With the world of travel returning back to some form of normality after the disturbance caused by lockdown enforcements across the globe, it’s got us all at icelolly.com dreaming of that next break.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll already either have booked or be looking to book a 2020 holiday to make up for the recent months of non-holidaying. Perhaps, however, you’re not sure where to actually visit yet, which is why we’ve compiled this list of destinations you should look to explore before the year is out.
Disclaimer: You should always check the government’s travel advice for individual countries before visiting.
In 2019, Bangkok was ranked the most visited city in the world for the fourth year running, with Thailand’s capital continuing to attract travellers from far and wide to its vibrant streets and must-see tourist spots. You can expect to experience culture both ancient and modern, just remember to save room in your stomach to taste some of the delights available in its incredible street food scene.
The historic temples are something you need to add to your itinerary, as is the Grand Palace, and don’t forget to check out the famed floating markets.
For a city trip full of vibrancy and local atmosphere, head to Ireland’s west coast and enjoy a little break in Galway for delicious food, plenty of music, culture and literature. The scenery is amazing, with areas full of cobblestone streets and rocky landscapes – so make sure to pack your camera and prepare to up your Instagram game.
It wasn’t named the European Capital of Culture for 2020 for nothing!
Known as Croatia’s third city, it’s a place that has the qualities of Dubrovnik and Split without as many tourists, meaning you have more chances to explore in a relaxing setting. You can really soak up daily Croatian life, mingling with locals over a drink in a quaint coffee shop, heading for the lively central market, or living it up with a meal or night out in the busy promenade, known as Korzo.
Oh, and it was named alongside the aforementioned Galway as Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2020, just take a trip there to find out why.
With its renowned arts scene and huge advances in urban development, France’s delightful northern city of Lille is on the rise as cultural hotspot, reinforced by its recent acknowledgement as the World Design Capital of 2020.
Sample some delicious local cuisine at one of the many fine restaurants, treat yourself to something fancy at a boutique and be sure to add a trip to the La Piscine Museum for the real Lille experience.
This summer was set to celebrate the centennial of the Salzburg Festival, which would have seen various classical music, opera and drama performances from acts renowned across the globe, but even with the main events cancelled due to COVID-19, 2020 hopes to still deliver on some of its intended festivities.
The birthplace of Mozart, it’s a city of musical significance, not to mention lots to explore, see and do in this Austrian city full of culture, tradition and serenity.
A huge hit with tourists due to it's hot weather, large range of experiences and glorious beaches, this desert city is full of luxury hotels, bustling malls, and, of course, the tallest building in the world. If it isn’t quite on your 2020 travel radar, it should certainly be included on your holiday bucket list!
Where would you like to head on holiday in 2020? Tweet @icelollyholiday with your travel plans – we’d love to hear them!