looking for inspiration for your vacation plans next year, look no further! We’ve got you covered with some of the best places to travel to—at home and abroad—and some advice and guidance about what to do and see. Read on and start planning your 2021 vacations now!

Just on the Doorstep

·      Florida

Florida is the dream vacation destination. With its gorgeous climate, amazing wildlife, spectacular natural beauty, and some of the best beaches in the world, there is so much to do here that you might need more than one trip! Whether you fancy the thrills and spills of the theme parks in Orlando, exploring the mysteries of the glorious Everglades National Park, diving into crystal-clear natural springs in North Florida, or soaking up the sun on Miami Beach, you can’t go wrong when you are exploring the Sunshine State. For even more excitement, why not extend your Florida vacation by taking a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale and discover the joys of life on the high seas?

·      New Orleans

New Orleans is legendary as a party city, with Mardi Gras, geaux cups and letting the bons temps rule a huge part of this wild, decadent city’s appeal. But NOLA isn’t just about carnivals and carousing. It is a stunningly beautiful city, full of extraordinary architecture and picturesque, colourful neighbourhoods. The food scene in the city is probably one of the best in the country, with traditional dishes like jambalaya, po’ boys, and beignets famous around the world. And, of course, New Orleans is alive with music, with every street jumping to the sounds of jazz, blues, and zydeco.

·      California

No discussion of American vacation destinations would be complete without mentioning California. Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, the Golden State is designed for hikers, mountain climbers, surfers and cyclists, and is probably one of the finest places in the world for a road trip. See the awe-inspiring giant redwood forests in the National Parks of Sequoia and Yosemite, climb the highest peak in the continental US at Mount McKinley, and catch awesome waves at the beaches of Big Sur. Of course, California also offers unmatched elegance and style, with wine-tasting in the Napa Valley, the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and awesome alternative art and culture in San Francisco. 


Further Afield

If you are looking to spread your wings and head somewhere a bit more exotic, then there are loads of places to choose from within easy reach. While spots like the Caribbean and Mexico might be well-known, it is easy to get off the beaten track if you know where to look.

·      Caribbean

The Caribbean is full of tiny, astonishingly beautiful islands, with wonderful, individual cultures and some of the warmest, friendliest people you are ever likely to meet. While Barbados, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands are obviously fantastic, there are loads of smaller, less well-known destinations here that are well worth checking out. Try Martinique for French culture and cuisine, and rugged volcanic scenery, or Dominica, which lives up to its nickname of ‘The Nature Isle’ with a stunning array of wildlife, natural wonders, and lush green jungles to explore.

·      Mexico

Steer clear of the overly touristy spots of Cancun and Los Cabos, and explore some of the more magical areas of this awesome country instead. The Mexican Riviera boasts of a stunning Pacific coastline, complete with whales in Baja California, surfing in Nayarit, and incredible indigenous culture in Oaxaca. On the other side of the country, the Yucatan Peninsula is a blend of power-white beaches in Tulum, unbelievable wildlife and nature in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and magical, mystical Mayan heritage at places like Koba and Chichen Itza. Don’t miss the chance to discover the Lagoon of Seven Colors at Bacalar on the border of Belize, or to dive into the cool, dark waters of a cenote, the sinkholes that supposedly lead to the Mayan underworld of Xibalba!

Wherever you plan to go on vacation next year, getting your planning in early can be a brilliant way to ensure an amazing trip. Hopefully, the guide above will give you some food for thought and help you plan something special. Happy travels!

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