Top 20 countries to visit in 2021 – two of them are our neighbors!

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Readers of the American magazine Condé Nast Traveler elected the 20 best countries to visit in 2021. Attention: in 2021, not in 2020! For most of us, traveling right now is neither possible nor recommended. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop dreaming and planning future trips, right?

Lists are not unanimous, but they summarize some travel trends well. In addition, they are great starting points to discuss which countries deserve to be in the Top 20 or not. Check out the list of best countries to visit in 2020!

20. India??
Score: 90.29

India is the dream destination of many people. An exciting and colorful country, still seen as far away and mysterious. From the Zen spirituality of its millions of gods to the romanticism of the Taj Mahal ; sacred cows, exotic temples and spicy foods. But traveling to this destination can be challenging, so check out the 10 most common mistakes when traveling to India – and how to avoid them!

India named one of the best countries to visit in 2020
India: an incredible destination, far beyond the Taj Mahal

19. New Zealand??
Score: 90.53

New Zealand is a destination to be enjoyed calmly, preferably on routes that cover the entire North and South Islands , the main land areas that make up the country. The truth is that New Zealand becomes even more interesting every day you spend there. The grandiose landscapes and the mystery that surrounds the place have always piqued the curiosity of travelers from all over the world, who see the country as a destination full of possibilities.

New Zealand named one of the best countries to visit in 2020
New Zealand: land of hobbits and breathtaking natural landscapes

18. Turkey??
Score: 90.57

Turkey is home to cities that exude history, art and culture on all sides and offer entertainment for the most diverse types of audiences . They are amazing destinations, with paradisiacal beaches, adventure tourism, quality cuisine, among many other reasons that make Turkey one of the most desired countries by travelers from all over the world. Check out a Turkey itinerary with tips from Istanbul , Cappadocia , Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Antalya and Kas

Turkey, voted one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Turkey: history, culture and entertainment for all tastes

17. Israel ??
Score: 90.71

Traditionally known as Jerusalem, Israel surprises and offers attractions for all tastes. Regardless of religious tourism, Israel offers incredible historical sites such as Masada, Acre and Caesarea; gorgeous natural landscapes ranging from the Negev Desert to the surreal Dead Sea; cosmopolitan and modern Tel-Aviv, amazing beaches along the entire coast; in addition to the famous religious route that involves the country, especially the regions of Galilee, Haifa, Nazareth and Jerusalem, in addition to the Palestinian territories of Bethlehem and Jericho. Check out 45 tips for your first trip to Israel !

Israel, named one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Israel: religious tourism and unique scenery ranging from the desert to the Dead Sea

16. Colombia??
Score: 90.84

There’s South America on the list! Colombia is full of interesting destinations that Brazilians have been discovering, especially in recent years. The country had a bad reputation due to drug trafficking, however, this situation has changed considerably and nowadays tourism there should not be synonymous with concern. Whether on the mainland or on the islands, Colombia reserves great scenery for its visitors. Among the main destinations in the country are the capital Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena with its walls and the beautiful archipelago of San Andrés , Providencia and Santa Catalina .

15. Malaysia??
Score: 90.86

Located in Southeast Asia and overshadowed by Thailand, its more famous neighbor, Malaysia is not to be missed. In a few days, it is possible to be dazzled by the gastronomy and shopping paradise that is the capital Kuala Lumpur , with the monumental presence of the Petronas Towers — the largest twin towers in the world! Exploring the country, it is possible to be surprised by the beauty of the islands of Penang and Langkawi, which are in no way inferior to the most famous destinations in the region.

Malaysia, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Malaysia: cultural effervescence and idyllic landscapes typical of Southeast Asia

14. Peru ??
Score: 90.88

Another country in South America among the best! With a rich culture and amazing landscapes, Peru is a box of surprises. It is a country of exuberant natural beauties, beautiful mountains of the Andes, excellent gastronomy in Lima and unique archaeological sites such as Machu Picchu . So close to us, but at the same time so different, Peru provides extraordinary experiences and many teachings through the history and culture of the Inca people, who left an invaluable legacy for the country.

Peru, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Peru: so close and so different

13. Jamaica ??
Score: 91.04

Famous for being the reggae capital, Jamaica is an island surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and offers incredible scenery and beautiful beaches, especially in Montego Bay. In addition, Jamaica has very good resorts , which can receive tourists with a great structure. The crystalline blue sea next to the white sand draws the paradisiacal scenery of the Jamaican coast. Whether for the beaches, waterfalls or lush vegetation, Jamaica enchants couples on their honeymoon , who find the country the perfect setting to live these unforgettable days.

Jamaica, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Jamaica: resorts and idyllic beaches in the heart of the Caribbean

12. Bhutan??
Score: 91.11

Bhutan, the Buddhist kingdom at the eastern end of the Himalayas, is known for its monasteries, forts and stunning landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. The reward for visitors is the chance to hike mountain trails untouched by rubbish, in the company of people whose Buddhist beliefs uniquely put them in tune with their surroundings.

Bhutan, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Bhutan: a Zen destination nestled in the Himalayan Mountains

11. Ireland??
Score: 91.50

It only takes a short walk through the center of Dublin to understand why Ireland’s capital is such a popular tourist destination. A culturally vibrant metropolis, with a past full of history, but which has not stopped evolving over time – without leaving aside, of course, the traditions and the jovial spirit that conquers the visitor from the first moment. In Dublin you will find friendly people who are very helpful with tourists, including a huge number of Brazilians, who are there on vacation or living in the country, as this is one of the cheapest countries to learn English .

