: Holiday destinations for 2020
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Looking ahead to your 2020 travels? There’s a world of holiday choices open to you when considering the best worldwide destinations to travel to in 2020.
You may want to tie a trip to a major sporting or cultural event. Or, you might prefer simply getting away to somewhere off the beaten track, for a trip of a lifetime adventure.
Here’s some of the best places to travel to in 2020 to give you some holiday inspiration…
After successfully hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Japan will stage evolve bank and trust mortgage payment 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo 2020 takes place between 24 July and 9 August while the 2020 Paralympic Games take place between 25 August – 6 September. Surfing and skateboarding count among the Summer Games’ five new sports.
Visiting Tokyo gives you an opportunity to watch the flow of pedestrians at the Shibuya Crossing — the busiest in the world — and Shinto ceremonies at the Meiji Shrine.
Tokyo 2020’s sailing events will be held in Enoshima-Shonan Harbour close to Kamakura, a former capital that’s home to the iconic Great Buddha statue.
Between 16 May and 4 October 2020, visitors from around the world will travel to Bavaria to watch the Oberammergau Passion Play. Residents of the pretty village in the foothills of the Alps have performed their celebrated play since 1634. Villagers promised to do so every 10 years if they were spared from the plague.
The play tells of the story of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. It is interspersed by spectacular depictions of Biblical scenes known as living paintings, for which the participants hold still.
Oberammergau is an 80-minute drive southwest of Munich and 2.5 hours west of Salzburg. Why not combine a visit with a walking or cycling holiday, or tag it onto a city break?
The Swiss city of Lausanne stands on the north shore of Lake Geneva.
The city has been home to the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters for more than a century and is known as the Olympic capital. The movement’s story is told at the interactive Olympic Museum.
From 2020, future athletes will participate in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in and around Lausanne. During May, Lausanne and Zurich will host the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Cup, in which Holiday destinations for 2020 Britain will compete against the likes of Canada, Germany and Sweden.
Not really into sport? The colourful Lausanne Lumèires festival of light is a great reason to visit towards the end of the year.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
On 16 May, Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena hosts the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Over the preceding days contestants will compete to qualify for the final of the competition’s 65th edition.
Rotterdam has a direct Eurostar connection from London’s St. Pancras International. If you appreciate modern architecture there’s much to see in the Netherlands’ second city, including Piet Blom’s Cube Houses, the vast De Rotterdam building and the arching Markthal — an indoor market whose culinary offerings reflect the city’s ethnic diversity.
Enjoy insider tips? Try travelling by water taxi. It’s an exhilarating way of zipping along the river and viewing the skyline.
Donald Trump’s attempt to purchase Greenland for the USA, from Denmark, has sparked a surge in tourism to the world’s biggest island.
Greenland’s fjords and rugged landscape attract adventurers. Northern Lights viewing and kayaking count among the popular outdoor activities you can take part in.
The Northeast Greenland National Park is the world’s biggest national park, habitat to species including the arctic fox, polar bear and walrus.
If you’re interested in the indigenous Inuit culture plan a visit to Qaanaaq, the small town also known as New Thule.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Visitors from around the world will fly to the United Arab Emirates to visit pavilions at the Expo 2020 Dubai, a World Expo, which opens on 20 October and continues for 173 days. ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is the event’s theme.
The emirate is renowned for its bold architecture and 2020 marks the tenth year since the opening of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. At an altitude of 555 metres (1,821 ft) you can photograph the incredible views from the outdoor terrace.
Thanks to clever irrigation and well-maintained courses, Dubai has evolved into a leading winter golf destination. Book rounds on the Emirates Golf Course Majlis and Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course if you enjoy a golfing challenge.
The birthplace of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is known throughout swathes of the English-speaking world as the city where The Sound of Music is set.
Bus tours are a means of visiting locations used during the filming of the movie. The Von Trapp family won first place in the 1936 Salzburg Festival. The 100th edition of the festival of the performing arts takes place from 20 July to 30 August 2020.
Book a table at a Mozart Dinner Concert and sit down to a candlelit dinner in Salzburg’s St Peter’s Stiftskulinarium, which claims to be one of the world’s oldest restaurants.
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
The Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will once again be welcoming tourists from the United Kingdom in 2020.
In October 2019, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which provides travel information about destinations worldwide, removed its advice against all but essential travel to and from the resort affectionately known as Sharm.
Visiting Sharm el-Sheikh means being able to enjoy winter sunshine. The clear, warm water of the Red Sea teems with marine life. It’s a hit with both snorkellers and scuba divers.
