Kensington Tours has released its list of trending travel destinations for 2020. The list highlights destinations that are evolving, either economically or environmentally, making them especially important places to visit in the year ahead, according to the tour operator.
“All of the emerging destinations we’ve chosen for 2020 offer travelers the opportunity to unplug and unwind, but there is also a sense of urgency when it comes to visiting these five destinations,” says Alison Hickey, president of Kensington Tours.
The emerging destinations for 2020, according to Kensington Tours, are as follows:
- Mongolia: Currently untouched by mass tourism, Mongolia is a destination that should intrigue even the most intrepid explorer and new airline routes mean this country is now easier to reach. Travelers should stay in a traditional ger, experience horseback riding with nomads and retrace the footsteps of famous paleontologists.
- Uganda: The proliferation of five-star lodges and gorilla trekking options in neighboring Rwanda has had a positive influence on Uganda, driving the development of better accommodations, improved roads and enhanced tourism infrastructure. The country’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to half the world’s mountain gorilla population, while Queen Elizabeth National Park has ample opportunities to encounter elephants, lions and baboons. Bonus: It costs a fraction of what you’d pay in Rwanda.
- Greenland: Venture to this off-the-beaten-path destination to hike icy fjords, helicopter over mammoth icebergs and visit 1,000-year-old Viking ruins. Climate change is affecting Greenland’s landscape with every passing day, so a private-guided expedition is the best way to experience the country’s ancient glaciers while developing a deeper understanding of the complex challenges the country faces today.
- Alaska: Cruises around the 49th state have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, but you should opt to explore Alaska by land instead. Alongside a local, private guide, travelers can experience transformative encounters with Alaska’s wildlife and its awe-inspiring glaciers.
- The Baltics: With fairy-tale castles, medieval towns and untouched forest landscapes, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania offer the best of Europe without the crowds or the high price tag.
Kensington Tours maintains a staff of 150 Destination Experts who can tailor any of its 600-plus itineraries in more than 90 countries worldwide.