As 2020 comes to a close — finally — many people look ahead to 2021 travel. If you’re interested in the private travel trend, considering adding one of these experiences to your 2021 travel plans.
Turtle tagging at Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, offers guests an up-close experience with local wildlife. Explore the dazzling reefs on a turtle tagging boat adventure. Swim alongside an on-board researcher to safely catch, measure, tag and release turtles. Nightly villa rates start at $550.
Floatplane fishing, Ketchikan, Alaska
Salmon Falls Resort opens its doors earlier than normal for its off-the-grid adventures. The floatplane fishing adventure brings guests on a scenic, chartered flight to a remote spot for a guided fishing experience. The floatplane adventure costs $1,500 for two people.
Touring U.S. national parks by private charter plane
Private jet tour operator TCS World Travel introduced a winter U.S. national parks itinerary. The customized private charter plane experience accommodates groups of 4–12 people. Tour experiences include private wolf-tracking in Yellowstone National Park and private snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park.
Bespoke stargazing, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hotel Jackson, minutes from Grand Teton National Park, partners with Wyoming Stargazing on a stargazing experience for two. Guests take a private shuttle to the national park at sunset and enjoy a picnic basket filled with goodies, including hot chocolate, cocktails and a warm beanie. The offer starts at $759 for two people.
Skijöring, St. Moritz, Switzerland
The legendary Badrutt’s Palace is the perfect spot for a Swiss Alps getaway. Dubbed “winter’s wildest sport,” book a skijöring experience, starting at $260 for two people. Skijöring involves someone on skis being pulled by a horse.
Maíz and Mezcal experience, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Grand Solmar Land’s End in Playa Solmar offers guests a Maíz and Mezcal experience. Learn the history of mezcal and take part in a hands-on, tortilla-making lesson. The experience costs $200 per couple.
Beachside lobster ceilidh, Inverness, Nova Scotia
Cabot Cape Breton invites guests to experience a traditional Scottish and Irish social gathering, a ceilidh. Resort guests gather around a bonfire and enjoy a feast of freshly caught Nova Scotia seafood, while listening to live authentic Gaelic folk music. The experience starts at $350 per person.
A couple of my friends and I decided to rent a house in the Camelback Mountain area of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains for New Year’s Eve. To find the perfect place, we used Vrbo.com; there were a bunch of properties to choose from, but, in the end, we decided to rent a place in The Village at Camelback.
andBeyond launched an online Dream Board to encourage travelers to start envisioning and planning upcoming trips. The Dream Board, on andBeyond’s website, features an array of experiences, itineraries and accommodations from the three continents where the company operates. It showcases andBeyond’s lodges and camps, but also the choices offered by its tour operating branch.
Aloft Tulum opens in February, with 140 loft-style guestrooms and suites and several lively spaces for socialization and music, as well as a venue for corporate meetings. This marks the first Marriott International property in Tulum, Mexico.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
With the United States, United Kingdom and Canada now requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test for airline passengers, select hotels in Saint Lucia are offering complimentary testing for guests who qualify. Multiple testing options are available for departing visitors, citizens and residents. Tests are available at select hotels or local testing facilities, with results within 72 hours. Travelers can make appointments for tests when they arrive on the island or through COVID-certified hotels, and pricing varies.
Cordis Hangzhou, Sci-Tech City opened, joining sister properties in Shanghai, Beijing, Dongqian Lake, Hong Kong and Auckland. Located in Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City, the luxury hotel features 186 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bar, a 24-hour gym and a range of meeting and event spaces. It is also nearby a subway station.
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The What Matters 2021 survey from Agoda found Americans most look forward to spending more quality time with loved ones in 2021, at 34 percent, while also committing to traveling differently this year. Agoda’s digital travel platform offers a global network of more than 2.4 million properties in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide; the survey’s sample size was 16,064 adults, carried out online Dec. 10–16, 2020.