5 Hottest Places To Travel in 2020


  1. Cape Town, South Africa

Most journeys to the Rainbow Nation begin in Cape Town, a progressive, colorful mixture of culture, nature, and music, gracing the tip of Africa. Weekends are reserved for multi-sensory experiences indulging on global and traditional fare at The Old Biscuit Mill. Cape Town’s downtown is concentrated in the City Bowl neighborhood, with venues such as Green Market Square, housing an eclectic African souvenir market. There is also the illustrious Long Street, lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops and eccentric yet luxurious accommodations such as The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel with seven vintage trailers parked on the roof. Cape Town is also home to some of the world’s most primeval beaches, best for people watching, or catching a cool wave. The newly renovated Cape View Clifton hotel has iconic views from private balconies of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, silhouetting the temperamental Atlantic below.

Traveling as a family to Cape Town is even easier come 2020: Minors visiting the destination will no longer need to provide Unabridged Birth Certificates or consent letters when accompanied by parents and carrying valid passports. This makes it easier to party in this vibrant city crowned by the symbolic Table Mountain. 

  1. British Columbia, Canada

Descending over cerulean lakes and endless pine forests, Kelowna greets you to a lesser known landscape of British Columbia—one where neatly stacked vineyards line the mountainsides that plunge into the glacially-fed basin below. This is the Okanagan Valley, informally referred to as “Canada’s wine country.” Thirty years ago, the first vine was planted which put the Okanagan Valley on the map, and perhaps that’s what makes this corner of Canada so special; its wines don’t have hundreds of years of history, but rather the region is in the midst of writing its own history. 

A trip to the Valley wouldn’t be complete without familiarizing oneself with the wineries of Von Mandl Family Estate. With Mission Hill Winery as one of the oldest wineries in the region, proprietor Anthony Von Mandl leads by example with his commitment to organic farming and innovative winemaking techniques that allow for a grape’s natural characteristics to shine (like the 100 percent gravity-fed Martin’s Lane Winery). The region also embraces the style of farm-to-table dining, relying on local suppliers for everything from charcuterie and cheese boards to fresh fish dishes. In downtown Kelowna, restaurants like Waterfront, Oak + Cru and RauDZ showcase regional and seasonal ingredients alongside local wines, while Micro Bar & Bites offers an alternative menu for craft cocktails and international tapas.

Outside of city limits, many wineries offer their own spin on Pacific Northwest cuisine, like Terrafina restaurant at Hester’s Creek as well as Von Mandl’s seasonal restaurant Terrace at Mission Hill Estate and his latest opening of Home Block, a year-round restaurant at CedarCreek Estate winery. Stay at Delta Hotels or the Royal Kelowna and you’ll be at the center of the region’s best food and wine offerings.

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  1. Malaysia

Bask in the sun at Malaysia’s Desaru Coast, a spectacular, previously under-the-radar beach resort set on the golden shores of the South China Sea. It’s just a 45-minute drive or boat ride from Singapore, so it’s easy to combine some R&R time along with a stay in the cosmopolitan city without having to book an additional flight. Another plus: Luxury resort group Anantara is opening a new property in Desaru for 2020, sure to make the area a “must visit” in the 2020. The resort has sleek rooms, chic villas, and family-friendly residences right on the sparkling sea, plus artisanal and cultural offerings including Malaysian culinary classes at the onsite Spice Spoons cooking school. 

  1. Egypt

After traveling to every country in the world, Egypt is one of the countries that I would consider one of the most underrated. Egypt harbors such a great, well-preserved history and a unique culture that can only be discovered in this forgotten corner of North Africa. The country is finally beginning to receive the recognition it deserves after being named the world’s fastest-growing travel destination by the World Tourism Organization. In 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum—the largest archaeological museum in the world—will open to the public and the exhibits will include thousands of ancient Egyptian artifacts that have never been seen before. The best way to discover everything this astonishing country has to offer is by taking a Nile River cruise with Abercrombie & Kent. 

  1. Greek Islands

Greek islands are the perfect holiday destination. Cyclades, Dodecanese, Ionian islands, Crete, North Aegean islands, Sporades, and the islands of the Saronic Gulf: Cosmopolitan or secluded, with beautiful beaches and lush mountains, Greece’s islands promise you a dreamy holiday. The Greek Islands are the latest hot spot for avid travelers. Take a flight directly into Santorini and be whisked into the magical white and blue architecture of Oia. 

Make sure to book one of the Blue Dome Cavehouse Rentals overlooking the water to see amazing sunset views. For 2020, the Santorini Council has made plans for new roads and parking areas to make the town more accessible. Several new hotels are opening, including Eco Hotels and Oia’s Saint Santorini. Rent ATVs from Vazeos for the day to explore the entire island by buggy or plan a day of wine tasting by stopping by the beautiful Santos Winery, Gavalas Winery and Venesantos winery. Walk the narrow streets at night and have a private dining experience at Canavas Oia Suites Panaroma Balcony—but be sure to book this at least six months in advance. Plan a day of yachting around the Aegean Sea with Explorer 1 and stop at the famous red beach in Akrotiri and have a sunset dinner cooked on board. 

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