The prospect of the state-of-the-art Grand Egyptian Museum opening, in Giza, is another reason to consider visiting Egypt.
Vietnam’s capital hosts its first Formula 1 Grand Prix from 3 to 5 April 2020. Cars will race on the Hanoi Motor Sport Circuit, a street circuit designed by Hermann Tilke.
Hanoi has a blend of ancient and modern attractions. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was built almost 1,000 years ago on the site of an even earlier fortress. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If dark tourism is your thing, step inside Hao Lo Prison Museum, which was built by the French to house political prisoners. American service personnel later nicknamed it the Hanoi Hilton. The leader of the regime they were fighting lies in state at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where soldiers in white uniforms stand guard.
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New England is perennially popular as a destination for autumnal leaf peeping.
During 2020, commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers will draw an influx of visitors to the town of Plymouth, 50 minutes’ drive southeast of Boston. It was there that the Puritans who sailed aboard the Mayflower established the Plymouth Colony.
If you like history, how about a trip to Salem, 40 minutes’ drive northeast of Boston, the state’s capital. The infamous story of the witchcraft trials of the early 1690s is told in the Salem Witch Museum.
Boston, meanwhile, is a family-friendly destination that celebrates its connections with the American Revolution on the urban Freedom Trail.
Giant Panda National Park, China
Enjoy the prospect of viewing wildlife in its natural habitat? China’s vast Giant Panda National Park is scheduled to open in 2020, covering and area 10 times the size of Hong Kong.
Spanning three provinces in the centre of the country, the national park is designed to conserve the habitat of the black and white bears. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists giant pandas as vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species.
One of the most popular places for viewing giant pandas is the Chengdu Panda Base on the outskirts of Sichuan Province’s capital.
The Renaissance artist popularly known as Raphael won fame for his frescoes at the Stanza della Segnatura, in the Vatican, and paintings such as La Fornarina, displayed at the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Rome. 2020 will see his legacy celebrated to coincide with the 500th anniversary of his death on 6 April 1520.
A major exhibition of Raphael’s works will be shown at the Scuderia del Quirinale. His work can also be seen at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where Raphael lived from 1504 to 1508.
If you enjoy art, specialised tours are a way of visiting the places where Raphael lived while learning about his work.
A fall in the value of the peso against the pound means that Argentina offers outstanding value to British travellers.
Beyond ordering a tender steak in one of Buenos Aires’ top restaurants, perhaps accompanied by a quality glass of Malbec from the Uco or Fiambalá Valley, the country has numerous destinations suited to walking and horse riding.
The Estancia Los Poteros dude ranch, near Cordoba, offers opportunities to ride and immerse yourself in local life. Many hikers head towards remote trails on Tierra del Fuego yet you can follow trails with spectacular views of cascading water around the Iguazu Falls.
On 14 December 2020, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in parts of South America. The remote countryside around Bariloche, a city on the southern shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, is said to be a good location to view the phenomenon.
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Stuart Forster is an award-winning travel writer and blogger from North East England. He loves the variety of experiences brought by travelling. Whether that’s watching wildlife in its native habitat, chatting to locals in a bar or viewing landmarks and landscapes, Stuart loves being on the road. He blogs regularly at www.go-eat-do.com
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Christmas holiday destinations
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By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer
With travel restrictions now being lifted, there are plenty of travel options for Christmas 2021 including the Canary Islands, Mauritius, Goa, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and The Gambia.All consider he Caribbean and winter-sun favourite Madeira.
It’s rare to find a bargain at this time of year and, if you know where you want to go, you should book early. But you can save money by flying on Christmas Day (and returning on New Year’s Eve).
These are my own personal recommendations with links to companies tested and approved by our team of editors. Also see our guides to the best family Christmas holidays and singles holidays at Christmas.
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Best UK Christmas holidays
There’s something special about packing up the car with your favourite foodie treats, the Christmas stockings, a case or two of wine and heading off to a home away from home for a week or two. Rent a cottage or house in a picturesque village or wild countryside for a cosy Christmas with your loved ones.
You’ll find a wide choice of cottages and houses from Sykes Cottages and, specialising in the West Country, Classic Cottages.
Or rent a cottage in Scotland to celebrate Christmas and Hogmanay. With a large group you could rent a lodge or even a castle.
For the chance to hang up your apron, how about a warm hotel welcome somewhere special. We recommend Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District while families love Sands Resort on the north coast of Cornwall.
See more holiday ideas in the UK.
