6th January 2020
We hope you had an enjoyable time over the festive period. If you're already suffering from a case of itchy feet now that Christmas is over and your 2020 travel calendar is looking sadder than a discarded Christmas tree, we are here to help.
Our experts have used their 20/20 vision to come up with a travel planner for the best times to go where and when this year. And we’ve offered you not one but two choices for each month, so start planning your 2020 adventure here!
If you're sun-starved and in need of some R&R, Nicaragua and Oman are two destinations that are ideal in the lull after the holidays.
Tranquil with a dash of adventure for those who can't sit still for too long, both of these countries offer plenty of rich culture and beautiful surroundings to enjoy warm, dry weather.
You won't have to compete for space on Nicaragua's palm tree-lined beaches or even in the whistling sand dunes of Oman's Empty Quarters, which is why they're perfect places to ease into the new year.
Visit Nicaragua in January...
Visit Oman in January...
You'll be spoilt for choice in Latin America around February, especially if getting back in touch with nature is your thing.
Weather-wise, both Argentina and Colombia vary depending on where you are in the country, but you'll find comfortable temperatures for lounging on Colombia's Caribbean beaches or hiking long summer days in Patagonia.
The question is, would you rather be sipping on a nice glass of Argentinian wine, or a steaming hot cup of Colombian coffee?
Visit Argentina in February...
Visit Colombia in February...
For oodles of friendly locals and jaw-droppingly gorgeous landscapes to behold, both Vietnam and Jordan should be top contenders for March travel.
From the Mars-like deserts of Jordan to the verdant paddy fields of Vietnam, you won't be lacking in historical sites in either country, along with pretty coastal areas and great food to fill your bellies.
March ensures perfect balmy temperatures in Vietnam and mild temperatures in Jordan before it starts getting uncomfortably hot a few months later, great for sightseeing and relaxing.
Visit Vietnam in March...
Visit Jordan in March...
Easter celebrations abound in both Ethiopia and Chile in the warm month of April, meaning there'll be no excuses not to join in with a sip of honey wine in Ethiopia, or take a trip to Chile's central wine valley.
If you'd prefer something a little more laid-back, the scenic drives will do the trick. It's actually autumn in Chile so the landscape is awash with bright colours and fewer tourists to disrupt the peace.
Whereas Ethiopia is going through a transition with showers providing respite from the heat; a pleasant balance the upcoming months will lack.
Visit Ethiopia in April...
Visit Chile in April...
May is a safe bet for both Pakistan and Namibia to catch temperatures that aren't swelteringly hot, but also fairly dry. The mountainous regions in Pakistan, particularly, are at their absolute best.
May provides plenty to do in both countries. Check out the stunning Hindu Kush region in Pakistan, or scour the watering holes in Namibia for wildlife that congregates there under sunny blue skies.
As this isn't high-season in either Pakistan or Namibia, you'll benefit from feeling like you have these gorgeous destinations all to yourself.
Visit Pakistan in May...
Visit Namibia in May...
What a contrast of countries to choose between! Do you choose intricate Hindu and Buddhist temples or ancient Roman ruins? Lush jungle or cedar forests? Clear waters to see an abundance of marine life or the vibrant nightlife of Beirut?
The weather is perfect for all activities: dry, hot and sunny! If the coast gets a little too hot in Lebanon, escape to the cooler mountains and in Indonesia, all you have to do is lap it up by kicking back on the beach. It's not quite high season in Indonesia yet so chill, trek volcanoes or sight-see before it gets too busy.
There's no escaping it, July can get hot in parts of Mexico and at certain points along the Silk Road, but that doesn't mean you can't still make the most of these culturally rich, fascinating countries.
Diverse in climate and landscapes, Mexico is so much more than beach resorts and poolside cocktails (unless you want to cool down) - instead, check out lesser-visited regions such as Oaxaca, for example.
And as the Silk Road spans from China to Turkey, you'll experience everything from desert and ancient cities to glaciers and mountains, depending on if you want to take it just a small section, or embark on the journey of a lifetime.
If freezing winters aren't your thing, August is the best month to explore the wild remoteness of Siberia, home to shamans and snow leopards. For a region that sees temperatures plummet, summer here is rather mild, revealing truly stunning landscapes.
This time of year can get quite humid in Ukraine, but break up sunny sightseeing in the cities with cooler mountain exploration to find Hutsul Highlanders or a sobering visit to Chernobyl, and you have a perfect mix of climes for your adventures.
Easing into Autumn has never been so dreamy as in these two countries. As the leaves begin to turn, both the Caucasus and Japan wave goodbye to their lush greenery and become rolling hills or manicured trees of gorgeous yellows and oranges.
But temperatures haven't dropped drastically, allowing for a pleasurable hike around the Caucasus, especially in Georgia or Armenia, or alternatively a serene walking pilgrimage in Japan to witness the changing of the seasons first-hand.
Autumn in Bhutan is a sought-after time to visit this isolated Kingdom for its beautiful golden leaves, clear skies and bright sun, ideal for some trekking out into the wilderness. Evenings prove to be cooler which is nice for wandering the best sightseeing spots.
October is also one of the best months to explore Madagascar. This time of year is dry and not too hot, but benefits from bouncing baby lemurs and blooming jacaranda flowers. It's also prime snorkelling time as the waters are clear and abundant with life.
In both India and Cambodia, as the year gradually draws to an end, the monsoon rains subside to reveal blue skies and warm weather, which is ideal for sightseeing.
You'll want to do plenty of that in these architecturally rich regions, home to some of the most iconic and impressive monuments you won't easily forget.
But what might stay with you longer is the incredible hospitality of the locals in both of these top destinations. Warm and welcoming, you won't be left short of a helping hand or a friendly exchange.