Top 10 Places to Visit in 2020
Welcome to a whole new decade. As you settle into 2020, you’re probably wondering where this monumental year might take you… And if you’re ready to travel the world with us, we’ll get you to some of the globe’s most fascinating locations. We’ve hand-selected these 10 destinations as our must-see places this year. Let’s explore!
Get wonderfully lost in the spiritual heart of Japan. Kyoto’s many temples, shrines, Zen gardens, and teahouses will captivate you with burning incense and awe-inspiring religious architecture. This cultural capital of Japan further lives up to the hype with culinary delights that range from Michelin-starred restaurants and chic bars & cafes, to cool sushi and noodle spots. Whether it’s ramen, matcha, or tempura you’re after, Kyoto has it all and does it well.
Diverse and dramatic, Los Cabos offers a rare blend of coastline, desert landscapes, and mountains at the very end of the Baja California Peninsula. Surrounded by the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos is made up of energetic Cabo San Lucas—known for its nightlife and luxe yacht marina; as well as San Jose del Cabo—a more traditional Mexican town with narrow streets that are lined with charming restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Be sure to check out its quaint plazas and churches for a real taste of local life.
This breathtakingly beautiful Caribbean island is a nature- and food-lover’s paradise. Hike to waterfalls, zip line through forests, climb extinct volcanos, or dive beneath the sea… it’s all possible in picturesque St. Lucia. Between its palm-fringed hidden beaches and the lush Piton Mountains, there’s so much to discover. And the island’s Creole cuisine will leave you wanting more.
Officially named a European Capital of Culture for 2020, there’s no way Galway wasn’t making our list this year. This energetic, modern city boasts history and creativity. Here, you’ll find what’s left of the medieval town walls amongst Galway’s bohemian vibe. Enjoy live music and street theatre, as well as shops, cafés, and restaurants. And don’t miss some of Ireland’s best oysters along Galway Bay.
You can expect to find all things trendy in exciting Melbourne. Love art? Sports? Or perhaps you’re a foodie… This city will satisfy all your cravings. Just as bustling as it is captivating, there’s no shortage of fun to explore in this Australian hub. Whether it’s museums, world-class coffee, rooftop cocktails, or Melbourne’s art-filled alleyways, you’ll never run out of cool things to do.
Did you know Sicily is the Mediterranean’s most diverse island? Steeped in history, many myths and legends were born in this land, which was once ruled by many—including the ancient Greeks. Today, Sicily stands out on the map with its striking beaches and mouthwatering cuisine. Its capital, Palermo, flaunts ancient architecture and medieval streets. And you can snorkel, hike, or explore active volcanoes in the Aeolian islands, or get your history on in Siracusa—where you’ll wander through Roman amphitheaters and the ruins of the temple of Athena.
Bali offers up a slice of paradise in Indonesia, so it’s no surprise it’s known as the Island of the Gods. From volcanos, lush mountains, gorgeous rice fields, and hillside temples to its rich and diverse culture, you’ll love getting lost in the wonders of this spiritual place. Up for some diving or surfing? Or maybe you want to marvel at some ancient monuments. Bali has plenty of natural beauty to lure you there, while the generous warmth of its people will make you want to stay a little longer.
Historic charm meets a warm Caribbean breeze on the coast of Cartagena de Indias, where the Old Town area (a.k.a. the walled city) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready to throw away your checklist and just enjoy leisurely strolling through Cartagena. As you walk this colorful and colonial Colombian town, you’ll be met with vibrant doors and balconies, cobbled streets and alleyways, and traditional churches surrounded by lively plazas. Every bright corner of this beautifully preserved city will captivate you, as will its flavors, sounds, and rhythms.
Alluring and soulful, Porto is best explored on foot. Meander alongside the Douro River, through its historic city center, and up or down its infamous steps and back alleys. Stunning ocean viewpoints, a laid-back vibe, its energetic nightlife, delicious food and wine, and eye-catching street art all make Porto easy to fall in love with and not to be missed.
With a little bit of something for everyone, Budapest may be last but is certainly not least on our list. Arguably one of Europe’s prettiest cities, Budapest flaunts head-turning architecture, including everything from baroque and neoclassical to art nouveau. You also won’t want to miss the healing thermal waters. With an abundance of hot springs, bathhouses are common here… so feel free to have a little fun and relax. Some say it’s the cure for just about anything. And once you’re done rejuvenating, indulge in Budapest’s world-famous nightlife.
This year’s top 10 places to visit do not disappoint. Contact your Liberty Travel consultant when you’re ready to begin planning your next adventure and your 2020 will be off to a great start.