The travel website Travel Lemming publishes the list of 30 incredible emerging destinations, as voted by the world top travel bloggers. Below are the TOP-5 destinations of the 2020 Emerging Destination Awards, Georgia ranks as the 1st. The author notes that Georgia is a quite affordable tourist destination.
Possibly the world's greatest hidden travel gem, Georgia packs a shocking amount to do inside a compact country. The stunning Caucasus mountains give the Alps a run for their money, Tbilisi's bohemian Old Town makes Prague's seem positively pedestrian, and Georgia's wine scene is currently enjoying a moment of global recognition (about time too, as wine was invented here). Plus, Georgia is an extraordinarily affordable destination - where else can you enjoy a European-style vacation on a South East Asian vacation budget?
When to Visit: April to October
Top Attractions: Ushguli settlement in Svaneti, Khaketi wine region, Old Town Tbilisi
2. Nova ScotiaNova Scotia is the Rorschach inkblot of travel - and, no, we're not just saying that because it literally looks like one on a map. What makes Nova Scotia so impressive is that it takes on the personality of those who dare to explore it. Looking for a blissfully serene escape? Try blending your own wine at one of the regions many wineries, or soaking in its many picturesque coves. Seeking roaring adventure? Try surfing the world's highest tides on Nova Scotia's 13,300 kilometers of pristine coastline, or hiking one of its many remote trails. The bottom line: whatever your 2020 travel goals are, you can probably find them in Nova Scotia.
When to Visit: June to October
Top Attractions: Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, Peggy's Cove, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
3. The Cook Islands
Someone better tell the Maldives to move over, because intrepid beach lovers have found a new paradise in the pristine azure waters and powdery white sands of The Cook Islands. Mix in a little Polynesian tradition and abundant marine life, and you can see why this South Pacific archipelago is ready to contend for the title of the world's best island destination. But the best reason to visit The Cook Islands in 2020? It's a country that appears to be taking the charge of responsible development seriously, setting aside over 1 million square kilometers of marine conservation area, leading the world in its renewable energy targets, and focusing its development efforts on eco-tourism. Bravo!
When to Visit: May to October
Top Attractions: Aitutaki Lagoon, Muri Beach, Te Vara Nui Village Tour & Cultural Show, Aroa Marine Reserve
Rwanda's tourism scene is most famous for the opportunity to come face-to-face with the world's most enrapturing creature on one of its spectacular mountain gorilla treks. But Rwanda's conservation success story is about more than just gorillas: Akagera National Park offers the chance to see the Big Five on a more traditional safari, while Volcanoes National Park invites you to explore its fire-spewing namesakes. And with the World Economic Forum recently naming it the safest country in Africa and RwandAir slated to open direct flights from JFK to Kigali, 2020 is the best year yet to travel to Rwanda.
When to Visit: Mid-December to early February; June to September
Top Attractions: Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe National Park, Ethnographic Museum, Kigali Genocide Memorial
Kyrgyzstan is the kind of place that you might suppose is best reserved for hearty adventurers. And you'd be half right: adventure IS practically the middle name of this Central Asian country. But if Kyrgyzstan had a different first name, it'd be simply "culture." The traditions of the Silk Road are still alive and well here, and you don't need to spend weeks hiking remote mountainsides to access that culture thanks to the remarkable programs of the Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association. On the other hand, if you're even the least bit interested in hiking, you'd be crazy to pass up some of the most beautiful trails on the planet.
When to Visit: Northern Kyrgyzstan - June to September; Southern Kyrgyzstan - March to October
Top Attractions: Köl-Suu Lake, Ala Archa National Park, Ala-Köl, Burana
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