Isle of Skye, Scotland
Scotland is a popular destination no matter what, but a lot of people focus on Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Highlands, without thinking a little further afield. The Isle of Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebrides off Scotland’s northwest coast, is a stunning place that attracts walkers, climbers, nature lovers, and people who just want to get away from the bustle of the world.
A magical, rugged landscape of castles and villages, mountains and lochs, with vast skies of stunning colors, it’s a place that’s bound to create some amazing memories.
Ethiopia’s dry season is at its peak during April, so if you’re looking for an unusual destination near the start of the year, this could be the place for you. It’s a happy medium as temperatures increase in the lowlands, but before the really heavy rains and humid heat of the following months.
You’ll find lusher landscapes, fewer tourists, and more scope for spotting local wildlife. A country filled with ancient culture and natural wonders coupled with a friendly, youthful population, Ethiopia is a wonderful (and still lesser-traveled) destination.
The vast metropolises of China are well-known tourist destinations, but it’s a huge country, so how to get to know another side of it? Try Yunnan Province, a snapshot of rural China south of the Tibetan Plateau.
It’s home to probably the most diverse mix of cultures, ethnic groups, landscapes and local skills and crafts in the country, and 2020 brings the first tentative attempt to attract travelers, with a number of lodges for visitors opening across the region.
That doesn’t mean to say there’ll be an influx of people of course; for the foreseeable future, the region will remain very much off the beaten track.
1770 and Agnes Water, Australia
1770 is, in fact, the name of a town. A small one, but an important one in the history of Australia, as it was here on 24 May in that year that James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour came ashore.
The town celebrates this fact annually with a re-enactment of that historic event, and the 2020 version will be even more special than usual, as it marks 250 years since their arrival. Head along the coast for incredible surfing and diving opportunities, or visit the picturesque town of Agnes Water just along the coast.
Either way, you’re pretty much-guaranteed sunshine, and will definitely receive a warm and friendly welcome.
During April and May 2019, Jamaica was the location for the filming of the 25th James Bond movie. A nice touch, as it was on the island where Ian Fleming came up with the character while staying at his villa, GoldenEye (no, really!).
Today, if you’re feeling rich, you can even rent the villa to stay in yourself (and we mean rich: it has a private beach, pool and tropical gardens, as well as a butler, housekeeper and personal chef), or if you don’t quite have the budget for that, there are plenty of resorts and private houses to rent for more reasonable rates, never more than a short walk from the island’s famous white sandy beaches.