Top Travel Destinations of 2020
As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to start planning ahead for the new year. In a recent survey conducted by Tenon Tours, we received over 500 submissions on where travelers are going to next and how. Based off these results, we learned that the top travel destinations of 2020 are Ireland, Scotland, Italy and England. Self-drive vacations were by far the most popular trip type, as they allow you the most flexibility and the ability to travel at your own pace. Travelers also said that they preferred to stay in 4-star hotels. Continue reading to learn more about each of these top 2020 destinations, or get in touch with a travel specialist to start planning your 2020 trip.
Ireland made the top of the our 2020 travel list. Whether it’s your first time to the Emerald Isle or your tenth, there is something for every traveler. Embark on a kayaking adventure from Cork, try your hand at falconry or explore the city of Galway, named the European Capital of Culture for 2020.
Places to see
- Dublin: The capital and largest city in Ireland is one of our most popular vacation destinations in the country. There is plenty to do and see including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Temple Bar and Kilmainham Goal.
- Galway: Galway is situated on the west coast of Ireland where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic. This traditional Irish city is a famous destination for its rich history, lively night scene, Irish folk music, cafes, and cathedrals.
- Killarney: This city is located in the southwest in the County Kerry. It’s a scenic city known for Ross Castle, Muckross House, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Ring of Kerry including Killarney Lakes and National Park.
- Cork: Famous for the Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone, this beautiful city has much to offer travelers of all interests. Located inland from the southwest coast, you’ll have a beautiful drive upon arrival and departure.
- Connemara: Known for the rivers, lakes, and beauty of the Ballynahinch estate, Connemara is one of Ireland’s premier destinations for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy the Kylemore Abbey, Aughnanure Castle, Mitchelston Cave and the Station House Museum while you’re in the area.
- Belfast: The capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the RMS Titanic which is known for its devastating legacy when it sunk in 1912 after hitting an iceberg. Be sure to visit the Titanic Belfast Museum, Belfast City Hall, St. George’s Market and the Belfast Castle during your next stay in Belfast, Ireland.
- Derry: Also known as Londonderry, this iconic city is located in Northern Ireland. Known as the “walled city,” this is a place filled with intriguing political history including the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
In second place sits Scotland. Whether you’re looking to explore the city of Edinburgh or to venture into the Highlands, Scotland is a special place that is worthy of any traveler’s bucket list.
- Edinburgh: As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is full of history and intrigue. Places like Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, medieval Old Town and elegant New Town should top your list of attractions when visiting Edinburgh.
- Inverness: This ancient city attracts travelers from around the globe. As the largest city in Scotland, Inverness is located in the Scottish Highlands and is home to medieval ruins, quaint towns and prehistoric sites.
- Stirling: Stirling offers a little bit of everything from golf and local cuisine to whiskey distilleries and castles – most notably, Stirling Castle, the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots.
- Glasgow: Situated in the lowlands, Glasgow is a cultural hub and home to the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.
- Isle of Skye: The Isle of Skye is an island off the coast of northwestern Scotland, connected by a bridge. Its known for its fishing villages, picturesque landscapes and medieval castles. A must-see for all Scotland travelers!
- Loch Ness: You’ve probably heard this one before! Loch Ness is a large freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands known for alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster (aka Nessie). Take a trip and decide for yourself if the legends are true!
In our travel survey, Italy and England both ranked as the third country travelers are most likely to visit in 2020. As they offer completely different experiences, we’ll start with Italy (aka “The Boot.”) Italy has a powerful influence over western culture and is known for its art, ancient ruins and Renaissance masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “David.”
- Tuscany: A region in central Italy, Tuscany is home to diverse natural landscapes, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.
- Rome:Rome is the fourth largest city in Europe and therefore will take a few days to properly explore, depending on what you want to see and do. Most of the well-known sights can be seen on walking tours of the city.
- Sorrento: Located on the southwestern coast of Italy, Sorrento faces the Bay of Naples. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square.
- Venice: Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Known as the “Floating City,” there are no roads in Venice – just canals!
Tied with Italy for third country most likely to be visited among our survey responders, England is known for many things: fish and chips, tea, Shakespeare, The Beatles, Harry Potter and so much more. Whatever it is that brings you to this great country, you’re sure to find yourself at home among its gorgeous gardens, landscapes, museums and cities.
- London: The capital of England dates back to Roman times and is known for its incredible influence in the arts. Packed with galleries, libraries and museums, London is also home to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye.
- Bath: This city in Somerset is known for its Roman-built baths. While they are no longer safe to swim in, you can bathe in the naturally warm mineral waters at Thermae Bath Spa (if you’re over the age of 16.)
- Cambridge: Cambridge is most known for its University of Cambridge, with museum exhibits on archaeology and anthropology, polar exploration, the history of science and zoology. Visit Kings College Chapel, climb St. Mary’s Church Tower, and more!
- York: A walled city founded by the Romans, York is home to York Minster, a huge 13th century cathedral with medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The city walls are another popular attraction.
Where will you be traveling in the new year? Be sure to share this post with your comments on your top travel destinations of 2020! Wherever it is that you want to visit, Tenon Tours is here to help you plan the best vacation ever – completely customizable, completely you.