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Best Holiday Destinations for 2020

by Travelbag on 14 November 2019, 15:11PM

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With just a few weeks left of November, 2019 is finally drawing to a close. So there’s no time like the present to start planning your 2020 holiday. Even if you’re not thinking about going away until later in the year, booking in advance is a great idea. You’ll still have loads of choice when it comes flights and hotels, so you might be able to bag yourself a bargain.

Know you definitely want to get away next year, but not sure where to go? No worries – we’ve rounded up our top picks for each month of the year.

January – Thailand

Let’s face it, January in the UK is miserable. The joy of Christmas is long gone but it remains cold, wet and dark. Avoid the winter blues and head to Thailand instead. By January, monsoon season is well and truly over, maximum temperatures hover around 30 degrees, and the humidity is about as low as it gets. Spend a few days exploring Bangkok before heading to the islands to make the most of the beaches that Thailand’s famous for. For a romantic getaway, head to Koh Lipe; revellers will love the Full Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan; and Koh Tao is one of the best places in the world to learn to dive. Fancy a longer trip? Find out how to spend 40 days in Southeast Asia.

 

February – New Zealand

Back home, temperatures will still be struggling to get above 10 degrees – but in New Zealand, February’s the last month of summer. It’s a great time of year to head to the beach, attempt one of the Great Walks – with the Paparoa Track set to open next month, you’ll have 10 to choose from come February – or partake in watersports. If you’re on the North Island, try your hand at paddle-boarding in the Bay of Islands, and on the South Island head to Abel Tasman’s and explore the park’s sandy bays via sea kayak. If you’re planning to hire a campervan while you’re there, these are the best routes for a New Zealand Road Trip.

 New Zealand

March – Canada

Canada’s one of the greatest places in the world for winter sports, and March is the best time of year to go. Resorts in the west, like Whistler, Banff and Revelstoke, offer great spring skiing. They’ll still have a decent amount of snow, but temperatures at this time of year can be downright balmy. While Vancouver will be starting to warm up – and blossoms may even be appearing on some of its 40,000 cherry trees – other cities like Montreal and Toronto remain pretty chilly throughout March. However, if you do fancy incorporating a city break into your trip, it’s a great time to grab a bargain.

 

April – Vietnam

If you’re planning a big trip to Vietnam and want to tick off North Vietnam, Central Vietnam and South Vietnam, April’s the month to do it. At this time of year, the weather should be good in all three regions. In the north and south, there’s a slight chance of rain, but it’ll be a comfortable temperature for sightseeing in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, as well as hiking in Sapa. Central Vietnam, meanwhile, sees clear skies and temperatures between 25 and 33 degrees, so it’s a great time to enjoy to the region’s many beautiful beaches. Need more convincing? Here are 10 reasons to book a holiday to Vietnam.

Whistler Canada 

May – Mauritius

As we head towards summer you’ll no doubt be dreaming of blue skies, clear waters and powdery white sands. Why not make those dreams a reality and treat yourself to a holiday in Mauritius? This tiny island in the Indian Ocean is famed for its incredible beaches and world-class diving – the coral reef that surrounds it is the third largest in the world. The entire country is beautiful – Mark Twain once wrote “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius” – but Grand Baie and Black River Gorges National Park are two of the best places to visit. With its classic tropical climate, Mauritius enjoys warm weather all year round. So while May is technically still winter, cyclone season is over, humidity is low, and temperatures on the coast should be in the mid-twenties.

 

June – Australia

June might seem like a strange time for a holiday to Australia, given it’s the middle of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. But it’s an ideal time to go if you’re heading to the north of the country. Much of Western Australia and the Northern Territory get unbearably hot in the summer months, while Far North Queensland is ridiculously humid. So stick to November to April if you’re visiting Melbourne or Sydney, but go in June if you’re planning a trip to Cairns, Darwin, Uluru or The Kimberleys. It’s also a great month to go if you want to swim with whale sharks in Western Australia.

