Best Places to Visit in 2020

2020 has been a year of change. What hasn’t changed is the desire to visit U.S. cities one has never been to before. There are many places in the U.S. to visit that are fun and interesting for tourists of all ages.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, SC, though often overlooked as a vacation spot, has a lot to offer visitors. Much of Savannah features architecture dating back centuries. However, it remains a modern city with many appealing attractions and events. One popular event in this city is the Wine and Food Festival, held annually in March. Visitors also choose that month because it is the best time to see the blooming of springtime flowers. March is also cherry blossom season in Charleston, which attracts visitors from all over the country. Also, the city is filled with quaint cafes and fascinating galleries.

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2020s Top Travel Destinations

The new year brings many exciting opportunities for travel. Many of the world’s top vacation destinations have received high ratings because of their fun attractions and ideal accommodations. Here are a few of the top destinations that every traveler should consider visiting in 2020.

Bahia, Brazil

Bahia is a state in northeastern Brazil that’s known for its Afro-Brazilian culture and beautiful beaches that are on par with Rio de Janeiro. Salvador, the state’s capital city, boasts many spectacular monuments along with the historic neighborhood known as Pelourinho. Salvador is also known for its public art installations that give the city some additional flare and color.

Salzburg, Austria

Known for being the birthplace of Mozart and other great composers, writers and artists, Salzburg is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience some of the finest aspects of European culture. The bustling shopping street known as Getreidegasse features many stores that sell a variety of practical goods and souvenirs. The city also features hostels where guests can stay for a cheaper price. One of the biggest annual events is the Salzburg Festival, which showcases classical and operatic music performances as well as theatrical productions.

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar has risen from the ashes of the Bosnian War to become one of the world’s best places to go for a vacation. Efforts have been made to restore historic buildings that were damaged in the war, and some artists have even used their skills to decorate certain damaged structures to help bring them back to life. The 16th-century Ottoman-influenced bridge known as Stari Most is a highlight feature of the city and is a great place to go to take photos. One of the most unique sights in the city is a statue of martial arts legend Bruce Lee in Zrinjevac Park.

Kochi, India

Located near the southern tip of India, Kochi has earned high approval ratings from many travelers for its charming cafes and quaint homestays that are nestled among the city’s backstreets, which are reminiscent of the colonial era. A spectacular waterfront gives the city further appeal. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a notable festival that features unique street art displays.

Anyone who wants to see a different part of the world can make the most of their adventure by visiting any of these destinations in 2020. From historic sites to beautiful scenery, these locations have it all. 

Planning Your First Trip to Europe

Traveling to Europe, especially for the first time, can be a daunting proposition. There are dozens of countries, and each one has its own history and attractions. So, how does one choose?

Determine a Budget

The first step is to determine how much one can spend on a European vacation. That will help a traveler decide what is and isn’t feasible. There are few things more disappointing than to lovingly plan an itinerary for a week-long vacation in Paris and then discover it’s too expensive.

Pick a Destination

Now comes the fun part: deciding where to go. One way to make such a decision is to list a bunch of destinations on one’s bucket list and see if a majority of them fall within a given country or region. Travelers may also consider activities, such as skiing or mountain-climbing.

Take Care of all Necessary Documents

European countries require visitors to have passports and getting a passport typically takes at least a month. Passports do have expiration dates, so travelers who already have one should double-check their passport to make certain it hasn’t expired. People who plan to stay in Europe for over 90 days will also need a visa.

The CDC recommends checking health advisories and being current on all needed vaccines. It’s best to get all the necessary vaccines at least a month before the trip.

Book a Flight

The plane flight to and from Europe will be the most expensive part of the trip, thus it needs to be booked before the accommodations or any rental cars. The traveler can comparison shop by visiting sites like Expedia or Skyscanner. Booking early will allow the traveler more flexibility with their dates and more opportunities to save.

Book Accommodations

Choosing and reserving hotel rooms is another item that should be done early – especially if one is traveling in the summer. It’s a good idea to look for accommodations with a local flavor like a bed-and-breakfast or renovated castle. It’s also prudent to look for accommodations that provide breakfast as part of their service, as that will leave more money for lunch and dinner. Sites like Hotels.com, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor can help the traveler comparison shop.

Investigate Transportation

One simple way to travel through Europe is to join a tour group. Europe also has railways and several discount airlines. While rental cars can help people travel between cities, they may not be necessary within the city. London, for example, has the underground Tube, and Amsterdam has lots of bike routes. 

The Best Fall Travel Destinations

Simply because summer is a popular travel season doesn’t mean the destinations are less appealing during the autumn months. There are several advantages to taking a fall getaway if one has the time and resources to do so. Take a break from crying over summer being over and go on a fall trip today.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole gives plenty of reason for visitors to smile. Get to know the locals during the autumn time; the summer traffic has all gone away for the season. This means one can enjoy a festival and explore the many miles of forest around Jackson Hole. The weather is impeccable during the early months of autumn, making this stop in Wyoming a perfect escape.

Charleston, South Carolina

Hopping along the cobblestone walkways when the humidity has gone away is what fall is all about in this historic city in South Carolina. Charleston has all the historic architecture and old-time charm that can take people back centuries; it perfectly blends the past with the present through tasty restaurants and contemporary art galleries. This is a perfect trip for the history buff as Charleston has played no small role in the history of the country. History lover or not, Charleston has the beauty and charm to make plenty of fall travelers pleased with their decision.

Boston, Massachusetts

Another extremely historic town, Boston boasts some fun avenues to get lost in. Much like Charleston, Boston is a great blend between yesterday and today. Visit historic landmarks and museums before going out to eat and stopping at some of the many shops. Baseball fans will fall in love with Fenway Park. Boston in the autumn time can get especially wild if the Red Sox find themselves playing playoff ball in October.

San Francisco, California

One will have plenty to do in San Francisco. Take a walk by the wharf for some food before taking in a sunset with the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground. San Francisco in itself has plenty of beauty and colorful charm. One won’t feel like they are in a big city despite all of its buzz. This city by the bay is worth a fall visit today.