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20 Dream Destinations For 2020

2 Feb 2020 | Africa, Asia, Destinations, Europe, homepage, Middle East, North America, South America, Travel Advice

The end of 2019 is upon us which gives you all the excuses and arguments you need to start planning your 2020 holidays. Did you know that January is the cheapest month to book a trip? Plane tickets are often the cheapest the first month of the year and car rental companies regularly offer shopping discounts up to 40%. As the moment to book is now, I will give you some inspiration for your travel bucket list of 2020! If you are still looking for either a romantic city trip, an unforgettable road trip, a cultural expedition, an active hiking experience or simply looking for a relaxing getaway to the sun. These are the top 20 dream destinations to add to your travel bucket list in 2020, from popular travel spots to off-the-beaten path destinations.

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20 Dream Destinations For 2020

Must-visit destinations in Africa

Go on safari in Kenya

Best time to visit: June to October, January to February

Highlights: Masai Mara & Lake Naivasha

Kenya is a magical place. I’ve visited the country twice so far, and I cannot wait to go back. One of the main things that puts Kenya right at the top of any travel bucket list is the Masai Mara. Venture out on safari in the Masai Mara and encounter the elusive Big Five – seeing African elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinoceros in person is a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

During the months of July and August, you’ve got the best chance of seeing wildebeest herds crossing the Mara River. If you’re an animal lover, make sure you also pay a visit to Lake Naivasha to take a dreamy boat trip among the hippos. Kenya is absolutely a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature, as a family or as a couple.

There’s also much more to Kenya than the incredible wildlife. Gain fascinating insights into the lives of the wonderful Masai tribes, and enjoy the stunning view of Kilimanjaro from the comfort of your tented camp.

Read more about Kenya here.

Masai National Reserve

Relax in Marrakesh

Best time to visit: Any time between the months of October and May

Highlights: Shopping in the souks, the Saadi tombs, and relaxing in an authentic hammam

No travel bucket list would be complete without a bustling Moroccan city. Marrakech is a must-visit destination if you’re looking for a combination of rich culture and relaxation. It’s an extremely lively city, and you’ll be warmly welcomed by its charming inhabitants. Get lost in the lively souks and buy some local spices, teas and locally-made tagine pots, then unwind in an authentic hammam with a body scrub and body massage. 

Tip: Book a Riad with an outdoor swimming pool – you’ll definitely need somewhere to relax and catch some sun after a long day exploring! Marrakech is a dream destination for a romantic weekend away, but it’s energetic atmosphere is also great for a trip with children.

Read more about a suitable three-day route in Marrakech here.

20 Dream Destinations For 2020

Must-visit destinations in Asia

Explore Sri Lanka

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Kandy train ride, elephant safari, Nine Arch Bridge, Lion Rock

Seeking a trip with a bit of variety? A road trip in Sri Lanka is an unforgettable experience. Explore the intricate architecture of the many temples, go on safari to spot the elephants in their natural habitat, swim with turtles in crystal clear seas or hike to the top of Adam’s Peak. 

Sri Lanka is also known for one of the most beautiful train rides in the world – the scenic journey from Kandy to Ella. You can choose to stop enroute to break up your journey and explore local tea plantations. In short, Sri Lanka is a dream destination if you want to combine exploring in nature with relaxing on a beautiful beach. 

Read more about a trip to Sri Lanka here.

Do absolutely nothing in Bali

Best time to visit: Any time between the months of April and October

Highlights: Simply relax and enjoy

Bali is a must-visit destination if you just want to do absolutely nothing. No matter where you go you’ll stumble across the most beautiful resorts, and you’ll undoubtedly be pampered by the charming staff and eat plenty of delicious fresh food. 

It’s also a dream destination for sea-lovers, as there are plenty of opportunities to go snorkeling and diving. After a long day of relaxing, eating, drinking and swimming, you’ll be treated to one of the most stunning beach sunsets. 

Bali is an incredibly romantic destination for couples, but it’s also an ideal holiday destination with children.

You can find more about Bali here.

Go to food heaven in Singapore

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Gardens by the Bay, China Town, Little India

If you haven’t had the chance to visit, Singapore is a city that should just be at the very top of your travel bucket list. It’s a city that will definitely leave an impression. The most state-of-the-art airport, the excess of electric cars, their social housing system… it’s definitely a city with a futuristic vision.

You won’t be bored for a second – and most importantly, you can indulge in mouth-watering food from all around the globe! Be awe-struck by Gardens by the Bay, pay a visit to the ArtScience Museum, immerse yourself in culture in the Chinese city, and eat the tastiest Pho at the Telok Ayer Market.

Read more tips about Singapore here.

