Friday, February 21, 2020


By Rebecca Siggers

The Most Fashionable Places
to Vacation in 2020

Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Picture postcard beauty, contemporary architecture, and spectacular events? Yes, please. We seek big and small reasons to visit new places across the globe.

If you’re planning to vacation in fashionable places, there’s no dearth of them at all. However, finalizing the list of such destinations is a great challenge.

Here are the world’s most fashionable places to vacation in 2020:

Canary Islands, Spain

A vacation destination popular for year-round sunshine, Canary Islands, an archipelago of 8 significant islands, is full of unspoiled, buttery-golden beaches. 

You’ll simply love star watching at Tenerife, the largest island here, from Mount Teide, Spain’s tallest peak. While on your star-watching tour, look forward to savoring a mid-mountain Canarian feast and delicious Spanish cava.

Stay tuned for the spectacular Geminid meteor rain reaching its peak on the night of December 13. On this virtually moonless night, you’ll see brilliant, multicolored, and rapid streaks of asteroid dust throughout the atmosphere at the dazzling rate of 120 shooting stars per hour. 

Los Jameos Del Agua, Lanzarote, Spain (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Lanzarote, Spain (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)


An entirely landlocked, historic Buddhist nation dotted by Himalayan peaks and full of lush woods, Bhutan is South Asia’s hidden gem deserving some attention this year. 

You’ll surely fall for the country’s spectacular landscape and otherworldliness, as you visit the prominent Paro Taktsang Temple and Rinpung monastery-cum-fortress. If you’re planning to visit in April, don’t miss out on the five-day-long Tshechu festival, portraying Bhutan’s rich culture.

Plan to stay in some of the country’s design classics - architecturally-striking, luxurious accommodations like the Le Meridien Paro Riverfront and the Dhensa Boutique Resort

Thujidrag Gompa, Thimphu, Bhutan (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

A bronze statue of a Dakini at Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu, Bhutan (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The most densely populated city in the UAE, Dubai is popular worldwide for extravagant shopping, extremely modern structures, and vibrant nightlife. 

Don’t you want to experience the world’s greatest show, Dubai Expo 2020, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration showcasing architectural masterpieces, connecting minds, and celebrating culture? The six-month-long, landmark event will kick off this October, with an estimated 25 million visitors from all over the globe. 

You’ll also see newly completed projects in Dubai, such as Aladdin City, featuring buildings in the shape of a magic lamp, and ME Dubai Hotel, a cube-shaped building having 93 rooms with sweeping city sights.

Get a feel of this lavish city’s over-the-top accommodations by checking into the largely appealing Mandarin Oriental Jumeira’s palatial Royal Suite. Enjoy the captivating views of Dubai sea and city from your suite’s private rooftop terrace. 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

El Chaltén, Argentina 

A pocket-size mountain village in Argentina, El Chaltén’s unmarred beauty is about ancient forests full of beech trees, melting ponds, rapidly flowing rivers, snow-clad peaks, and outsized glaciers. 

So, if an adventure trip is utmost on your mind, this is the place to be. How about riding Yamaha dirt bikes in the mountainous countryside? 

Fall 2020 brings you a posh alternative for accommodation here - a new, sleek, 20-room lodge. The luxurious two-story building will offer amazing views of El Chaltén’s scenery. While staying in a serene and comfortable pine-wrapped room, you’ll also enjoy guided excursions near the lodge, like hiking and glacier walking. 

Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Mokpo, South Korea 

A large port city favored by the most knowledgeable foodies worldwide, Mokpo serves as the terminus for several ferryboat routes operating for adjoining islands. One of the city’s top attractions is its vibrant, arcade-style covered Specialty Seafood Market

The best time to visit Mokpo this year will be in October, when the city will host its annual harbor festival, sharing its untouched maritime culture with all the visitors. Among the numerous festival events, you’ll get to participate in a music concert, a marathon, and a photography contest.

South Korean food (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Okinawa, Japan

A popular Japanese beach resort destination, Okinawa offers the country’s first cherry blossoms. If you’re planning a trip here right away, you can catch the Naha Sakura Festival happening in the third week of February, with more than four hundred trees exhibiting their cherry blooms.

How about staying over in the recently-opened Hawaiian Hotel Halekulani, its first international branch, with more than 300 palatial rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant. 

Last but not least, this year, Japan will be hosting the Summer Olympics, so, make sure to be here in the first week of May, to witness the Olympic torch relay passing through Okinawa and numerous commemorative activities. 

Kimono girl posing behind Sakura Tree (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

An unusual as well as an architecturally intriguing vacation destination, Samarkand has existed since the eighth century BC. 

This famous Silk Road stop-off featuring jaw-dropping monuments like The Registan, an ornate, open area, the intricately-patterned Bibi-Khanym Mosque, and the majestic Gur-e-Amir mausoleum will take your breath away!

You’ll also love to visit the city’s Museum of Winemaking, a novel exhibition of the Hovrenko winery’s history and its good wines, ranging from the whites to cognac. 

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Photo courtesy of Unsplash) Click to enlarge

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Matera, Italy 

A 7000-year-old cliff-top spot with caves formed from its limestone foundation and located near the steep-cliffed Amalfi Coast, Matera oozes a unique charm. 

This year, look forward to bedding down luxuriously in a cave-turned-stylish hotel. For instance, book a cave room in the 5-star Sant’Angelo Resort that retains the core structure of the cavern habitat, offering great views as well as making the beautiful surroundings easily accessible to you.

Matera, Italy (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)


A postcard-perfect Eden featuring Alpine grasslands and shimmery Adriatic coast, Slovenia is a vacation paradise for nature lovers. 

Hike Slovenia’s 186-mile Julian Alps Trail, taking you through pine woods and turquoise lakes. The country grows 52 varieties of grapes, producing delicious, natural wines. How about an impromptu wine-tasting at the medieval Ljubljana Castle’s polished wine inn? 

Take a city break in Ljubljana, where you can stay in the cozy, four-star Hotel Lev, offering sunny rooms with magnificent views. Also, experience unforgettable music concerts and anniversary celebrations in the city this year.

Bled Lake, Slovenia (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Canadian Arctic 

The world’s terminal and most untouched wilderness, the Canadian Arctic is now becoming accessible to travelers through ship voyages. You can join a group excursion, gaining insight into the lives of the indigenous people and meeting the local artists.

For an excellent wildlife watching experience, take a zodiac cruise to spot whales, polar bears, and seabirds. The Canadian Arctic is also a great place for seeing the Northern Lights, as they bejewel its night skies between August and May.

Yukon, Canada (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Now that you have a list of the world’s most fashionable vacation destinations, you’re sure to rock this year with tons of stylish travel!

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