With the new year now here, I bet that the majority of us, travelholics, already made travel plans for the entire year and know where to go during each Bank Holiday! But, if you don’t, then let me inspire you with the Best Travel Destinations 2020 based not only on my opinions but opinions of other travel bloggers from the UK!
I’ve teamed up with bloggers from around the UK and created a list of amazing places to travel in 2020. I hope this article will inspire you to book those plane tickets and visit some of these destinations if you already haven’t! I am definitely intrigued!
So, sit back, relax, and get inspired.
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Best Travel Destinations 2020 – Meteora, Greece
John from http://carpediemeire.com/
Deep in the mountainous northern lands of Greece, stands Meteora. It’s a place as epic as its name, where a series of spectacular limestone pillars and rocks are topped by a set of even more spectacular monasteries. Meteora means hanging in the air, and the name is so appropriate.
Meteora is located 4 hours’ drive from Athens and 3 hours from Thessaloniki, and either is an ideal location to land from internationally. If you plan on taking a bus, you can add an hour to both. So is it worth travelling across half of Greece’s mainland when the coast and islands are calling? You bet it is.
Meteora is serviced by the town of Kalabaka, a lively area of bars, restaurants and hotels and an ideal place to stopover. To see all the monasteries you will have to stay two days or more (due to monasteries closing in different days) which is something I recommend. If only to soak up the magic in the air of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Several private companies operate from Kalabaka running tours visiting three of the monastery’s in a single day, should you not have your own transport. The route can also be hiked.
The current monasteries, built by Orthodox monks looking for seclusion were all built from the 14th century onwards. The area was in fact settled in as early as the 11th century. Part of the marvel comes in the fact that no roads or paths served them at this time, the monks carried every brick, slate and even men to the top using a pulley system up hundreds of feet to dizzying heights. It’s miraculous what they accomplished and built under these circumstances. This is the site of a real mystique.
Nowadays there are 6 of the original 24 monasteries that are open to the public. Still run by the monks and nuns that occupy them, each monastery or nunnery’s focus is its Byzantine churches, with spectacular murals adorning the walls and ceilings in each. The larger monasteries Grand Meteoron and Varlaam are unmissable but each is interesting in their own respect.
But perhaps Meteroras greatest treasure is the views, whether from the monasteries or at any point on the road or circling the hills. The rocks, valley below and distant mountains produce an epic image. And as with all great destinations each day should finish with a spectacular sunset. The one at Sunset Rock will take your breath away. The perfect way to finish a trip to awe-inspiring Meteora.
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Best Travel Destinations 2020 – Saint Lucia in the Caribbean
Martina and Andrej from https://traveldoneclever.com/
If Saint Lucia isn’t already on your travel bucket list for 2020, think again. From picture-perfect palm-fringed pristine beaches to rushing waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest, the teardrop-shaped island of Saint Lucia is too good to keep secret.
An Eastern Caribbean island with gorgeous sandy beaches and snorkel worthy reefs has plenty of opportunities for how to kill spare time. You could easily spend your all-inclusive holidays on a sun-lounger with a tropical cocktail in your hand – it is not hard to see why tourists are sticking around Rodney bay before they venture further afield. However, to really experience the beauty of the island, head away from the touristy north coast and travel to Soufriere town, located on the southwestern part of the island. The best way to explore the island is to rent a car – it helps you to beat the crowds who are part of sightseeing tours.
As well as being a romantic island, Saint Lucia is renowned for its dramatic Piton Mountains and drive-in volcano, so get out there and hike through dense rain forest and cool off in one of many waterfalls. Alternatively, soak up in the mineral-rich hot mud baths or relax your aching muscles in one of the bathing pools under the warm waterfall. Uncover the most scenic places and many unmissable attractions and you will see why the French and British fought over the island for so long.
Fast becoming a must-visit destination in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia with its breath-taking natural wonders and friendly locals rightly earns its spot on your list of places to go in 2020. And if you give it a chance, we’re sure the iconic island will steal your heart.
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Best Travel Destinations 2020 – Scotland
Stefan and Ellie from https://www.berkeleysquarebarbarian.com
Well, we’ve been doing a fair bit of air travel in 2019, including to Asia, Australia, and America. I also commuted from London to Frankfurt every week for most of the year for my day job. This is why we decided to take it easy in 2020 and spend more time on the British Isles, let the planet recover a bit (we also started carbon-offsetting).
Scotland has always been our top UK destination, so we expect to be spending a fair bit of our time off in the Caledonian highlands. My wife even tries to talk me into buying a kilt. We usually book ourselves a cheap and cheerful hotel in Fort William and either go hiking in the area or do day trips with our rental car to places like the Isle of Skye.
Whenever we tell friends about our Scotland trips, we often get teased about how we liked the fried Mars bars, sheep intestines, and Irn Bru. We get it… movies like Trainspotting probably didn’t help with the perception of the local food scene. However, we’ve been visiting regularly for years and haven’t once been disappointed with the food. It makes sense to do your research and not walk into the first chippy, but with a bit of preparation, you’ll find some of the finest seafood, venison, and other local produce. An expertly prepared haggis is also delicious, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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Best Travel Destinations 2020 – Maldives
Lea Vikky from https://www.leabellablogs.com/
The Maldives has always been marketed as a high-end, luxury honeymoon destination with endless pristine white sand beaches and marine life like no other on earth. Which it is.
