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10 up-and-coming destinations to know for 2020

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 02/12/2019 Laura Hampson

With a new year (and a new decade) on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about off-the-beaten track holidays .

According to a study from Booking.com, 70 per cent of global travellers say they want to go somewhere that offers experiences they have never had before in 2020.

To help inspire your next trip, Booking.com has pulled together 10 of the top emerging destinations in the world for 2020.

From a town in the heart of the Argentine Andes to India’s blue city, here are the havens to place on your 2020 hit list.

Seogwipo, South Korea

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The second largest city on South Korea’s Jeju Island, Seogwipo is ideal for active travellers. Its volcanic coastline is a natural marvel, while the clear blue waters prove popular with diving enthusiasts. Nearby Mount Hallasan is primed for hiking, and the Cheonjiyeon Falls and Jeongbang waterfalls are pretty spots to head for a picnic.

Zabljak, Montenegro

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Hiking has been en vogue this year and it’s something that is set to continue into 2020. One of the best spots next year is in the mountains of Zabljak, a small town in northern Montenegro and at the centre of the Durmitor mountain region. Here, hiking trails are coupled with lakes, rivers and national parks to explore.

Yerevan, Armenia

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For history and architecture buffs, Armenia’s capital of Yerevan is marked by grand Soviet-era buildings. The Matenadaran library is home to thousands of Greek and Armenian manuscripts and the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals of the Armenian Apostolic Church in the world.

Salta, Argentina

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With colonial architecture and colourful landscapes, Salta is located in the heart of the Argentine Andes. Nearby, discover natural wonders like The Hill of Seven Colours of the Salinas Grandes (salt flats) or stick to the city and explore San Francisco Church, a seventeenth century monastery.

Il Gzira, Malta

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Malta, with its rich culture and shimmering waters, has always been a great getaway, but in 2020 travellers should look to Il Gzira on the north eastern coast of the island. In direct view of the walled city of Valetta, visitors can spot traditional Maltese houses with the typical small balconies dotted along the streets.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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While Thailand and Bali have been in the South East Asian spotlight for the past few years, travellers in the know are heading to Vietnam instead. The dense greenery and medley of mountains, rivers, caves, rice fields and pagodas makes Ninh Binh perfect Instagram fodder and it’s just a few hours from bustling capital Hanoi.

Swinoujscie, Poland

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Forget Krakow or Warsaw for a city break, 2020 is all about Swinoujscie in northwest Poland. A destination for water lovers, visit the Museum of Sea Fishery or visit the nineteenth-century lighthouse with stunning views of the harbour. The closest airport is Solidarity Szczecin-Goleniów, which Ryanair flies to for £40 return.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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While hardly under the radar, Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan is having a moment and will continue to do so in 2020, thanks to its vibrant culture and stunning architecture. The cobbled streets of old San Juan boats colourful Spanish colonial buildings, and the streets are adorned with eye-catching street art.

Takamatsu, Japan

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Known as the ‘Udon Kingdom’ and the ‘Gateway of Shikoku’, Japan’s Takamatsu is a port town on Shikoku Island. With picture-perfect scenery, Ritsurin Park is a must-visit and is home to many tea houses where visitors can experience traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Onsens (natural hot springs) are also plentiful in this area.

Jodhpur, India

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One of the world’s most colourful cities, Jodhpur’s streets are lined with blue houses creating an azure-hued cityscape. Home to the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Mandore Gardens, culture lovers will find a haven here and foodies will delight in sampling the authentic Indian food and spices throughout the city.

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