Already excited to go somewhere in 2020? But just not sure or can’t decide where to go? Well, do not fret! I will be sharing with you my very own top 5 countries to visit in 2020!
This post is all about giving you some idea as to which countries you can consider for your 2020 travels!
1. Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020: Iceland
Why Iceland is amazing? Iceland is insanely beautiful and surreal! When I first travelled to there in 2013, I was totally mesmerised by the natural beauty! This should definitely on your Top 5 Countries To Visit in 2020!
If you’re wondering what is Iceland like? Well, the incredible landscape of the island is staggering. Most of the country is an uninhabited moonscape of craters, bright green moss, towering glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, and fields of lava rock.
Iceland: Car VS Public Transport
During our stay in Iceland, we decided not to rent a car there. To be honest, driving on the roads in winter sounds scary! You can barely see the roads and it can be really slippery. We took the public buses to travel from the South to the North.
But of course, there are people who self-drive and felt completely safe! In addition, driving on your own will be so much more convenient and time saving.
Iceland: Traveller’s Tip
Here’s a tip when travelling in Iceland….You have to be prepared when visiting in the winter. The temperature in Southern Iceland in winter can be -10 degrees (14 Fahrenheit). Northern Iceland can range from around -25 t0 -30 degrees (-13 to -22 Fahrenheit). Make sure to pack appropriate wear. Bring lots of thermal and heat packs!
What To See In Iceland
The best part about visiting Iceland in the winter is having the opportunity to catch the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, we weren’t so lucky! I’ve been told by some of the locals that you will have higher chances of catching the Northern Lights in the North.
Iceland is the land of midnight sun. To celebrate the summer’s midnight sun, a music festival is held in Reykjavik, called Secret Solstice. The sun doesn’t set during the three day festival. We were told during one summer a few years back, the sun did not set for three weeks! How epic! Are you now convinced that Iceland should be part of your top 5 countries to visit in 2020?
Where To Visit In Iceland
- Visit Hallgriímskirkja in Reykjavik
- Blue Lagoon
- Horse Riding in Langhus Horse Farm
- South Shore
- Golden Circle
Where To Stay In Iceland
My second country on my Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020 is Finland! Visiting Lapland, Finland was a dream come true! I finally got to go to Santa Claus Village in Lapland Rovaniemi to mee Santa Claus! A childhood dream come true!
What To See In Lapland
When to visit Lapland and see northern lights?
Lapland, Finland is one of the best regions in the world to see the Northern Lights. This region sees the Northern Lights 200 out of 300 nights in a year. That’s pretty good odds to catch the Northern Lights! We managed to catch it twice during our stay there! Just be prepared that you will have to stay up till 1am in the cold. Make sure to layer up!
Where To Stay In Lapland
We stayed at Santa’s Igloo Arctic Circle during our trip to Lapland, which is just a 5 minutes walk to Santa Claus Village. Very convenient!
What To Eat In Lapland
When you’re exploring Santa Claus Village, you have to try out the famous Santa’s Salmon Place. It is all about original Lappish cuisine and atmosphere, where they serve fresh and delicious salmon baked at a traditional Lappish teepee with open fire. You’ve got to try every dish on the menu, which consists of a snack, the main dish and dessert!
What To Do In Lapland
These are the activities we did at the Santa Claus Village. There are definitely many more to choose from….
- Husky Safari
- Snowmobile Safari
- Reindeer Safari
- Santa Claus Main Post Office
- Meet Santa (!!!)
Lapland is the definition of winter wonderland!
How can you not add this to your Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020 after reading this?!
3. Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020: Maldives
From two amazing winter spots to a tropical paradise! Maldives is for sure on my Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020! Have not been? Well, what are you waiting for?! Check out my Maldives travel blog!
What Maldives Is Famous For
Why Maldives is the best? Duh, if you’re like me and love the beach, then you are in luck! Maldives beaches are insane! The water is a pristine turquoise and so clear! I’ve never seen anything like it!
Maldives: What To Do
In addition, there are so many water sport activities, like snorkelling, jet skiing, fly boarding, etc! I first learnt how to fly board in Maldives. If I had a chance, I would do water sports everyday…
The sandbanks in Maldives are just out-of-this-world! I celebrated my birthday with a sandbank picnic! Best birthday ever!!
Maldives Resort VS Budget Maldives
It’s really up to each individual where they would like to stay in Maldives. Tourists can decide whether they want to stay at a luxurious Maldives resort or a budget hotel. During our stay, we stayed at two resorts (Amaya Resort Kuda Rah and Bandos Maldives) and a budget hotel (Island Beach House) in Hulhumale.
Why Bali Is So Popular
My second last country for my list of Top 5 Countries To Visit in 2020 is Bali Indonesia. It is another tropical paradise!
Why Bali is the best place to visit? Firstly, no matter which area you’ve chosen to stay in Bali, the local community is integrated with the newer establishments.
Bali is so popular because it is a highly diverse island that caters to both adventurers and those in need of relaxation.
Backpackers stay in hostels and can be sighted partying in cheaper bars and clubs. Families can book suitable, comfortable accommodations and keep the children entertained with fun holiday attractions and activities.
For those tourists in need of a relaxing retreat, they may be more comfortable in Bali’s quieter environments and enjoy the endless hospitality of welcoming local staff who look after their every need.
It has also become the dream honeymoon destination for newly-weds with its huge selection of romantic scenic hotels and private villas, world-class restaurants, sunset cruises, and spa treatments galore.
Lastly, Bali is a great destination for large groups of fun seekers who can enjoy the great thriving nightlife, epic beaches, boutique shops, and sightseeing attractions. There are so many different areas, some more touristy and crowded than others, but each holding unique appeal. It offers something for everyone whether that’s shopping, surfing, relaxing, retreating, serenity-seeking, sight-seeing, attractions, exploring, or indulging in the wide options of food and drink.
Bali: Where To Eat
Bali is known for its awesome cafes. Here are some….
- Kynd Community
- Coffee Cartel
- Strawberry Fields
- Neon Palms
- Cafe Organic
Bali: Where To Visit
5. Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020: India
If you’ve read this far, thank you so much! The last country on my list of Top 5 Countries To Visit in 2020 is……..drum roll please……Jaipur Rajasthan, India!
Jaipur is seriously so exotic, full of culture and vibrant! I was there for a week and couldn’t stop marvelling at how beautiful it is!
Jaipur: What To Bring
We went in June/July and it was seriously the hottest period! 40 degrees Celcius! My gosh, I was melting! Make sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats!
Also, many of the places require visitors to be covered up. I suggest bringing clothes that ensure your shoulders, knees and midriff are covered.
Jaipur: Where to Stay
- Shahpura House
Guide For Jaipur
There are so many things to do and see in Jaipur Rajasthan! Here is my Jaipur travel guide:
- Jaipur Rajasthan Patrika Gate
- Hawal Mahal
- City Palace Jaipur
- Rambagh Palace
- Jal Mahal
- Royal Gaitor Tombs
- Nahargarh Fort
- Panna Meena Ka Kund
- Amber Gate
- Albert Museum
- Jaigarh Fort
Share with me your Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020 or the top 5 countries that you would love to visit in 2020! Would love to know more….
I hope you enjoyed reading!
Happy travels in 2020!