The world has way too many amazing places worth visiting, but time is limited, and so is the budget. But we can choose one place at a time, and gradually, manage to see these undeniably amazing spots the world has to offer. So here we have narrowed down the list to 10 best places to visit in 2020, which hopefully, you’ll find a spot to visit this year.
Besides its beauties such as cherry blossom season, mighty castles, and Mount Fuji, another reason not to miss Tokyo, Japan this year is because it’s hosting the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games. Veteran visitors recommend booking a room at the popular ANA InterContinental Tokyo. This because they praise for its Michelin-starred eatery by French chef Pierre Gagnaire. Have a drink at Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New York Bar. Explore Osaka and Kyoto. Experience its famous hot springs in the resort town of Beppu. Spend the night at the five-star-rated InterContinental Beppu Resort and Spa.
This is the best time to visit Egypt because the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum opens in Giza. The museum will be the planet’s second-largest museum and the biggest one dedicated to one civilization. The museum spans more than five million square feet.
It cost $1.1 billion to build. Go exploring. Take a cruise on the Nile then visit the temples of Luxor and the olden tombs in the Valley of Kings.
3. Dubai, UAE
Attend the Middle East’s first world expo named Expo 2020 Dubai. There will be a huge celebration of creativity, culture, and innovation. It will run for half a year and play host to 25 million attendees.
The Museum of the Future will surely be a favorite of anyone interested in inventions and prototypes. There’ll be talks, workshops, and interactive displays. See all the sights from Earth’s highest observation wheel, Ain Dubai.
4. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech has been deemed the premiere African Capital of Culture. This city is said to be a true haven of architecture, art, culture, and design. It is also where you will discover two official UNESCO World Heritage sites, Djemaa El Fna and the medina. You can also visit the recently-opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum which was reportedly designed by Studio KO.
5. Luang Prabang, Laos
In 2020 Luang Prabang will officially celebrate 25 years of being a UNESCO World Heritage site. Research Buddhist culture. See the melding of traditional Buddhist and French colonial architecture. Learn all about traditional Laotian crafts such as weaving. Stay at the newly-opened Avani+ Luang Prabang. Ensconced in the heart of the city, it is within walking distance of beautiful temples, charming restaurants, Mount Phousi, and even the mighty Mekong River.
6. The Maldives
Consisting of 1900 atoll islands, the Maldives is reportedly experiencing “a major design moment” that has already gained the attention of the jet-setting crowd. Residents have also been working on sustainability initiatives since the 1980s. 2020 could be the year they celebrate becoming “carbon neutral (puro).” The official lowest-lying country in the world, the Maldives will also have several new resorts opening including the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Kudadoo Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah.
7. Washington DC, USA
The day-tour company Urban Adventures expects a significant spike in interest in the US capital. Experts note it’s due to more than the upcoming election. They believe it’s due to the new and renovated hotels, the revitalized waterfront, exceptional museums, and a great restaurant scene that’s hotter than it’s ever been. Must-try restaurants will include Officina with its Michelin-starred celeb chef Nicholas Stefanelli, the critically-acclaimed Maydan and the new French eatery the Pembroke.
Greenland is now in the spotlight because it is thought to be the next location for “climate change.” Top tour operators report a rise in interest in the massive Arctic Circle island known as Greenland. There will be many tours available in 2020.
For example, Abercrombie & Kent will have a 15-day Ultimate Iceland and Greenland Cruise departing August 2020. Ponant, a French company, is offering a 15-day sailing trip along the unexplored eastern coast.
9. Bangkok, Thailand
According to the people at Mastercard, Bangkok slotted in as the “most visited city in the world” this year. It was visited by almost 23 million tourists. Go see the Buddhist temples and attend the second Bangkok Art Biennale and enjoy public exhibitions of contemporary Thai art and the work of international artists too. Many hotels have been renovated too including the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Rosewood Bangkok, and the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.
10. Costa Rica
Costa Rica has great beaches, especially for surfers. In 2020, though you can be part of the burgeoning experiential travel movement by staying at the new Nayara Tented Camp. The first-ever in Central America, it includes 29 luxury safari camp-like tents and a low-impact design meant to respect the rainforest. It is in sync with Costa Rica’s sustainability plan, which has the goal of attaining 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030.