Travelling in 2020? Set your sights on these lesser known cities.
Travelling is the best form of escape from a fast-paced and stressful life, so why go where everyone else is going?
According to findings from a Booking.com survey, 61% of travellers said they would take longer, slower routes to their destination to experience more on the trip. Travellers have also become more environmentally conscious, with 51% of travelers being open to exploring lesser-known destinations if it meant they could reduce their environmental impact and curb over-tourism.
Predictions for the top off the beaten track destinations in 2020 have also been made from the survey findings. Some of these places defy expectations and are certainly intriguing – get out there now!
1) Gzira, north-east coast of Malta
A modern city on the north-east coast of Malta, Gzira is known for its breath-taking views of Valletta and Marsamxett Harbour, and its sea marina, seafront, and public gardens. Perfect for those seeking a chill day by the beach or to sail out for a party at sea.
2) Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Similar to its more popular sister site, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh is known for its limestone monoliths, albeit on land. While there, you can get a breath of fresh air at the rice fields, row through caves and visit ancient heritage sites.
3) Salta, Argentina
Salta is located at the north-west edge of Argentina and is known for its neoclassical architecture. Venture around the picturesque city and explore its museums, cafes and local haunts to enjoy the Salta culture.
4) Seogwipo, Korea
The island town of Seogwipo is located on South Korea’s Jeju Island, known for its distinct and rustic vibe – especially when compared to the modern, fast-paced mainland towns. Locals and tourists alike visit the island for its extensive parks with luscious greenery. If you visit Seogwipo in spring, you can take in their vibrant flower festivals.
5) Jodhpur, India
Locals refer to Jodhpur as the Blue or Sun City – a reference to the blocks of blue houses you can spot from miles away. Many from around the region travel into the Indian state of Rajasthan’s second largest city to visit its temples, and historically significant forts and palaces. Pack some sunscreen when visiting Jodhpur, as temperatures in the summer can reach up to 41 degrees Celsius.
6) Swinoujscie, Poland
A quaint seaport in the extreme north-west of Poland, Swinoujscie is known for its rich history as one of the earliest fishing villages and seaports. While enjoying the cool weather, check out the neo-Gothic churches, forts and a sanctuary at Karsiborska Kępa which is home to over 140 species of birds!
7) Takamatsu, Japan
The densely populated city of Takamatsu is located in the smallest prefecture in Japan – the Kagawa prefecture. Tourists flock here to view Ritsurin Koen Park, the Shikoku Mura open-air museum and Takamatsu Castle, one of the best feudal castles in Japan.
8) San Juan, Puerto Rico
Looking for a Caribbean getaway full of culture and booze? The Puerto Rican capital, San Juan, should be at the top of your list. Some of its tourist hot spots include forts on the World Heritage list and the El Morro Castle. Plus, natural attractions like rainforests, cave complexes and beaches are just a car ride away.
9) Zabljak, Montenegro
Located in northwestern Montenegro, Zabljak is known for its rivers and extensive greenery. Adrenaline junkies take note: some of the fun activities on offer here include white water rafting, hiking and even skiing in the winter. If you want a more relaxed trip, you can check out the Durmitor National Park or admire the unspoiled beauty of the Black Lake.
10) Yerevan, Armenia
Located in Armenia, Yerevan is perfect for history and culture buffs. Chow down on some khash (slow-cooked beef), before hitting the city’s museums, flea markets, and a brandy factory.
Which of these holiday destinations would you explore in 2020? Share your ideal trip in the comment section below.
Source: Booking.com 2020
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