If you’re feeling like it’s been a million years since you last booked a trip, you’re not alone. And while we may not be quite at the finish line when it comes to pandemic restrictions, people are already furiously making their revenge travel plans. To get you inspired for your next anti-staycation, here are the top 10 destinations celebs are booking.
If it’s a shortlist for luxury travel, you already know Greece is making the list. Mykonos has always been a hot spot — but in 2021 — it’s going to be more popular than ever for those looking to get their fix of picture-perfect backdrops and fresh, Mediterranean cuisine.
Celeb spotting: Robbie Williams recently stayed at the island, having been spotted amongst friend at the upscale beach bar, Scorpios. Former Pussycat Dolls member, Nicole Sherzinger and her partner Thom Evans were spotted at Mykonos’ Kenso Hotel and Lionel Richie had his family in tow in June, where the gang celebrated his birthday aboard a mega-yacht in the area.
Related: How to actually book an affordable trip.
Pasta, world-class shopping and sight-seeing that never gets old — no wonder so many celebrities are saying “Ciao Roma!” now that travel restrictions have eased.
Celeb spotting: Kim Kardashian was snapped serving looks and taking in the sights while meeting up with makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic and hairstylist Chris Appleton in Rome this past June. Kim was also spotted making several visits to Fendi headquarters during her stay, and dined at multiple trendy restaurants, including one just outside Piazza del Popolo.
You may also like: Best spots to catch the perseid meteor shower across Canada this August.
The city of lights and romance, is it any wonder celebrities are flocking back to Paris post-pandemic?
Celeb spotting: Justin Bieber and wife Hailey Baldwin made headlines recently, as the pair gave us endless international style inspo, looking oh-so-chic as they took in the sights and dined out at restaurants like Dinand by Ferdi Restaurant in Paris.
Los Cabos, Mexico
A longtime-celebrity favourite for its spectacular beaches and killer nightlife, Los Cabos has been a recent hot-spot for post-pandemic celebrity travel.
Celeb spotting: Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause celebrated her 40th in Los Cabos recently, staying in the luxurious Garza Blanco resort.
The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence is the perfect destination for celebrities to take in world-class art and architecture, while providing the perfect backdrop for all those post-pandemic travel selfies.
Celeb spotting: Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Brad Falchuk captioned a July selfie in Florence with “Tourists at long last.” The pair were spotted dining at Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco and then heading over to The Albergo hotel, where the Goop founder is rumored to have stayed.
Because what about this luxurious French Riviera destination doesn’t scream “celebrity hotspot”? A playground for the rich and famous to climb aboard their yachts and inspire our most luxe travel fantasies, Saint-Tropez is buzzing with post-pandemic celebrity tourism.
Celeb spotting: Most notable recent celebs to hit the waters of Saint-Tropez are the recently-rekindled duo of Ben Afleck and Jennifer Lopez, who’ve been taking in the sights at sea from the lavish digs of their $130 million super-yacht.
Popular year-round with celebrities, Hawaii is as hot a post-pandemic destination as any other for the rich and famous.
Celeb spotting: the most famous celeb to recently touch down in Maui for some post-pandemic R&R was Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari. The lovebirds were all smiles as they enjoyed some poolside downtime at Spears’ favourite hotel in the area.
When it comes to post-pandemic travel, getting caught up on some much-needed sun and sand is high on the priority list for travel-deprived celebs. The Bahamas has always been a popular spot with Hollywood elite, and now more than ever, the destination is drawing a star-studded crowd.
Celeb spotting: everyone’s favourite family with Hart, actor Kevin Hart and wife Eniko were spotted soaking in the Bahamian sun, doing everything from swimming with sharks to cave-jumping.
Palm Springs, California, USA
A destination of convenience, Palm Springs checks a lot of boxes for celebrities looking to get their fix of (local) luxury. And now more than ever, with travel restrictions easing, but not quite totally “back to normal,” a quick vacay in Palm Springs has been an easy pick for many celebs itching for a post-pandemic vacay quickie.
Celeb spotting: while celebs like Miley Cyrus will pop in on Palm Springs for a quick stay, dining at trendy spots like 849 Restaurant and Lounge, as she did this past March, we’re eyeing the celebs who love the area so much they’ve sprung for vacation homes in the area. Most notably? Leonardo DiCaprio, whose 7,100 square foot Palm Springs compound includes two saunas, a tennis court, and a theatre. And hey, if you’ve got the budget for it, the place is open to be rented out for US$4,500 a night. Ouch.
The theme of celebrity post-pandemic travel in 2021 is definitely down to Italy and Greece. If you’re looking for the absolutely height of luxury travel, these two destinations offer countless hotspots that cater to every whim of the rich and famous.
Celeb spotting: While Mykonos is typically the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of Greece, Santorini is a top pick for A-listers, especially those looking to soak up some sun and enjoy the best of luxe-living after a long stretch of restricted travel during pandemic times. Most recently, Demi Moore has been serving bikini selfies from her Santorini vacation, and Sofia Richie has been spotted soaking in the sun aboard a yacht in the area.