Flight Centre’s Top Destinations For Canadians In 2020
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Mexico’s trendy Merida.
Flight Centre has released its list of top 10 travel destinations for 2020. The company notes a growing interest outside of classic destinations with more Canadians seeking to beat the crowds and discover something special before everyone else catches on.
As a prime example, the well-trodden Yucatan Peninsula shows no sign of losing favour among Canadian travellers, but consumers are seeking more unique ways to experience the destination.
“Hidden gems such as nearby Mérida are starting to sparkle as brightly as Cancun or Riviera Maya,” says Allison Wallace, VP Communications and CSR. With its trendy boutique hotels, creative dining, and historic architecture, Mérida rightfully earns a place on Flight Centre’s list of 2020 must-visits.
Alongside it is Sweden, a worthwhile alternative to a busy destination like Venice or Paris. Flight Centre says Sweden’s fashionable cities, Baltic beaches, and Scandinavian mountains offer something for any travel style. A similar crowd-pleaser is New Zealand, with experiences ranging from bungy jumping and white water rafting to exploring modern art galleries and leading-edge restaurants. Most Canadians choose to combine New Zealand with another South Pacific destination.
Active travellers can meet their match in top 2020 destinations, Scotland or Costa Rica. Scotland is an underestimated haven for hiking and camping – boasting lochs, links, highlands, and castles to trek to. Costa Rica, too, has a huge appeal for nature-lovers, thanks to its diverse rainforests, waterfalls, thermal springs, and beaches.
Another destination on the Flight Centre top 20 list is Indonesia’s Bali. “There has been a wave of visits to Bali this year, possibly as a result of social media piquing travellers’ interests,” says Wallace. 2020 might make the island an even bigger favourite. Bali has a special appeal for solo adventurers, foodies, and couples seeking something original for a romantic getaway.
Perhaps one of the more surprising picks for 2020 is the Bahamas. “Canadians are a generous people, and many want to know what they can do to help rebuild Grand Bahama Island after Hurricane Dorian. One of the most effective ways to do that is through tourism,” explains Wallace. “The Bahamas is an archipelago of hundreds of beautiful islands, most of which weren’t affected by Dorian. An expert can help you discover the perfect hideaway for your trip.”
As far as hot and sunny getaways go, Flight Centre says many Canadians are choosing something a little more far-flung. “The Philippines has become one of our most popular flight bookings,” says Wallace. Its immaculate beaches and world-famous cuisine make the journey worthwhile, especially since it’s a very affordable destination. And for those who have fallen in love with picturesque Greek Isles, Cyprus offers one rewarding step further into the Mediterranean. “Try a guided combined tour of Turkey and Northern Cyprus with Intrepid,” Wallace recommends.
Vietnam is steadily becoming a more mainstream destination, to the benefit of travellers who want to experience it in 2020. “There is a surge of new options available in Vietnam, from cycling tours to foodie trips to river cruises,” says Wallace.
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.