Where to go at Christmas if you don’t want a long flight
Four hours from the UK, Madeira is a stunning place to celebrate Christmas. It’s great for walking, dining out and experiencing the local culture – and new direct British Airways flights from London mean you no longer need to change aircraft in Lisbon. See the best accommodation in Madeira including resort hotels in Funchal or quintas, traditional countryside hotels.
In the Canaries, you can expect temperatures of up to 22ºC at Christmas. Tenerife is a beautiful island once you get away from the crowded resorts of the south – for couples and families we recommend Abama Golf & Spa Resort.
Neighbouring Lanzarote is also a great choice. The Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is a good option for families with children of all ages. There are so many restaurants and well-stocked supermarkets so self-catering is a really good choice. Check out these gorgeous villas with private pool.
In six hours you can get to The Gambia where Christmas is celebrated under a blazing sun (31°C and 9 hours of sun), particularly at hotels such as Kombo Beach Hotel, which I can personally recommend.
Less than seven hours flying time gets you to Abu Dhabi (26ºC) which is growing fast in popularity with stunning beach resorts on Saadiyat Island, and Ferrari World and the world’s fastest rollercoaster on Yas Island. You can also combine it with neighbouring Dubai. Check out the latest special offers.
It’s only five hours flying time to Egypt which offers sunshine, 24°C temperatures, excellent hotels and modest prices. This is an ideal time of year for sightseeing as it’s not too hot. Combine the Pyramids, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings on a classic Nile cruise holiday.
See our pick of the best short breaks at Christmas and New Year.
Christmas holiday ideas in the tropics
You can be in the Caribbean, a classic Christmas holiday destination, in less than eight hours. Warm sunshine is guaranteed with very little rain and humidity – but if you want a cheap deal capital one online banking account access need to fly before the schools break up. See details of Caribbean weather in December.
Our favourite islands include Barbados and Anguilla (where you’ll find some of the finest beaches in the region). For value, look at the Cuba, where the locals celebrate Christmas with gusto. See the latest offers.
If you want a family get-together, you could rent a Caribbean villa – many of which come with a cook.
A little further south, Costa Rica (24ºC, 7 hours of sun) is another great Christmas holiday destination. I love this 12-day Costa Rica Highlights private tour which includes the Tortuguero Jungle Reserve, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal volcano and Pacific and Caribbean beaches.
Looking east, Goa is magical at Christmas with both Hindus and Christians celebrating the season under hot sunny skies. You can expect temperatures of 31ºC and 14 hours of sunshine. With direct charter flights and great value hotels, it’s deservedly popular. See this range of hotels.
Thailand is a wonderful Holiday destinations for 2020 holiday destination. Although it’s a Buddhist country, Christmas is celebrated with charm and enthusiasm. There’s a wide range of hotels, from luxury spa resorts to idyllic beach resorts and, if you pick your destination carefully, the weather will be hot and dry. It’s the rainy season on the east Gulf coast (Koh Samui and Hua Hin, for example) – Phuket is one of the best places to stay at this time of year with 8 hours of daily sunshine and 31ºC temperatures.
However, there’s much more to Thailand than beaches. This selection of bespoke holidays in Thailand includes a street food tour in Bangkok, a ride on a traditional junk boat and an adventure tour of Khao Sok National Park.
Other Christmas holiday ideas in Asia include Malaysia for beaches, sightseeing and great food, while beach addicts and culture vultures should consider Bali for its magical combination of the two. It averages 8 hours of sun and 32ºC at this time of year.
India offers everything under the sun from temples and forts to tiger safaris and beaches. If it’s your first time, don’t miss the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra for the Taj Mahal). Neighbouring Sri Lanka (30ºC and 8 hours of sun) is a good choice too – check out these wildlife holidays offered by the Experience Travel Group.
It’s the wet season in Botswana but that also means terrific game-viewing opportunities. Summer is in full bloom in South Africa at Christmas time – but this is definitely one to book early as it’s in hot demand.
Find more winter holiday destinations recommended by our editors.
Christmas luxury holidays for families
The Caribbean is hard to beat for families. You’ll find excellent child-friendly hotels in Antigua, many with all-inclusive options, free water sports and sailing.
We also recommend these family adventures in Vietnam – a remarkable destination combining great value with excellent weather over the Christmas period. Other family tips include a tour of China.
Christmas in Africa is always magical. Check out these family holidays in Kenya. South Africa is a great destination for families – and Cape Town has 11 hours of daily sunshine and 25ºC temperatures. We love this self-drive Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari holiday. Or you could head to Tanzania for a safari and beach holiday, perhaps combining game drives at Selous Impala Camp, where you will sleep in a family tent and see elephant, lion, giraffe and hippo, with Breezes Beach Club, a friendly hotel on a white-sand beach.
