Where To Travel In 2020

January 6, 2020

Has the new year got you hankering for a holiday? The cold weather making you yearn for warmer climes? It’s never to early to start planning your next getaway and our list of top places to travel in 2020 might just give you some inspiration.


Food, history, art and culture are around every corner in Paris. Visit some of the world-renowned museums, marvel at the grand buildings and sample some delicious French cuisine. Rue du Bac is well worth a visit, with a myriad of patisseries and chocolateries spanning a whole street. You can even try your hand at creating French cuisine with a choice of cooking classes across the city.

For literary lovers, Shakespeare & Company on the left bank of the Seine is a treasure trove of books and stories, with famous past visitors including James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Take in the views of the city from the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, The Arc du Triomphe and of course, The Eiffel Tower.



Sample amazing Spanish tapas at local bars across the city, enjoy some traditional flamenco in a baroque palace hidden away in the old town and crane your neck to gaze at the awe inspiring Sagrada Familia. Started 135 years ago by iconic architect and artist, Antonio Gaudi, work is still being completed on the sprawling cathedral and it is due to be finished in 2026. For a more relaxed day, head to the beach or if you fancy trying some Spanish wine, hop on a train to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the home of Cava, to enjoy tours and tastings of several vineyards and wineries.



Culture vultures will love Groningen, the diverse university city in the Netherlands, which is small but packed with culture. It has a range of museums, from a comics museum to a maritime museum and the Groninger Museum is one of the most innovative and modern in the Netherlands. Many cafes feature live entertainment and music and theatre is hugely popular in the city. Enjoy the food markets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Grote Markt, see miles across the city from the top of The Martinitoren, the 100 metre tower and as night falls, the town square becomes a great place for a sociable drink.


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For history buffs, Rome is the place to be. Once the centre of the Roman empire, much of the Roman architecture is still intact, including the grand Colosseum and Roman Forum. Beautiful artwork can be found in the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, authentic Italian cuisine can be found in the Trastevere area and a refreshing drink at the top of the Spanish Steps is a lovely way to spend the evening. The house to the right of the steps now houses a museum to the Romantic poet, John Keats, who spent the final few months of his life there. Drop in to find out more about the poet then re-fuel with some indulgent Caccio e Pepe from a local restaurant.



The heart of the French Riviera, Nice is the ideal place for a relaxing getaway. Sunbathe on the beach, stroll the Promenade des Anglais and explore the old town of the city, sampling their local delicacy, Socca. As night falls watch the sunset as you enjoy some Moules Frites by the marina. With great links to the rest of southern France including Cannes, Lyon and Monaco, it’s a great base for exploring the French Riviera.



Whether it’s a weekend away or a longer break, Amsterdam is a great place for a holiday. The summer sees several festivals take over the city and spending time in the city’s parks with a picnic is a perfect way to spend a summer day. Springtime is when the country’s famous flowers begin to bloom and a visit to the world’s only floating flower market is a must. Autumnal Amsterdam is a delight, with the auburn colours casting the city in a golden light and winter sees the arrival of Sinterklaas and festive markets across the city. With world class museums, picturesque canals and a rich cultural history, you’ll not be short of things to do on a trip to Amsterdam in 2020.


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