Uncommon places to travel

Top 20 places to travel: where to go in 2020

Many people are already planning trips for spring and summer, which is generally logical: you can buy cheap tickets and snag a nice hotel room. But it’s harder to know where you want to go if you’re already more or less full of travel.

I hasten to please you: here Forbes has compiled a list of the best destinations for tourists in 2020, and I will partially quote it with my comments. By the way, some of the places from this list I’m going to go myself, because I have not reached yet, but I want to.

So, let’s see where it’s popular to fly to now among pampered western tourists!

1. amangiri/Lake Powell, Utah/Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Why. The breathtaking beauty of the surrounding scenery makes this a place unlike any other in the United States. It’s only a four-hour drive from Phoenix or Las Vegas, and a private plane ride away.

I have not been to Antelope Canyon. It’s held by Indians. When I got there, I didn’t take into account the time difference between California and Arizona, and the canyon was closed. But judging from the reviews of people who go there, it really is one of the most spectacular places in the United States. So if anyone is going to the Grand Canyon and the surrounding area, this place is a must visit! I’m a dreamer myself, it’s a must see.

2. Palermo/Sicily, Italy.

Why. The island of Sicily boasts some of the most amazing places in the world, such as the legendary Valley of the Temples, where the ruins of seven Doric temples are preserved amidst stunning landscapes with almond groves and olive trees. Sicily is notable for its authenticity, which has disappeared over time in many other places. Villages like Noto are known for their baroque architecture and limestone facades.

I haven’t been to Palermo either, by the way, and I want to too, so the list is right there for me!

3. Cape Town, South Africa.

Why? Because of the extraordinary ocean views and fantastic botanical gardens, this cosmopolitan city is one of the most attractive places to visit year-round.

Cape Town is a definite yes. In general, Cape Town is the coolest city in Africa. It is considered the most modern, the safest and the whitest. There are a lot of amazing wineries around, and in general everything is great there.

4. Bariloche/Patagonia, Argentina.

Why. Bariloche, the northern part of Patagonia, is famous for its picturesque lakes and is good for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golf and water sports.

Patagonia is unequivocally yes.

5. Kigali, Rwanda.

Why. Rwanda as a whole and Kigali as the capital and gateway to the country is recovering from the genocide that befell the previous generation. Kigali is a clean and safe city with many interesting and informative places to visit, from world-class contemporary art exhibits to fashionable clothing, handicrafts, and even a coffee cooperative run by women who make the best coffee in the world.

I wouldn’t say anything about Kigali. Here you have to understand that Rwanda has really become quite a rich country since the end of the civil war. For those going to Kigali, I would recommend watching a couple of movies – Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs. That hotel still exists, and there’s also the Genocide Museum in town. So a trip to Rwanda is not so much an adventure as it is a study of sad history.

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6. Marrakech, Morocco

Why? You will never forget the candlelight dinner in the middle of the desert, the camel rides, the belly dancers and the fire-eaters.

I don’t like Morocco because lately it’s become too touristy, there’s a lot of scams, you’re always being asked for money. It’s become too Egyptianized. I just don’t feel very comfortable there.

7. Porto/Doro Valley, Portugal.

Porto is one of the coolest cities in the world, so definitely yes!

8. Tel Aviv, Israel.

Why. In recent years, Tel Aviv has become a gastronomic hub. Check out the white Bauhaus-style buildings along the wide, tree-lined promenades.

Tel Aviv, too, and above all for the food. Tel Aviv is awesome for eating, partying, and more generally it is a very cool city.

9. Atacama Desert, Chile.

Why? Located 2,438 meters above sea level, this desert is often compared to Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park in Utah. You can spend most of your time hiking and biking through the surrounding mountains and canyons, bird watching, and visiting picturesque villages and ancient ruins.

I haven’t been to the Atacama, so I can’t say anything.

10. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Why? According to travel agents, Dubrovnik is a glittering treasure of the Dalmatian coast. Surrounded by fortress walls, the ancient city on the Adriatic Sea is filled with ancient history.

