As the travel year comes to a close, the travel community looks ahead to the coming months and all the travel opportunities that await. Where are you headed in 2020? If you’ve already set your sights on one of these seven up-and-coming travel destinations, then you’re not alone.
New destinations all over the world are receiving renewed attention for a variety of reasons. If you’ve yet to begin planning your 2020 travel, you might find that these destinations are well worth your consideration.
Here are the seven up-and-coming travel destinations for 2020.
According to Virtuoso, a luxury travel network with a reputation for accurately forecasting travel trends, Croatia is one of its top emerging destinations for the upcoming year. Croatia offers a range of activities and you should definitely try to see as much of the country as possible while there.
The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, is located inland and encompasses a medieval town and many museums. Meanwhile, the coastal Dubrovnik, possibly more well known as a shooting location for Game of Thrones, offers lovely architecture from a range of eras.
As travel to all corners of the globe becomes more accessible, you might find yourself considering destinations that you’d never thought of before, such as Antarctica. New tour providers, cruises and more make visiting the icy adventure destination a possibility.
It’s becoming popular with not only adventurers but families as well. Activities you can expect during an Antarctic expedition including penguin watching, whale watching, kayaking, camping, scuba diving and visits to Antarctic research stations.
Barcelona and Madrid have received traveler attention for a long time, but what about Bilbao, Spain? According to Airbnb, Bilbao has seen a 402 percent year-over-year increase in bookings. It’s attracting travelers not only thanks to its popular Guggenheim Museum but also with its sporting events, culinary scene and culture. Don’t think that the Guggenheim is the only museum the town offers, though.
Try the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao as well. Make a stop at some of the city’s cathedrals and plenteous pintxos bars.
You may have never heard of this Pacific island chain before, but you will soon. Vanuatu is an archipelago located a few thousand miles east of Australia. The 80 islands boast 100 native languages and plenty of adventure activities to inspire intrepid travelers, including snorkeling, hiking, scuba diving and exploring the wreckage of World War II-era ships, like the SS President Coolidge.
Of course, if you’re not up for an activity and would prefer to relax, you can do that, too, on the popular white, sandy beaches. Champagne Beach is a favorite for many visitors.
5. Quadra Island
Speaking of intrepid travelers, brand Intrepid Travel analyzed its booking trends to predict some of the hottest destinations for 2020. It named Quadra Island, British Columbia, as one of the top places to visit in the coming year. The site off Vancouver Island is known as a premier place to whale watch, and there are plenty of tour providers that offer water activities such as kayaking.
Camping and hiking are also popular, as is visiting the Cape Mudge Lighthouse. If you’re not too keen on outdoor activities, this trending travel spot might not be for you. But, you can still enjoy learning about the culture and history of Quadra Island at the Nuyumbalees Cultural Center.
When governments pour money into tourism, travelers do seem to follow. We’ve seen it with destinations such as Egypt and now we’re seeing it with Benin, West Africa. The country gave the world voodoo, but it offers more than just that cultural significance.
You can also explore the historical museum in the capital of the long-standing Dahomey Kingdom (which existed for three hundred years), as well as the two historical royal palaces. One boasts a rather morbid attraction that some may enjoy — a throne made of human skulls. If you’d rather see the horrors (and wonders) of the animal kingdom than mankind, book a safari in the country’s Pendjari National Park.
Booking.com recognized Salta, Argentina, as a trending destination for 2020. The mountainous town offers something for every type of traveler. Those who are fans of urban exploration can enjoy the cultural hub and historic architecture, while adventurers and active explorers can venture outside the city to soak in the abundant nature and wildlife.
One of the top spots in the city is Plaza 9 De Julia, a plaza that dates back to the 1500s, where you can find quaint cafes and museums. Don’t miss the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology, as well as the elegant cathedrals and convents.