lonely planet best in travel 2021

It’s that time of year, when Lonely Planet releases their best in travel list for 2021. While you may not have traveled as much this year, use these destinations as inspiration for 2021, which is shaping up to be a busy year for travelers. The focus of the awards this year was on sustainability, community, and diversity. So without further ado, here are the winners!

Sustainability Winner: Palau


Every visitor must take the Palau Pledge when they visit, signing a document to affirm that they’ll be eco-conscious when they visit Palau. The island nation is also aiming to be the first carbon-neutral tourism destination in the world. Plus, it’s stunningly beautiful.

Sustainability City Winner: Gothenburg


This Swedish city is always on the top of the sustainability list, with 95% of public transportation in Gothenburg running on renewable energy, and 94% of hotels being eco-friendly certified. You’ll love your time here.

Diversity Winner, Accessibility Winner: Costa Rica

Costa Rica has won the Accessibility Award for 2021. The country has an amazing mix of local regulations and incredible tour operators that offer lots of opportunities for travelers with disabilities. Some of their most famous parks are wheelchair accessible, and even surfing is available to people with disabilities here. It’s just another reason to visit Costa Rica.

Diversity Winner, Inclusive Storyteller: Jeff Jenkins (Chubby Diaries)

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Jeff Jenkins is the honest, hilarious, fun-loving storyteller you need in your life if you’re a plus size traveler. Chubby Diaries encourages groups, meetups, offers tons of vides and articles, and is the peak of honest storytelling.

Community Winner, Community Immersion: Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands are extremely small, so the community is at the center of everything here. It’s so small that no matter where you are on the islands, you can pretty much see the ocean. The locals are incredibly friendly, inviting visitors into their homes regularly, making the Faroe Islands a no brainer for the Community Winner.

Congratulations to all the winners!