So is Dubrovnik.

11. Tokyo, Japan

Why? You can explore major attractions, from ancient temples to modern pop culture to the wonders of electronics, while riding one of the world’s best subways. See a unique Buddhist ritual of burning wooden sticks at one of the most famous temples in Tokyo and visit the largest fish market in the world. Also, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics in 2020.

Tokyo – well of course it is!

12. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Why? The mountains near Pigeon Forge are home to first-class resorts like Blackberry Mountain. It’s a mystical place to relax, disconnect from worries and recuperate. A place for travelers who would like to spend time surrounded by nature.

Didn’t make it to Tennessee once either.

13. Kotor, Montenegro

Why? Montenegro, the hidden gem of the Adriatic, is becoming an increasingly desirable Mediterranean destination and is no longer seen as a poor neighbor of Croatia. Montenegro is now becoming a luxury destination. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro’s most fashionable hotel, has raised the bar for the quality of service in the country, and Marriott International recently announced that a Ritz-Carlton hotel will appear in Montenegro in 2023.

14. Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico

Why? Stunning ocean views and, of course, golf. If you love fishing or sailing, great restaurants and beautiful sunsets, this is the place for you.

15. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Why? Chiang Mai is the perfect combination of urban atmosphere and adventure. Highlights include learning about the culture of the hill tribes, shopping for trinkets at the night market, and visiting the elephant nursery.

16. Machu Picchu/Cusco, Peru

Why. Peru is great culture, history, nature and cuisine. And, of course, Machu Picchu. It says it all.

Machu Picchu – yes, although I’m not a big fan of hyped attractions. In addition, it is quite difficult to get there. In principle, it is possible and even interesting, but you have to understand that it is too touristy place. If someone is looking for some kind of magic from Machu Picchu, he probably won’t find it there.

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17. Melbourne, Australia

Why? Cosmopolitan city, famous for its art and high standard of living. It’s much more like Europe than Sydney. Melbourne’s street art is inimitable and changes almost every day.

Melbourne is a definite yes. In general, you have to take a ride on the Great Ocean Road in Australia, it’s one of the main attractions.

18. Mendoza, Argentina

Why? Mendoza is the wine region of Argentina, also known for its adventure tourism due to its proximity to the Andes.

Mendoza is really cool, beautiful vineyards, but there are a lot of equally cool places in the world.

19. Vira Vira, Chile.

Why. In the southern hemisphere in the spring, you can ski or snowshoe up the slope of the active Villarrica volcano in the morning and then hike through the forest to the waterfalls in a single sweatshirt or down a rushing river in the afternoon. This destination is attractive year-round.

I don’t know anything about Vira Vira.

20. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Why. This is an ideal destination for wealthy travelers who prefer to stay in elegant places. Travelers are advised to combine a vacation with a visit to Mexico City for art shopping.

Neither has been to San Miguel de Allende. Oddly, by the way, the selection includes two Chile, two Mexico, and two towns in the Balkans.

All quotes from Forbes. Text: Christopher Elliot; translation: Natalia Taniuk.

36 travel destinations around the world worth visiting (according to Reddit users)

What underrated places to visit when traveling

Tourists and avid travelers have certain favorite destinations that are popular and ridden by millions of people: St. Petersburg, Suzdal, London, Paris, Tokyo and other cities and places. This can easily be explained in terms of compactness and numerous historical sites with attractions.

However, travelers should pay attention to less conspicuous, but no less colorful points on the world map, full of cultural artifacts, spirit of adventure, delicious food and life-changing experiences.

On Reddit, a user nicknamed NuclearWinterGames asked the community a few months ago:

” What underrated travel destination would you highly recommend? “

The answers turned out to be many. We at 1GAI.co.uk have compiled some of them worth considering when planning your next vacation.

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1. Northern Greece

“Everyone goes to the Greek islands and mistakenly doesn’t spend time on the mainland, but regions in Northern Greece, such as Halkidiki, are also very nice! And there’s also a beautiful but underappreciated trove of wildlife reserves on the mainland.”

