U.S. News & World Report recently revealed their top-ranking travel destinations for the years 2021-2022, and we're here for it. As vaccine rollouts continue and borders reopen, people are ready to kick back, relax, and explore again. So whether you're ready for an adventure or looking for inspiration for the future, here are our top 5 picks from the ranking that have the best Instagram-worthy spots in no number order.
Located on the southern edge of Italy's peninsula and home to the charming and colorful city Positano, the Almafi coast comes in at number 29 on the list. With breathtaking views at a 360 degree, you'll always find a suitable spot to take a picture. The quaint fishing villages are filled with fresh, authentic Italian food and beautiful resorts and hotels. It's also a boat ride away from the Island of Capri, home of upscale shopping and dining. And on the way there, make sure to take in the breathtaking rock formations, Faraglioni.
When it comes to picture-perfect photos and an adventure, the Grand Canyon is a great choice. However, with endless viewpoints of the canyon to choose from, you'll have a hard time picking just one or two or three pictures to post on Instagram. The Grand Canyon is a larger-than-life canyon carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Grand Canyon is visited by millions each year wanting to see its natural beauty up close and personal. Looking for the perfect IG shot? Lucky for you, each corner of the grand canyon is Instagramable, but Horseshoe Bend is definitely jaw dropping.
Rated as the number 1 place to visit in Mexico, Tulum is truly a gem for both luxury resort goers and adventurers. A growing nightlife scene and the turquoise-colored Caribbean water may seem to be the main attraction of this Mexican city, but Tulum has much more to offer. Tulum is home to the best-preserved Mayan ruins and underground water taverns called cenotes. Tulum is also home to many resorts and quirky eateries with interesting and artistic decor pieces and entrances, perfect for an Instagram story or pic.
Are you looking for a colorful aesthetic and backdrop for your pictures? The Caribbean is full of colorful spots, from exotic greenery, crystal clear waters, and blue skies. But Curacao is one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets. Sitting right outside the hurricane belt, Curacao promises sunny weather all year round. Heavily influenced by the Dutch, every street in the city of Willemstad is just as colorful as the next with pastel-colored buildings and vibrant food stands also known as the Floating Market.
South Island, New Zealand, came in as number 1 on the list of 30 of the world's best places to visit in 2021. Why? Because there’s something for everyone. South Island will take your breath away with its grand mountains, beaches with beautiful rock formations, glaciers, and vibrant blue waters. If adventure is what you're looking for, adventure is what you’ll get in South Island. Stop by the Blue Pools in Hasst Pass to see epic crystal blue water and snap some pictures from the swinging bridge for the ultimate IG post. And if you're daring, take a dip!
As a reminder, the coast isn't entirely clear in terms of travel restrictions. And COVID-19 regulations vary from country to country. New Zealand, for example, is not yet open for U.S. citizens. So always make sure to know what rules and regulations are in place before starting your adventure this summer.
Also, when packing is on your mind, check out this blog post with 6 essentials you need for your next post-pandemic trip.