Wanderlust? You’ll Want To Visit These Places In 2020

The world has entered into a new decade, so it may be time for people to try something new. Statista revealed that the average American takes about four trips each year and that number increases as people age. There are endless options for travel destinations, both internationally and domestically.

Travelers should go to these locations in 2020 for numerous reasons such as new hotels, museums, and restaurants opening, or even that they will be hosting a special event. People who are stuck trying to decide where to go this year will definitely get inspiration from this list

Celebrate The Summer Olympics In Tokyo

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If you’ve ever dreamed of watching the Summer Olympics in person you may have your chance in 2020. This year the games will be held in Tokyo, Japan at the New National Stadium. The city will certainly be abuzz with all the Olympic hoopla, so it’s sure to be a lively getaway.

Those who missed out on getting a ticket shouldn’t feel bad because there are still thousands of things to do in Tokyo. Visitors can take photos at Shibuya Crossing, watch a Sumo match, or indulge in the one-of-a-kind cuisine.

See An Eclipse In Argentina

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People who watched the Great American Eclipse in 2017 and want another chance to see one should pack their bags for Argentina. This year there will be a Great South American Eclipse on December 14. This solar eclipse will cover the city in total darkness for just a brief moment.

If that’s not enough, there will be a meteor shower the day before and Jupiter and Saturn will align a week later. After enjoying what the sky has to offer, Argentina has some dazzling national parks, theaters, and beaches.

Head Over To The World Expo In Dubai

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The 2020 World Expo will be held in Dubai for 173 days this year. This event is similar to the World’s Fair with almost 200 countries bringing forth new advances in art, technology, science, and more. There are over 200 restaurants and at least 60 shows (concerts, plays, talks, etc) daily.

Attendees are expected to experience some of the most unique things in the world such as meeting a sharp-toothed “machine of endless consumption” named Gnasher, taking a glimpse into the future of travel with Hyperloop, and watching it all from atop an observation tower.

Movies And Broadway Come Together In New York City

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Going to see Broadway shows in New York City shouldn’t be a one-time thing for 2020, but there’s a new trend that’s about to hit the theater district this year. Many of the anticipated musicals for 2020 are going to be adaptations of famous movies.

Films such as 17 Again, 13 Going on 30, and Mrs. Doubtfire will most likely get the Broadway treatment, which brings in both theater fans and movie buffs. Other movies that became successful Broadway musicals include Legally Blonde, Shrek, and Frozen. Also, seeing a Broadway show is just scratching the surface of things to do in New York City.

Why Soccer (Football) Fans Should Travel To London

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Europe will be in full soccer mode this summer as the UEFA European Football Championship approaches. The final game is set to be at Wembley Stadium in London, England in July. Soccer fans will be able to enjoy each other’s company while cheering on their favorite teams.

Those who can’t make it to the final match shouldn’t worry because London still has plenty of other events taking place in 2020. Visitors can also enjoy London Fashion Week in February, the Gymnastics World Cup in March, or the London Coffee Festival in April.

Go On An Island Getaway In Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Puerto Escondido, Mexico used to be overlooked by travelers, but it has recently started to attract newcomers. A few years ago, people could only get to this remote island by propeller plane and it was usually just Mexican tourists from up north.

Now, most of the tourists are young, English-speaking millennials who arrive in a full-sized jet. Visitors enjoy seeing palm trees in every direction, swimming in an almost empty beach, and relaxing during one of the most colorful sunsets on earth. To top it off, there’s also fresh ceviche made by locals and lively beach dance parties that offer fun for all.

Step Into The Future In Singapore

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Many travelers, especially millennials, plan their trips based on whether destinations are sustainable. Singapore happens to be one of the most sustainable cities on the planet, and its population strives to make conservation a top priority. They do this in numerous ways including rooftop farming, solar-powered “Super Trees,” and the world’s largest indoor waterfall that runs on recycled rainwater.

Most people in Singapore eat out daily, so it’s a good thing they have some of the most delicious food in the world. Tourists need to try some of the unique street food that usually costs less than five dollars. Also, don’t worry about a language barrier because people speak English.

What You Could Be Missing In Sicily, Italy

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Time moves slowly in Sicily, Italy. From the rolling mountains to the sandy beaches, locals take pride in Old World customs such as two-hour lunches and traditional Italian clothing. Fortunately, the Italians aren’t stuck in their ways and are adapting to some modern trends.

They’ve opened Michelin-rated restaurants and adorable boutique hotels. Many people flock to this island paradise, but it takes a lot of self-discipline for them to leave.

Get To Portland, Maine Before It Becomes Too Popular

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Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

A decade ago, travelers most likely wouldn’t have picked Portland, Maine for their top vacation destination. Now, it’s getting more traction than ever, especially from out-out-state visitors. It was recently voted the “Coziest City in America” and there are new additions to the city that make it worth the trip.

Portland opened a lifestyle boutique hotel, they have a restaurant for every foodie, most everything is affordable and within walking distance, and the lighthouse near Fort Williams Park is the most-photographed lighthouse in the world. It’s also worth mentioning that they have some of the best lobster you’ll ever taste and beautiful coastline views.

See What Egypt Has To Offer In 2020

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Even though Egypt tends to be underrated when it comes to bucket list travel destinations, it can be a great adventure for any world traveler. It’s filled with thousands of years of history and some of the most famous landmarks in the world, such as the Great Sphinx of Giza and Giza Necropolis.

