2020 was a bizarre year, to say the least. We rode the waves of a pandemic, a U.S. presidential election, protests, wildfires, social change marches, travel bans, and more. And while it’s easy to remember all the hardships that came with 2020 (and the noticeable lack of travel), the past year was also full of truly good news.

The travel industry gave back to first responders, animal shelter pets went on excursions to local zoos, and we had the chance to visit some of the great wonders of the world — from our couches. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021, here is some of the good travel news that kept us smiling throughout the year. 

New Yorkers came together — from a safe distance.

When New York City became the epicenter of the virus, and the once-buzzing city fell quiet, New Yorkers found ways to connect with their neighbors and find unity. People exercised together from their balconies, clapped for frontline workers, and got married in the streets.