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The pick of National Geographic’s must-visit destinations for 2020

Renowned travel publication, National Geographic, has published its list of top destinations for 2020, providing a wealth of inspirational holiday ideas.

From sustainable resorts to tranquil escapes and country trails, these are the locations that could help to shape your travel plans during the next 12 months…

Here’s a handful of the destinations that make the cut, including one which is close to home…

Guizhou Province, China

Far from the hustle and bustle of Beijing is the mountainous Chinese province of Guizhou, an up-and-coming tech hub where traditional life has continued for 15 centuries.

Expect to find tranquil villages amid the rugged terrain, as well as plenty of historical monuments, including the 14th century Qingyan fortress, just outside the province’s capital Guiyang.

Guizhou Province China

The Wales Way, UK

Three routes that criss-cross Wales are designed to showcase the best of what the country has to offer. Taking in spectacular castles, the wilderness of Snowdonia and a handful of Victorian seaside towns, the North Wales Way follows an old trading route along the north coast.

The Cambrian Way weaves its way from north to south along the country’s backbone, taking in some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery, while the Coastal Way follows the coast of Cardigan Bay in the west.

A full set of itineraries for the routes provides plenty of inspiration, from 100mph zip wires to coasteering and wildlife watching.

The Wales Way

Tohoku, Japan

While Tokyo is gearing up for the 2020 Olympic Games, the natural wilderness of Tohoku, at the northern tip of Honshu, is just three hours away by train.

Pristine forests and crater lakes provide a stunning natural backdrop for those wanting to explore the Michinoku Coastal Trail, while the region receives some of the world’s heaviest snowfall, making it a quiet gem for skiers.

Tohoku Japan

Zakouma National Park, Chad

A lesser-known safari destination with a rapidly increasing elephant population, the Zakouma National Park has made huge steps towards tackling poaching.

As a result, wildlife is thriving – the park is home to 10,000 buffalo and an estimated 1,000 Kordofan giraffes, as well as a host of birdlife, cheetahs and leopards.

National Blue Trail, Hungary

Hike Europe’s longest continual trail from the Austrian border towards Slovakia, covering some 700 miles of striking Hungarian countryside.

It’s a route steeped in history and all along the National Blue Trail are sights to behold – from three World Heritage Sites to dozens of forts and spent volcanoes on the Basin of Tapolca.

Puebla, Mexico

For stunning baroque architecture, visit the Mexican city of Puebla. Tracing its roots back to the Spanish in 1531, the World Heritage listed city centre is a delightful mix of Spanish and Mexican influences.

The country’s fourth largest city can provide an authentic glimpse into the nation’s culture and is vastly different to what you can expect to find in some of Mexico’s more prominent tourist destinations.

Puebla Mexico

Bialowieza Forest, Belarus/Poland

Described by National Geographic as one of Europe’s ‘last true wild places’, the UNESCO World Heritage site and Biosphere Reserve of Bialowieza National Park houses around 800 European bison and hundreds of bird species.

As some of Europe’s last remaining primeval forests, the natural landscape and the animals within it are the main draw here – and if you’re lucky you might see the spectacular bison up close.

Bialowieza Forest

Tasmania, Australia

Explore the stunning natural beauty of one of Australia’s fastest growing tourism destinations, where adventure reigns supreme.

Alongside a host of native wildlife and a breathtaking national park, it takes just four hours to drive a hire car from coast to coast, making everything incredibly accessible.

Tasmania Australia

If you are interested in booking a trip to any of these locations, then why not get in touch with the travel experts at Questor Travel?

Date Created: 10/12/2019

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