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5 Destinations You Need To Add To Your 2021 Holiday Bucket List

The current travel restrictions are making us crave that next trip abroad more than ever before, and thoughts for most are automatically turning to where we all might jet away to on our 2021 holiday. With this in mind, we’ve picked out five dreamy destination ideas for you to add to your bucket list next year when, we hope, the lockdown instructions and other distancing-related measures will be behind us.

So take a look and prepare for plenty of wanderlust to help you get by during those long afternoons on the sofa…


Ever the vibrant and bustling city, Tokyo getaways have been popular with tourist for many a year and 2021 promises to be no different. Not only can you enjoy lots of delicious local delicacies and stroll through the amazing Times Square-style neon lights which brighten up the nighttime scene, Tokyo will also host next year’s Olympic Games.

It was, of course, scheduled to go ahead this August but the postponement until another 12 months means you can enjoy a variety of events from the track, to the pool, to the velodrome and much more in Japan’s mesmerising capital city.


This destination might not be somewhere you’ve previously considered visiting, but 2021 is sure to be a year holidaymakers visit in their droves. Combining a deep history with fascinating culture, Athens offers travellers sights aplenty to enjoy including the iconic Acropolis ruins, beautiful national gardens, educational museums and quaint neighborhoods.

Located around 18km from Athens is the town of Eleusis, which has been named one of three European capitals of culture for 2021 and well worth adding into your visit.


Portugal’s beautiful coastal city of Porto, known for its stately bridges and port wine production, was listed as one of the main holiday spots to visit in 2020 before COVID-19 interrupted travel itineraries across the world earlier this year. That, however, doesn’t mean 2021 won’t be a big period for this beautiful destination which is likely to prove popular with tourists looking for a quick weekend away.

Be sure to wash down the local port with some incredibly tasty seafood amidst the backdrop of cobbled streets, rustic shops and stunning architecture.


Back at the beginning of this year, Forbes released a series of 10 bucket list holiday spots to add to your radar over the next decade, with Morocco prominently featured right towards the top of the pile. There’s loads to explore and experience, namely the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains and major cities including Marrakech and Casablanca.

It was included on Forbes’ list for a reason, so why wait until later into the next 10 years to visit? Tick it off early and enjoy the wonders this beautiful north African country has to offer.

A major European city

Okay, so you might think this final suggestion is a little vague – but it’s for good reason! As with the Tokyo Olympic Games, football’s Euro 2020 tournament has been pushed back from this year to next and promises to be more highly anticipated than ever. The difference this time around is that, for the first time ever, a major sporting tournament will be hosted in not one, but 12 countries across the continent.

So whether you want to combine a trip to the Colosseum with an Italy match at Rome’s Stadio Olympico, a weekend break to Munich with one of Germany’s mouthwatering fixtures against either France or Portugal, or take advantage of the opportunity to witness a semi-final or the final itself at London’s Wembley stadium whilst enjoying an English capital staycation, summer 2021 is certainly the year to make it happen.

Full list of host cities:

  • Amsterdam
  • Baku
  • Bilbao
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Copenhagen
  • Dublin
  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Munich
  • Rome
  • Saint Petersburg

Which destinations have you added to your 2021 holiday bucket list? Let us know by tweeting @iceollyholiday!