Mauritius 

July – South Africa

South Africa’s a year-round holiday destination, but animal-lovers should go in July. While Cape Town will be wet and not overly warm, it’s the perfect month for a safari holiday. Daytime temperatures in northern reserves, like Kruger National Park, are pleasant at this time of year, and rain is rare. Most importantly, the grass in the savannah is short, so wildlife spotting is much easier than in the summer months. There are also amazing animal encounters to be had back in the Western Cape, as July is peak whale-watching season. Hermanus is South Africa’s whale-watching capital, and the best place to spot southern right and Bryde’s whales.

 

August – Japan

March and April are the best months to go to Japan to see the famous cherry blossoms, but in 2020 sports fans should opt for August instead. That’s because Tokyo will be hosting its second Summer Olympics between 24th July and 9th August, and the Paralympics from 25th August until 6th September. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to some of the events, make sure you also allow enough time to explore the city’s main attractions, like Senso-ji and the Tokyo National Museum. And if you fancy a longer break, why not make it a multi-centre and incorporate more of Japan’s top destinations, like Kyoto, Osaka or Hakone?

South Africa Safari 

September – Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a great choice for a late summer getaway. Come September, temperatures remain in the high twenties but most tourists have left, and the kids are back in school. This means you can enjoy that laidback SoCal lifestyle without the crowds. And there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in LA. Movie buffs will want to head to Hollywood, or maybe even do a mansion tour in Beverly Hills to try to spot some famous film stars, but for a more authentic experience you’ll need to venture further afield. Hipster Silver Lake is jam packed full of artisanal coffee shops, vegan cafes and buildings covered in street art, while the seaside communities of Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica are where you’ll find the best beaches. And if it’s thrills and spills you’re after, Universal Studios and Disneyland are both less than an hour’s drive from Downtown LA.

 

October – Abu Dhabi

For years it’s been overshadowed by Dubai – its more extravagant and ostentatious neighbour. But Abu Dhabi is finally getting the attention it deserves and proving itself to be a worthwhile holiday destination, with loads of things to do for both families and couples. If you fancy a trip to the UAE’s cosmopolitan capital, October’s a great time to go. The temperature finally dips below 35 degrees – but rarely falls below 25 – but it’s far less crowded than November, when hoards of visitors flock here for the Grand Prix. Top attractions include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the public beaches on Saadiyat Island. If you want to discover another side to the city, away from the glistening skyscrapers, take a kayak out to Mangrove National Park and keep your eyes peeled for flamingos, herons and dugongs.

Venice Beach LA 

November – India

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable holiday experience next November, go to India. Spiritual, colourful and often downright chaotic, there’s simply nowhere like it. Much like its cultural traditions, its regions are fantastically varied. The western state of Goa has a 105-kilometre coast lined with golden, palm-fringed beaches; Assam, in the far northeast, is famed for its tea-covered hills; and Uttarakhand and Ladekh both sit in the Himalayas, so have dramatic landscapes dominated by mountain peaks. The climate differs throughout the country, but in November most places are likely to be warm and dry. This is a country that offers something for everyone, but if you’re a first-time visitor to India, head to princely Rajasthan. Here you’ll find bustling bazaars, medieval forts, and the jewel in India’s crown – the Taj Mahal.

 

December – Costa Rica

December marks the start of the dry season in Costa Rica. This means the entire country is lush and green, and average temperatures are around 27 degrees. So if you’re looking to escape the cold back home, hop on a flight to San Jose. There’s no need to spend too much time in the capital though – the real attractions lie elsewhere. With two stunning coastlines – one on the Pacific, and another on the Caribbean – Costa Rica has countless beaches, while more than a quarter of the country has been designated a National Park. There are endless opportunities for hiking and wildlife-watching, and the ethereal Monteverde Cloud Forest is an absolute must-see. For a full list of things to know before you go, check out our Costa Rica holiday guide.

Taj Mahal Indian 

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