(CNN) – Many end-of-year traditions are a little different in 2020.
The annual “Where to Travel” lists revealed by the big-hit adventurers National Geographic and Lonely Planet are no exception.
Faced with a world in which travel is often difficult, undesirable or impossible at the moment, the 2021 publisher lists – both published on Tuesday – have chosen a more thoughtful approach.
Instead of inviting you to throw your sarong in your case and take it to the airport, the lists are designed to serve as inspiration for future adventures, no matter what.
Here, the reader will find stories describing “conservation successes, conservation achievements, cultural sustainability, and stories of communities overcoming discouraging obstacles to thriving despite the pandemic,” National Geographic said in a statement.
Greece has opened its first underwater museum off the coast of Alonissos. Attendees can explore the remains of an Athenian merchant ship at sea or through virtual reality.
The Sustainability category celebrates six superb destinations across Europe, Africa and the United States.
Florida’s space coast is honored in a family section, as is England’s nearly completed coastline, which at 4,500 kilometers will be the longest hiking trail in the world.
Located in the Danakil Depression, Erta Ale is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
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Asia and Oceania are underrepresented in the list as a whole, but it restores some positions in the culture / history category, with three destinations selected.
Elections include Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific that played a strategic role during World War II, and Gyeongju, an ancient capital in South Korea that is so teeming with artifacts that it is known as the “Museum Without Walls.”
“Although the pandemic stopped travel, it did not allay our curiosity,” George Stone, executive editor of National Geographic Travel, said in a statement. “The world is full of wonders – even when they are difficult to reach.”
A diver explores the coral reefs around Lord Howe Island.
The best of the world on National Geographic 2021
New Caledonia, France
Gabon, Central Africa
Coastal road of England
Space Coast, Florida
Local British Columbia, Canada
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Depression Danakil, Ethiopia
Nature / Wildlife
Isle Royale, Michigan
Cerrado savanna, Hotel Brazil
Lord Howe Island, Australia
Culture / History
New Mexico, travel
Bitoria-Gasteiz, Alava, Basque Country, Spain
Gyeongju, South Korea
Tonglu, Zhejiang Province, China