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Top Destinations For 2020

Lonely Planet has published its famous list of top destinations for the new year, and there are some interesting new entries.

Bhutan takes the top spot, and we really wouldn’t blame you if you’ve never considered going there! It isn’t easy to get to and can be very expensive, with minimum daily rates starting from $200 per person (low season) set by government in an effort to prevent excessive tourism from damaging ancient villages, temples, and the unmatched tranquillity.

But we hear it’s worth the trouble, and this is the only country in the world to officially measure national happiness. Nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, and west of Nepal, Bhutan is where you’ll find incredible natural scenery, fresh mountain air, and fascinating Buddhist culture. notes that visitors must travel ‘on a pre-planned, prepaid, guided package tour or custom designed travel programme.’

Some very interesting facts, also from TripSavvy:

  • The national sport of Bhutan is archery. Basketball and cricket are also gaining popularity.
  • Inheritance (land, house, and animals) is generally passed to the eldest daughter rather than the eldest son. A man often moves into the home of his new wife until he can "earn his keep."
  • Bhutan became a constitutional monarchy with a two-party system in 2008. The People's Democratic Party won the elections in 2013.

Bhutan is also set to become the world’s first fully organic nation by 2020, and tourism is operated on a “high value, low impact” principal – which means you pay more for attractions and even walking mountain trails, but you can be sure they will be in pristine condition.


Top 10

England is second on Lonely Planet’s 2020 list and that’s much easier to get to, whether you want a mid-week break or a longer adventure.

Our “timeless treasures” were what put England so close to the top, says Sky News, adding that the list is curated according to “topicality, unique experiences and wow factor.” The English Coast Path was highlighted by Sky News as a top attraction – it will be a total of almost 3,000 miles once complete and the beautiful coastal walks are just part of what it will offer.

The complete Lonely Planet list:

  1. Bhutan
  2. England
  3. North Macedonia
  4. Aruba
  5. eSwatini
  6. Costa Rica
  7. The Netherlands
  8. Liberia
  9. Morocco
  10. Uruguay


Many of these countries are on cruise itineraries too, so there are endless options to explore.

What’s next on your itinerary?