From Costa Rica to Colombia, meet your travel bucket list for 2020
New year, new travel goals
Struck by winter wanderlust? No problem. Ruzwana Bashir, the CEO of peek.com (a website to book the best travel activities across the world) presents travel destinations that ought to be on your 2020 travel bucket list. Scroll through the gallery below:
Colombia: In bohemian Medellín, nature meets urbanism with a host of parks and plazas to explore. Take a tour through Comuna 13, a notoriously poor barrio reborn and now bursting with colour from its graffiti and street art. And of course, whether you’re hitting the beach or staying up till the small hours, don’t forget to stop and take in the sights with a cup of coffee—it is Colombia, after all.
Hawai’i: Even after multiple visits, I always find new hidden gems to explore on these beautiful islands. Watch the sunrise from the top of the Haleakalā crater, before descending Maui’s largest mountain by bike and explore the surrounding National Parks. Indulge in the islands’ fresh fish offering and try the authentic version of century-old native Hawai’ian dish, poke. You could also try stand-up paddleboard (or SUP) yoga or submerge down into crystal clear waters as you go diving in O’ahu, or hike up the inland to plunge into the pools of Hanakapiai Falls.
Image: Haleakala crater
Japan: Land in Tokyo and jump over to Kyoto, which is the real highlight. Marvel at the hundreds of stunning temples, the spectacular Sagano Bamboo Forest and over 100 Michelin star restaurants. Then get off the beaten path to head to remote island Naoshima, which blends art museums with a lush jungle backdrop. From Monet’s ‘Water Lillies’ to iconic Yayoi Kusama sculptures, the island provides awe-inspiring art in an unforgettable setting.
New Orleans: New Orleans is so much more than just Mardi Gras. Get to grips with some local dishes with a Creole and Cajun cooking class, and sip on award-winning local rum at a NOLA distillery. Wander through the antique French Quarter and take a stroll through the city’s impressive historic cemeteries.
Costa Rica: According to the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is the happiest—and most eco-friendly—country in the world. Years of reforestation efforts have resulted in a lush landmass bursting with biodiversity, making it the perfect place for outdoor adventures. Whether it’s rafting down the Sarapiqui River, traversing muddy jungle trails on an off-road ATV, or indulging in some relaxation in natural hot springs, Costa Rica is the perfect place to escape the bustle of day-to-day life and get back in touch with nature.
Mongolia: A popular stop on the Trans- Siberian Railway, Mongolia is a country bursting with culture and scenic landscapes—well-deserving of its own trip. Get out of Ulaanbaatar to spend time with nomadic deer herders, and ride horses through the Khongor sand dunes as you experience spectacular views and rich, diverse wildlife in the world-famous Gobi desert.