8 reasons you’re going to love 2021 | Condé Nast Traveller India


It’s that time of the year again when we’re ready to put the last 12 months behind. And with 2020 having been an exceptionally ordinary year (with some definite highlights), we’re bracing for 2021 with understandable trepidation. But do we dare to hope? Because there are many reasons to look forward to 2021. Here are just a few of them:

8 reasons to look forward to 2021

The vaccine will be here

The pandemic may not be over yet. But we seem to be getting there: the vaccine roll-out has begun already and Indians can expect it starting January. Over a decade ago, the H1N1 pandemic threatened to disrupt the world. But then came the vaccine and a few months later, the pandemic was officially declared over. If all goes to plan, and vaccines are delivered across the world, we may start travelling like it’s 2019 again.

Which means we can travel again

With COVID vaccines on the way, the state of affairs looks hopeful for the travel and tourism industry. And there’s another plus: 2020 taught us how much we’ve taken travel for granted in all our years. The internet is now full of people resolving to be better, more conscious travellers, ones who will pay heed to the local environment they travel to and give back in ways they never have before.

On cue, Jet Airways will be back in the air

Yes, that’s right. You might be flying by one of India’s most popular airlines by the summer of 2021, if everything goes as planned for Jet’s new owners. In October, a group of lenders in charge of deciding the future of the carrier approved a proposal by the Jalan Kalrock Consortium to revive it. The consortium is made of UK-based Kalrock Capital and UAE-based entrepreneur Murari Lal Jalan. It has proposed to invest Rs850 crore (Rs1,000 crore, per some reports), over five years to put Jet Airways back in the air.

We can fly around to catch all the action

The world missed out on dozens of sporting events all through the year. The Tokyo Olympics was the biggest one of the lot (how disappointed were you when the world’s most perfect logo went to waste?). This year, we’ll see the rescheduled Olympics, in addition to a number of other biggies.

Cricket: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Asia Cup

Football: UEFA Euro Cup, 2021 FIFA Club World Cup, Copa America 2021

Basketball: FIBA Europe Cup, FIBA Asia Cup

Golf: Masters Tournament, PGA Championship

Motorsports: 2021 F1 World Championships, F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Special mention: Serena Williams has been stuck at 23 Grand Slams for two years now, one short of Margaret Court’s record. This year might just break the jinx.

And eat without hurting the planet

Lab-grown meat will finally go mass in 2021. Earlier in December, Singapore granted approval to lab-grown chicken bites developed by San Francisco based start-up’s Eat Just. It will debut at an undisclosed restaurant in the country first before being made available across the country. While it may be Singapore now, there’s reason to hope that this is just the beginning for cultured meat and that it will make its way across countries soon enough. Why do we think so? Fast food giants Burger King, McDonalds and Domino’s Pizza all recently announced plant-based meat specials on their menu. It’s only a matter of time before others follow.

Costa Rica will go carbon-neutral

The year 2020 was kinder on the planet. Carbon emissions dipped with industries closed, flights grounded and vehicles off the roads. While this progress made rebound as humans began to venture out post lockdown, we can still look at some of the positives that came out of the year. Costa Rica has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2021. The US, under a new leadership, is poised to rejoin the Paris climate agreement. Plus, the UN said its 2021 focus will be on building a global coalition for carbon neutrality to promote transition to renewable energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. (The EU, Japan and South Korea have all pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050, and China by 2030.)

We will travel way back in time

The long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo will finally open mid 2021. The massive complex of Egypt’s antiquities was originally scheduled to open in 2011 following its first announcement in 1992 and was slated to open to the public in 2020, before the coronavirus struck. Located near the Pyramids of Giza, the museum will be home to some 100,000 Egyptian artefacts ranging from the prehistoric period to the Greco-Roman times, including  the Tutankhamun collection of 5,400 objects from the tomb of the dynasty’s last pharaoh.

But also aim for the Moon and Mars

It’s going to be a busy year for space exploration. NASA’s rover Perseverance will land on Mars, as will the missions designed by the UAE and China. The James Webb Telescope, the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built is another exciting launch slated for 2021. India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon is also on the year’s calendar. Soon after NASA SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts return to Earth in May, NASA SpaceX Crew-2 Mission with four astronauts will head to the International Space Station (and stay aboard for six months).



Updated: December 31, 2020 — 5:00 am

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