The world has no shortage of breath-taking countries that you can explore, but these 20 destinations are a must for your 2020 bucket list.
Paris offers an unmatched seductive charm that travellers can’t help but fall in love with. Immerse yourself in art at Le Louvre or the Musée Marmottan, stroll down the Canal St. Martin, indulge your sweet tooth at Fou de Patisserie in Jacques Genin, and of course, see the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
South Island, New Zealand
From the Fiordland National Park to the Marlborough Sounds, South Island, located in New Zealand, is home to some of the purest and most natural landscapes that you can explore. You can even take a dip in the native turquoise waters of Hokitika Gorge and, during the winter, can trek through the snow-capped mountains near the Central Otago Wineries.
Rome’s archaeological treasures and cultural heritage is well known across the world. Trips to the Colosseum, The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and the Trevi Fountain are a must when visiting this Italian dream location. But, your holiday isn’t complete before frequenting Roscioli, Pianostrada and Pasticceria Regoli for traditional food and desserts.
La Plage de Maui, Fautaua Waterfall, Papenoo Beach – what do all of them have in common? They are all-natural wonders – something that Tahiti has in troves. Explore amazing white sand beaches, tour private islands and hike through Moorea, home to the magic mountain. You can even see all of Tahiti’s rich heritage at the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands.
In such a historical location, there is an abundance of iconic attractions to fill your days with. Visit the Big Ben, tour the Tower of London, take in the beauty of Buckingham Oalace and even spend the day in the acres of Hyde Park. And you can’t leave before tasting London’s famed Fish and Chips in places like Bonnie Gull and Poppies.
Walk along black volcanic sand beaches, be entertained with performances at Old Lahaina Luau, and see the famous Maui sunset over the Haleakala Crater. Not only is Maui coated in Hawaiian mythology but it is also home to some amazing culinary treats like Joey’s Kitchen Loco Moco, Uluani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, Paia Fish Market tacos and Kālua pua’a (underground roasted pork).
Bora Bora’s picturesque beaches, water and mountains are a can’t miss on a bucket list. It also inhabits many underwater experiences like shark and stingray feeding, the Bora Bora Lagoonarium, and the Bora Bora Turtle Centre. If these activities aren’t for you, then some amazing spas can be found right across the waterfront.
Throughout the entirety of Barcelona, you can find art intertwined into the buildings. The best place to begin is the Sagrada Familia – it is unlike any other church you have seen – taking more than 140 years (so far) to build, it ingulfs several architectural styles. Other amazing masterpieces include Casa Batllo, Park Guell, and Palau de la Musica Catalana.
New York City
Some of the best New York attractions can be found in classic rom-coms’, but nothing beats the real thing. Conquer the Empire State Building, stroll through Central Park and take in culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). And, if you’re looking for the perfect food to top off a great trip, then try the Queen’s Night Market or Time Out Market – between these two, you can find 21 restaurants and cuisines from over 80 different countries.
Machu Picchu is simply a spectacular location for natural wonders and hiking. Walk the stairs to The Sun Gate, climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, visit the ruins of the Temple of the Sun and explore the House of the High Priest. Many of the ruins are from ancient royalty or religion, so the intricate mazes and hidden rooms are unlike any other.
The Maldives is a dream destination, but there is more to do here than just sit and relax. Yes, the luxury water bungalows are an amazing sight to see, but you can also experience amazing adventures like scuba diving, whale and shark watching, dolphin spotting, and island hopping. If, after all of these adventures, you do want to relax, you can’t go wrong with a Balinese massage.
Known for its elaborate canal system and narrow houses, Amsterdam is also home to an exciting Museum District which houses the Van Gogh Museum and works by Rembrandt. You can also take a stroll through Vondelpark, the Artis Zoo, and De Negen Strattjes (a neighbourhood of cosy cafes and quirky boutiques). And don’t forget the food – enjoy Stroopwafel, Herring and Poffertjes all over the city.
San Francisco is home to more than the Full House TV show. Take a ride on the San Francisco cable cars down to Fisherman’s Wharf where you can experience great food, like fresh crab. Or take in the landscape of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and The Redwood Trees. San Francisco also offers the Oldest Japanese Tea Garden in the U.S, as well as its very own Chinatown.
Much of Prague hasn’t been touched in centuries – the Old Town Square hasn’t changed since the 10th Century and is one of the best places to explore the architecture that Prague has to offer. You can even watch street performers, musicians and merchants every day. Watch the Astronomical Clock strike, walk the Charles Bridge, visit Prague Castle and see the treasures of St Vitus Cathedral.
Santorini houses one of the most unique beaches in the world – the Red Beach is known for its unique red sand colour, despite being on a volcanic island. You can also tour some of the most beautiful Mediterranean towns on the Greek islands – Caldera, Fira and Oia. To top it all off, enjoy a glass of wine under the sun at some of the top Greek wineries.
From active volcanoes to calming beaches, Costa Rica packs a lot into an area only a third of the size of England. If you want the best of both worlds, start at the Manuel Antonio National Park – here the rainforest meets the beaches of the pacific coast (where monkeys may try to steal your food). Hike the Arenal Volcano, trek through the damp Monteverde forest and explore the central valley of coffee plantations (you can even stay here overnight).
Whether it is relaxing in the serenity of the Ulun Danu Temple or surfing through Kuta, Bali has something for everyone. Have fun at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, eat and be merry at the Bebek Bengil in Ubud, and even strap on a jetpack and go flying over the water in Tanjung Benoa.
If you are travelling throughout the year, Alberta Canada is one of the best winter locations. Wrap up warm and explore the famous Ice Castles, hike through the Maligne Canyon and visit the Johnston Canyon Falls – this free-falling waterfall freezes over in winter, creating a breath-taking scene. And you can’t leave before enjoying a big ball of Poutine, a staple Canadian treat.
If you are going to do Japan then you can’t just visit one city. Amazing and unusual attractions can be found all over the country, such as the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, the cascading flower Wisteria Tunnel in Kitakyushu and the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto. You can even enjoy a fun and festive meal at the Vampire Café in Tokyo or traditional street food at the Nishiki Market in Kyoto – raindrop cake anyone?
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