20 Dream Destinations For 2020

Best places to visit in Europe

Discover Antwerp

Best time to visit: any time between the months of April and October

Highlights: MAS Museum, the many beer breweries, Port House

A chic and culture-rich city, Antwerp is famous for fashion and students from all over the world come to study at the fashion academy. Needless to say, it’s a shopping paradise for Northern Western Europe – so if you love a bit of retail therapy, Antwerp is absolutely a must-visit destination for 2020.

Antwerp Station has been chosen multiple times as the most beautiful historical station in Europe – and it’s certainly not hard to see why. Antwerp is a bustling city that offers a quality mixture of history, culture, cuisine and nightlife.

In this blog you will find some of the top spots and things to do in Antwerp (coming from a proud citizen!)

Buzzing Bilbao

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Guggenheim Museum, Mount Artxanda

Although it’s not one of the typical Spanish tourist hotspots, Bilbao is a buzzing city. Once you begin strolling through the streets, you won’t want to stop exploring. Compared to other Spanish cities, Bilbao’s surroundings are lush and green – but accordingly, the climate is a bit chillier. 

Bilbao is only twenty minutes away from the coast, and it’s also near to numerous ski areas – so whether you’re a water baby or a snow-lover, there’s something for everyone. The city is super versatile and wonderfully charming, with its colorful facades and architectural highlights.

Read more tips about Bilbao here.

Sip some wine in Porto

Best time to visit: Anytime between the months of April and October

Highlights: Ribeira, Livraria Lello, Sé Do Porto Cathedral

Porto is a small, charming city and is perfect for a quick getaway. The city is world famous for its delicious fortified wines (that have been made here ever since the 17th century!) – so it’s a must-visit for any wine-lovers.

Almost every facade is decorated with beautiful tiles, and you can eat delicious food for really reasonable prices everywhere. You’ll love losing yourself in Porto’s picturesque streets and beautiful squares, and you’ll feel completely comfortable there due to the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.

Read all about the perfect city trip to Porto here.

Stay in classic Barcelona

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Collserola Park

Barcelona is a classic must-visit destination in Europe – and for good reason! Over the years, I’ve visited the city countless times and it has a special place in my heart. No matter how many times I visit, it continues to amaze me time and time again. 

Make sure you take your camera and enjoy the many architectural delights like the world famous Gaudi designs, the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Spend the day wandering around Collserola Park, and then make the most of the vibrant nightlife throughout the evening. It’s a dream destination as it seamlessly combines culture, good food and beach relaxation.

Read everything you need to know about Barcelona here.

Discover Copenhagen

Best time to visit: Anytime between March and October

Highlights: The many beautiful parks, Nyhavn, Christiania

Copenhagen is a tremendous city that needs to be on your 2020 travel bucket list. When it comes to transport, Copenhagen is definitely cycle-friendly, but it also has an excellent pedestrian network which makes a gentle amble around the city super pleasant. Pay a visit to one of the beautiful parks, go kayaking down one of the many channels, and admire the authentic colorful houses in Nyhavn.

Read more about Copenhagen here.

Enjoy Zakynthos to the fullest 

Best time to visit: All year round 

Highlights: Swimming among turtles, relax on one of the small islands, enjoy the delicious food 

Zakynthos is a wonderful destination if you want to take a week off to recharge your batteries. It is the ideal place to unwind and calmly enjoy the sea and sun. All around the island you’ll find the most beautiful beaches where you can swim among the turtles. It’s also the perfect place to spoil yourself with some delicious seafood, so make sure you visit some of Zakynthos’ beautiful restaurants. 

This part of Greece is known for its pleasant climate, and it’s a dream destination for both couples as families that simply want to relax. Make sure to visit Navagio viewpoint, for a beautiful view of the shipwreck and the bay. 

You can read more tips about Zakynthos here.

Berlin Calling

Best time to visit: Anytime between March and October

Highlights: The Berlin Wall, Berliner Dom, Holocaust monument, The East Side Gallery

The trendy German capital truly has something for everyone, from historical places and museums to cutting edge nightlife and hip coffee culture. To make the most of your experience, preferably visit the city during the spring or summer months. During the winter Berlin can look cold and hostile (although this is far from true!). 

Give yourself enough time to explore the city, as it is expansive and impossible to get everything done on foot. 

More info about Berlin can be found here.

Lovely Madrid

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Plaza Mayor, Parque del Buen Retiro, Patrimonio Nacional

No list of dream destinations for 2020 would be complete without Madrid. You’re sure to fall in love with the Spanish capital’s countless squares, beautiful buildings and delicious tapas. You can visit the city all year round, and hotels aren’t as expensive as you might expect. 

