If you’ve made the resolution to travel in 2020, then we couldn’t be any happier for you! Now, the only thing that’s left to do is to decide where and when you should go to explore the world. There are endless possibilities out there for travel, and if you find your head spinning, don't worry - we're here to help!
From catching the gorgeous cherry blossoms in Busan to experiencing the World Expo hosted by Dubai, get ready to discover the what the different countries in this guide has in store for you!
January - Bangkok, Thailand
Kick off your travel adventure this year by making a trip to the vibrant city of Thailand ? As one of the most popular destinations among travellers, Bangkok is one of those places that people keep coming back to over and over again for good reason!
From its amazing street markets to stunning temples and delicious halal Thai food, it’s really no wonder that Thailand’s capital is a highly frequented city in the country. With January being one of its least humid months to visit, you won’t have to worry about the scorching heat while you’re out and about exploring this tourist paradise.
P.S. First time in Bangkok? Here’s a muslim-friendly travel guide to Bangkok to get you started.
February - Singapore
Full of amazing shopping, Insta-friendly spots and awesome local food, the island nation of Singapore holds a wealth of reasons that make it an exciting country to travel to. Simply entering Jewel Changi Airport (should you arrive by flight), is enough to make Singapore a highly anticipated holiday destination.
Known to receive a steady stream of visitors throughout the year, travelling to Singapore during its off-peak season is perfect for those who prefer less crowd and noise. Take full advantage of this time to visit popular attractions like Universal Studios Singapore that is usually brimming with people. With cheaper accommodations available during this time as well, anyone who’s on a budget will find that travelling during this period to be ideal.
P.S. Make the most out of your trip to the theme park with these insider tips at Universal Studios Singapore!
March - London, England
If you’ve never made the journey to Europe before, there’s no better place to start than at one of the continent’s highly famous cities - London. Home to the Queen, buttered scones and some of the world’s greatest museums, take your travel adventures to this city that often tops most travellers’ bucket list!
Although Big Ben might be closed for renovations till 2021, there are still plenty of unique things to see and do in London like its charming markets and the Warner Bros. Studio for a magical Harry Potter tour ?This is also the chance for you to experience the city in springtime when the Royal parks and gardens are blossoming! So, don’t miss out on visiting spots like Kensington Palace gardens and Kew Gardens to snap some Insta-worthy shots of the colourful flowers.
P.S. Before the end of your trip, don’t forget to check out the brands that are cheaper in London than at home for your souvenir shopping spree.
April - Busan, South Korea
A trip to South Korea usually means visiting the lively city of Seoul. While you can always spend some time in the bustling atmosphere of this popular tourist destination, for those looking to have a well-rounded trip, take a detour by making your way to the coastal city of Busan to unwind and enjoy a slower-paced trip.
I n spring, Busan is absolutely enjoyable due to its mild and chilly weather. During this time of the year, you can also expect to see the beautiful cherry blossoms that start blooming at the beginning of April! Whether you find yourself at Haeundae Dalmaji Road or Namcheon Dong Road, you can be assured to see streets full of stunning cherry blossom trees.
P.S. If catching you’d like to catch the cherry blossoms in 2020 without facing the crowds from the Olympic in Japan, check out these other cherry blossom spots that you should definitely visit!
May - Istanbul, Turkey
With a beautiful blend of European and Asian influences, marvellous historical buildings, and fascinating local culture, Istanbul is a wanderlust dream. It’s must-visit attractions are wonders to behold, including Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome of Constantinople and many more. Walk through the Grand Bazaar and soak in the exotic sights while stocking up on goods like lamps, home decor, soaps and jewellery. Or go for a river cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus and see the city from a different perspective.
As Muslims make up a majority of the population, a May visit to Istanbul offers a one-of-a-kind adventure as you’ll get the chance to experience the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan along with the locals. Watch the street markets and restaurants burst into life an hour or two before sunset as Turkish Muslims prepare to break their fast. Once night falls, enjoy the festive lights, illuminated mosques and festivities where both tourists and non-Muslims are welcome to join in.
#HHWT Tip: Do note that both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are currently under restoration, but you can still visit some parts of both compounds ?
June - Santorini, Greece
Images of the whitewashed houses of Santorini overlooking the sea as well as the magnificent ruins of Athens come to mind when you mention Greece. The best time to visit Greece is from May to October when the weather is lovely - it might be a tad sunny but the good thing is, you don't have to wear thick clothing or layer up ? Take full advantage of this time to do some island-hopping and exploring of your own as the boat takes you from one spot to the next.
July - Bali, Indonesia
Oh, Bali... the land of gorgeous beaches, rich culture and scenic nature spots ? There's no denying that this Indonesian island is magical even with throngs of tourists visiting it all the time. An island getaway is what everyone deserves to experience and with the mid-year offering the best weather in Bali, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the outdoor adventures at this tropical paradise.
Embrace the warm sunshine as you explore Bali with its many different activities. From the exciting bali swing located at the ever-popular Tegalalang Rice Terraces to snorkelling at Blue Lagoon Beach where you’ll meet friendly sea creatures, you’ll be guaranteed to have a blast during your visit.
