From the delights of South Korea's food scene to the towering mountains of Slovenia and the idyllic beaches of the Philippines, these are the destinations we're most excited about for 2020.
Equal parts traditional and tech-savvy, socially conservative and forward facing, ancient history and modern culture, South Korea is an intoxicating mix of old and new. The frantic pace of life in cities like the capital Seoul is offset by the tranquillity of the surrounding countryside and the country’s exceptional National Parks. But for all its baffling juxtapositions, South Korea is unified by the decency and humanity of its people, who are some of the friendliest in the world. And then there’s the food; rest assured, Koreans know how to cook. Prepare to lose yourself in immense street food markets and tantalise your taste buds with bibimbap, Korean fried chicken and kimchi.
Take a look at our group adventures & food tours in South Korea.
Although a mere hour on the ferry from mainland Europe, this gateway to Africa is nonetheless oddly unfamiliar, part Arabic, part African, yet entirely its own. For many, Morocco’s highlights are its cities: the heady sights and sounds of Marrakech, the winding spice-scented medinas of Fez, and the glitzy modernity of Casablanca, Tangier and Rabat. But venture outside the cities and you’ll find awesome desert landscapes, from the Atlas Mountains which carve the country in two to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain.
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For many, Cambodia is synonymous with the fabled temple complex of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, the world’s largest religious monument and a sight unravelled in grandeur in all Southeast Asia. But there’s more to this charming little country than the ruins of Angkor; there are 290 other temples, for starters! Then there’s the chaotic capital Phnom Penh, home to the gleaming Royal Palace, the sobering Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields; the French-colonial elegance of Battambang; and outside the cities there’s the exotic landscape of verdant tropical rainforest, mighty rivers like the Mekong, rice paddies and beaches. The food’s good, too.
See Cambodia’s most inspiring sights on a tour with Imaginative Traveller.
Despite its small size, Slovenia’s terrain is wonderfully diverse, ranging from soaring snow-capped peaks to shimmering alpine lakes, crystal-clear rivers, and lush pine forests. With such natural treasures, it’s no surprise that Slovenia is one of the best destinations in Europe for an adventure. Hike the trails of Mt Vogel, cycle through mountain pastures in Triglav National Park, and ride the rapids of Sava Dolinka River to get your fix of adrenaline, but remember to take some time out to explore the country’s cosmopolitan capital, Ljubljana, with its charming cafes and mouth-watering wineries.
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The second-largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines is a tricky country to define. Comprising 7,641 different islands, it’s spectacularly diverse in both geography and culture. Most of these islands are mountainous, many with pristine sandy beaches, emerald rice terraces and tropical rainforests, and all surrounded by aquamarine seas. The cities are lively and the people warm; expect a confluence of Spanish, American and Asian cultures and some unexpected culinary delights. It’s the ultimate tropical island adventure, and the ideal destination for any traveller looking to get off the beaten track.
Have a look at our small group tours to the Philippines.
The landlocked East African republic of Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills; lush mountains stretch as far as the eye can see in this scenic little country. The country has a troubled recent history – visiting the moving memorial centre in the capital of Kigali is a must – but Rwanda is now firmly back on the travel map. The main drawing card is the dense, misty Volcanoes National Park, home to several endemic bird species, golden monkeys, and some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. Words can hardly do justice to the spine-tingling feeling of spotting them in their natural habitat.
Go trekking for mountain gorillas on a group tour with Imaginative Traveller.