Ireland, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Ireland: Celtic culture, bohemian traditions washed down with Guinness beer and the sound of U2

10. Mexico??
Score: 91.53

Learn more about Aztec culture, visit incredible museums, experience unique flavors, dive into the crystalline sea of ​​Cancún and discover incredible Mexican traditions. It’s even worth cheering fervently for one of the wrestling stars and dancing to the sound of Mariachis in Mexico City , one of the biggest cities in the world and one that doesn’t disappoint tourists!

Mexico, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Mexico: a sea of ​​culture and traditions far beyond Cancún

9. Vietnam??
Score: 92.12

Vietnam is squeezed between Southeast Asia ‘s top destinations and the China Sea , offering mountains, beaches, deserts, as well as museums , cultural and dining options, and much more. It takes planning to choose the right places to visit and not miss anything of this incredible country. From the ancient capital Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi , explore this unforgettable destination!

Vietnam, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Vietnam: Endless Rice Fields, War Museums and a Beautiful Coastline

8. South Africa??
Score: 92.20

South Africa is one of the most visited countries by tourists who know the African continent and that surprises with its natural scenery different from what you see in Brazil, the mixture of languages, different flavors, the excellent wines and the opportunity to know more than close to a culture different from ours. Cape Town is one of the main tourist destinations in the country and offers beautiful landscapes. The largest city in the country is Johannesburg , a modern and developed city. In addition, South Africa has the Kruger National Park , a huge national park, ideal for those who want to go on safari.

South Africa, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
South Africa: gateway for many travelers to the African continent

7. Thailand??
Score: 92.62

Traveling to Thailand is a dream for many people. Reasons abound: paradisiacal beaches , parties, culture, cuisine , security and tourist infrastructure. As if all that wasn’t enough, the local population is very receptive to tourists and the atmosphere is always happy. The magic of Buddhist temples, festivals and traditions enchant and bring an even more “exotic” air to the environment. All at very friendly prices, which only increase the desire to explore the country from North to South, for its islands, waterfalls and forests — some inhabited by elephants!

6. Indonesia??
Score: 92.98

Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands and is the largest Muslim country in the world. But it’s Bali , the country’s only Hindu island, that draws the most visitors. Paradise for surfers and for those in search of spirituality (especially after the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”), Bali is the perfect place to disconnect from the fast pace of urban life and rest. The island has beautiful rice fields, bucolic landscapes, beaches and an exotic culture that deserves to be seen!

Indonesia, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Indonesia: Muslim country with more than 17 thousand islands, where Bali stands out

5. Greece??
Score: 93.32

Natural beauties, history, gastronomy, excellent climate (especially in the European summer ) and the receptivity of the local people are just some of the reasons that make Greece a very desired destination. Proof of this is that every year the country receives a large number of visitors, including many Brazilians. It is in the capital, Athens , that visitors can get to know the most famous Acropolis in the world up close. Furthermore, those who have the opportunity cannot fail to include in their itinerary a tour of the paradisiacal Greek islands , such as Mykonos , Santorini and Crete .

Greece, one of the best countries to visit in 2020

4. Japan??
Score: 93.35

Japan is on the other side of the world, but sometimes it feels like another planet, such is its diversity and culture! The land of the rising sun is a country that is increasingly attractive to Brazilian tourists. An example of organization and modernity, the country has natural and architectural beauties as far as the eye can see. Polite people with smiles on their faces are always ready to welcome you. Gastronomy is a gift for those who like to try new things and the local culture is a real learning experience.

Japan, one of the best countries to visit in 2020
Japan: where modernity and tradition meet

3. Portugal ??
Score: 93.39

Portugal is in fashion, not only among Brazilians. And there is no shortage of reasons for this: the country has cities that combine history, architectural beauty and incredible landscapes, wonderful food and one of the best value for money among European countries. And for us, the ease of the language is also an attraction. While the world gradually discovers Portugal, the country secures third place on the list.

Portugal, voted one of the best countries to visit
Portugal: more and more preferred by travelers from all over the world

2. Sri Lanka??
Score: 93.96

Sri Lanka is a country of paradisiacal landscapes and low prices, which has topped several lists of the best countries to visit. We could define Sri Lanka as an island surrounded by crystal clear beaches of fine golden sand. Palm trees and coconut trees on the coast complete the scenery — which is also full of green mountains inland. The well-preserved nature and its cultural and religious diversity already attract tourists from all over the world, who let themselves be carried away by the passionate rhythm of local life. Train trips through forests, beaches and elephant sanctuaries are part of the itinerary.

Sri Lanka: Voted one of the best countries to visit of 2020
Sri Lanka: Nature and one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world

1. Italy??
Score: 94.05

First and foremost, our beautiful Italy . The gold medal is deserved, as Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world. With an incredible history, the boot-shaped country is home to the most Unesco heritage sites, in addition to having some of the most important works of art ever created. Its capital, Rome , was also the capital of the ancient Roman Empire, which guarantees an amazing experience for anyone visiting the city. The country has a bit of everything in its extension: mountains, snow, lakes, crystal clear beaches, old towns with charming architecture, medieval fortresses, wineries as far as the eye can see, as well as buildings with invaluable cultural value and delicious cuisine.