20 Incredible Destinations for 2020
Bolivia: Home to Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat and everyone's favourite pink bird (the flamingo), Bolivia is considered one of the planet’s most remote and surreal landscapes. Its location, landscapes and natural beauty make Bolivia the perfect destination for adventure seekers. And for those seeking adventure AND luxury, the newly opened Kachi Lodge offers seven geodesic domes outfitted with comfortable beds, local textiles, and art by Gastón Ugalde.
Mexico: A surge in travel has recently hit Mexico. If you want to explore the country's beaches and archaeological sites while enjoying amazing vegan cuisine, head for Tulum. This Mayan archaeological site, with its famous beach bordered by the Caribbean Sea, is a vegan paradise. There's even a vegan festival held at the self-professed 'transformative hotel', Holistika. Bike to the beach and archaeological sites, enjoy vegan foods and get in touch with your inner self through wellness and yoga.
Guatemala: Mayan ruins and magnificent mountainscapes: Guatemala offers pure bliss. As one of Central America's most diverse countries, you'll experience a blend of extraordinary landscapes and archaeological marvels. The footprint of the ancient Mayans can still be seen today through their incredible architecture and ancient pyramids. The pyramids of Tikal are Guatemala's most famous archaeological site.
Japan: Cherry blossoms, matcha and Geisha - the iconic city of Kyoto is where you’ll find all three, along with an atmosphere of beauty and grace unlike anywhere else in the world. Get to know the spiritual heart of the city as you explore its temples, gardens and teahouses. Kyoto is a city of artisans. Watch the delicate but purposeful movements of the tea makers, the Ikebana masters (flower arrangers) and of course, the Geisha. It's impossible not to fall in love with the culture of Kyoto.
Rwanda: A country of immense beauty, Rwanda is home to some of the most exciting wildlife, including mountain gorillas, the endangered black rhino, lions and elephants. Thanks to sustainable luxury lodges like Singita Kwitonda Lodge, One&Only Gorilla's Nest and the soon-to-be-opened Marasa Umubano hotel, there has never been a better time to get to know this exceptional country.
Patagonia: This mountainous region is shared by Chile and Argentina and considered to be one of the most exceptional in the world. Hikers are indulged with plenty of remote, overnight trekking opportunities, from shorter hikes including Refugio Frey and Cerro Castillo, to longer hikes including the challenging Huemul Circuit. Be sure to have your camera at the ready to snap 360 degrees of breathtaking scenery.
Estonia: This is a seriously underrated country. Estonia has mostly flown under the radar as far as tourism goes, which means its many sights are wonderfully uncrowded. You can visit the historic old town of Tallinn (a UNESCO Heritage Site), try local delicacies and even experience a sauna marathon (after all, who doesn't love to sauna?). Perhaps you’re a nature lover? With just over 50 percent of the country covered in forest, it is also one of Europe's greenest countries, and home to one of the 12 protected wilderness areas in Europe, Soomaa National Park.
Dubai: This city is a metropolis that’s made for the rich and famous. And with Dubai about to make history by becoming the first place in the Middle East to host the World Expo, this city is taking its love of luxury and turning it up a notch. With upwards of 25 million visitors expected during World Expo, new luxury hotels are opening around the city. Check into the new Royal Suite at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeria, the Royal Atlantis or Dubai's first St Regis Hotel.
Laguna Botos, a Blue Lake in Poas National Park of Costa Rica
Slovenia: Step into a fairy tale with a trip to Slovenia in 2020. Despite its great natural beauty, it’s another one of Europe's little secrets. This picturesque country offers a magical setting for low-key holidaymakers. Hike the 300-kilometre Julian Alps Hiking Trail, experience the shimmering beauty of Lake Bled and indulge your palate with Slovenia's finest natural wines.