More Christmas holiday ideas for families? How about Mauritius, which offers overnight flights, no jet lag and superb hotels, many with free kids clubs. Check out these special offers.
The Maldives has a few resorts that cater well to children of all ages. The LUX* South Ari Atoll works for all ages, from toddlers up, while the Six Senses Lammu is an exciting choice for teenagers with world-class surfing, along with wake-boarding, scuba-diving and snorkelling.
Christmas can be a difficult time for one-parent families. We recommend Single With Kids who offer a wide range of destinations and the promise of other children – and single parents – if how to cancel amazon prime video fancy company.
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Traditional winter Christmas holidays
Skiing over Christmas is relatively good value – much less expensive than February half term week – and a festive atmosphere is guaranteed. For families, we recommend Ski Esprit which has superb childcare and family-friendly chalets. See the latest special offers.
Christmas is a great time of year to venture north to discover your inner child amongst natural wonders. One of the most exciting winter trips is to Iceland where you have a great chance of glimpsing the Northern Lights. There is a lot more to see in Iceland, including glaciers, hot springs and geysers, volcanic craters, lava flows and waterfalls. Plus the capital Reykyavik is charming.
You could visit Santa in Lapland (the real one, of course), or sleep at Sweden’s Ice Hotel (wrapped in reindeer skins on an ice bed). Or pick from this selection of active winter breaks in the snow, perhaps cross-country skiing in Austria or snowshoeing in Switzerland.
In Russia, the city of St Petersburg is never more beautiful than when snow is piled high on the pavements and ice skaters take to the frozen Neva River. See more holiday ideas in Russia.
If you want a traditional celebration, head across to Europe to visit a Christmas market. There are famous markets in Cologne, Munich and Budapest, along with church services, concerts, hymn recitals and ice skating. Some of Europe’s lesser-known cities, such as Koblenz, Wiesbaden and Freiburg, offer a more intimate experience in charming surroundings.
Prague is particularly romantic at Christmas time. This was the home of King Wenceslas and there’s a good chance that you’ll also find the snow deep and crisp and even.
Heading into New Year, how about one of these foodie breaks in cities that include Bologna, Lucca, Turin and Alicante.
Last updated: 5 October 2021
Holiday 2020: Biggest jump in Britons heading to this exotic location this year
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To kick off the new year and decade, online holiday provider Travel Republic has revealed the holiday hotspot destinations set to be on the rise in 2020 and the most popular places to visit for UK holidaymakers.
Known for its crystal blue waters, palm trees, white-sand beaches, and overwater villas, the Maldives takes the top travel spot as holidaymakers opt for exotic destinations that provide the most Insta-friendly surroundings.
With a staggering surge of 1650 percent in bookings, it’s clear that Britons are on the hunt for the ultimate picture-perfect holiday.
Not only does the Maldives have the largest surge in holiday bookings overall, but more and more families are taking the plunge of the long-haul flight with the kids, seeing a 3200 percent increase in bookings compared to 2019, followed by the Dominican Republic with 100 percent increase year on year, also known for its astounding nature and white beach resorts.
Romantic getaways are experiencing a tropical streak, with holiday bookings for couples seeing an uplift amongst the Caribbean islands such as Jamaica (55 percent) and Saint Lucia (150 percent), with Saint Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago seeing a significant year on year increase of 400 percent and 800 percent respectively.
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Idyllic destinations in Asia have also seen more love birds flocking their way, with increased couple bookings to Indonesia (29 percent) and India (35 percent).
Despite a desire to visit far off lands, traditional bucket and spade holidays continue to be in demand as overall, Spain continues to be the most popular destination for UK holidaymakers with the highest volume of bookings in 2020.
Costa Dorada is also attracting more visitors year on year with a 15 percent increase in bookings in 2020, thanks to its historical sights, sandy beaches, buzzing nightlife and low-cost accommodation.
Although not in the top ten, Japan, the host country of the 2020 Summer Olympics, sees a 23 percent increase in bookings for 2020 vs 2019, suggesting that the event has sparked intrigue and put the country on holidaymakers’ radars.
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Interestingly, the majority of countries in the top ten destinations and with the largest booking increases, all boast beautiful beaches and tranquil lifestyle, suggesting after a difficult year, Britons are in need of a holiday and are looking for escapism.
Christian Poole, Marketing Director at Travel Republic said: “Where people are choosing to holiday is constantly changing, which can be influenced by a variety of things.
Whether it’s where the latest celebrities have been, who is hosting the next big sporting event or it’s the need to escape everyday life, Travel Republic is making it possible for UK holidaymakers to get to these trending destinations.
