It’s the start of a new decade, and if you are like most travel enthusiasts, you are already thinking about where to go in 2020. There are hundreds of places to visit, from traditional tourist magnets such as the Taj Mahal in India, the romantic streets of Paris, or the blue waters of Hawaii.
Likewise, it depends if you are a nature enthusiast, a history fanatic or a sports fan looking for a crowd and atmosphere like in the SuperBowl. Still, if you are instead looking for quietness, there are small, little known destinations bursting with adventure and dying to share their magic, begging to be discovered.
Whether you are the ‘popular’ destinations kind of traveler or you prefer to tread unfamiliar paths, in 2020, the world is literally, your oyster. We also understand that making a decision is not going to be easy, so we have taken it upon ourselves to share our take on the five hottest destinations of 2020.
If you love art, architecture, and exploring different cultures, then you should head on to Morocco. Located on the Northern tip of Africa, this mountainous country borders the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The city of Marrakech is famous for its medinas and souks – historic stone-walled buildings and traditional market places respectively. Explore and try your hand at haggling for spices, clothing, handmade crafts and rugs. The Koutoubia Mosque, dating back to the 12th Century, is another must-see attraction while here.
The port city of Tangier is a melting point of cultures, the perfect balance between old and new. Enjoy a cup of Moroccan mint tea as you relish a view of the city or lose yourself in the ancient town of Kasbah. Here, you will encounter snake charmers and get mesmerized by the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. The American Legation Museum that first opened in 1821 makes for an interesting stop for history lovers.
Scotland is a fantastic destination that will leave you spoilt for choice. From adventure to history, to breathtaking landscapes and culture, you will find it all in this small country. If you are looking to commune with nature during your trip, hop on to Galloway Forest Park, where the air is so fresh and crisp you can almost touch it. There are many secluded villages where you can put up for a night or two, and simply get lost in the silence. Look out for the forest creatures that live here including foxes, squirrels, red deer and roe. To add a mix of adventure, show off your biking skills at Fort William, but be warned- these are some of the most challenging biking trails in Scotland.
If you would rather walk some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, then you will be spoilt for choice here. The award-winning Luskentyre Sands in the Isle of Harris is spectacular with its white sand and blue waters.
Scotland is famous for its Scotch whiskey, and you can quickly join one of the many distillery tours available.
Japan remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is one of the few places that maintain the perfect balance between tradition and modernity, perhaps what makes it a top destination. To get a taste of the culture, head on to the ancient city of Kyoto, which once served as the capital city of Imperial Japan. It is dotted with ancient temples, palaces, and shrines, including Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji, the golden temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace. If you visit in July, you can catch the spectacular Gion Matsuri, the most famous traditional festival in Japan.
Away from tradition and culture, the capital city Tokyo is a fantastic destination where you can get a taste of everything Japanese. Catch a sumo wrestling match or eat authentic sushi in one of the numerous sushi bars. Participate in a Japanese tea ceremony or shop in one of the high-end stores in Ginza district. In 2020, Tokyo will play host to the Summer Olympics, and if this is your kind of adventure, then you will be in for a treat.
Kenya is the quintessential home of safari. Located in Eastern Africa, this is where the buck of all wildlife adventure stops. If you make your way to Kenya between July and October, you will be in time for the greatest spectacle on earth- the great wildebeest migration. This migration takes place annually at the Masai Mara Game Reserve. During this time, millions of wildebeest moving from the Serengeti attempt to cross the crocodile-infested Mara River into Kenya. The crossing, however, turns into a game of wits as the wildebeest have to fight all manner of predators standing between them and the green pastures that they seek.
To take a break from all the action, head over to Diani beach at the Kenyan Coast and enjoy a dip in pristine blue waters or take a walk in white sandy beaches. Some of the watersports you can indulge in here include snorkeling, deep-sea diving, fishing, and kayaking.
This South American country invites you to some of the most awe-inspiring sights you have seen in the recent past. If nature is your thing, the Iguazu Waterfalls will mesmerize you with their sheer size and sounds. Surrounded by national park and forest, this is the ultimate nature getaway which you can easily access from the Argentina-Brazil border or even from Paraguay.
The capital city of Buenos Aires is an exhilarating combination of art, food, culture, nightlife and everything in between. If you have been harboring a secret love for the tango, the Barrancas de Belgrano Park is your chance to put your best foot forward. Don’t worry; you will get free lessons beforehand.
To add a little adventure to your visit, the Peninsula Valdes, a Unesco Heritage site, is one of the best wildlife reserves in South America. It is home to some magical sea creatures including sea lions, sea birds, elephant seals and the endangered southern right whale.
Of course, you cannot leave Argentina without tasting some of its world-renown wine. For wine tasting and olive oil farm visits, hit the small town of Maipu, abundantly blessed with both.