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Travel Trends in 2021: The SUITCASE Guide ft. Olivia Lopez

Episode Summary

As 2020 draws to a close, we’re looking forward to hitting the road in 2021. Join us as we share the destinations we can’t wait to explore, the hotel openings on our hotlists and the travel trends that are taking over. We’ll also be chatting to travel influencer and content creator Olivia Lopez about her travel philosophy, the first place on her agenda and why she’s obsessed with all things Italian.

Episode Notes

It’s here. The big one. The SUITCASE guide to travel 2021 has landed.

We’ve been itching to share with you the trips our travel editors are planning, the hotel openings on our radar and the travel trends on the horizon. 

Chatting about workations and carbon-neutral holidays, seaside-town revivals and a Hawaiian island that’s undergoing creative regeneration, India and Fleur share insider intel on the next big trips to plan. They’ll also be talking (read: arguing) about the next wave of hotel openings and why Southend-on-Sea is the new Shoreditch. 

We also catch up with travel influencer, content creator and podcast host Olivia Lopez to get the lowdown on the trips she’s taking, the places she’s revisiting and how her travel philosophy is changing.

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We’ll be back with season two soon.

Links, recommendations and all you need to start planning: 

From the destinations we’re spotlighting:

South Africa

Bosnia and Herzegovina


Osea Island, UK

Want to explore Essex’s creative scene? FInd out more:

Embrace the workations trend with these freelancer-friendly hotels:

Read Rae’s fab piece on the England Coastal Path (or buy the magazine)

Our hot hotels for 2021:

The Harper, Norfolk

Fforest’s new forray

Wild Escapes, Hampshire

The NoMad, London

The Farmyard at The Newt, Somerset

Mayfair Townhouse, London

Beaverbrook Townhouse, London

Henry’s Townhouse, London

Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh

Kalesma, Mykonos

Casa Formentera, Formentera

Can Ferrereta, Mallorca

Kruger Shalati, South Africa

The Aurum, Catskills