20 Best Places To Travel In 2020
It’s the start of a new decade, and there’s no doubt you’re planning to start it by getting out there and seeing more of the world. To give you a bit of inspiration and get the wanderlust juices flowing, we’ve made a list of the top 20 places to travel to in 2020. So book a flight, pack your bag, and get ready to write your next chapter of adventures.
It’s no wonder Lisbon keeps popping up on lists of the best places to travel. With gorgeous weather year-round and so many amazing things to do, it’s a city that will leave you wanting to return time and time again. Packed with history, art and culture, there are plenty of sites and museums to enjoy. But it’s when you get away from the tourist traps that you’ll discover the true beauty of Lisbon. Hidden gems are to be found all over the city, from incredible restaurants to quirky bars. You can spend days simply strolling around and never get bored, as there’s something new to discover around every corner.
Known for its dreamy powder white sand and turquoise water, the Maldives are a collection of small islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Beautiful luxury resorts offer over-the-water bungalows, private beaches and unbeatable sunsets. Jump on a boat to tour the islands, or get into the water to snorkel or dive with the turtles, dolphins and whales. Contrary to popular belief, it is also possible to visit the Maldives on a budget. Rooms can start from as little as €25 per night – bargain!
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
In the heart of Thailand lies Khao Sok National Park, a large and luscious green space filled with rivers, lakes, and endless wildlife. It’s the perfect place for adventure-lovers, with kayaking, rafting and swimming, as well as incredible once-in-a-lifetime elephant experiences like those at Elephant Hills. Sleep in the jungle to the sound of wild animals, and soak up all that this beautiful part of the world has to offer.
Singapore has got to be one of the most futuristic places on the planet. Modern architecture blends seamlessly with nature to create awe-inspiring landscapes. There’s loads of cool spots around the city, all with influences from different cultures, making it a truly diverse and exciting place to explore. Make sure you head to Gardens by the Bay at nightfall for the epic free light show!
Hop on a bike to explore the picturesque city. With colourful buildings, hip neighbourhoods and a booming food scene, there’s an endless list of things to see and do to suit every taste. The old meat packing district of Kødbyen has loads of low-key bars and cafes, along with independent shops and cool hangout spots. Be sure to stop by Freetown Christiania to check out the endless street art, try some of the local food, and experience a truly unique part of the city!
Mexico City is where it’s at. It’s hard not to fall in love with a place that offers so much variety in the way of food, architecture, history and culture. Each neighbourhood has a completely different vibe, so moving around the city feels like you’re going to new places entirely. Mexico City is also a treat for foodies, boasting some of the best restaurants and street food in the world. Mexico City is such an energetic place to be. Amazing nightlife, cool shops, cute cafes in the city are only the tip of the iceberg. There are also loads of day trips to take outside of the city. For example, the nearby Aztec ruins of Teotihuacán are definitely worth a visit!
Seoul is an eclectic mix of old meets new. Bukchon Hanok Village gives you a taste for traditional Korea, with traditional houses and small winding streets, whilst Hongdae is a vibrant and lively part of the city. Trend setting students, high street shops and streets lined with cafes and food stalls – people watching here is unbeatable. The subway system is efficient and easy to navigate, making it simple to plan your time and visit every corner of the city. Be sure to try out one of the many Korean BBQ restaurants to get full on the cheap. Other surprising highlights are a visit to some of the many themed cafes, and a day soaking in a relaxing traditional bath house.
Located just down the coast from the famous backpacker hot-spot San Juan del Sur, Maderas is known for having the best surf break around. There are several surf camps in Maderas, making it the perfect spot for beginners and advanced surfers to level up their skills. Most of the resorts in the area have been newly built with sustainability in mind, so finding a nice place to stay shouldn’t be a problem. It’s the place for laid back vibes, delicious fresh food and cold beers with the sounds of the jungle all around you.
