The Luxury Collection 2021

We take a look at how the world of luxury travel is adapting to world events and explore the trends we’ll be seeing more of in the years to come.

Published 4 Feb 2021, 14:42 GMT, Updated 4 Feb 2021, 16:07 GMT
The Luxury Collection 2021

The Luxury Collection 2021

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller

The past year has changed much of what we’d previously taken for granted, including the ways in which we understand simple concepts like ‘travel’ and ‘luxury’. Everything feels a bit more complicated than before, and while we’ve all had to adjust our expectations, what hasn’t changed is that travel itself remains the ultimate freedom — the ultimate luxury. Being able to expand our horizons and experience new places feels more important than ever.

In this issue, we take a look how the world of luxury travel is adapting to world events and the trends we’ll be seeing more of in the years to come. These include the increasing importance of isolation and privacy, the renewed focus on health and wellness travel, how travellers are choosing to extend their trips well beyond a weekend away and how to have exciting experiences closer to home.

Elsewhere, we examine the ways in which the industry has responded to the pandemic and talk to an expert on what luxury travel means at the moment.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip, the Directory, brought to you by our advertising partners, offers some of the finest hotels and experiences across the world.

Read the 2021 edition of National Geographic Traveller The Luxury Collection

Editors' picks

Five experiential escapes in the UK for 2021, from castle stays to stargazing

One of the great lessons from last year was the importance of focusing on the experiences and adventures available to us on our on doorsteps. Here's some inspiration for 2021 getaways, from Nottinghamshire to Northern Ireland.

How luxury travel will change for 2021

From the desire for extreme isolation to a renewed focus on wellness, here are some of the emerging trends in the world of luxury travel as it adjusts to the new normal.

Five luxury wellness experiences for 2021, from Scotland to Sri Lanka

Health has come into focus in new and profound ways over the past year, and is something many travellers are now prioritising.


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