The best holiday destinations for 2020

2020 looks set to be an exciting year for holidaymakers, tourists and travellers. With some major events taking place across the globe, including the Olympics and Euro 2020, you’ll be able to see some countries at their finest. If you’re still not sure which shores to head for next year, check out our list of the top eight trending destinations for 2020.

1. Tokyo

Sports fans will know that Tokyo is set to host the 2020 Olympics, which will see the city welcome thousands of athletes and millions of sports fans from all around the world. While it might be an ultra-modern metropolis, there are plenty of reminders of Japan’s rich past to see while you’re here. Pay a visit to the shrine of Meiji Jingu, where you can watch Shinto ceremonies, before taking a stroll in the tranquillity of Yoyogi Park. Kabuki theatre is a spectacular night out and there’s always outstanding shopping to be had in the Harajuku district.

2. London

With Euro 2020 looming, London will be one of the most popular destinations in the world next year. The West End is the perfect place to enjoy some high-end shopping, before tucking into a delicious pre-theatre dinner. If you enjoy the arts as well as your football, the West End is also home to some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and internationally-acclaimed shows. History buffs will find endless museums to explore, including the stunning Natural History Museum. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Hyde Park and soak up the scenery.

3. Vienna

2020 will see Vienna celebrating the anniversary of one of its most famous sons, Ludwig van Beethoven. For a night out you won’t forget, book tickets to see the Vienna State Ballet or catch some opera or a classical symphony. Be sure to take a stroll through the Old Town and see some of the best architecture in Europe, including the gothic Maria am Gestade, the Renaissance grandeur of Vienna University and the Modernist lines of the Looshaus. There are some outstanding restaurants to enjoy, as well as some of the best shopping in the world.

4. New York

Iconic, big and brash, New York will always have a position in any list of truly great holiday destinations, no matter what the year! From the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building and Central Park, it’s filled with familiar spots from your favourite movies. Head to Fifth Avenue for unbeatable high-end shopping, or browse the antique and flea markets of Queens and Greenwich Village. The Metropolitan Museum is a must for history buffs and art fans, while Broadway is home to some of the biggest, best and glitziest shows in the world. With everything a taxi or subway ride away, this is a superb 2020 destination for travellers who want to sample a little bit of everything.

5. Venice

Venice is always a romantic and memorable treat, whether you’re going there for the first time or you’re a regular visitor. The waterways that thread through the city are virtually begging for you to jump in a gondola, while the labyrinth of backstreets hide pretty churches and family restaurants. For some serious shopping, don’t forget to visit the Rialto Market. The Piazza San Marco is a standout attraction and the stunning St Mark’s Basilica is breath-taking, especially when seen at night.

6. Langkawi

An island on the west coast of Malaysia, Langkawi is ideal for those who are looking for a slice of tropical paradise. Beyond the golden-sanded beaches and sapphire seas, you’ll find plenty to see and do. Underwater World is a superb attraction for families and is home to more than 200 species of seawater and freshwater creatures. The more adventurous might like to test themselves on the Pantai Kok Cable Car and travel up to the Langkawi Sky Bridge. If you’re in Kuah, don’t pass up the chance to visit Eagle Square.

7. Rabat

Morocco’s capital city, Rabat is a feast for the senses and one of our top picks for 2020. It’s just a stone’s throw from Casablanca, and you can expect a warm welcome wherever you go. The 12th Century Hassan Tower never fails to impress and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, even though it’s not finished! The nearby Mausoleum is open to non-Muslims, but visitors are asked to conduct themselves quietly as a mark of respect. For some peace and quiet, the medieval Chellah is perfect, while the King’s Palace is a genuine showstopper.

8. Botswana

No two trips to Botswana are ever the same, which could be the reason it’s one of the top spots for 2020 adventure travellers. From the expansive deserts and the lush deltas to disused diamond mines, you won’t be short of things to see and do. For most visitors, safaris are the star of the show, allowing you to get a glimpse of the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, black rhino, and lions) in their natural habitat. The Kalahari Game Reserve is inspiring and best visited once the rains have filled the rivers and watering holes. The Tsodilo Hills offer one of Botswana’s more unusual attractions. Cloaked in mystery, the hills are home to ancient cave art and strange rock sculptures, which have been here for thousands of years.