“I am an ancient historian and have spent a lot of time in Greece. The North is underrated, but there are real treasures hidden here. I especially love Meteora: photos can’t convey how beautiful it is.”

2. the South of Chile, from Valdivia to Punta Arenas

“IMHO, Chile is probably the most underrated tourist destination on the planet. It’s like an enchanted forest from a fantasy novel.”

3. Nicaragua

“It’s incredibly beautiful and very inexpensive. It’s often compared to Costa Rica.”

4. North Wales, UK

“It has the Snowdon Mountains and lots of small steam-powered railroads.”

“Plus great cheese and great hiking.”

5. Taipei, Taiwan

“This is my favorite city in Asia: a great mix of traditional Chinese culture with Japanese and American influences. The food here is fantastic (especially the great street food at the night markets).

It’s modern enough to be comfortable, but not expensive. It’s big enough to have something to occupy yourself, but small enough to be controlled and unobtrusive. And the people are friendly, open and willing to help.”

6. Tallinn, Estonia

“Really any of the Baltic countries, but Estonia is a particularly delightful place. It’s a super affordable, travel-friendly place.

The capital city of Tallinn is so beautiful and clean, the coast is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the food is delicious.

I really enjoyed our trip there and it would be a great base camp if you want to visit the nearby countries of Finland, Norway and Denmark.”

7. Southern Uplands, Scotland

“Most tourists bypass the south of Scotland and head straight for the highlands, so the southern uplands tend to be quieter and less touristy.”

8. Maastricht, Netherlands

“The city of Maastricht can be reached by train from Amsterdam. I came here on a whim, and it ended up being my favorite part of my trip.”

“Amsterdam is fabulous, but so expensive and crowded. Smaller cities like Haarlem, Alkmaar, Amersfoort, Leiden are comparably beautiful.”

9. Great Basin National Park, Nevada

“It is known for stargazing and is the least visited park in the state.”

10. Bulgaria

“Many people don’t realize that it’s right next door to Greece, so the climate and food are somewhat similar. It’s cheap to stay, eat and drink here, plus it’s very safe.”

11. Lima, Peru

“I’ve heard a lot of people say: drive through Lima or spend at most a day there.

In fact, the historic center of the city is gorgeous, and it’s on the coast with lots of beaches. Also, the food and people are amazing. I spent four days there and still wish I had more time.”

12. Olympic National Park, Washington

“This is definitely one of the most underrated places in the United States. It’s a rainforest in the Pacific Northwest with great hiking spots, lodges, lakes, etc. It’s a one-of-a-kind ecosystem in the States.”

13. Brazil, outside of Rio de Janeiro

“If you come to Brazil, visit the National Park Lensoços Maranhães, Jalapao, Bonito, Chapada dos Veadeiros or Alter do Cao. They are all much less famous than Rio, and yet amazing.”

14. Azores, Portugal

“These are Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I spent three weeks traveling there. And also the town of Furnas on São Miguel was magical.”

15. Lombok, Indonesia

“I enjoyed my time in Bali, but I especially liked the island of Lombok. It seemed more accessible and more authentic.”

16. Sicily, Italy

“You get great food, sun, great beaches, beautiful mountains and forests, culture and history in the form of ancient Greek temples and cities. Unlike many parts of Italy, there aren’t many tourists.”

“Sicily is magnificent and the food is out of this world. You can experience a culture inspired by Italians, Greeks, Normans, Romans, Ottomans and Spaniards. There are beaches, skiing, and Mount Etna, one of the best wine regions in Europe.”

17. Slovenia

“Everyone goes to Croatia, but I fell in love with Slovenia. Mount Triglav is super beautiful. I’ve never been to Ljubljana, but I can’t wait to go back.”

“I went on the recommendation of an old apartment neighbor who was blown away. Absolutely gorgeous scenery and a great place to relax if you like to spend it outdoors.”

