- Explore the world in 2020 – ideas and inspiration from Tokyo’s Olympic Games to the once-in-a-decade performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play
- Head off the beaten track to Bhutan and Nepal, go in search of the sloth bear, visit Kathmandu and take a flight over Mount Everest
- From wellbeing breaks to enjoying the high life sailing on a luxury yacht, read our travel ideas of where to go and what to do in 2020
Are you in search of some travel ideas for your next holiday? We’ve identified the biggest travel trends for 2020 to create our top 10 list of great destinations to visit. We’ve even included some different types of getaways you might not have considered before. With the new decade brimming with exciting travel options, the big decision is which one of our trending travel destinations will you choose?
Top 10 travel ideas for 2020
With Tokyo hosting next summer’s Olympic Games, avid sports fans will be eyeing up Japan as the place to visit in 2020. This charismatic country has long intrigued travellers, and tours to Japan will no doubt trend when athletes begin their quest for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In Tokyo, you’ll find an eclectic mix of skyscrapers jostling for space with traditional Japanese homes, as well as the famous Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace. Both are highlights on a Tokyo highlights excursion, part of a new 2020 holiday, Cruising the Sea of Japan.
Wine tourism is booming – there’s nothing better than enjoying a local tipple while on a relaxing break. Douro river cruises are a pleasurable way to appreciate the Douro Valley’s famous vineyards and wines. But, if you’re after another travel idea for 2020, consider holidays to Georgia. Home to one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world, Georgia’s fertile vineyards produce a distinctive and delicious amber wine – white grapes, skins included, are used in the traditional process. An eye-opening country tour also explores the current and ancient capitals and takes visitors along the renowned, and dramatic, Georgian Military Road.
You only get the chance to see a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play every ten years. With the next production taking place in 2020, don’t miss out on a European tour that includes coveted tickets to the spectacular epic. Depicting Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, only 103 eight-hour shows will take place between May and October 2020, so this charming German town is sure to be one of the year’s hottest travel destinations. Add it to next year’s list of travel ideas – an escorted tour taking in the Oberammergau Passion Play, Salzburg and Lake Constance will be one to remember.
Previously less-popular destinations that were once considered off-piste are trending for 2020 too. Countries such as South Korea, Greenland and the Kingdom of Bhutan are capturing the imaginations of travellers and welcoming growing numbers of tourists. Indeed on a Himalayan Kingdoms tour, you can explore both Bhutan and Nepal on one exciting holiday, where you’ll visit Kathmandu, Pokhara, go in search of the sloth bear and take a once-in-a-lifetime flight over Mount Everest. Plan a trip in between March and May and glorious rhododendrons – Bhutan’s national flower – will be in bloom.
Looking for more European holiday ideas? Interested in city breaks? River cruises that visit Vienna are not to be missed in 2020, as the city will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Although born in Germany, the composer spent much of his adult life in the Austrian capital and an impressive itinerary of concerts and operas, and other events, are taking place throughout the year. Cruise the Heart of Europe, and as well as visiting Vienna, you’ll sail along the Rhine Gorge, dock in the wine town of Rüdesheim and explore Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.
As film buffs eagerly await the release of the next James Bond blockbuster in April 2020, rumours abound that No Time To Die sees 007 travel to Jamaica, Scotland and Italy. However, rather than follow in Bond’s footsteps, instead enjoy the high life of an international superspy and consider a 2020 holiday aboard a yacht. It’s easy to feel like a movie star when you’re sailing on a luxurious vessel, perhaps along the idyllic Dalmatian coast of Croatia. On yacht cruises, accommodation is in stylish, spacious cabins. Each day you’ll drop anchor in a secluded tranquil bay – if you’re tempted to swim, dive in!
On 14 December 2020, a total solar eclipse takes place, and one of the best locations in the world to witness nature’s great spectacle is Argentina. If you can’t travel at this time – or you choose to catch the eclipse in the southern parts of Africa or the Indian Ocean – there are plenty of wondrous sights to see on a South American Highlights tour in 2020. The Iguazu Falls and Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, are sure to delight. As will Ushuaia, further south in Patagonia, which is the embarkation destination of a Voyage to Antarctica.
Health and wellbeing breaks
We’re all being encouraged to take better care of ourselves and escape from our tech-heavy, hectic lives. So it’s no surprise that travel trends for 2020 include holidays in the world’s most idyllic spots. Wellbeing breaks where the surrounding scenery captures your imagination, and you lose the urge to check your emails are a welcome respite in 2020. If you’re looking for travel ideas for places where you can truly relax and unwind, head for the Maldives. Spend carefree days snorkelling, fishing, swimming, or just relaxing on a postcard-perfect deserted beach – it’s the destination of your dreams.
Although we’ve always been an animal-loving nation, in recent years the UK’s fascination with wildlife and the natural world has increased – perhaps thanks to all those David Attenborough documentaries. More than ever, travellers want to take a walk on the wild side, and you couldn’t venture anywhere better than the Galápagos Islands. No longer only a destination for the rich and famous, 2020 holidays to these extraordinary islands are part of a longer Ecuador and Galápagos trip. Be prepared to be wowed by giant tortoises, exotic marine life and, of course, the blue-footed booby.
Whether you’re contemplating singles holidays, walking holidays or escorted tours, immersing yourself in a county, city or place and experiencing a distinctive culture and history first-hand, is a wonderful way to discover the world. It’s becoming an increasingly popular travel trend. Sample local cuisine, perhaps pierogi in Gdansk, meet indigenous people, such as modern-day Maya in Mexico, and follow in the footsteps of scholars, artists or, in the case of a Maritime Canada tour, the inventor Alexander Graham Bell. These encounters and experiences make for a memorable holiday.
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