Conde Nast Traveller has revealed the top destinations to travel to in 2020, and a remote Australian island has made the list.
The carefully selected destination list of “to watch” in 2020, stretches from Panama to Plymouth, Sicily to Senegal and Kyoto … Australia’s Kangaroo Island.
With the 2020 Olympics also taking place next year, there are a number of great places to add to the bucket list — so here’s the top ten places you should head to next year, according to the travel magazine.
1. Portland, Maine, US
The Harbour City of Maine is not to be confused with Portland in Oregon, despite both being popular locations for foodies.
Portland in Maine is not to be confused with Portland in OregonSource:istock
This US city has an abundance of cuisines to choose from, such as locally caught seafood and Mexican tacos.
Newspaper fans can stay at The Press Hotel — where the Portland Press Herald was once headquartered.
2. Dakar, Senegal
Located in West Africa, Dakar offers a combination of African and French architecture and culture.
Dakar is the perfect spot to visit in West AfricaSource:istock
Travellers can easily travel to the city thanks to flights with TAP Air and Iberia.
With the 30th Fashion Week next year in June, as well as the first design hotel of the city, Bantu Wax, the politically stable city is one to visit in 2020.
3. Plymouth, UK
Plymouth was voted “one to watch” thanks to the influx of famous chefs at the Barbican including Marco Pierre White and Mitch Tonks.
The British city is a foodie hub following the revamped BarbicanSource:istock
The city in Devon is also celebrating 400 years since the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth to the US, with a number of celebrations planned throughout the year.
With some of the largest concentrations of cobbled streets in Britain, be sure to wear your comfortable walking shoes.
4. Salvador, Brazil
Brazil hit the headlines earlier this year following the Amazon fires, although experts claimed that tourism is as big as ever.
The capital Bahia recently launched a new metro line from the airport to the city centre, making it easier for visitors.
Salvador is still popular with tourists despite the Amazon firesSource:istock
Art Deco fans will also enjoy the rich history and architecture of Salvador.
5. Paris, France
While one of the most popular cities in the world, Paris is one to add to the bucket list next year thanks to a number of new hotels opening in the city.
The popular Paris has exciting new hotels opening next yearSource:istock
A new Soho House will open in 2020 along with the Bulgari Hotel Paris.
Modern art fans can also head to the new Bourse de Commerce, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
6. Egadi Islands, Sicily
The Five Islands of Egadi in Sicily are special for their own reasons, and not just because they remain relatively untouched by tourists.
Favignana, shaped like a butterfly, is the largest and is easily biked around, while Levanzo, the smallest, is great for scuba divers thanks to the Roman shipwreck remains.
The five Egadi islands all have something different to offerSource:istock
The other three have their own stories — Marettimo was once considered to be the home of Odysseus.
7. Siargao, Philippines
Siargao is Bali before the tourists came, according to experts.
Just one tenth of the size, surfers flock to try the famous Cloud 9 barrelling wave on the shores.
Siargao is the new Bali just without the touristsSource:istock
There are a number of eco-hotels and establishments on the main island as well as the nearby islets.
8. Kyoto, Japan
Brits will be flocking to Japan next year thanks to the 2020 Olympics.
The games have meant that a number of new hotels are opening in the capital.
Japan is to face an influx of tourists thanks to the 2020 OlympicsSource:istock
But it’s worth detouring to Kyoto, which offers authentic Japanese experiences including onsen bathing and ryokan-inspired homes.
9. Galway, Ireland
Galway is also having a moment next year having been voted 2020s European Capital of Culture.
The Irish west-coast city will host numerous events featuring high-profile celebrities, including Margaret Atwood on the International Women’s Day march.
The Irish city is the 2020 European Capital of CultureSource:istock
The world’s longest oyster festival, having run for 65 years, will take place later in the year.
10. Kangaroo Island, Australia
Just 70 miles from South Australia, Kangaroo Island is home to its own subspecies of the animal it is named after.
A third of the island is protected due to the local wildlife.
Kangaroo Island is home to amazing wildlife and a stunning coastline.Source:istock
Eco-warriors will be able to reduce their cabin footprint thanks to new eco-tents and hotels opening next year.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
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