Are the winter weather blues getting you down already? We’ve put together our top 10 travel destinations for 2020 so you can start planning and looking forward to a fabulous trip! We’ve found something for everyone; whether you’re a beach lover, looking for a cultural or foodie trip or just love to explore the world, here are some wonderful countries and cities to consider. So, settle down and start planning your next break from our list of dream holiday destinations and adventures which you’re bound to love.
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
Best time to go: April to June, with temperatures in the 20s and before it gets too busy.
This region of Italy boasts stunning scenery and enchanting views of the ocean. A vertical landscape characterized by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys covering the mountainside the Amalfi Coast is a truly beautiful Mediterranean sight. There are 13 stunning towns along the Amalfi Coast, connected by what has been called one of the most beautiful roads in Italy, meaning there’s plenty to explore whilst you’re there. The perfect combination of relaxing on the beach and exploring historic streets and untouched towns.
- Maldives, Indian Ocean
Best time to go: December to April. Although hot and sunny all year round, it’s best to go during the dry season.
Stunning palm-fringed beaches, a complete escape from real life. Secluded and private holiday, where you can watch the sunset from your overwater room or snorkel every day amongst the reefs and beautiful wildlife. Truly relaxing. Also, enjoy the local culture by visiting their colourful markets.
- Porto, Portugal
Best time to go: April to July, beat the tourist rush and explore before the summer heats up too much!
Named the country’s food capital, Porto is a must-go for someone looking to explore somewhere new and soak up the culture and delicious delicacies. Romanesque and Gothic architecture and less busy than the tourist-filled Lisbon. There’s an observation deck that you can reach via a spiral staircase to overlook the whole city and its multicoloured buildings. Why not go on an 8-day food and market tour to make the most of your time in Portugal which takes you along a fabulous section of coastline to allow you to try a whole host of local foods whilst exploring a range of local towns and cities for an amazing dining experience trip.
- Jamaica, Caribbean
Best time to go: March, hot weather you can escape to avoid the end of the British winter and rain and get you in the mood for the coming months.
Home to the legendary, Bob Marley, this Caribbean island is an intriguing concoction of unspoiled coastline, deliciously-spiced jerk cuisine, and a laid-back lifestyle. Sip a rum cocktail whilst watching the sun go down and just chill out. Enjoy the coves and lagoons, or for something a bit more active, explore the island by biking and trekking to see what you can discover.
- Northern Italy and the Swiss Alps
Best time to go: April to June, or go in May to mark the 500th year since Leonardo Da Vinci’s death.
Stunning scenery between the mountains, valleys, and lakes along the borders. Tour town to town to really experience the whole region and explore the best of both areas and cultures. There are a number of different tours available which allow you to travel this region and see the best there is to see. For example, see
- MacKenzie Country, New Zealand
Best time to go: All year round
Air New Zealand is also offering new flight routes from 2019, making it easier to get to. With stunning glacial highlands and dramatic valleys, visitors are advised to take in the best of the island’s Southern Alps region for hiking, biking and sleeping in remote luxury accommodation.
- Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Best time to go: April to May, or September if you fancy a warm holiday of exploring (which isn’t sweltering like the high summer). From October, it’s often blanketed in snow, so if you’re after a chillier visit, this is the best time to go.
Named the 2019 European capital of culture, Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city to be awarded the title. This could the next big European city break destination; it has a cute cobbled old town, with impressive Roman ruins and some isn’t going to break your wallet. It’s time to travel somewhere completely new!
- Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Best time to go: July to August
For the ultimate beach holiday where you can avoid a lot of the dreaded tourists and holiday-makers, Dominican Republic is a great place to visit. Ideal for watersports and waterlovers, as well as sun worshipers who are just looking to relax on the beach with a good book and cocktail, this is the place for you. There’s also a range of local street markets you can attend, to soak up more of the culture of the area.
- Seattle, Washington, USA
Best time to go: June to September
Lonely Planet has pegged Seattle in the top 10 cities to visit in 2019. As a large city, there’s much to see and do in this part of the world. With some fine wineries, a stunning skyline which you can view from the iconic Seattle Space Needle and snowsport culture – being so close to the Stevens Pass mountains – there really is something for everyone to enjoy in this region of the world!
- Elqui Valley, Chile
Best time to go: March to May
The whole region experiences 360 clear nights each year (on average) making it an incredible place to stargaze and study the solar system. There are many observatories and tours can be organized to make the most of the area. Why not camp out under the stars for a truly romantic and unforgettable break from real life? This area is also well-known for its vineyards and local brandy, pisco, which is a must whilst visiting. Horse-riding through the valleys is also popular; allowing you to explore the area and enjoy being completely submerged in the culture, thousands of miles away from reality.
Tell us in the comments sections below where you most want to visit in 2020!