You could pick an island and stay awhile at an all-inclusive resort, where every part of your stay—room, food and activities—is included in one price. Nothing to think about but burying your toes in the sand and letting the sun-warmed breeze wash over you. Think butler service and beachside balconies, or even an over-the-water bungalow for two.
If you prefer to island-hop via a cruise, you can do it on a brand-new ship in 2021. Carnival Cruise Line plans to debut the Mardi Gras—featuring the world’s first roller coaster at sea—while Royal Caribbean is set to launch Odyssey of the Seas. It’ll have a skydiving simulator and a bungee trampoline for those seeking thrills, and a redesigned resort-style pool complete with shady casitas and hammocks for quieter moments.
Get a glimpse of Hawaii’s natural wonders.
A Hawaiian vacation is a bucket list-level adventure for many travelers—and going there in 2021 will carry even more significance. The year brings the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which will likely come with moving remembrances at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu.
Beyond the pull of history, the 50th state beckons with jaw-dropping scenery—think black-sand beaches, lunarlike lava flows, emerald-green peaks and gushing waterfalls. Travel restrictions limited access to all that natural beauty for much of the year, but as rules begin to ease, people can experience the state in a few new ways.