It’s the end of the year, the perfect time to take stock of the year that ends, but above all to move forward by setting new targets for 2020. This is also the time when dreams and desires take on meaning again. So when we are asked the destinations that we want to discover this year, like everyone else, we are looking for the main reasons to visit its places: the dream, the discovery, the pleasure. As a result, the lines that follow go in this direction, because my goal is to compile a list that is geographically diverse and that also has points of interest for each traveler. The goal is to use this list throughout the year to plan your trips. If your goal for 2020 is to travel with your family, alone or as a couple this list’s complete.
The year 2020 will be marked by three major events with the Olympic Games in Japan, the Dubai World Expo and the Euro 2020 which will take place in 12 cities in Europe, a great first. After all, the best time to start a trip is to have the idea. This new year could be the beginning of a new journey.
2019 has been a memorable year for Brazil in terms of travel and for good reason, visa requirements for US citizens have been dropped, but especially the opening of new air routes allow better connections to Brazilian cities like São Paulo and Salvador from hubs in North and South America. New access to better discover Salvador the capital of the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil. It is known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, its Afro-Brazilian culture and its tropical coastline. The Pelourinho district is its historic heart, with its cobbled streets that open onto large squares, colorful buildings and Baroque churches, including the São Francisco church, decorated with golden wood paneling. But some things never change: West African dishes, swinging music, candomblé religion and rich history make the state as magnetic as ever. The Salvador Museum of Music, which lists the diverse landscapes of Brazilian music, will undergo a renovation and reopen in a historic building next to the bay before the end of 2020.
The Canadian Arctic is the ultimate destination for travelers, with a certain stature that only the polar regions can provide, even though it is continually expanding its battle against rising tides. The Canadian Arctic also offers a culture in a way that few far-off destinations can offer. Small businesses based in Yellowknife, NWT and Iqaluit, Nunavut offer wildlife and northern lights observation activities. And Adventure Canada and Arctic Kingdom have established fair trade ties with various local communities, providing an unwritten glimpse of Inuit life on their group excursions.
Armenia will be a destination we will talk about next year. This country is full of treasure as the city of Yerevan called the “Armenian pink city” with its large Soviet buildings carved in stones tinged with salmon. Other places such as the Republic Square, the Cascade (a colossal Soviet modernist stairway) and the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex, dedicated to the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Extend your stay by discovering the beautiful churches that dot the countryside.Khor Virap, Noravank Geghard and the ancient Roman temple of Garni are so full of history and picturesque that they will leave even the most intrepid unbelievers breathless. But the most important architectural jewel of Armenia is Etchmiadzin, the oldest cathedral in the world, consecrated in 303 AD and the Armenian equivalent of the Vatican. Push again and again discovering the wonderful Sevan Lake. I will speak to you very soon about Armenia.
Much more than a spot before a Safari Gorilla, the capital of Rwanda, Kigali is a charming city. Once a quick overnight stop on the way to national parks, the landscape is now dotted with luxury hotels, fashion boutiques and chic restaurants that make it a destination in its own right. It should be known that the Rwanda is at the forefront of urban sustainability. The country was one of the first in the world to ban the use of plastic bags, and Kigali has been dubbed “the cleanest city in Africa”. Tidy boulevards lined with palm trees and businesses that support local and sustainable products are commonplace. The city even hosts a community service day once a month, where residents work together to clean the streets and improve the infrastructure. From its history of sustainable development to its rich creative scene, Kigali is a city full of life and a place to savor.
What to expect? at the demasture, of course. As Dubai prepares to enter history as host of the first ever World Expo in the Middle East, the answer emerges from the sand: a brand new city. To accommodate the 25 million visitors expected to attend the six-month event that begins in October, the City of Gold has spent billions to build a sprawling site that doubles the territory of Hong Kong Island. If there has ever been a metropolis of the future, it is this: 130 buildings connected by intelligent technology can do everything from monitoring the charging of electric vehicles to the temperature of buildings for visitors. At the heart of the site is Al Wasl Plaza, a technical feat crowned by a steel dome that can be turned into a 360-degree projection surface.
El Chaltén, Argentina
Departure for Patagonia, more precisely in El Chaltén, a micro-Argentine village founded in 1985 and quickly became a popular base camp for mountaineer-travelers on mission to summon the legendary granite spiers of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in the Los Glaciares National Park, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. I do not reassure you need to be an unconditional hiker to enjoy the scenic trails of the region. Beginner to moderate itineraries provide access to the unspoiled beauty of Patagonia: primeval forests teeming with southern beeches, snowmelt lagoons, tumultuous rivers and jagged zeniths surmounted by oversized glaciers and floating condors. The advantage of El Chaltén is that climbers appreciate the less crowded trails.
The Lofoten Islands in Norway
Located in northern Norway, the Lofoten Islands are not yet popular with travelers. Which makes it a dream destination to go to in 2020 if you want to discover preserved places. Indeed, this region is full of nature and if you are in love with hiking you will love. On site, you can explore the many fjords of the islands through a road trip. In addition, you will be enchanted by the many incredible landscapes: mountains, wild beaches or small red fishermen’s cabins.
Few travelers think of Uzbekistan for their holidays, the name of this country evokes the adventure and the change of scenery … Located on the Silk Road, this country of Central Asia is a crossroads of civilizations, cultures , and lifestyles. It’s a real break from the beaten path where you learn as much about the history of the world as about the lives of people alongside the so welcoming Uzbek people! From Tashkent to Samarkand through the Aral Sea and Lake Aydar, they came back with full stars. After a quarter of a century under the rule of President Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan, one of the most closed countries in the world, is trying to open up to the outside world and seems to have made tourism development a priority. A change of course impelled after the arrival in December 2016 Chavkat Mirzioïev at the head of this country of 40 million inhabitants. The opportunity for tourists to discover Samarkand, the tourist jewel of the country, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
The small Croatian seaside town of Rovinj should be at the top of your list of places to travel in 2020. With bright, tight buildings right up to the Adriatic, this charming fishing village is fast becoming a world-class attraction fills every inch of the narrow promontory it occupies on the Istrian peninsula, an area the Guardian recently declared to be “the new Tuscany.” If Instagram opportunities alone are not enough to hang on, consider that Rovinj is home to the first Michelin starred restaurant in Croatia (Monte), and some of the best gastronomy and wine in a country that is rapidly gaining global recognition for both.
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds in 2020 and experience nature like you’ve never seen, then put Namibia at the top of your list of where to travel. You’ll be mesmerized by the million-year-old Sossusvlei dunes, an otherworldly landscape unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You’ll fall in love with Fish Canyon, a trench so deep and impressive that it draws comparisons to its more famous American cousin. Thrill-seekers love sky-diving across the unique landscapes near Swakopmund. Oh, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a traditional African safari – but without the throngs of safari vans crowding your way. Raw. Real. And ready for tourists. Namibia is the future of adventure tourism.