In 2020 the largest archaeological museum on earth, called the Grand Egyptian Museum, is set to open. The exhibits will feature thousands of ancient Egyptian artifacts that have never been seen before. Those who are a bit more adventurous should take the famous Nile River cruise.

Everything You Need To Try In Cape Town, South Africa

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If you’re looking for a vibrant city filled with tons of culture, scenic landscapes, and unique architecture, then Cape Town, South Africa is the perfect place to go. This year will be even easier for minors to travel there because they will no longer need to bring a birth certificate or consent letters.

While visiting, people should take in the panoramic view at Table Mountain, look for penguins at Boulders Beach, get educated about apartheid history at Robben Island, or explore the trendy area of Bo-Kaap (pictured). Also, Cape Town is very multicultural with a blend of Afrikaner, native, and European citizens.

Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate Lille, France

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The charming town of Lille, France looks like it was ripped out of a storybook. It used to be stereotyped for being gloomy, cold, and full of potatoes, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Lille was named the 2020 World Capital of Design, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering the area’s expansive art scene.

Since residents pride themselves on art, they have some of the best world-class museums, galleries, and exhibitions. The streets are almost always busy with parades, carnivals, fairs, and concerts. Don’t forget to try some of their local cuisine such as the gaufres fourrées (waffles filled with vanilla cream) or the pungent Maroilles cheese.

What’s New In Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has been a popular travel destination for years and it’s still one of the top choices for 2020. People with a variety of interests can find something to do whether they crave adventure, relaxation, romance, or exploration. This year, there are some new activities that will have tourists booking their tickets immediately.

Since Costa Rica is one of the world’s main chocolate makers there will be a tour in Talamanca that guides visitors through 17 factories to share the importance of cacao. Also, a daring cycling route will open near the Arenal Volcano.

What’s Waiting For You In Wyoming

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Travelers looking for wide open spaces and some peace and quiet should consider going to Wyoming. It’s the least populated state in the United States and features some of nature’s greatest spots including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Those who love the beauty of the American West and the great outdoors will find solace here.

Cheyenne will hold an outdoor rodeo on July 17-26, 2020, which will include a carnival, parades, pancake breakfasts, and a top-notch bull riding competition. Yellowstone features one of the largest hot springs in the world, called the Grand Prismatic Spring. Here, it seems like you’re looking through a rainbow kaleidoscope.

Why Everyone In Copenhagen, Denmark Is So Happy

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Since the city has been voted one of the world’s happiest and cleanest, it’s no wonder that numerous tourists seek out Copenhagen, Denmark, for a fun-filled vacation. This city is especially great for cyclists and they try their best to ensure that it’s a safe environment.

Copenhagen features a restaurant called Noma, which was voted the number one restaurant in the world by multiple organizations. Also, the Museum of Copenhagen will be opening this year with a multi-million dollar immersive experience. Don’t be worried about a language barrier because most of the locals speak English.

Live Like James Bond And Bob Marley In Jamaica

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You might be surprised to see what Jamaica and James Bond have in common. In April 2020, the 25th James Bond film will be released and have the protagonist visiting the location of creator Ian Fleming’s beach house. Just about 90 minutes outside Montego Bay, Fleming wrote 14 of the James Bond novels every winter from 1952 to 1964.

Guests now have a chance to stay at the five-bedroom beachfront home, but that’s not all. Fans of musician and activist Bob Marley can also visit his former home that has become the Bob Marley Museum.

You’ll Never Be Bored In Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville, North Carolina has a lot to offer. This eclectic mountain town is a perfect blend of artistry, creativity, and natural beauty. The Asheville Art Museum recently reopened and features a lot more gallery space, a new wing, and a rooftop sculpture garden.

Most tourists who go on a trip to Asheville make sure to visit the historic Biltmore Estate. It’s the largest private home in America with shops, gardens, restaurants, concerts, and more. This Appalachian city also has some of the most picturesque outdoor areas in the country, such as Mount Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway (pictured) has been voted America’s favorite drive.

Go On An African Safari In Botswana

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Those who are looking to take an authentic African safari need to visit Botswana. Safari lodges have been popping up all over the place where guests stay in tented suites and go on a safari that pertains to the area they’re staying in.

In Chobe National Park people can go on walking safaris in search of elephants, zebras, birds, and more. The Great Plains Selinda Camp allows visitors the chance to sight the extremely rare African wild dog. Botswana has made a commitment to conserving the environment, wildlife, and cultural heritage, making it one of the world’s leaders in eco-tourism.

Rajasthan, India Combines History With The Present

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There’s a ton of culture deep within Rajasthan, India. The city is lined with wide sand dunes and ancient forts and palaces. Streets lined with bright colors make it feel like you’re simultaneously lost in the past while also exploring present-day times.

In 2020, tourists can expect to see the opening of numerous luxury hotels. Fort Barwara, a 48-suite hotel, was built in a 14th-century fortress and a private island in Udai Sagar Lake will open a palatial hotel with a rooftop restaurant, outdoor pool and garden, and a spa.

Boston, Massachusetts Is Still One Of America’s Most-Visited Cities

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Boston, Massachusetts contains some of the richest history in America. It’s where the Boston Tea Party and American Revolution began and it’s still a thriving city centuries later. Travelers have explored the city for years with activities such as hiking the Freedom Trail, walking around the Boston Public Gardens, or catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

The travel options are opening up even more in 2020. Boston is experiencing a hotel boom with new skyscraper and boutique hotels popping up at every corner. If art is your thing, then head over to Yayoi Kusama’s kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirrored Rooms at the Institute of Contemporary Art.