18. Bratislava

“Many people traveling in this part of Europe tend to skip it and go straight to Vienna, Prague and/or Budapest, but I recommend staying in Bratislava for a day or two. It’s really cheap, the old town is cozy, the food is great, and the view from Grad (Bratislava Castle is one of Slovakia’s most famous castles) is amazing.”

19. Canada, outside the major cities

“Canada is a very convenient place to travel, but unpopular with tourists. We have vast coniferous forests, prairies, Red Creek forests, tundra, and more. Don’t spend all your time in Toronto or Ottawa and explore the less explored parts.”

“The Banff area is out of this world. St. John’s, one of Canada’s oldest cities, is culturally beautiful. If you like urban travel, Canada’s cities are very cool.”

20. Brussels

“When I was planning a trip to Europe, I thought about it later, but it turned out to be my favorite place on vacation, which also included Reykjavik, Dublin, Athens, Rome and Helsinki.”

21. Castile and Leon, Spain

“This country is more than sun and beaches. Inside the country (like Salamanca) you will find history, castles, good food, nice people and affordable travel.”

22. Osaka, Japan

“People tend to visit only Tokyo and Kyoto, but Osaka should not be overlooked. It’s a big city like Tokyo, but with a much longer history. It is located right in the center of the Kansai region, the historical cultural center of Japan. They say it’s more fun and relaxed here, and I think there’s some truth to that. It’s also the culinary capital of Japan, a must-visit for all foodies.”

23. Poland

“I was so pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this country. I traveled the roads and every town was very beautiful and had a unique history. Poland has something for everyone, whether you are looking for culture or want to have fun. The mountains are beautiful too, with great hiking. The prices are very affordable, especially if you come from a western country.”

24. Sakhalin Island, Russia

“I don’t even want to tell people about this place because I don’t want it to be spoiled by tourists.”

25. Van, Turkey

“It’s a really remote place with views of the lake and mountains. It’s a must-visit place for those who are looking for tranquility.”

26. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

“It’s almost like something out of a fantasy novel. Especially Sylvan Lake.”

27. Kissico, Mozambique

“The country is extremely beautiful, especially Kissico, the capital of Zavala County.”

28. Adelaide, Australia

“Just think: stunning wineries, beautiful coastline and vibrant cuisine. The city itself is amazing and the locals are so friendly. There’s just as much to do in Adelaide as there is in Melbourne or Sydney.”

29. Dorset, UK

“I’m from the Jurassic Coast, and we have a lot of camping or glamping (ecotourism) places, as well as many coastal hotels surrounded by miles of beach. There is an abandoned ghost village, an old castle and New Forest in Hampshire County.”

30. Lassen-Wolcanic National Park, California

“Beat the tourists and go to Lassen instead of Yosemite (a national park). It’s beautiful, sparsely populated and absolutely incredible. The ecosystem and landscape are completely unique.”

31. Viana do Castello, Portugal

“It’s about an hour north of Porto, and it’s become one of my favorite places in the country.”

32. Emilia-Romagna, Italy

“Bologna is pretty well known, but the smaller towns are incredible. See Parma, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Ravenna, Ferrara and Piacenza. Each is truly unique and not overcrowded with newcomers. They also boast some of the best food cultures in the world.”

33. San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

“It is located in the southern part of Mexico, but far from the ocean. It’s a mountain town with cute stores, great food and history. From there you can visit ruins and beautiful waterfalls. It’s also much cheaper than touristy places like Cancun.”

34. Northern Bali

“Most people visit the south for the beaches, but the northern part of the island is breathtaking. There are many ancient temples, few tourists, craft markets, and great cheap food.”

35. Montreal, Canada.

“If you want the French experience but not the price, go here. Traveling from the northeastern U.S. to Montreal is a cheap and quick way to get rid of your thirst for international travel.”

36. Albania

“The northern part is filled with beautiful scenery and mountain ranges, and the south has beaches with crystal clear water. You can find incredibly good resorts and hotels at very affordable prices. The people are very hospitable and welcoming.”

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