Where would you travel to first when the pandemic ends? After almost a year of confinement, many of us fantasise about getting on a plane and heading somewhere exotic. While “going back home” would likely be the most frequent answer to the question, the travel-starved are using the downtime to plan for epic journeys—perhaps not so different to the 'revenge spending' phenomenon that happened in China last year. According to Tripadvisor's 2021Travel Outlook Report, “74 per cent of travellers surveyed globally say they will spend more time choosing a destination this year, including just over 79 per cent of travellers in Singapore”.
Remote hotels and adventure travel will continue to trend, something that Jimmy Carroll, co-founder of travel company Pelorus, knows very well. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and a former captain in a British Army reconnaissance regiment, he is an expert living on the edge and travelling off the grid. Here, he shares ideas for transformative trips to unexplored parts of the world to book and plan for in 2021.