17 Most Popular Travel Destinations To Explore in 2020

Have you been tirelessly researching potential travel destinations for 2020? Maybe you need a little inspiration. Google is listing the top trending places to start off 2020. Some of the cities may surprise you. The sandy beaches in Da Nang, the night life of São Paulo, and Korean barbecue from Seoul are all top of mind for people planning vacations this year. According to global hotel search data, people from around the world are interested in traveling to these destinations in 2020.

As a new year dawns, our desire to discover and explore more of the world is awakened. Almost three-quarters (70%)* of global travelers say that in 2020 they want to go somewhere that offers experiences they’ve never had before. To help inspire travelers to achieve this ambition, we have delved into global booking trends to reveal 17 of the top emerging travel destinations for 2020**. From hidden gems in Eastern Europe to under-the-radar spots in Asia, these up-and-coming destinations promise novel experiences, untouched natural beauty and the chance to soak up the magic before everyone else catches on.

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Here are the top 17 trending destinations for 2020 :

1. Da Nang, Vietnam

Most Popular Travel Destinations To Explore in 2020

Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It's a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills to the west of the city. Here the hillside Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains. These 5 limestone outcrops are topped with pagodas and hide caves containing Buddhist shrines. See Accommodations in Da Nang.

2. Sao Paolo, Brazil

Sao Paolo, Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil’s vibrant financial center, is among the world's most populous cities, with numerous cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition. Its iconic buildings range from its neo-Gothic cathedral and the 1929 Martinelli skyscraper to modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy Edifício Copan. The colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church marks where Jesuit priests founded the city in 1554. See accommodations in Sao Paolo.

3. Seoul, Korea


Seoul, Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees. See accommodations in Seoul, Korea.

4. Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo, Japan

Three reasons to visit: Japanese Cuisine, Japanese Culture, Train System.

What do you get when you throw together some sushi, shogun warriors, Hello Kitty, karaoke and goth-geisha girls? A bunch of clichés about Tokyo – but you’ll barely have scratched the surface of this ultra-modern city at the forefront of 21st-century living. For the first-time visitor, the thousands of people crossing Shibuya can be overwhelming. Take a step back and you’ll notice the details, like the transportation system that runs with surgical precision, and how a city of 13 million people remains immaculately clean. For some extra excitement, spend a day wandering around Shinjuku and Harajuku, famous for their flamboyantly dressed citizens. To dive into Japan's traditional culture, visit Asakusa and Meiji Shrine, or escape the bustle completely at Shinjuku Gyoen. See accommodations in Tokyo, Japan.

5. Tel Aviv, Israel


Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv, a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is marked by stark 1930s Bauhaus buildings, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area. Museums include Beit Hatfutsot, whose multimedia exhibits illustrate the history of Jewish communities worldwide. The Eretz Israel Museum covers the country’s archaeology, folklore and crafts, and features an on-site excavation of 12th-century-B.C. ruins. See accommodations in Tel Aviv, Israel.

6. Marseille, France


Marseille

Marseille, a port city in southern France, has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks circa 600 B.C. At its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a Romanesque-Byzantine church. Modern landmarks include Le Corbusier’s influential Cité Radieuse complex and Zaha Hadid’s CMA CGM Tower. See accommodations in Marseille.

7. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. In Vienna, traditional coffee houses, rustic wine taverns and the beloved sausage stand (Wuerstelstand) exist alongside with top restaurants and shops, time-honored events alternate with internationally-acclaimed extravaganzas (Life Ball) to create a unique and very special ambiance. Another special feature of Vienna are its many greenspace and recreational areas such as the Wienerwald, the Prater and the Donauinsel. See accomodations in Vienna, Austria.

8. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

10. Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia

Nature and urban life exist in harmony in Perth, on Australia's west coast. Here, where the locals soak up more sunny days than in any other Australian capital city, you can visit nearby Rottnest Island, walk in leafy Kings Park and experience Swan Valley's vineyards, Aboriginal art, food and history. For local culture, wander the nearby city of Fremantle's winding portside streets, Perth city centre's museum and gallery precinct or peel back the layers of this urban landscape with an Aboriginal guide.

11. Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak, Montenegro

Travelers looking to go off-grid with their 2020 travels should head for the mountains in Zabljak, a small town in northern Montenegro and at the center of the Durmitor mountain region. Whether traveling in winter for an adrenaline-packed trip on the snowy slopes or during the warmer months to experience thrilling water sports on the lakes and rivers and hiking trails nearby, this destination appeals all year round. The must-see list includes Durmitor National Park, Black Lake and the Djurdjevica Tara Bridge, a concrete bridge that was once the biggest concrete arch bridge for vehicles in Europe.

Where to stay: Holiday Home Vile Calimero offers a family and pet friendly stay with views of the surrounding mountains. The holiday home features a spacious, fully equipped kitchen and dining area for families and friends to spend time together. Guests can also socialize with the horses and sheep grazing just outside the house. Despite the serenity, this holiday home is still well located, not far from the Javorovac Ski Lift and the center of Zabljak.

12. Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia

For history lovers, Armenia’s capital Yerevan’s past and spectacular architecture makes it a must-experience destination. Take in the spectacle of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals of the Armenian Apostolic Church in the world. After exploring the ruins of the Zvartnos temple located within the Ararat Plateau, enjoy views of the surrounding mountains. While sightseeing in the city, don’t miss the Cascade, a giant stairway made of limestone which features fountains, sculptures and a tranquil garden courtyard or Republic Square, the central town square which is home to entertaining musical fountains.

Where to stay: Panorama Resort&Suites boasts panoramic hilltop views of Yerevan city and Ararat Mountain. Take in the scenery while exploring the grounds and make use of the outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts provided. Perfect for venturing into the city, Panorama Resort&Suites is located just a short drive from the Republic Square and the Ruins of the Zvartnos temple.

13. Salta, Argentina

Salta, Argentina

Bright colonial architecture with colorful and unique landscapes nearby, Salta is located in the heart of the Argentine Andes and is a great ‘best of both worlds’ destination for the one-in-five (19%) of global travelers who want to visit Argentina in 2020**. Whether taking in the colorful cityscape with a visit to 9 de Julio Plaza, a lush public square in the heart of the city, San Francisco Church, a historic church and monastery that dates back to the 1600s or exploring the nearby colorful landscape of The Hill of Seven Colors and Salinas Grandes (salt flats), a trip to this beautiful part of the world will leave a colorful impression.

Where to stay: Sociable Hostal Prisamata is the perfect accommodation for travelers looking to mingle with other like minded adventurers. The communal spaces at this friendly hostel are perfect for planning excursions and enjoying the continental breakfast on offer. The accommodation is also well located to explore the sites nearby as it’s walking distance from the 9 de Julio Plaza and helps organize tours to the other sites in the area.

14. Il Gzira, Malta

Il Gzira, Malta

For travelers looking to take a cultural beach trip in 2020, Il Gzira is located on the north eastern coast of Malta and lies in direct view of the walled city of Valletta. This stunning seaside destination takes its name from the Maltese word for “island” and with the city’s sweeping Marsamxett harbor overlooking Manoel Island, it’s not hard to see why. Fort Manoel, which was built in 1726 on Manoel Island adjacent to the town itself, makes a great day trip for travelers to learn more about the town’s history and the island’s past as a hospital quarantine. After exploring, travelers can enjoy local cuisine with incredible views as they relax at one of the many restaurants overlooking the harbor.

Where to stay: In the heart of Il Gzira and just a short walk from Manoel Island, Sweet Home Malta is the perfect home away from home for travelers looking to explore. Set just back from the waterfront this homestay offers well equipped rooms in air-conditioned apartment units, many with balconies and terraces overlooking the city. It’s also only a short stroll from Balluta Bay which is perfect for swimming in the warm Mediterranean waters.

15. Swinoujscie, Poland

Swinoujscie, Poland

Located in northwest Poland, Swinoujscie is a beautiful port town on the Baltic Sea that’s a perfect destination for water lovers. Travelers can immerse themselves in the town’s history and visit the Museum of Sea Fishery, which features model vessels and astonishing sea creatures, before continuing the sea theme and taking a walk to the 19th Century Lighthouse for panoramic scenery of the harbor from the observation deck. Adrenaline junkies can dive into even more aquatic experiences, spending the day doing water sports on Swinoujscie Beach, one of the widest beaches in Poland.

Where to stay: From in the water to on it, Houseboat Porta Mare III is the perfect accommodation for seas-savvy visitors. The Houseboat features a balcony for guests to enjoy the views in a fantastic location just a scenic cycle from the Swinoujscie Lighthouse and the Museum of Sea Fishery.

16. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's capital San Juan is an extraordinary Caribbean destination boasting vibrant culture and architecture. Walk the cobbled streets of Old San Juan to see the colorful Spanish colonial buildings; explore Fortaleza Street, also known as umbrella street and discover roads full of lush greenery surrounding the houses nearby. The flora isn’t the only picture opportunity for travelers, with a thriving art scene, San Juan’s streets are adorned with street art while more architecturally-minded travelers can enjoy El Morro, Castillo de San Cristobal and Paseo de la Princesa. A trip to San Juan will also aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts following the effects of Hurricane Maria back in 2017.

Where to stay: Nomada Urban Beach Hostel, which provides guests with a great social atmosphere and a barbeque, offers a shared lounge, garden and kitchen, ensuring guests can share their San Juan adventure with new friends. The hostel also offers organized tours and activities for guests keen to explore in a group.

17. Jodhpur, India

Jodhpur, India

The stunning city of Jodhpur is known as one of the most colorful cities in the world, with thousands of blue houses transforming the urban landscape into a sea of ocean-colored buildings. Aside from its vibrant setting, Jodhpur is home to the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Mandore Gardens, ideal for culture vultures interested in architecture and museums. Foodies and shopaholics will also love exploring the winding medieval streets of Jodhpur and sampling authentic Indian food and spices at one of the many bazaars.

Where to stay: For travelers on a budget, Hostel Raahi offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in the heart of Jodhpur. The hostel features a garden, bar, restaurant and shared lounge and kitchen, all of which are great meeting places for fellow travelers to swap tips and stories. The hostel provides bike and car rental, perfect for exploring the sites of Jodhpur, and travelers can benefit from a 24-hour front desk.

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