Top Trips and Travel Destinations for 2020

Marianne Stenger
1st January 2020

The New Year is upon us, and along with our usual resolutions comes a renewed desire to travel the world and get to know new places, people and cultures. 

Some of the important travel trends for 2020 include pet-friendly holidays, minimalist retreats and digital detox trips, as well as more train travel as we make an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. We can also expect to see more people travelling in low season and avoiding tourist hotspots in favour of lesser-known destinations. 

Fortunately, whether you love active holidays and rising with the sun, or prefer long lie-ins and lazy beach days, there’s always a trip to suit your preferences. Need some ideas? Here are our top recommendations for trips and travel destinations that are worth putting on your bucket list. 

1. Mont Blanc Circuit 

Looking for a challenging yet low-impact travel adventure to tackle this year? The Mont Blanc Circuit, which stretches through the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps, is one of Europe’s most magnificent long-distance treks complete with jaw-dropping scenery and a fascinating array of wildlife. 

There’s a variety of hiking trails, each with its own level of difficulty, so depending on your experience and fitness levels, you can opt for either a guided or self-guided trek circumventing the Mont Blanc. In addition to sharpening your Alpine skills, you’ll also be staying in cosy mountain chalets and enjoying hearty local cuisine in traditional mountain bars and cafes along the way.

2. Chianti Tour in Tuscany 

If the idea of getting out into nature while also being wined and dined appeals to you, a walking tour through the Chianti hills in Italy’s famous Tuscany region could be the perfect holiday for you this year. You’ll enjoy fabulous Chianti wines paired with regional delicacies;  learn about traditional methods of wine production; and enjoy a combination of country and forest trails along with historical cities and towns such as Siena, Florence, and Greve. 

3. Costa Rican Rainforest 

Although Costa Rica might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of rainforests, a little over 50% of the country is covered in tropical rainforests, tropical dry forests, and cloud forests. Costa Rica’s national parks house a huge and diverse array of fauna and flora, including three-toed sloths, toucans, Howler monkeys, tree-dwelling frogs, and adorable white-faced capuchin monkeys. The country’s rainforests are also home to numerous waterfalls and  rivers, with some stretches ranging from Class II to Class V rapids. This makes it an ideal destination for adventurous activities like whitewater rafting, canyoning, and ziplining.

4. Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast 

For a luxurious beach holiday that doesn’t break the bank, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast cannot be beat. Although you can choose to travel by car, exploring the coast by bicycle tends to be more immersive, and the area boasts some of the most beautiful coastal cycling routes in Europe. 

In addition to the spectacular beaches and coastal views, there are also numerous sites of cultural and historical significance to take in, such as the UNESCO cities of Split and Trogir, and the Old Town of Dubrovnik. For those who enjoy some fast-paced action while on holiday, there is also rafting, sea kayaking and canyoning. The best time to visit is normally between September and October, when the weather is pleasant and the throngs of tourists have returned home. 

5.  Northern lights in Norway

Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to see the famously breathtaking Northern Lights, and if catching a glimpse of these polar lights is high on your bucket list, the Vesterålen archipelago in Nordland county is a great place to set up camp. When you’re not chasing the lights, you can also enjoy classic winter activities like dog sledding and skiing, or try to spot iconic wildlife like moose, sea eagles, whales, and seals.

6. Jordan’s Dead Sea, Red Sea, and Petra

If you’re looking for a unique travel experience this year, a visit to Jordan’s famous Dead Sea as well as the fascinating historical city of Petra certainly won’t disappoint. The Lost City of Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with its labyrinths of caves, temples and tombs carved into the rocks, it’s quite unlike any other archeological site you may have seen before. While you’re there, you can also float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and snorkel over pristine coral reefs in the Red Sea.

7. Marine wildlife of the Maldives 

Looking for a different type of beach holiday? The Maldives, in addition to being a luxury beach destination, is also well-known for its aquatic wildlife. As an ocean-locked nation surrounded by turquoise waters and coral reefs, the Maldives is home to more than 2000 species of fish, making it the perfect destination for snorkelling and scuba diving. On a dive or snorkel safari, you can expect to catch glimpses of graceful Manta rays, colourful Angelfish and Clownfish, as well as giant pelagic fish such as Whale sharks and Bottlenose dolphins. 

8.Myanmar’s Ancient temples 

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is still relatively undiscovered and has only recently become more accessible to travellers. The country’s numerous ancient temples alone make it well worth a visit, and if you’re up for a bit of an adventure you can choose to cycle around the holy city of Bagan as well as through remote rural villages and traditional local markets. 

Some of Myanmar’s highlights include the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda and the teak Buddhist monastery of Bagaya Kyaung, but there are also areas of natural beauty to explore such as the Shan Highlands and Inle Lake region. 

9. Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains 

Kenya tends to take the spotlight when it comes to East-African travel, so it’s not surprising that few travellers are aware of the magnificent nature and wildlife as well as rich culture and ancient history that Ethiopia has to offer. The Simien Mountains northern Ethiopia are particularly awe-inspiring, and the national park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

A trek through the Simien Mountains will take you past lush meadows, jagged cliffs and steep valleys, and the highlands are also home to an array of fascinating indigenous animals. Some of these animals are endemic to Ethiopia, including the Ethiopian wolf, the endangered Walia ibex, and the world’s last surviving species of ancient grazing primates, the Gelada monkey.

10. South Africa’s Garden Route 

The Garden Route along South Africa’s west coast is widely regarded as the country’s most beautiful region and is an absolute must-see. The 300-km stretch of roads and trails in the coastal wine region has some of the most varied scenery you could imagine, from rolling hills and vineyards to picturesque beaches,  lush forests, and canyons.  

The area can be explored by car, bicycle, or on foot, and in addition to enjoying wine tastings and regional delicacies, you can expect to spot wildlife like elephants, penguins, and whales. Thrillseekers can also take part in activities like abseiling, bungee jumping, and kayaking.

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