The list ” Best in Travel 2020 ” by Lonely Planet, selects the best countries, cities and regions that should be on your wish list for the coming year. In this post, we reveal 6 best destinations to travel in 2020, so you can start the year with inspiration and a lot of desire to travel.
1.- Bhutan (Asia)
This small kingdom of the Himalayas, “Land of the Pacific Dragon”, is still considered one of the last Shangri-la in the region, due to its remoteness, its spectacular location, among the highest mountains of Everest, its varied flora and fauna and its ancient Buddhist monasteries.
Bhutan is a purely Buddhist kingdom, unsurpassed in its scenic majesty and vibrant culture, which has spent years protecting its environment by limiting the number of travellers per year to avoid overcrowding. In fact, in 2020, it will be the only totally ecological country in the world, with a negative carbon footprint. Among his essential plans is to climb the Taktshang Goemba, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and attend one of its fabulous festivals.
See our trip to Bhutan for more information
2.- Aruba (Lesser Antilles – America)
And from the snowy mountains of Everest to the Dutch Caribbean, with crystal clear beaches and magnificent wrecks for diving. Along the same lines as Bhutan, Aruba is also working to become a sustainable country, betting on renewable energy. Thus, in 2020 it will totally ban all single-use plastic and even sunscreens, to protect its reefs.
In the south, San Nicolás, the so-called Sunrise City, stands out thanks to the brightly colored murals by local and international artists, its beautiful palm-fringed beaches, water sports and scuba diving. Inside, you will find ecotourism landscapes such as the wetlands of the Bubati Bird Sanctuary or the Arirok National Park, with natural pools.
3.- Eswatini (ancient Swaziland, Africa)
Small, friendly and rich in culture and fauna, the kingdom of Eswatini (ancient Swaziland) is, however, one of the least visited (and most undervalued) countries in Africa. 2020 may be the year of its takeoff, thanks to improved roads, a new international airport and the tranquillity – outside of urban tensions – that does not occur in other neighbouring nations.
A trip to Eswatini (kingdom of the Swazis) invites you to discover African traditions and browse the Manzini market for treasures of local crafts; to cross the Malkerns valley and to enter the protected reserve of Mkhaya, where the rhino is king. Other large mammals, such as lions, leopards or elephants, are sighted in the country’s largest protected area, the Hlane National Park.
4.- Costa Rica (America)
Costa Rica is one of the most sustainable destinations on the planet. Its enormous biodiversity attracts travellers from all over the world. And it is that the Ticos know how important it is to preserve their wonderful tropical paradise and in 2020 it can become one of the first countries with a zero-carbon footprint (90% of its energy already comes from renewable sources).
A quarter of its territory is protected and is accessible through adventure proposals such as a kayak trip through the Tortuguero National Park; tour the lush Monteverde cloud forest and jump into one of the longest ziplines in the world; spot humpback whales on the Pacific coast or surf at Tamarindo beach.
5.- Morocco (Africa)
It is a good time to visit Morocco, which has improved its road infrastructure and the first high-speed train allows you to travel from Casablanca to Tangier in just two hours.
The old medinas are renewed in Fez, Essaouira, Meknes, Tetouan and Marrakech, which will be named the first Capital of African Culture in 2020 to celebrate its rich heritage; and you can still run away from the crowds to the mountain Berber villages, the deserted beaches of the Atlantic, the remote places of the desert and the not inconsiderable possibility of making a getaway to sleep one night in the middle of the Sahara desert.
6.- Uruguay (America)
An oasis of stability and tranquillity in the midst of a hectic continental environment, Uruguay is a democratic and progressive country that has accepted LGTBI rights, has legalized marijuana, and is a leader in sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism.
For this reason, in addition to strolling through Montevideo, its cosmopolitan capital, visiting Colonia del Sacramento and its colonial streets and enjoying the beach glamour of Punta del Este, you must take advantage of the opportunity to live authentic and natural experiences, such as spotting cetaceans., discover life in a ranch, riding a horse and sharing mate and talks by the fire, or sailing along the rugged coast of Rocha to the lonely Punta del Diablo.
But the best memory that the traveller takes away is that of its people, relaxed and simple, and that of the subtle but profound beauty of its landscapes, from the elongated and untamed Atlantic coast to the vastness of the Pampa.
If you haven’t made your list of new purposes yet, here are some ideas. For 2020 full of new experiences, adventures and a lot of desire to travel.