August - Marrakesh, Morocco
Designated as the first-ever African Capital of Culture for 2020, a visit to Marrakesh should be on everyone’s travel bucket list! This thousand-year-old city is rich in heritage and the best place for you to immerse yourself in Moroccan culture. Fun fact: Did you know that Marrakesh has also been called the “red city” due to its pink-tinted buildings which transform the city into a hue of red during sunset? ?
One of the things you must do in Marrakesh is to get lost in its old walled city called the Medina. Its labyrinth of alleys, ancient walls and shops will charm any traveller. What's more, the beautiful Ben Youssef Madrasa is scheduled to open in Mar-Apr 2020 after renovations so make sure you schedule your visit in time. Once known to be the largest Quranic learning centre in North Africa, you can't help but marvel at the madrasa's intricate Moroccan architecture. Another sight worth visiting in the medina is the Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakesh's largest mosque which was built in the 12th century .
When evening comes, Marrakesh's Djemaa El Fna market square bursts into life with snake charmers playing flutes, henna artists, street musicians and peddlers selling all sorts of items. Soak in the bustling atmosphere and sample the best of Moroccan cuisine here! Find out what else you should do as a first-timer in Morocco with our awesome guide.
An experience you can't miss in Marrakesh is to stay in a riad. Riads are accommodations which used to be large traditional Moroccan houses with a central courtyard. A stay in a riad will provide you with warm Moroccan hospitality and gives you a local experience. Some of the recommended riads in Marrakesh are Riad Yasmine, Riad Les Bougainvilliers and Riad Kniza.
P.S. Ready to start planning your Moroccan adventure? Then check out our 7D6N Morocco itinerary!
September - Switzerland
With unmatched Alpine views, Switzerland has always been a dream destination for anyone who is looking for an unforgettable adventure. Though the country is notorious for being expensive, you’ll be glad to know that the end of September is when the peak season is ending, so Switzerland is definitely worth taking a trip to.
Along with the melting of the snow, wildflowers return to the valley which makes for a breathtaking scenic landscape. As the weather starts to warm up, giving visitors sunny days and clear skies, adrenaline junkies can take this opportunity to participate in some thrill-seeking activities such as biking and paragliding.
October - Tokyo, Japan
While most people have their sights on visiting Tokyo during the summer for the 2020 Olympics, visiting Japan’s capital city after the event is perfect for those looking to avoid major crowds but still want to experience the buzz and excitement of the event. October also brings in other exciting things like the blooming of colourful cosmos at the Yamanakako Hanano Miyako Kouen park and the seasonal Halloween event at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea!
P.S. Read more about how the Olympics 2020 can affect your travel plans
November - New Zealand
With 2 islands worth of surreal landscapes , beautiful Maori culture, thrilling activities and more, New Zealand is a place that you need to visit at least once in your life! Embark on a journey to Middle Earth at Hobbiton, the set of the Lord of the Rings movies, or be mesmerised by the sheer beauty of Mt Cook and the sparkling blue Lake Tekapo. For the adrenaline junkies, New Zealand's where you can fulfill your goals of bungee-jumping and skydiving too ?
If you're a nature lover, then South Island is a must-visit! Don't miss out the wonders of Lake Tekapo and Hooker Valley or head over to the picturesque Queenstown for the bungee of your life. Our 8D7N New Zealand South island itinerary is just what you need and don't miss out on all the scrumptious halal food that will excite your taste buds ?
New Zealand's magnificent scenery can be admired during any season but if you want a mild and comfortable temperature, summer is the perfect time so you can try out the various thrilling activities too.
#HHWT Tip: Is it your first time to New Zealand? Then you'd need these 9 essential tips for first-timers!
December - Dubai, UAE
With the Expo 2020 happening in Dubai for almost 6 months, it'll be one of the most exciting times to visit Dubai ! In case you're wondering, the World Expo is an event where more than 190 countries come together and share the latest innovations. Travellers can look forward to the brand-new Al Wasl Plaza which will be the heart of the Expo 2020. The complex will house waterfalls, parks and fountains inside a 65-metre dome, so prepare to be awed!
Of course, a visit to Dubai won't be complete without catching a magnificent view of the city from the Burj Khalifa which is currently still the world's tallest building. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located in the Dubai Mall (the largest mall in the world!) are also worth a visit. With various exciting theme parks like MOTIONGATE, IMG Worlds Adventure and more, Dubai is also perfect as a family-friendly destination. If you're not sure which one you should visit, we’ve rounded up a theme park guide just for you!
If you think Dubai is only about skyscrapers and technology, think again. Beyond the technological feats of the city, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of Dubai's culture and history. Going on a desert excursion gives you a chance to explore a vastly different landscape. Besides admiring the endless sand dunes, you can ride a camel, go on an ATV ride or even camp overnight ? Check out what else you can do in Dubai in our first-timer’s guide - from learning about Emirati culture to shopping in souks, exploring Old Dubai and more.
And there you have it! With this list full of exciting adventures waiting to be explored, it's time for you to start planning your trip and make that wanderlust dreams come true.