The global pandemic may have disrupted travel, but it has not tamed people’s curiosity about the world.
So says National Geographic which has published a list of “amazing places to inspire future journeys and remind us why we love to travel,” and Romania’s Transylvania is one of them.
The “Destinations on the rise for 2021” are grouped into five sections: adventure, culture and history, nature, family, and sustainability.
Transylvania features with Florida’s Space Coast; the England Coast Path; and the Hungarian plains in the family category.
It says that Transylvania which was put on the map by Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror novel Dracula (the author never visited Transylvania) and transformed the place from “a perfectly real Romanian region, into a mythical realm.”
It’s a mix of “pastoral, old-Europe feel,” next to “Cosmopolitan Cluj” where visitors can explore “rural Transylvania’s wildflower meadows, storybook castles, and cobbled-lane villages.”
In future trips, families can unwind on a farm holiday “traveling by horse-drawn cart, hiking in the wooded Carpathian Mountains, and helping with chores like milking sheep, collecting eggs, and piling haystacks.”
If Bram Stoker put Transylvania in the world spotlight in the 19th century, Prince Charles whose foundation funds local architectural heritage preservation projects is a global voice.
“It’s the timelessness of it which is so remarkable,” the future king says in the travel documentary Wild Carpathia, “almost out of some of those stories one used to read as a child.”
The list includes trips such as brown bears in remote national park of Alaska and a ‘rugged trek and warm welcome” in the mountains of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Encouraging readers to look to the future, the National Geographic says :“The joy of travel comes from the unexpected. Now is the time to dream of your next journey and lay the foundation for your next trip….. We look forward to seeing you out in the world soon!”