It’s never too early to start planning for your summer holidays. With an increase in remote locations becoming more accessible, travel-inspo options for 2020 seem endless. From ethnic minorities in China to the world’s oldest wine-making regions in Georgia - we’ve rounded up our picks for the best summer holiday destinations in 2020!
Top Summer Holiday Destinations for 2020
Nestled in between Europe and Asia in a region known as The Caucus, Georgia has experienced a coming of age that’s seen a surge in travellers flocking to explore this undiscovered (and affordable) part of Europe.
From breathtaking mountain landscapes and extinct volcanoes, to art galleries, bars, clubs and a thriving youth culture in the capital Tbilisi - Georgia has something for everyone. Not to mention it’s considered one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world!
For a dose of mountain scenery that could rival the likes of The Andes - head to the Georgian Military Highway. This stretch of road goes from Tbilisi up through to the Russian border, and promises dramatic mountain scenery that’ll take your breath away.
For a wintery twist to your summer holidays, Canada makes for a perfect family-friendly ski destination. The winter period is low season in Canada, so it’s also your best bet for affordable prices in larger cities like Montreal and Toronto.
Tear up the slopes at world-class ski resorts like Whistler and Banff, or enjoy one of the many winter festivals taking place throughout the country, like the Quebec Winter Carnival. For a more unique Canadian experience, journey into the frontiers of Saskatchewan where you can experience dog sledding, forests, and maybe even see the Northern Lights.
The months of December, January and February is low season in Israel, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still plenty to do. Being winter, you can enjoy cooler temperatures and lower prices when compared to the higher tourist seasons.
Home to ancient cities of Jaffa, Jerusalem, and Haifa, Israel is a must-see for history buffs. Cities like Tel Aviv offer everything you’d need from a modern city escape, while the Eilat beaches in the South of the country and the Dead Sea are perfect for relaxing. Get back to nature and explore geological formations like Rosh Hanikra, and national parks like the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve which is perfect for hiking!
From mega cities, to ethnic minorities, and stunning natural beauty - this huge country scores 10/10 for diversity. After exploring all Beijing has to offer, consider heading to the cities of Shanghai and Chengdu for your dose of fashion, art, emerging Chinese youth culture, and of course, pandas!
While you can’t go past ticking off major cultural must-dos like the famed Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall, consider going off-the-beaten-track and exploring regions such as Guizhou. Home to natural wonders like the Yellow Mountains and 48 different ethnic minority groups, this China is a world away from the fast-paced experience of its cities.
For more China holiday inspiration, check out our China Travel Guide.
A little closer to home and perfect for those on a tighter budget, Cambodia makes for a great summer getaway that won’t break the bank. Understand the history surrounding this Southeast Asian nation at sobering war memorial sites in Phnom Penh, before heading to Siem Reap to explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat or taking it slow in the sleepy hip southern town of Kampot.
If it’s a beach holiday you’re after, look no further than the islands to the South. There’s something for every type of traveller from the party island of Koh Rong to the less developed islands of Koh Thmei or Koh Ta Kiev.
For more Southeast Asian travel ideas, check out our Indochina Travel Guide.