The Philippines have thousands of islands, and it can be hard to decide which to visit. Simply put, Bohol is a dream. Just a short ferry or flight from Cebu, this small island is packed with things to do. Hire a scooter and set off in any direction, and you’ll find yourself in awe of the luscious scenery that surrounds you. Catch sight of the Chocolate Hills, visit a Tarsier sanctuary, and stop to take in the views of sky high palm trees. If you fancy a day on the water take an early morning boat to nearby Pamilacan Island and watch the dolphins, rays, and whales in the crystal clear water. Follow up with an afternoon on the island to sunbathe, snorkel with turtles, and enjoy delicious local food.
The Mexican state of Oaxaca has it all. A charming city with beautiful streets covered in flowers. The city is world renowned for art and culture and of course a great food scene. Not to be missed is a trip into the back country. Head out to Hierve el Agua for phenomenal mountain views from the top of a stunning petrified waterfall, and visit the nearby archaeological site of Monte Albán. Travel to the coast for beach life, with a choice of lively backpacker energy in Zipolite or relaxing hippy vibes in the sleepy beach town of Mazunte.
Bay of Islands • Honduras
Despite being a small island, Roatan has a lot to offer. Powder white beaches and luxury resorts line the west end. Those looking for adventure tend to head to the east where scuba diving, kite surfing, snorkeling, and boat trips are all options. Whatever you do in the daytime, be sure to wrap up each day of your holiday with a drink in hand, taking in the gorgeous sunsets that this island is known for.
An exciting and vibrant city in the heart of Colombia, with cool neighbourhoods like Poblado and Llares. Enjoy every aspect of city life in Medellin – from amazing restaurants, unbeatable nightlife, and loads of nature and activities close by. Take a cable car up through hillside neighbourhoods decorated with impressive street art. Take a walk around Parque Arvi on the top of a mountain, finishing up with a cup of coffee in the sun. For the adventurers out there, go paragliding above the city, or take a day trip to Guatapé and climb more than 649 steps to the top of the famous Peñón de Guatapé.
There’s a mysterious energy in the air at Lake Atitlan. Perhaps its the enormous volcanoes that surround the lake, or the tranquillity of the villages on the waterside. Whatever it is, it’s the ideal location for a yoga retreat or simply to spend some much needed downtime. The surrounding landscape offers some challenging hikes, including Indian Head and Volcano San Pedro. There’s something for everyone around the lake, from sleepy villages where tradition and culture run deep, to luxury resorts and high end, lakeside glamping. Interested in learning a new language? The lake has several Spanish schools for all levels taught in relaxed, open air classrooms with views to die for.
BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR
Renting a car and cruising through Baja California Sur makes for one epic road trip! Grab your mates and set off towards Cabo Pulmo National Park where the sea life is thriving. Thrill seekers will be stoked to glimpse bull sharks whilst diving at the local sites, and those who prefer to snorkel will be surrounded by tropical fish just feet from the beach. Continue up to Balandra beach for insanely clear waist-deep water. Loop down the West coast of the peninsula and make a stop in Todos Santos to visit the famous Hotel California, before finishing the trip in lively Cabo San Lucas. It’s a beautiful drive through deserts and along the coast, with incredible stops along the way.
No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without a visit to Ella. Travel from Kandy to Ella on one of the most scenic train rides in the world, taking in the breathtaking views along the way. When you arrive in Ella, check into a local homestay or cosy hotel and set out to explore the area. The Nine Arches Bridge will no doubt be on your list, and it’s walking distance from the town. Incredible hikes take you through lush landscapes and reward you with unbeatable views. Return to the town to rest your weary legs and enjoy fresh brewed tea and delicious local cuisine.
Put on your hiking boots and get off the beaten track in Huayhuash, Peru. Difficult treks through the mountains reward you with beautiful views over the lakes and snow-capped mountains – an unbeatable view for a picnic lunch. Since it’s a little further from the typical tourist trail, the treks here are much less frequented, allowing you to fully enjoy the scenery in peace.