Top 10 countries with the largest booking increase from 2019 – 2020
- Saint Lucia
- 3. Malaysia
- 4. Jamaica
- 5. Dominican Republic
- 6. Sri Lanka
- 7. Andorra
- 8. North Cyprus
- 9. Tanzania
Top 10 most popular countries for UK holidaymakers in 2020
The 10 Best Family Holiday Destinations for 2022
1. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has been growing in popularity over the years due to its amazing beaches, wildlife spotting opportunities and colonial tea estates in the beautiful hill country. All of this is packaged into a relatively small island, so it’s easy to go to Sri Lanka and enjoy a very varied itinerary.
It’s had a few setbacks, but it bounces back. We’re so happy to see it consistently voted as a top tourist destination because a large percentage of the population relies on tourism. Sri Lankans welcome tourists with open arms. Their hospitality knows no bounds and they love children.
It’s a 10-hour flight from the UK to Sri Lanka and while your flight may seem relatively expensive, once you’re there, you can live incredibly cheaply. There’s an astounding choice of family-friendly accommodation in Sri Lanka to suit every budget and the Sri Lankan food has been voted as some of the best in the world.
Whether you’re seeking a relaxing beach holiday or the kids want to see elephants on safari, Sri Lanka is great for kids one of our favourite places in the world.
Best time to visit Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination due to having two climates. When the north is experiencing a rainy season, it’s dry and sunny in the south and west and when the south is having its rainy season, it’s dry and sunny in the north and east.
Train crossing Nine Arch Bridge in Ella
How can you not put Iceland on a list of top family travel destinations? The land of fire and ice with incredibly scenic, otherworldly landscapes. It’s a quick 2.5-hour flight from the UK to Iceland and depending on the time of year, you can find very cheap flights to Iceland.
October is a great time to visit Iceland with cheaper flights and hotels.
Iceland has developed a reputation for being expensive, but with our tips for visiting Iceland on a budget, you can actually have a pretty cheap Iceland holiday with the family. One of the things we loved about it is that almost all of the main sights there are free.
There’s no charge to visit the world-famous Icelandic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, the glacier lagoon, black sand beaches or iconic mountains.
We spent every day outside visiting some of the most beautiful scenery on earth, including the lesser known Snaefellsnes Peninsula without spending a penny. There are just so many fabulous things to do in Iceland.
If you’re visiting with kids, we highly recommend hiring a car in Iceland to give you more flexibility. This will also save you a lot of money as you can do things like searching out the Icelandic Northern Lights yourself rather than joining a holiday destinations for 2020 and not particularly child-friendly tour.
The main roads are in great condition for most of the year, making driving in Iceland easy.
Our favourite thing to do there was to visit hot springs, but not the Blue Lagoon! Read our 6 day Iceland itinerary to find out what you can expect to do with 6 days in Iceland and why we decided not to visit the Blue Lagoon.
If you only have a long weekend, there are lots of amazing things to do in Reykjavik, and you can even do some fabulous day trips to see a lot of the sights mentioned above.
Best time to visit Iceland
The best times to visit Iceland in terms of getting the best accommodation prices are May and October. If you want warmer weather and hope to see the puffins, May is a good time to go. If you want colder weather and hope to see the Northern Lights, October is a good time to go.
Jokarlsarlon Glacier Lagoon Iceland
Home to Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Jordan is an adventure from start to finish. If you’re an Indiana Jones fan, you’ll no doubt want to visit Petra which is a fantastic place for kids to explore.
But did you know that the Wadi Rum desert is the closest place on earth to a Martian landscape? Spending a night under the stars in a bedouin tent and exploring the desert by 4×4 jeep was definitely a highlight for the kids.
10 days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Jordan to see the main sights; Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea. We also recommend self-driving in Jordan as the roads are good and everything is well signposted.
The Jordanians are incredibly friendly and they adore children. Expect to hear ‘Habibi’ (my darling) directed at the kids from strangers as you walk around. As for food, we picked up lots of fresh chicken shawarmas, humous, grilled chicken, flatbreads, and rice with lots of fresh fruit juices.
Best time to visit Jordan
April and October are great times to visit Jordan in terms of the weather. It’s not too hot and Wadi Rum won’t be cold at night.
The Colonnaded Street Petra
4. South Africa
South Africa is one of our favourite family holiday destinations in the world for all-around awesomeness. Cape Town is one of the most vibrant cities anywhere, and it happens to also be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the iconic Table Mountain dominating its skyline and a selection of first-class beaches.
