It wasn’t that long ago that Year 2020 sounded more like the title of the next science-fiction blockbuster than a year we’d actually live to see. But as the 21st century’s teenage years begin to wind down; we find ourselves wondering: Where will 2020 take us?
Start 2020 with renewed spring in your step, pack the suitcases and head out to explore some of the world’s far-flung places. Celebrate in style in Moscow or take some time out from it all surrounded by the desert in Jordan, or perhaps set yourself a physical challenge and take on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Many travel agencies have guided you but none of them will ever guide you the way we are going to. To help you plan your 2020 holiday we’ve put together our selection of destinations and top experiences to enjoy as well as a guide to the best beach breaks and wildlife spots at this time of year.
Any place that manages to combine lush tropical jungles, pristine beaches, abundant wildlife, and a thriving eco-tourism and adventure scene is a favorite for us. Costa Rica puts on a jaw-dropping show of a natural kind, and you’ll quickly become a professional at spotting toucans in the Monteverde cloud forest or listening out for the call of capuchins as you relax in your hammock.
This lush Central American gem is full of natural wonders and boasts a rich cultural history but what many people don’t realize is that it’s also home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage site is brimming with hundreds of sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, and many threatened species. While there’s almost no bad time to visit this tropical paradise.
Africa is a special place, you will only find out if you have been there. That Tanzania is the gem of Africa, is unquestionable. Whether you are looking for spotting birds or watching the big five, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or relaxing on the beach of Zanzibar, dancing with the Maasai or photographing the great migration. Tanzania is the place to be.
The land of a million elephants, home to cascading milky blue waterfalls, shining temples, gentle smiling Buddhist monks: Laos is definitely one of Southeast Asia’s best. The first thing you’ll notice is how pleasantly laidback it is here, the slower pace feels a world away from the hustle we’re familiar with. From the sleepy capital of Vientiane to the breathtaking scenery of activity-friendly Vang Vieng and the colonial beauty of Heritage Listed Luang Prabang, Laos will leave you a little bit weak at the knees. During the start of the year, average temperatures are a very pleasant 24c (75F) in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, while the supremely chilled 4,000 islands in the south can reach highs of 30c (86F). For those traveling at the end of the month, locals celebrate the Wat Phou festival (also known as Makhaboucha) at the ruins of Wat Phou. Celebrations include religious chanting, the lighting of candles, and stunning performances of Lao music and culture.
The best time to visit Ethiopia is during the dry season between October to June when the skies are clear and dry and temperatures are generally mild. During the three-day Christian festival that commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, replicas of the Ark of the Covenant are taken to the rivers and baptized. The procession, accompanied by thousands of locals in white traditional dress and priests carrying sequinned velvet umbrellas, is a heady mix of incense, prayer, and celebration, and is a once-in-a-lifetime festive experience.
The city setting is stunning with a rich architectural and historical heritage: it offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sights. The pearl of the Danube is not only the best European destination, but it is also one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the world. Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto, Stockholm’s gentle way of life.
Vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark, a natural wonder you must see to believe. Stretching 277 miles from end to end, its rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon’s floor, where the wild Colorado River traces a swift course southwest. It is referred to as one of the natural wonders of the world.
What are you waiting for? The world is a big playground!