You would usually associate visiting the Maldives with a high price tag. However, the Maldives is more affordable now than it has ever been and in 2020, the prices are set to reduce even more with new resorts opening and more airlines flying into the islands.
I first visited the Maldives in 2018 for my honeymoon. We stayed in a resort island called Meedhupparu and we experienced absolute bliss for 10 days. The weather was warm, the sea was all shades of turquoise and crystal clear. The food is a gorgeous blend of Maldivian, Sri Lankan and Indian influence which makes for a perfect curry (available at all times of the day – perfect if you’re into curries like me!) Aside from the unique geographical make-up of the Maldives islands, the local staff really make the Maldives worth a visit. My advice, if you visit this part of the world is to speak to the locals and find out what island life is like. It’s not what you may think…
I re-visited the Maldives in October 2019. The best bit about my re-visit was the price. In just one year, the price had dropped by £1500 (2 adults, 10 days all-inclusive). That’s a huge saving, and (not that I needed much convincing!) made our return to the Maldives that little bit sweeter.
There are new resorts opening all the time in the Maldives but also guesthouses and B&B’s opening on residential islands too. This means that the Maldives is now accommodating guests on all kinds of budgets from low-end no-frills budgets to high-end, celebrity budgets.
My only advice for those who plan to visit the Maldives in 2020 is this: where possible, try and choose a plan that offers either all-inclusive or at least your meals in the cost of your trip. As you can imagine, 95% of produce is imported into the Maldives, therefore you can expect to pay extortionate prices for basic meals and drinks.
You should absolutely add the Maldives to your list of places to visit in 2020. Enjoy the relaxed island life, experience the hospitality of the Maldivian people and most of all, soak up the views which you are guaranteed at every angle on whichever island you choose.
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Best Travel Destinations 2020 – Sri Lanka
Greta from https://gretastravels.com/
If you’re looking for somewhere warm, with friendly locals, fun vibes, beautiful landscapes, great food and overall an incredible place to visit, you have to add Sri Lanka to your 2020 travel bucket list.
Sri Lanka is an incredibly varied country, where you can find things to do that will appeal to every traveller. For the more culture and history fans, you can visit the temples and ancient cities in Dambulla or Polonnaruwa.
If you’re an outdoors lover like me you will love the inland of Sri Lanka. There are beautiful hikes all over the country, with some of the most famous in Ella and Sigiriya. You can hike up Pidurangala Rock, from which you will have a perfect view of Sigiriya, one of the most iconic views in Sri Lanka. Besides the hikes, you can also go waterfall chasing in Ella, and trust me when I say they’re like nothing I’d seen before!
For the nature travellers there are also opportunities for a safari in Sri Lanka, most notable at Udawalawe or Yala, where you can see elephants in the wild, and if you’re lucky, even a cheetah!
Sri Lanka is famous also for its surfing beaches. The whole coast of the island is blessed with good waves, but my personal favourites were in Weligama. Here you can find good surf and fun hostels, with a bit of a party scene at the nearby town of Mirissa. Here you can also snorkel with turtles!
Sri Lanka was one of my favourite travel destinations in 2019, and I’m planning to head back in 2020! The huge variety of things to do, combined with a friendly and genuine atmosphere makes it one of those places you have to visit as soon as possible before they become mainstream tourist destinations.
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Best Travel Destinations 2020 – Cornwall, UK
My best destination for 2020 is definitely Cornwall, England. First time I visited was back in August 2019, and I couldn’t believe my own eyes. From narrow curved roads lined with miles of picturesque scenery and tiny villages with old houses full of history to white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Cornwall does have everything if not even more for all of us hungry globetrotters. With the wide beaches, heavy seas and National Trust walks, Cornwall is an ideal place for surfers, wildlife seekers, families with kids, dogs owners and food lovers.
Cornwall for sure was one of my best travel adventures I did in 2019, and I am really hoping that I will be able to squeeze some time off this summer and go on a road trip down south again!
I loved everything about Cornwall. The traditional fish and chips in Penzance, surfing in Newquay during a hot summer day (that hot my face burnt and my body cooked in its own sweat), sitting on the grass at the Crown’s Mines and watching the sunset while being surrounded by nothing but myself, nature and the gorgeous view.
Cornwall is also full of ocean wildlife, and for those who love the oceans and are fascinated by the creatures living in the waters, I do recommend you take a cruise. Marine Discovery is placed in Penzance and gives you a unique experience of the Cornish waters. Plus, you never know, you may actually spot a whale! The day I went, we were lucky and spotted an ocean sunfish, blue tunas, plenty of porpoises and seals. This was definitely a huge highlight, and I loved the cruise so much. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/iOmvngJIhk4
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Karina, John, Martina & Andrej, Lea Vikky, Stephan & Ellie, and Greta! x