If you’re a wine lover, head to the South African Winelands where you’ll find many family-friendly South African wineries producing world-class wines (and be able to enjoy a memorable family-friendly picnic in a stunning location.) This is one of our favourite things to do in South Africa with the kids.
The biggest draw for us, however, is the South African wildlife. Whether it’s penguins in Cape Town, whales off the coast of Hermanus or lions in the Kruger (see our guide to family accommodation in the Kruger holiday destinations for 2020 top picks for Timbavati Game Reserve family accommodation, you are spoilt for choice. South Africa is the best place for a family-friendly safari and it’s why we’re heading back there in 2021.
The food and accommodation choices are exceptional and with the current exchange rate, you get so much bang for your buck. If you’re not convinced, read our 10 Awesome Reasons for Visiting South Africa with Kids!
Best time to visit South Africa
If you’re visiting Cape Town and the Garden Route, the best time to visit for weather is between December and March, during their summer. March to May and September to November are good times to visit as it’s shoulder season.
You’ll find lower rates and fewer crowds. Any time of year is a good time if you’re visiting the Kruger National Park.
The beautiful beach at Camps Bay in Cape Town
5. Western Canada
Canada is a dream destination for nature lovers. The sheer beauty of the Rockies running between Vancouver and Calgary, including the famous Icefields Parkway, is breathtaking as are the many islands, large and small, off the west coast of Canada.
Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and well worth spending some time disscovering.
Head to Whistler in summer or winter for some extreme sports action. There’s also a huge amount for families to do in Banff National Park and the less-visited Jasper National Park. If you’re lucky, you might spot either a grizzly bear or a black bear, as well as other indigenous animals.
There are some great things to do in Calgary (particularly if you’re visiting Calgary in winter), and we highly recommend visiting Drumheller for the ultimate dinosaur adventure. Here you’ll find the Royal Tyrrell Museum, the best dinosaur museum in the world.
If you have the time, why not drive from Vancouver to Calgary via Whistler on an epic road trip? It’s up there with the best road trips around, and deserves to be on this list of the best family holiday destinations in the world.
Canada is an incredibly friendly and welcoming country where people go out of their way to help you, always with a smile, whether your travelling with your family or anyone else.
Best time to visit Western Canada
The best time to visit Western Canada very much depends on what you want to do there. If you want to ski, then you holiday destinations for 2020 to visit between December and March. Hiking is generally better in the reasonably warm weather between June and August.
If you’re visiting Banff in July and August, you will encounter crowds and the only way of visiting Lake Louise or Moraine Lake is to go very early.
Lake Louise in Banff National Park
6. The Maldives
The Maldives is no longer exclusively a honeymoon destination and has a number of family-friendly resorts these days. A Maldives family holiday is one of the best all-inclusive family holidays you will ever have.
Who can resist the temptation of a tropical island with perfectly white sand and impossibly turquoise waters?
It’s not the type of travel we normally do as we prefer adventure travel that’s easier on the budget, but when we realised it was only a 90-minute flight from Sri Lanka we added it as a stopover to our Sri Lanka itinerary.
The highlights for the kids were the baby sharks swimming next to the shore and the kids club. The highlights for the adults were the diving and snorkelling, the food, the spa and the kids club. Pretty much everything.
Granted, it’s not going to make it onto a list of cheap family holiday destinations, but everyone should have a bucket list, right? Having said that, there are plenty of budget accommodation options on islands not owned by the big resorts, so you can actually have a budget Maldivian holiday if you don’t need all the frills.
We stayed at the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa. If you’d like more information, check out our review of the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa. Sometimes you’ll find great deals if you book direct with Centara.
Best time to visit the Maldives
The Maldives enjoys warm weather all year round, but the rainy season runs from May to November. High season holiday destinations for 2020 December to March and prices increase accordingly.
Seaplane over a Maldivian island
We’re all about staycations this year and will be taking some UK family holidays in 2021. Top of our list in the UK has to be our home town, London.
London is a huge favourite with families from the UK and around the world. Big cities, on the whole, can be expensive, but the great thing about London is that there is an incredible number of free things to do in London with kids.
There are also a staggering amount of family friendly restaurants in London to suit every budget, so London doesn’t have to be an expensive place to visit. Looking for somewhere to stay with the kids? Check out our top London family hotel recommendations.
London is a great year-round destination, although Christmas is our favourite time to spend in London with the kids especially with its huge selection of Christmas markets. It’s good for a weekend city break or a day trip.
If you’re travelling to London from further afield, it’s a good place to keep the family entertained for a week or two, especially if you have some Harry Potter fans in the family.
