Whether your New Year’s resolution is to travel far from the beaten path or you’re simply tired of battling crowds on vacation, there are plenty of overlooked destinations that are worth exploring in 2020. Here are 5 places where you can skip the lines and travel at your own pace in the new year.
Los Lagos, Chile
This scenic region in southern Chile is ideal for a laidback getaway, offering visitors beautiful views, access to impressive national parks, scrumptious seafood and so much more. Plan your visit for mid-December 2020 and you’ll have a shot to experience a total solar eclipse.
Nature lovers need not look any further than Dominica when planning their first trip of 2020. After all, the island nation is home to natural hot springs, vast jungle and the Caribbean’s first-ever long-distance hiking trail in the 115-mile-long Waitukubuli National Trail. What’s more, the destination has bounced back incredibly well in the wake of a devastating 2017 hurricane season so infrastructure won’t be a concern.
There are so many ways to experience underrated Kyrgyzstan, whether hanging out with locals in one of the country’s many charming villages, following the ancient Silk Road or swimming in one of the country’s amazing alpine lakes. Visitors to Kyrgyzstan can immerse themselves in tremendous culture and nature without the hordes of tourists.
Eastern Europe is a phenomenal region for travelers seeking history and culture without the crowds. Estonia is just one example. Although it boasts a population of just 1.3 million, it offers visitors as many as 250 museums and more than 1,000 castles and manors dating back as far as the 13th century. Visitors will also find plenty of modern attractions and amenities here, including a vareity of relaxing spas.
This French territory in the South Pacific is easily among the world’s least visited destinations but those who make the long journey to these islands will be rewarded with stunning beaches and world-class scuba diving. The capital, Noumea is also a paradise for foodies and shoppers.