Savvy travelers are always one step ahead. Now more than ever, it’s essential to be on the lookout for emerging and reemerging destinations and new frontiers. Globetrotters Ignacio Maza and Jean Newman Glock are in search of what’s next. Here are their picks for 2020.
Magnificent desert scenery. Africa’s tallest sand dunes. Unique safaris.
Southern Africa’s last frontier offers endless and otherworldly landscapes, desert-adapted wildlife, outstanding stargazing, five-star lodges, giant sand formations and indigenous cultures. Soar over the Skeleton Coast in a helicopter, catch the sunrise at the Sossusvlei Dunes, meet the Himba in Damaraland, and spot big cats at Etosha National Park.
Ancient cities. New Desert trails. The Dead Sea.
A living, breathing history.Even if you’ve seen Petra, it is time to return to Jordan. The newly inaugurated Jordan Trail is a must for the adventurous. Go glamping in Jordan’s desolate and exotic Wadi Rum. Visit the Roman ruins of Jerash, soak in the Dead Sea, sleep in a Bedouin camp, and see Jerusalem from Mount Nebo’s reopened church.
Royal Yachts. Misty Highlands. Whales and Falcons. Castle stays.
Inspired by the series Outlander and The Royals, Scotland and Edinburgh are on everyone’s list, and for good reason. Enjoy a private dinner on Queen Elizabeth’s favorite yacht—the HMY Britannia in Leith. Head to the Highlands and stay at Gleneagles, your choice for golf, falconry, or hiking. Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite palace, now welcomes visitors. Be the first to follow the new “Hebridean Whale Trail” for prime whale and dolphin watching along the coast.
New luxury and intimate resorts. History, culture, and outdoor pursuits.
The path between the oceans is celebrating its 500th anniversary. Escape civilization in a secluded private island retreat like Isla Palenque, an overwater bungalow in the Caribbean’s Bocas del Toro, or an eco-resort in the rainforest. Here you’ll find more species of wildlife than in Costa Rica. Nonstop air service is available from many North American gateways, while you can expect the finest ceviche this side of Lima and coffee to make you forget Starbucks. So much more than just the canal!
East meets west. A shopping, cultural, dining Mecca. More affordable than ever.
In the city where Asia meets Europe, stay in a former Ottoman Palace or a design-forward boutique hotel. Visit the Spice Market for a culinary extravaganza, including world-class aphrodisiacs. Go behind the scenes with a curator at the Turkish Modern Museum. Don’t miss Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and a private visit to the Dolmabahçe Palace is amazing.
Cradle of Brazilian history, music, and culture. The finest Bahian cuisine.
Africa meets South America in Salvador. Taste delicious cuisine, experience rhythmic music and tropical beaches, and wander through the Pelourinho district’s 500 years of history. Stay at the new Fasano Salvador, with panoramic views from the rooftop pool. Best news? Visas are no longer necessary.
HOKKAIDO ISLAND, JAPAN
Japan’s best kept secret. World-class hiking and skiing. Hot springs. Sapporo’s Snow Festival.
After visiting Tokyo, experience Hokkaido, Japan’s northern wilderness and home to the country’s largest national parks. Hike active volcanoes and soak in some of Japan’s finest hot springs. Marvel at the endless flower fields of Biei. Taste Japan’s freshest sashimi. Visit in winter and catch Sapporo’s Snow Festival, with awe-inspiring ice sculptures and outdoor adventure.
Tsars, revolutionaries, and oligarchs. Visit newly accessible palaces.
The home of the Romanovs—the wealthiest dynasty the world has ever known— St. Petersburg continues to amaze travelers. Visit the magnificent Alexander Palace, the last home of Tsar Nicholas II that’s re-opening in 2020. Don’t miss the new Fabergé Museum, located at the renovated Shuvalov Palace. Witness a performance by the Mariinsky Ballet in a private theater in a Romanov palace and experience an after-hours visit of The State Hermitage Museum, a must for art and history lovers.
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