Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Rough Guides recommends the 20 best places to travel in 2020

Taking inspiration from their two recently-published books, The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth 2020 and Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, tailor-made trips provider and publisher Rough Guides has put together a list of their 20 best places to travel to in 2020.

-        The team of Rough Guides writers and editors were inspired by destinations featured in the books.

-        Each destination is picked as it is especially relevant in 2020.

-        All of the destinations are bookable through the Rough Guides Tailor-Made Trips service.

 Jenny Cahill-Jones, Senior Editor at Rough Guides, says,

            “From up-and-coming destinations to old favourites with a new reason to visit, the Rough Guide to 2020 has everything you need for an excellent year of travel. And better yet, you can travel to all the destinations we’ve picked with our Rough Guides Tailor-Made Trips service

The recommendations are divided into countries, cities, and regions:


1)    Bhutan

2)    Austria

3)    Montenegro

4)    Ethiopia


1)    Denver, Colorado, USA

2)    Utrecht, the Netherlands

3)    Athens, Greece

4)    Tbilisi, Georgia

5)    Galway, Ireland

6)    Mexico City, Mexico

7)    Naples, Italy

8)    Dubai, UAE 


1)    Madeira, Portugal

2)    Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

3)    Luzon, the Philippines

4)    The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

5)    Ciudad Perdida and Tayrona National Park, Colombia

6)    Northern Sri Lanka

7)    Massachusetts, USA

8)    Northern Territory, Australia


Bhutan - Featured in The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth 2020

Bhutan has been quietly forging its own path for centuries. Now, it’s leading the way in sustainable tourism. With at least sixty percent forest cover, Bhutan takes environmental conservation seriously. It’s already carbon negative, and is set to become the world’s first fully organic nation by 2020, as well as limiting the number (and impact) of its tourists by imposing a per-day minimum spend for visitors.                                                         

Denver - Featured in The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth 2020

The nightlife in Denver is second to none, with dozens of great bars and restaurants oozing laidback, Colorado cool. Its lively arts scene, from the architecturally stunning Denver Art Museum to the vivid street murals of the RiNo district, takes a leap into the cutting edge in 2021 with the opening of a mind-blowing immersive art installation by Meow Wolf. However, the fun starts in 2020, when people can get a taste of what’s to come with a Meow Wolf ride at Elitch Gardens theme park. Leave the city buzz behind and head to Red Rocks, one of the world’s most impressive open-air amphitheatres, for a concert under the stars or a morning yoga session, then venture on into Colorado’s glorious mountains.

 DubaiFeatured in The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth 2020

High glamour, high rise and high tech: Dubai is like nowhere else on earth. This hypermodern oasis makes a setting for the 2020 World Expo, boasting the tagline “Connecting minds, creating the future”. What’s more, the Expo’s underlying focus on sustainability is backed up by the presence of the world’s largest single-site solar park, which covers a staggering 77 square kilometres.                                               
Massachusetts, USA - Featured in The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth 2020                     
Massachusetts has a special talent for looking backwards and forwards at the same time. The coastal town of Plymouth was home to some of America’s earliest English settlers, and 2020 marks four hundred years since the arrival of the Pilgrims, as they came to be known, and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. The anniversary will be observed with a series of cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

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