There are so many great sights in London, but perhaps the most famous of all is the Tower of London, one of the most impressive castles in England. It has to be on your to do list for a fun and holiday destinations for 2020 day out with the kids!
You can also use it as a base to explore Europe from, taking advantage of the budget airlines flying out of the London airports, or hop on the Eurostar. You can even take day trips from London by train to Paris or Brussels if you are short on time.
We have so much content that we’ve created a London section on the blog. Check it out.
Best time to visit London
The best time to visit London for the weather is between June to September. The sun is shining, the parks are green and everyone is in a better mood. You can even explore the beaches near London if it gets too hot in the city.
Summer is, however, also the busiest and most expensive time to visit. If you don’t mind cooler temperatures, you should visit in March and October during holiday destinations for 2020 season. Have you even visited London if it didn’t rain?
London phone box outside St Paul’s Cathedral
For us, France is one of the best family destinations in Europe because it has everything. It’s a little like South Africa in the sense it has great beaches, mountains, food and, of course, wine. The thing that France has over South Africa is that it’s much closer to the UK.
We love to go to France in the summer because we don’t feel the need to travel further afield when we have so much on our doorstep, but southern France is also a great winter break destination.
France has so much to offer so we try to go somewhere different every summer, usually staying at fantastic family-friendly French campsites. Some of our favourite regions are:
Gorges du Verdon (Provence)
– for holiday destinations for 2020 outdoor activities for kids (and wine, particularly the rosé). We stayed in the fantastic Camping La Farigoulette in a safari-style tent. It was on the edge of a lake where we could hire electric boats and kayaks to explore.
It’s just a few kilometres from the beautiful Lac du Sainte-Croix and one of the most beautiful villages in France (plus beaux villages de France), Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. In June and July, you’ll also see fields and fields of lavender and sunflowers.
– for the world-famous French castles of the Loire Valley (and wine). There are a staggering 42 chateaux in the Loire region and we visited a fair few of them. We loved the Château de Chenonceau, Chinon, Chambord and Azay Le Rideau.
– for cute fairy tale villages (and wine). Make sure to visit Kayersberg, Eguisheim, Riquewihr and Colmar. You’ll see where Disney got its inspiration for the film Beauty and the Beast.
The narrow pedestrian streets are perfect for the kids to explore. If you are there around Christmas, Colmar has one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe.
We based ourselves in Colmar and explored the Alsace region over a long weekend, but you can easily spend much longer here.
– for culture and iconic Paris tourist attractions such as The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe. It goes without saying that the food choice is outstanding. Our boys are quite partial to a steak haché and frites which is usually on most menus.
Our top tip for visiting Paris with kids is to mix up your modes of transport. Take a Batobus between some of the sights as it’s a fun and cheap way to sightsee. Hop on the Paris métro, particularly line 6 to get some fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower as the train passes over the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.
Paris also has electric scooters that you can rent once you have downloaded an app. These were fun to ride around the Champs de Mars gardens by the Eiffel Tower. Looking for a family-friendly campsite near Paris? Check out La Croix du Vieux Pont.
Who knew there’s more to Florida than Disney? We took the kids aged 22 months and 3 months when they were too young for Disney so we checked out loads of fantastic places in Florida on a 4-week road trip.
What we love about Florida is the excellent selection of villas with pools. It’s also so easy and cheap to hire a car and self-cater in the US. There are fantastic villas with covered pools all over Florida, so you can swim no matter the weather.
We also loved the amazing variety of family-friendly beaches in Florida with white sand and clear water. They are some of the best beaches in the US.
The highlights of our road trip were:
– for the manatees
Anna Maria Island
– for sunset walks on the long stretches of white sandy beaches, warm, calm water and the best donuts at the Donut Experiment
– for being the oldest city in the US and colonial architecture
– for aligator spotting
– for shell collecting and powder-white beaches
The Florida Keys
– for watersports, sealife encounters and some great restaurants in Key Largo
– for Disney. OK, we did sneak into one Disney park for a quick look around to see what all the fuss was about. We were there at 9 holiday destinations for 2020 and there were no queues. We took the kids on the safari ride and by the time we were done with that, the park had filled up and we left. I’m sure we’ll be back one day to do it properly.
Best time to visit Florida
Florida is a great winter escape destination from the UK. The weather in the winter months between November to March is very pleasant, particularly further south. The weather in St Augustine in northern Florida was considerably cooler.
Long stretches of white sand on Anna Maria Island
Morocco is the closest place to the UK we’ve been to that feels a million miles away from the UK! It’s an assault on the senses (in a good way).
