20 Places You Need to Go in 2020, According to Travel Experts
Where should you start the new decade? We’ve got the inside scoop on the far-flung and close-to-home hot spots to add to your travel wish list.
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If warm tropical air is more your style, Rebecca Lane, Director of Leisure Travel at Marchay, recommends Ubud. “It’s the essence of Bali,” she says. While the island’s lively beach towns often get the spotlight, nothing compares to the mystical and magical landscapes surrounding this soul of the island. Perusing unique art shops that feature one-of-a-kind local handicraft, visiting local Balinese homes that are actually family compounds and unlike anything else in the world, and dining on some of Indonesia’s finest cuisine are just some of the highlights of Ubud.
Since 2020 seems to be shaping up as a stressful year for many, travelers are longing to find inner peace and time to decompress around nature. Ubud promises just that. The deep spirituality that emanates from its transcendent rice terraces makes Ubud the perfect escape where one can’t help but find a time to slow down and enjoy life.” Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is the ultimate luxury perch from which to explore the spectacular island. If your budget doesn’t include a trip to Bali, try these 25 ways to relax that don’t cost a cent.
Kenyan Airways recently launched nonstop flights from New York City to Nairobi, making it easier than ever to reach this magical safari destination. Within Kenya, the 57,000-acre Loisaba Conservancy in the western part of the country stands out as a nature reserve without the crowds, says Linda Friedman, CEO of Custom Safaris. One top hotel option is Elewana Collection‘s recently opened Loisaba Lodo Springs. It’s a perfect destination for a family vacation, with numerous unique activities to experience together, including camel trips, horseback riding, bush walks, and traditional wildlife spotting. To spend more quality time with your loved ones, book these mini family vacations that won’t break the bank.
First, archaeologists unveiled the largest ancient coffin find in 100 years. Then, leading Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass announced that he will uncover the Tomb of Nefertiti in a matter of just weeks. Coupled with the opening of the highly anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum later next year, 2020 is the time for travelers to book their trip to discover Egypt’s ancient history, say the experts at Trafalgar, the global guided vacation company. From floating in a traditional felucca up the Nile River to visiting the famous Pyramids of Giza, the travel company cultivates unique culture-packed itineraries through ancient civilizations, led by an expert travel director and knowledgeable local guides. Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out these 80 gorgeous travel photos from around the world before you make your final decision about where to go.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The experts at TravelPulse named Puerto Rico the most popular destination for travel this past summer, and we were excited to see firsthand how San Juan had recovered from Hurricane Maria’s deadly winds. The city is more vibrant than ever, and there’s no better proof than what’s coming in 2020: El Distrito San Juan, a five-acre entertainment playground set to open in February 2020 next to the Convention Center. El Distrito will feature a 6,000-seat performance venue and a pedestrian mall with retail, arts spaces, dining, kids activities, and both daytime and nightlife options, including a rum micro-distillery. Plus, there’s an urban thrill like no other: the first permanent augmented reality zip line in the world. Experience it all by staying front and center at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.
For wine enthusiasts, 2020 is the year to skip Tuscany and travel to southern Italy instead. “Sicily is a wonderful spot for wine tourism,” says Richard. “There are amazing vineyards everywhere, often with fabulous on-site restaurants and accommodations, like Planeta in Sambuca di Sicilia, Donnafugata in Tripani, or Ulmo and Dispensa in Menfi.” An added bonus: United will be offering daily non-stop flights from Newark to Palermo starting on May 20, 2020. Did you know that Italy is the country most people want to visit?
Did you know that 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower? “The celebrations will span from England to the Netherlands to the United States,” says Missy Glassmaker of Travel Awaits. “If you have open travel time on your calendar for next year, take a look at all the events that are planned in the United States and across the pond.” Here are some more of the best American cities for history buffs.
National Parks, China
According to the travel experts at Black Tomato, China has renewed its preservation efforts, and 2020 will focus on a new network of national parks, a system to put the country’s areas of outstanding natural beauty under protection and bring attention to China’s conservation efforts of its ecosystems. The first opening is planned for 2020 in Sanjiangyuan, an area in the Tibetan Plateau revered for its high density of elusive snow leopards. Following that will be the Giant Panda National Park, which will connect 67 giant panda reserves in an area three times the size of Yellowstone. Check out these 13 panda facts that will make you love these cuddly creatures even more.
Despite political turmoil in Tunisia in recent years, hotel group Anantara is showing confidence in the country by opening a luxury resort there, Anantara Tozeur Resort, which is a major step forward for the country. Set at the gateway to the Sahara, the property offers easy access to one of the most famous Star Wars sites, where parts of the original movie were filmed. Guests can also soak in an authentic hammam, ride 4x4s in the desert, and enjoy the most romantic Arabian nights, says Family Traveller’s Bloom. Here are another 65 movie and TV filming locations you can actually visit.
Hurricane Dorian delivered a frightening Category 5 blow to the outer islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos in September 2019. However, while the devastation there is overwhelming, much of the Bahamas, which comprises 700 hundred islands across 100,000 acres of ocean, survived the storm fully intact. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism says the best way to help the country recover is to visit these beautiful spots in 2020, and our travel experts couldn’t agree more. One spot that’s sure to please: easy-to-reach Nassau and the watery wonders of the Atlantis Resort. For more options, check out these other amazing islands in the Bahamas.
This island nation has always attracted travelers, but new for 2020, Fiji Airways is debuting its new A350 planes—offering the first-ever flatbeds in business class. So the vacation starts as soon as you get on the plane, says travel expert Judy Koutsky. Resorts are also stepping up the pampering. Three of Fiji’s top resorts—Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Shangri-La Fijian, and InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa—will offer the ultimate in island luxury in 2020. With everything from private butler service and rum tastings to private beach access, customized spa treatments, and more, these experiences take romance to a whole new level. For something a little closer to home, prepare to swoon over these romantic island destinations in the United States.