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Travel Ideas & Destinations for 2020

This time of year can see many of us wistfully thinking about holiday plans. A good project to get stuck into with lots of planning and organisation!

Well, just to get you started, if you are at all interested in world sporting events then of course your first thought must be the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer from the 24th July – 9th August.

A little bit of research will be necessary as there are different zones/areas where your favourite events will take place. The Olympic venues have been classified into two zones: The Heritage Zone, classified as central and western Tokyo, and the Tokyo Bay Zone, encompassing Odaiba and Tatsumi islands.

As well as the Olympics, Japan is full of exciting and vibrant cities, cultural enclaves and plenty of beautiful landscapes of natural beauty to explore and enjoy.

Then if you are after something completely different, you could combine a trip to Dubai with visiting the Dubai Expo 2020 from 20 October – 10 April 2021. The Expo strap line ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ ties in with the theme of building partnerships and inspiring ideas that will forge the world of tomorrow. An Expo is a universal exposition, whose purpose is to showcase the industrial, scientific, technological, and artistic achievements of all the participating nations.

The Expo will be held on a 438-hectare site located next to the Al Maktoum International Airport near Jebel Ali and this is the first time an expo has been hosted in the combined region of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Expo 2020 also coincides with the Emirate’s Golden Jubilee Celebration, so it will be a great time to visit and see the celebrations for Dubai’s 50th birthday.

And for those with a special interest in green and environmental issues, here are a couple of cities that are doing a great deal in promoting sustainability and eco-friendly tourism.

Gothenburg, is Sweden’s eco-certified city and almost everything you can do in Gothenburg, can be done with a clean conscience!

All major venues are eco-certified and 92% of hotel rooms hold an official eco-certification, making Gothenburg one of the world’s greenest hotel cities. Even the Opera House, Concert Hall and Liseberg amusement park are eco-certified, and restaurants have good access to local and organic produce.

At the heart of the city is the Gothia Towers hotel, the biggest hotel in Europe to be certified according to the Breeam standard for environmental certification. The hotel kitchen garden is located on the roof and boasts Sweden’s highest apiary, with 150,000 bees. The garden produce is Krav-certified for sustainability and the herbs and spices grown here as well as the honey are all used in the dishes of the Upper House restaurant – they also brew their own beer!

The city and its’ environs can be explored by bike and for the really adventurous there are plenty of great lakes in and around Gothenburg for wild swimming.

Slovenia is a great adventure destination for green cycling and hiking, with its’ wonderful landscape of mountains and lakes. Nearly 60% of the country is covered in forests, and there are more than 40 parks and reserves. Some areas have seen a big influx of tourists over recent years but much remains off the beaten track and the government has a sensible strategy for sustainable tourism growth.

Last year, the 270km Juliana Trail opened and offers a hiking route through the Julian Alps which takes walkers away from some of the most visited parts of Triglav national park. The circular trail, which starts at Kranjska Gora near the Italian border, is divided into 16 stages, with most of the daily routes starting at a railway station or bus stop.

Bike Slovenia Green also offers another way of exploring a multi-stage itinerary through the Julian Alps, around Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled and on to the Adriatic coast. The series of one-day cycling loops visits places that have a Slovenia Green certificate. Designed by sustainable travel agency Visit GoodPlace, and funded by the EU, the bike routes go through three wine regions, and take cyclists to family-run hotels via quiet roads and cycle paths.

Also new for 2020 is a Best of Slovenia By Train trip from Inntravel. Travelling via Vienna and Venice, it makes use of Slovenia’s charming, old-fashioned rail network and takes in highlights from alpine Bohinj to capital Ljubljana and Piran on the Adriatic coast.

So, wherever your fancy and feet take you this year, have a safe and enjoyable trip!

March 3, 2020

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