Lonely Planet has released its long-awaited list Best in Travel list for 2021 – and in this strangest of years, there’s a twist.
While the travel giant normally issues lists including the best countries, cities and regions, the 2021 offering is split into three new categories: Best in Sustainability, Best in Community and Best in Diversity.
The idea is to celebrate the people and places shaping the future of travel, according to the publication.
“Travel in 2021 and beyond will be a much more considerate exercise than it has been ever before,” said Lonely Planet CEO Luis Cabrera.
“With travellers cautiously re-engaging with the world and focusing on ensuring their impact is safe and positive for host communities, we have decided to highlight destinations and individuals that truly enable visitors to make genuine contributions through regenerative travel.”
Highlights include Gothenburg, Sweden, which was crowned the best sustainable city stay; Greece, named the best food destination; and Kazakhstan, which won best accommodation in the Community category, thanks to its rural homestays.
The UK was given the nod in one category – Best Tour went to Invisible Cities, a UK city walking tour company and social enterprise providing people affected by homelessness the opportunity to become tour guides in their own city, while also generating funds for homeless projects.
Here’s the list in full:
Best in Sustainability
Best City Stay
Gothenburg, Sweden: Topping the Global Destinations Sustainability Index, the city has introduced a range of progressive and measurable solutions to achieve fossil-independence by 2030.