Madrid is absolutely ideal for a girls trip, a romantic getaway or a family trip. Be sure to stroll around the Salamanca area, and discover one of the countless quirky bars and local shops.

You can read more about Madrid here.

Visit Stockholm 

Best time to visit: All year round, but especially between March and October

Highlights: Stortorget, Hötorget & Södermalm 

If you’ve only got a couple of days to spare, Stockholm is the perfect city trip for a short getaway. It’s a compact city so you can discover everything easily on foot or by bike, and you can refuel yourself at one of the cute coffee bars on the corner of every street. 

We visited the city during New Year and enjoyed a romantic setting thanks to all the beautiful festive decorations, but it’s also a green city with picturesque parks so I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be during the summer! Tip: see the city from a different perspective by taking a boat trip. 

Read more about Stockholm here.

20 Dream Destinations For 2020

Best places to visit in the Middle East

Swimming in the Dead Sea in Israël 

Best time to visit: All year round 

Highlights: Swimming in the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv 

Israël is one of our favourite trips we’ve ever taken as a couple – you can have a lot of fun during a short one week stay. Visit the hip capital of Tel Aviv, where you can lie on the beach with a cocktail in hand all year long. 

If you’re interested in history, culture and religion, Jerusalem should certainly not be left out of your schedule. Also ensure you make time to go swimming in the Dead Sea, as it’s such a unique experience and is sure to be one you’ll never forget. 

You can read more tips about Israël here.

20 Dream Destinations For 2020

Best places to visit in North America

Fall in love with Miami

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Wynwood, The Everglades, kayaking with manatees

Miami is a dream destination to enjoy beautiful beaches and breathtaking sunsets. If Miami is on your travel bucket list, make sure you embark on an adventure between alligators in The Everglades, and kayak among the beautiful manatees. 

Discover the hip Wynwood area, shoot some unique photos and indulge in some retail therapy, then spend the evening enjoying the nightlife and variety of restaurants. To get the true American experience, you absolutely must attend a basketball game at The American Airlines Arena. Finally if you have the time, definitely make a trip to The Keys and enjoy one of the most beautiful car rides you can imagine.

You can read more about Miami here.

San Francisco aka the ‘City by the Bay’

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Pier 39

San Francisco is a liberal city with a vibrant atmosphere and a mix of different cultures. It has countless good restaurants in all different international cuisines and it’s also home to several enjoyable shopping districts. 

My main recommendations are to cycle over The Golden Gate Bridge, discover the second largest Chinatown area in the US, enjoy a picnic in one of the beautiful parks, and visit the sea lions at Pier 39.

More info about San Francisco can be found here.

Take a breathtaking road trip along the West Coast of America 

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Gambling in Las Vegas, Angel’s Landing hike in Zion National Park

A road trip along the west coast of America is an unforgettable experience. The journey will  blow you away – make sure you’ve got a camera and lots of playlists to sing along to while you drive. 

Each National Park has its own charms and character. Hike in Yosemite National Park, try to spot some bears in Sequoia National Park, or attempt one of the most dangerous hikes in the world, Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park (or just admire the view instead!). 

Walk to the world famous Hollywood sign, enjoy doing nothing at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, explore Joshua Tree or have a gamble in Las Vegas – the to-do list is endless for this wonderful journey. You will not be bored for a second, guaranteed. 

Read all about the perfect USA West Coast Road trip itinerary here.

20 Dream Destinations For 2020

Best places to visit in South America

Make an unforgettable journey through Peru

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado, Arequipa, Ballestas Islands

Peru is a travel bucket list item that you simply have to tick off. Travelling round this beautiful country takes you from icy mountain peaks to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Machu Picchu. 

The variety of this must-visit destination is breathtaking – you go from dry desert plains one day to green jungle settings the next. On your way you will be accompanied by parrots, butterflies, macaws, sloths, porcupines, crocodiles, tarantulas, snakes, anacondas and jaguars. In short, it’s certainly a trip that you will remember for the rest of your life.

You can read more about Peru here.

Become one with nature in Chile

Best time to visit: All year round

Highlights: Conguillío National Park, Curiñanco reserve, Santiago

Are you a nature lover? If so, Chile is a country that you absolutely need to visit. It is an easy country to travel through, and one of the safest in South America – it’s warm friendly people make you feel welcome everywhere. 

Hike the Sierra Nevada Trail in Conguillío National Park and make your way through China Muerta. Visit the fairytale village of Huilo Huilo and enjoy a wonderfully scenic wander through Nahuelbuta National Park.

Read more about Chile here.

Got a question about some of the recommendations in the blog? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. Leentje Kriekels

    Super mooi 👍 proficiat👌👌👌
    Knap !!!

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    • Stéphanie Beyens

      Zo lief! Dank je!

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