It’s that time of year when the nights begin to draw in and the golden days of summer start to take on a more autumnal hue. And with talk of yet another election here in the UK, you’re probably ready for a holiday!
Having a trip to look forward to is the best way to ward off the onset of the winter blues, and now is a great time to lock in your 2020 escape, before any further currency volatility forces tour operators to put up their prices. So instead of fretting over what the next few months have in store in Westminster, why not make 2020 extra special and tick some of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences off your bucket list. Here are 10 trips that have caught our eye...
All eyes will be on Japan in 2020 as Tokyo hosts the Olympics, and while availability is scarce during the Games themselves, there are still spaces on some fantastic tours next year. APT’s 14-night Best of Japan itinerary includes the electrifying cities of Tokyo and Osaka, the temples of Kyoto, the fascinating geisha districts of Kanazawa and Hiroshima’s moving Peace Memorial Park. Cast your mind back four years and it was Rio de Janeiro hosting the Olympics, a very different city to Tokyo. Brazil’s pulsating coastal metropolis is just one of the many highlights on Exodus’ Discover Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil tour, which takes you from the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the sultry sands of Ipanema and Copacabana. You’ll also spend time in Uruguay’s friendly capital, Montevideo, explore the cobbled streets of charming Colonia del Sacramento, and visit spectacular Iguazu Falls, a true natural wonder of the world.
Explore by ocean and river
Have you always dreamed of jetting off to Hawaii, but never been quite sure how to plan that perfect trip? A small ship cruise is a great way to island-hop around the archipelago, and Discover The World’s 7-night Cruise the Hawaiian Islands itinerary is an appealing option. You’ll snorkel amongst spectacular coral reefs, learn about Hawaii’s rich Polynesian heritage, and visit the spot on Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook met his grisly end. Closer to home, northern Portugal’s beautiful Douro Valley is a destination to watch in 2020, with ever more travellers lured by the promise of idyllic countryside, sleepy villages and fantastic food and wine. Saga’s 7-night Delights of Oporto and the Douro Valley tour covers all bases, combining stays in characterful hotels with a historic railway ride and a cruise along the Douro river.