The Cool List: celebrating the reasons to travel in 2020

The Cool List: celebrating the reasons to travel in 2020

Plotting your travels for the year ahead? Then look no further. Reflecting a growing appetite for responsible and authentic travel, our Cool List is replete with reasons to travel and with nations bouncing back from trying times, cities launching new cultural attractions, and pioneering destinations throwing open the doors of innovative hotels.   

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National Geographic Traveller (UK)
March 2020
The Cool List: celebrating the reasons to travel in 2020
By National Geographic Traveller
Reflecting a growing appetite for responsible and authentic travel, our Cool List is replete with nations bouncing back from trying times, cities launching inspired new attractions, and pioneering destinations throwing open the doors of innovative hotels.
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In this issue,we see the return of the annual Cool List: 20 destinations that are making a name for themselves this year. From Cumbria to Panama, Brisbane and Pakistan, we’ve scoured the globe for 2020’s most interesting destinations.

From hiking trails and emerging culinary hubs to luxury lodges and landmark attractions, it’s a list that gives you plenty of inspiration close to home, as well as further afield. Reflecting a growing appetite for responsible and authentic travel, the Cool List is replete with nations bouncing back from trying times, cities launching inspired new cultural attractions, and pioneering destinations throwing open the doors of innovative hotels.

Plus, go off-grid in the lush jungles of Guyana; discover the majesty of Sri Lanka’s elephants; explore rock churches in Ethiopia’s dramatic Gheralta Mountains; and spend a long weekend in Bergen.

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Why travel in 2020? To get closer the culture and history of a place

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