2020 is just around the corner, so it's time to start mapping out your travel plans for the new year. So if you're wondering "Where should I travel next year?" you've come to the right place. From relaxing beach escapes in the South Pacific, to cultural adventures in Malta, TravelOnline has rounded up the Top 10 Destinations for 2020.
Why: Showcasing golden beaches and tropical reefs, the Cook Islands are a breathtakingly beautiful destination home to some of the best surfing on earth. Together with its luxury resorts and beachfront villas, this tropical paradise is the epitome of barefoot luxury.
Where: Located in the South Pacific Ocean, The Cook Islands are a 6-hour flight from Australia (not including transit time in Auckland).
Best for: Known for its romance and relaxation, the Cook Islands is the ideal destination for honeymooners and loved up couples. However, the great range of resorts and facilities makes it a fantastic choice for families as well.
Best time of year to visit: September – November.
Don’t miss: Sitting in the heart of the Polynesian triangle, the Cook Islands is steeped in rich culture and heritage. Don’t miss out on experiencing a cultural tour, market visit and traditional dance performance.
Why: Remote and simply breathtaking, the coastal town of Esperance is where you’ll find some of Australia’s best beaches. This laid-back destination showcases the best that nature has to offer with shimmering waters, untouched islands and a vibrant wildflower country.
Where: Located 714 kilometres south of Perth, driving to Esperance will take approximately 8 hours. Alternatively, a flight from Perth to Esperance will take just 90 minutes.
Best For: Beach bums and nature lovers.
Best time to visit: October – June.
Don’t miss: Located within the Cape Le Grand National Park, Lucky Bay is the crown jewel of Esperance. Squeaky clean sands meet bright turquoise water and kangaroos laze about in the sunshine.
Why: Land of delicious seafood and breathtaking beaches, Milos is a rising star when it comes to Greek Island holidays. Largely unknown, this island paradise is much quieter than other popular Greek Islands such as Mykonos and Santorini and offers a more authentic Greek experience.
Where: Milos is located in Greece, approximately 5 hours from Athens.
Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts and seafood lovers.
Best time to visit: May – October.
Don’t miss: Sarakiniko beach. An incredible landscape made of volcanic rock that’s been bleached by the sun, Sarakiniko beach is a spectacular place for swimming and cliff jumping.
Why: Jaw-dropping scenery, diverse landscapes and affordable accommodation makes Vietnam one of our top destinations for 2020. Vietnam combines a fascinating blend of ancient history and modern culture to create a unique destination bursting with sights to be seen. Whether you want to cruise the breathtaking Ha Long Bay, or explore ancient cities, this Asian gem offers travellers so much choice.
Where: Located in South East Asia, Vietnam is approximately 8 hours from Australia.
Best for: Cultural explorers and budget conscious travellers.
Best time to visit: March – April.
Don't miss: The Golden Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam. Rising 1400 metres above sea level, the spectacular Golden Bridge snakes around the mountain and offers breathtaking views across Vietnam. The unique design features two giant hands that appear as though they are holding up the bridge.
Why: With its iconic skyscrapers, natural wonders and friendly locals, it’s no surprise that Japan is at the top of everyone’s bucket list. This unique destination combines the weird and the wonderful. Cat cafes, robot restaurants and real-life Mario kart set the scene for an unforgettable holiday experience.
Where: Located in east Asia, Japan is approximately a 9 hour flight from Australia.
Best for: Snow bunnies and cultural appreciators.
Best time to visit: December – March for snow, April for cherry blossoms.
Don’t miss: The 2020 Summer Olympics. Beginning on 24 July in Tokyo, the Summer Olympics is sure to be one of the best sporting events to ever hit Japan.
Why: Steeped in ancient history and landmarks, Malta is a captivating destination with so much charm. Not to mention the amazing weather, Malta receives over 300 days of sunshine a year, making it the perfect place for a holiday escape. Together with the abundance of restaurants, shopping, beaches and scuba diving, this Mediterranean marvel has so much to offer.
Where: Located in Southern Europe, 90km south of Italy, Malta is a small country made up of three islands, Malta, Comino and Gozo. Flights from Australia take approximately 23 hours and will include a stopover in Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong.
Best for: History buffs and island hoppers.
Best time to visit: April – October.
Don’t miss: Located just 30 mins by ferry, Comino’s Blue Lagoon is a spectacular spot for swimming and sunbathing. Be sure to arrive before 9am to beat the tourist rush!
Why: Blanketed in lush jungle and fringed by coral reefs, Samoa is a magnificent destination that exudes a very special charm. Add in the affable locals, the rich cultural heritage, world-class accommodation and the spectacular natural attractions, and you have everything you need for the perfect island escape.
Where: Located in the South Pacific Ocean halfway between Hawaii and NZ, Samoa is a 5 hour flight from Sydney.
Best for: Cultural appreciators and relaxation enthusiasts.
Best time to visit July – September.
Don’t miss: Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the To Sua Ocean Trench is a giant swimming hole formed by lava eruption many years ago. This idyllic swimming hole is renowned as Samoa’s top attraction.
Why: Comprising the magical Whitsundays and world renowned Great Barrier Reef, the beautiful Queensland Islands are bursting with natural beauty and adventure. An unrivalled playground for beachgoers, divers, boaters and resort loungers, the Queensland Islands offer something for all.
Where: Stretching along the coast of Australia from Brisbane to Cape York, the Queensland Islands are home to approximately 2000 islands.
Best for: Families and loved up couples.
Best time to visit: September.
Don’t miss: The iconic Whitehaven Beach. Sink your toes into the white silica sands of the world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Fringed by azure turquoise waters and magnificent coral, Whitehaven beach makes for the perfect day trip on your QLD Islands adventure.
Why: Land of bustling bazaars and mosaic-adorned landmarks, Uzbekistan is the destination on everybody's radar. Since opening its doors to tourists, Uzbekistan takes travellers on a remarkable journey along the ancient Silk Road. Showcasing impressive shrines, historical mosques and picturesque mountains, Uzbekistan offers ample opportunity for historical adventure.
Where: Uzbekistan is located in Central Asia and is bordered by Kazakhstan to the west and north, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to the east, and Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to the South.
Best for: History buffs and architecture fans.
Best time to visit: April – May.
Don't miss: An awe-inspiring landmark flanked by brilliant mosaic tiles that glitter in the sunshine, The Reigstan is an incredible Uzbekistan attraction that must be seen to be believed.
Why: Nestled amid sun-kissed coastline and sweeping rice paddies, Canggu is Bali’s newest tourist hotspot. This vibrant region is bursting with trendy beach clubs, delicious restaurants and wellness activities. Together with its laid-back atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta, Canggu is a welcomed change of pace.
Where: Located in Bali, Canggu is 45 minutes from the International Airport.
Best for: Expats, digital nomads, yoga lovers and beach goers.
Best time to visit: May – September.
Don’t miss: Finns VIP Beach Club. Located on 170 metres of absolute beachfront, Finns offers 4 pools, 7 bars and 5 restaurants. a.k.a everything you need for a relaxing day out.
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