Before the pandemic, I was able to visit four new countries in 2020 after going a couple years without visiting a new one. My current country count stands at 135. While traveling for 2021 seems a bit premature at this point, I can still dream about visiting eight new countries later this year.
Eight Countries I Hope To Visit in 2021
First, a preface. My focus is on new countries, but if I end up only being able to take one trip, it will be to Greenland (Denmark) and the Faroe Islands (also Denmark). I’ve been to Denmark, but not to these semi-autonomous regions. Nevertheless, because these are not technically separate nations, I do not include them in my list.
Algiers looks like an interesting capital city filled with cool architecture and great food. I also would like to review Air Algerie, which operates A330 longhaul service between Montreal and Algeriers.
Algeria and Tunisia would be one trip. Tunisia is even easier to visit than Algeria in that no visa is required (at least before the pandemic). Tunis appears to be another beautiful city full of culture and features ancient Roman mosaics I would like to see first-hand. I’d fly Tunis Air in the other direction, which also offers longhaul service to Montreal.
I don’t know what it is exactly about Kathmandu that draws me, but I’d like to check out all the hustle and bustle enroute to Bhutan.
The beauty of Bhutan is striking. This an expensive country to visit and also a difficult one. Nevertheless, the hiking looks amazing and ideally I would visit Nepal and Bhutan on the same trip.
Nicaragua + Honduras + Belize + Guatemala
I love the food and hospitality in Latin America and with United’s new service from LAX, I hope to visit four countries in Central America over a week or so. I have no ties or connections, but each looks inviting in its own way. Specifically, I’d like to visit a coffee planation in Nicaragua, Mayan ruins in Guatemala, and take in the physical beauty in Honduras and Belize.
I’m stoping at eight instead of 10, because I frankly don’t think I will even get to eight.
Again, these are countries I have not been to before. I also hope to visit Cuba, Indonesia, and Russia again this year. But like so many travel plans, much of my ability to travel will be determined by the course of the pandemic in the weeks and months ahead.
What new countries do you want to visit in 2021 if travel returns later in the year? Are you even thinking that far?