Itching for something to look forward to in the world of travel?? Pack your bags and hit the road in 2021 with these 5 adventures.
Just as St. Barts had emerged after extensive closures due to 2017's Hurricane Irma, the pandemic hit. Now, knock on coconut-tree wood, the Caribbean's toniest island is fully back: The anticipated Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, with views of Gustavia's boat-filled harbor, is finally open, and in spring the long-loved Le Guanahani, set on a private peninsula facing Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac, will be reborn as a Rosewood hotel. Hit Nikki Beach for the ultimate barefoot chic all day dance party, or relax beachside with rose’ all day.
One and Done Celebration
Birthday parties. Honeymoons. Weddings. Holiday Parties. Etc… total up all the parties you missed in 2020 and assign a cost to each. Then use those funds to create a One and Done celebration for 2021. Whether you label it a victory celebration or sabbatical, get it on the books now!
Nature is Calling
Now, more than ever, the great outdoors feels like the safest, most secure place in the world. Turner House, New Mexico: The 10-room stone-walled guest house quietly reopened this past summer as the latest renovated lodging on the grounds of the 558,000-acre Vermejo—one of four Ted Turner Reserves properties, totaling more than 1.1 million acres of wilderness, restored by the media mogul. Vermejo is home to the Castle Rock bison, one of America's last wild herds—which is actively managed to promote its growth and genetic diversity—while projects like the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Restoration help restore the native ecosystem. It's a real rush to physically share the land with a menagerie of bison, elk, and other iconic and vanishing species. Doubles from $1,200
WFH (Work from Hotel)
The Monday blues have taken on a different meaning with with our new work from home culture. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the weekend from the weekday. A cure for a case of the ground hogs day is to change the work from home, to work from hotel. Why not Barbados? In August, the country launched a new visa program, allowing visitors to live and work there for up to one year. Other countries, including Georgia, and Estonia, are hoping to entice long-stay visitors and remote workers as a means of bolstering revenues shrunk by declining tourism during the pandemic. While regulations differ by destination, prospective residents should expect to pay an application fee (they range from $94 to $2,000 per person, depending on the country) and provide proof of health insurance, negative coronavirus results from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure, and income or self-employment.
With air and international travel expected to feel a little sketchy in 2021, this time-honored drive vacation has gotten a promotion. No longer must it be a National Lampoon-style DIY jaunt; now it can be a highly curated journey through some of the country's most thrilling places, organized by people whose job it is to pull off the near impossible. In June, high-end travel brand Black Tomato, known for envelope-pushing experiences like overnights on Icelandic volcanoes, launched its first series of itineraries in partnership with Auberge Resorts Collection. They feature stays at places like the Mayflower Inn in the Connecticut countryside, paired with exclusive activities—think helicopter trips to Block Island and expert-led antiquing.
Happy New Year! We’re ready to put this year behind us.