If you’re heading to Marrakech but don’t want to stay in the Medina with little ones, head for the resort hotels around the Palmeraie. These properties will have large accommodation for families, something that is quite hard to find in the Medina.
We love Le Vizir Centre Parc & Resort which is an extremely affordable family-friendly hotel, with great kids pool and self-catering apartments.
You may want to do at least one night in the Medina though – in a beautiful riad. It’s an incredible experience. In this case, we recommend Riad Dar One (ask for extra beds) near the Jemaa el-Fnaa
There’s so much to see and do in Morocco with kids. We love the contrast of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to the simple beauty of rural Morocco.
If you think Marrakech might be a little crazy for you, hop in your car and you can find exactly the same on a smaller scale in Fez and Meknes. Don’t miss Chefchaouen, the blue city, for its laid back charm and incredible blue hues!
If you’re feeling a little energetic, stay in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and do some hiking. We highly recommend Ouirgane Ecolodge.
Best time to visit Morocco
Morocco can get incredibly hot in the summer months, particularly in Marrakech. Marrakech is great to visit in April/May and September/October. You can escape the heat in the Atlas foothills, but during the holiday destinations for 2020 months it will likely be very cold here.
Lunch at Kasbah du Toubkal
And that’s all for this round-up of the very best family holiday destinations in the world. We’d love to know if you have any travel plans for 2021. Where’s on your radar as a good family holiday destination? Get in touch by leaving a comment!
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Wonderful that The Sunday Times Travel Team have given Carmarthenshire a top spot as one of the best holiday destinations for 2020. Calling it an understated pocket of Wales.
And choosing it because it is away from the crowds, and prime for pedalling, paddling and pootling. And more than this they say it has;
.peaks crackling with ancient magic, terrific beaches, stirring castles, creaky harbours and cutesy market towns. The county is trippling its number of mapped road-cycling routes to 20. Carmarthenshire has the best rides in Wales. the roads are the quietest, the scenery is magic, the hills are a test, and there is wilderness. A region of top Dark Sky Ratings and with wind swept summits that are as remote as Britain gets outside the Highlands.
This places Carmarthenshire in their eyes as the best region of Wales to visit in 2020, and as a staycation British Holiday this is where they are pointing travellers.
Carmarthenshire is in good Company; being topped by the likes of Jamaica, Marrakesh, and Tasmania; rated 19th. in the Worlds top 20 List from 'The Times'.
If they had asked us, we would have told them what our guests enjoy the most - its the friendliness of the locals. The weather may not always be warm but the welcome always is.
The fact that Slovenia, a postcard-perfect Eden of Alpine meadows, red-roofed villages, and shimmering Adriatic coastline, remains a low-key hideaway might be one of the great miracles of modern European travel. Let’s face it: If the country didn’t have such show-offs for neighbors—Croatia with its Game of Thrones filming locations; northeastern Italy with, well, Venice—it would have been overrun eons ago.
But for now, Slovenia ticks all the boxes for crowd-averse travelers. Nature lovers, for starters, are buzzing over the 186-mile Julian Alps Hiking Trail that opened last spring and snakes through the pine forests and turquoise lakes of Triglav National Park, a UNESCO-protected biosphere. Oenophiles are waking up to the potential of Slovenia’s 52 grape varietals (a serious tally for a country smaller than Vermont), many of which excel as natural and amber wines. Swirl and sip them along the Lendava wine route in the east, or if you’re crunched for time, settle in for an impromptu tasting at Strelec, the sleek wine bar on the top floor of the 12th-century Ljubljana Castle that opened earlier this year.
Any self-proclaimed foodie will have Hiša Franko on their must-visit list. The brainchild of Ana Ros (of Chef’s Table fame), this pink farmhouse in the whisper-quiet Soča Valley serves Alpine dishes from the future—think roebuck sashimi with juniper and chestnut, or goat’s-milk croissants stuffed with rosehip and roasted apple ice cream. It’s a sure bet for Slovenia’s first Michelin guide, which will be published in 2020.
Even city breaks in Slovenia are rejuvenating. Ljubljana, in addition to being achingly charming with its steepled skyline and tree-shaded esplanade, happens to be one of the greenest cities on earth. It’s also home to cozy hotels, including the newly expanded Lev, whose sunny rooms offer some of the best views in town. Slovenia is easier to tack onto a Euro trip than you’d think: Hop on a train or catch a flight to Ljubljana (there are several new routes via Lufthansa, LOT, Swiss International, and Brussels Airlines), or drive from Zagreb (1 hour 40 minutes), Venice (2 hours 40 minutes), or Vienna (3 hours 50 minutes). —Benjamin Kemper