Adventurer’s Dozen: The 12 Best Places to Visit in 2020
You don't have to be an adrenaline junkie to experience adventure travel! To help refine your bucket list, we asked Toronto-based travel company G Adventures to share their picks for the best places to visit in 2020.
It's been only five years since a devastating earthquake struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal, but Canadians travelling there next year may find that hard to believe. That's because Nepal has been busy rebuilding, and with the launch of the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, the country often called the "Roof of the World" aims to attract two million visitors. That's not a lofty goal, either: from majestic Buddhist shrines, to stunning views of the Himalayas, to a monastery that gives visitors a chance to meditate with monks, a visit to Nepal will take you one step closer to attaining inner peace.
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Georgia may sound like an unconventional destination, but what would bucket lists be without under-explored regions? Whether you're strolling the narrow streets of Tbilisi or staring down massive mountain ranges, few destinations offer so much at such affordable prices. Add Georgia's delicious food to the equation—soup dumplings called khinkali are particularly renowned, as is the country's wine scene—and it's no wonder G Adventures has witnessed a 44 per cent increase in travellers over the past three years.
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With a 33 per cent increase for G Adventures in the past three years, this gem off the coast of southern Africa continues to attract adventurous travellers. Between the "lemur island" of Nosy Komba, the forested trails of Amber Mountains National Park and the incredible beaches on the island of Nosy Be, Madagascar is an essential bucket list item.
Sri Lanka's tourism was heavily impacted following the Easter attacks last April; according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, arrivals fell 71 per cent in May. All foreign advisories have now been lifted, however, which makes 2020 the perfect time to experience all Sri Lanka has to offer: tea plantations, rock fortresses, stunning beaches, diverse cultures and, of course, inspiring people.
2020 is a leap year, so where better to visit than the country with its own leap-year tradition: women asking men for their hand in marriage! A land of ancient legends, epic folktales and grand traditions, Ireland is a destination that will truly transport you back in time. Uncover Celtic culture and admire medieval architecture across the stunning countryside, and delve into historic Dublin and the "rebel city" of Cork.
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Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America! With its beautiful beaches, world-class surf and stunning classic colonial architecture, Nicaragua is firmly back on its feet to welcome tourists following a period of unrest. G Adventures returns in November, just in time for the dry season which begins in December.
What's not to like about the Land of the Palms? You can learn to dance the samba on Rio de Janeiro's colourful streets, venture into the tropical wetland wilderness of the Pantanal in search of incredible creatures, stand in the mists of the spectacular Iguaçu Falls, and so much more! Need another reason to explore Brazil? Rio de Janeiro has been named the World Capital of Architecture for 2020 by UNESCO!
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Canadians looking for an Instagram-worthy Caribbean holiday with few tourists need look no further: G Adventures’ new sailing trip cruising the untouched islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is just the ticket. Sail from hidden coves to secluded beaches in a comfortable catamaran, with time for snorkelling some of the Caribbean's best sites and indulging in tasty local Creole cuisine!
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Travellers on this unique G Adventures trip will arrive into the calmness of this small but perfectly formed country by boat, sailing the Mekong river into the heart and soul of Laos. According to the Ministry of Tourism, traveller numbers to Laos for the first half of 2019 have increased five per cent compared to the same time last year.
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Hot on the heels of hosting the Rugby World Cup this year, 2020 has Japan keeping busy hosting the Summer Olympics. G Adventures travellers to the "Land of the Rising Sun" have been steadily increasing with an additional 23 per cent growth in the past year. From the unique hustle and bustle of Tokyo to the beautiful serenity of smaller cities like Tottori and Hagi, there's no shortage of one-of-a-kind destinations just waiting to be discovered.
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It’ll be 30 years next year since Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and G Adventures has been experiencing double-digit growth in South Africa for the past few years. Boasting jaw-dropping scenery and some of the planet’s most iconic wildlife, South Africa makes for an unforgettable family adventure.
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Greenland made headlines in 2019 thanks to Donald Trump's claims that he wanted to buy it. Interested in seeing what attracted him to this pristine piece of the world? Inuit villages, unique wildlife and remote destinations are just some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.
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