Jordan: Jordan is one of those places that has retained its allure over the centuries, thanks to the startling beauty it has to offer. Explore the spectacular sandstone city of Petra, (especially the iconic Treasury), dive the Red Sea and its shipwrecks, soak away your stresses in the Dead Sea and sleep under the stars with Bedouins in the Wadi Rum desert. Jordan is an experience you'll not soon forget.
Tasmania: This area of Australia is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for travellers. And with plenty of luxury lodges and hotels popping up, Tasmania is drawing a bigger crowd with every passing year. Australia’s southernmost state offers some of the country's most incredible natural beauty. Meet the Tasmanian devil, watch the carefree wombats on Cradle Mountain and bask in the majesty of 2,000-year-old trees. It takes just four hours to drive the length of Tasmania, so you can see the whole state and all it has to offer with ease.
Canary Islands: This archipelago off Africa’s Atlantic coast is just another reason to buy a new pair of swimmers and start packing your bags. And it's not just beaches and sunshine that are sought by holiday makers who make it to the Canary Islands. The islands are known for offering some of the best star-gazing on Earth - the astronomical observatory on Tenerife offers some of the finest views of planets and constellations.
Morocco: Named the first-ever African Capital of Culture, the Moroccan metropolis of Marrakech is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites - the ancient medina and the bustling Djemaa El Fna. Marrakech has always been good at charming the hearts of anyone who visits – and for those with a taste of the finer things (let's be honest... that's all of us), there are plenty of luxurious stays on offer. There’s also the Yves Saint Laurent Museum designed by Studio KO, which opened in 2017 – further proof that luxury knows no bounds in Marrakech.
Armenia: Another off-the-beaten-path destination, you can visit the Armenian 'pink city' of Yerevan, visit the country’s beautiful churches and monuments (including Khor Virap, Noravank, Geghard, and the ancient Roman temple of Garni), and of course, Armenia's architectural jewel: Etchmiadzin. This is the oldest cathedral in the world, consecrated in 303 AD, and it’s considered the Armenian equivalent of the Vatican. Basically, it’s a big deal. And a breathtaking one at that. Hikers and nature lovers must visit Dilijan National Park, home to lynx, bears, wolves and the Transcaucasian Trail.
Bhutan: As the last great Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan is a place of mystery and magic. It is also one of the most exclusive places to visit, thanks to the country's sustainable tourism policy and strict limit on the numbers of visitor allowed each year. With its beautiful villages, majestic fortresses, historic monasteries and primeval forests, Bhutan is bliss. And for chilli lovers, you will certainly be able to add a little extra spice to your life while travelling. Chilli is not just extra flavour in Bhutan – it’s the main ingredient!
Québec: It's true, Québec is not a country – technically it's part of Canada. But with its blend of European and North American identities, Québec feels more like a country within a country. Embracing its French linguistic and cultural identity, Québec is the answer if you’re looking to experience a different side of Canada in 2020. Québec City and Montreal are both bustling metropolises with plenty to offer in wine, gastronomy, architecture and culture. And just outside the cities, a vast wilderness is waiting to be explored.
Maldives: Seeking sunshine, sand and sustainability for your next holiday? Look no further than the Maldives. The 1,200-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean has been paving the way for forward-thinking sustainability initiatives for decades. Its incredible coral reefs are a playground for a diverse range of marine life, including schools of colourful fish, turtles, and whale sharks.
Namibia: When it comes to rugged natural beauty, Namibia is the place to be. The country's name derives from its oldest desert, the Namib. Its remote wilderness and diverse wildlife, including the Big 5, offer insight into the great continent of Africa. Namibia is also home to many traditional peoples, including the Himba, in the country's far northwest.
Madagascar: With the New Year finally here, it's time to "move it, move it" to Madagascar. From lemurs to baobabs and rainforest to desert, this island country has so much to offer. Madagascar is the world’s fourth-largest island, and a completely one-of-a-kind destination. You can enjoy hiking, diving, mountain biking, kitesurfing, rock-climbing, as well as natural pools and beaches for relaxation. And if you really want to "move it", you can partake in the Friday night discos.