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The Globe-trotters at National Geographic have put together their list of the best places to travel to in 2020. Read on to discover five, of their 25-strong destination list.
Tohoku is a relatively unknown winter wonderland, but this relatively undiscovered region is about to hit the world stage when it plays host to the 2020 Olympics Games. Situated on Japan's main island Honshu, Tohoku is less than a 2-hour train journey from Tokyo. The region boasts pristine forests, gorges and crater lakes, world-class snowfall with uncrowded ski slopes, stunning hikes including the Michinoku Coastal Trail (a 1,000km hike from Aomori to Fukushima).
Bay of Fires, Tasmania.
The crystal clear turquoise water, together with perfectly white sandy beaches, and beautiful orange boulders, make for absolutely breathtaking coastal views at the Bay of Fires on Tasmania's east coast. Bay of Fires stretches over 50kms; and is located away from the crowds and anything commercial. When you visit this destination, it's all about connecting with nature. The Bay of Fires is a perfect place to completely unwind and enjoy the peaceful serenity. This destination is ideal for families looking for quality time together, honeymooners, and nature lovers.
Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa
If you love to star-gaze, or need some serious time out, then this destination is for you! One of the darkest and quietest places in the world, The Kalhari Desert, located in the Ae!Hai Kalahari Heritage Park is one of just a few International Dark Sky Sanctuaries. There is virtually no light or sound pollution in this location, making it ideal for observing stars and planets, enjoying fresh, clean air and completely relaxing.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon has been coined "the most sublime spectacle on Earth." by explorer John Wesley Powell. The breathtaking canyon is close to 450kms in length and 30kms wide. The Grand Canyon is thought to be about two billion years old! There is plenty to do at the canyon, from hiking to fishing and camping to luxury helicopter tours and much more; there are endless ways to enjoy the connection to this historical and protected site.
Most people would likely agree that a holiday in the Maldives is always a good idea! The Maldives ooze luxury, indulgence, relaxation, clear water often enjoyed from private overwater bungalows. It's heaven on earth for keen sunbakers and snorkelers. However, there is another aspect that contributes to the appeal of the Maldives, and it's their commitment to forward-thinking sustainability initiatives to protect the future of their 870 km long archipelago.
Interested in more amazing trips to take in 2020? Discover the National Geographic's complete list of "Best Trips to Take 2020" by heading to their website here.