Rihanna’s homeland, named for the bearded fig trees that once thrived hereIn 2020, a year-long festival named We Gatherin’ takes over the island, calling all Bajans and Barbados enthusiasts to return to this brilliant Caribbean nation for a celebration of its rich culture and heritage. Expect colourful parades, soca parties and tons of Bajan treats around some of the world’s best beaches.
The walled (UNESCO-protected) colonial keep of Colombia’s Caribbean coastCartagena livens up beach breaks with gorgeous, colourful architecture, the best foodie scene in Colombia, and epic excursions to the paradisiac archipelago of the Rosario Islands or the wild jungles of Tayrona National Park. Check out more reasons to travel to Cartagena this year right here.
Beaches aside, it’s a hotspot for ancient indigenous cave artNicknamed One Happy Island, Aruba is bound to fill the new year with good vibes only… and 365 days of perfect weather. Claim your slice of happiness on one of its legendary beaches, in the spirited towns of Oranjestad and San Nicolas, or around the natural wonders of Arikok National Park (where you’ll find prehistoric rock drawings!).
The Dominican Republic’s wild side: a picture-perfect peninsulaOne of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets hides in one of its most popular destinations. This Dominican peninsula harbours laid-back surf towns, the country’s most unspoiled beaches, dense tropical rainforests and a beautiful bay that welcomes migrating humpback whales from January to March. Pro-tip: read our travel guide for top Samaná activities!
5. Los Cabos
A sublime string of resorts between Cabo San Lucas and San José del CaboWe all know and love Mexico’s famed east coast, where Cancún reigns supreme, but this year, we’re veering off the beaten path to the country’s stunning Baja California peninsula. Here, luxurious seaside sanctuaries are scattered between two of Mexico’s best coastal towns, surrounded by its most impressive landscapes.
European flair meets Caribbean scenery on the Isle of FlowersWith a nickname evoking a fragrant, tropical landscape perpetually in bloom, Martinique mystifies the senses. Imagine miles of serene, white-sand beaches, a verdant volcano dotted with hot springs, and vibrant, French-influenced culture and cuisine. Plus, Martinique is the perfect starting point for cruises exploring other Caribbean gems like Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados!
Yum, olive oil mecca: most of Italy’s EVOO is from herePuglia (also known as Apulia) graces Italy’s heel with postcard-perfect villages and a countryside coloured by sprawling olive groves. Explore ancient towns defined by cone-shaped stone houses and UNESCO-protected cave dwellings before tucking into the region’s star attraction… the food!
A world wine capital with an art scene as rich as its history of vintnersWhile wine aficionados flock here for the legendary vineyards, Bordeaux also delights history buffs, art lovers, and foodies. Elegant architecture abounds (half the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!) and trendy cultural centres revive former warehouses along the river. It’s enough to keep you very busy between dégustations, especially if you’re in town for this summer’s biennial Bordeaux Wine Festival.
This year’s European Capital of Culture and Ireland’s most bohemian city2020 promises to be a pretty epic year for this gorgeous gem of a city over on Ireland’s west coast. Its prestigious new title comes with a year-long, jam-packed calendar of events, making it one of the most important cultural festivals ever held in Ireland. Join the multitude of local, national, and international artists celebrating Galway and its surrounding county this year!
Greece’s last unspoiled island playgroundA cliffside village adorned with whitewashed houses, dreamy outdoor tavernas and a maze of tiny streets, an idyllic, terraced landscape of quiet farmlands, and rocky paths leading to secret beaches—this is just a sample of what awaits you on Folegandros, the Cyclades’ tiny, but undeniably charming, hidden gem.
11. Canadian Rockies
Arguably, the most famous mountain range on earth
From carving your way down snowy slopes to hiking up summits for incomparable mountain views, the Canadian stretch of the Rocky Mountains is one of our favourite four-season travel destinations. Best explored from the national parks of Jasper and Banff, don’t wait another year to tick it off your bucket list!
Theme-park paradise par excellenceWhy stick to this planet only? Travel all the way to a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando. Walt Disney World Resort’s all-new land lets you fly the Millenium Falcon, join the Resistance and make your own lightsaber. If that’s not the perfect way to kick off a new decade, then what is?
What’s next?How many destinations will you be able to explore this year? The earlier you start planning, the better! With our travel deals, booking early helps you save on vacation packages to our sunniest destinations or on our best Europe tour packages.
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