Welcome back! In Part One of this three-part series, we revealed the top five travel destinations for 2020, which were based on heightened interest from tourists throughout the past few years and the number of private flights coming and going from these locations.
Now we’re continuing the series to see which locales stole the 6-10 spots. Here they are:
6. Kigali, Rwanda
Rwanda is touted as one of Africa’s safest destinations. It’s home to some of the continent’s most stunning wildlife, including gorillas, elephants, giraffes, and lions, along with a love for sports, art, and even its checkered past.
Head to Kigali, which has the lowest crime rate in the country and some of the best sights, sounds, and tastes. A bustling art scene, the new Gahanga Cricket Stadium, and safari camps give you an eclectic taste of the city. Upscale accommodations can be found throughout the city and offer every comfort of home. The people here also place a huge emphasis on local success, and the Inzora Rooftop Cafe is living proof. Everything from the coffee to the furniture is locally sourced, and they also place a heavy focus on sustainability.
The city is certainly a softer side of Africa that many people tend to overlook.
7. Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean. As the second largest city in the country, Tel Aviv’s miles of beaches (16 beaches in total), flourishing nightlife, and a dash of history are contributing to its up and coming reputation as a hip city for international travel.
Tel Aviv itself is a relatively new city, but it still contains vestiges of the past prior to entering official cityhood in 1909. Ancient alleyways and stone buildings are found in the Jaffa district, which has also been touted as the heart of the city since everything else seemingly grew around them. Flea markets and fashion boutiques co exist in the area, along with furniture stores, art galleries, and other curio shops that ensure you won’t want to leave empty handed.
8. Douro Valley, Portugal
The moment you lay eyes on Douro Valley from the seat of your private jet, you’ll know you’ve made the right call. This remote area is located just 62 miles outside of Porto, and offers a glimpse into a simpler way of life.
Douro Valley has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also bears the distinction as the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. You’ll immediately recognized the terraced fields on either side of the Douro River, a trait that’s unique to the area. Port wine is their main pièce de résistance, having been producing it since the 18th century. Wine lovers can stay at a real country estate, many of which are more than 100 years old, and indulge in your fill of local wine.
9. Tokyo, Japan
This one isn’t so surprising. But as new up and coming destination start stealing the spotlight, it can be easy to forget about some of the world’s greatest wonder cities like Tokyo.
Most people know that Tokyo is a vibrant technological wonder with lights ablaze and where pop culture abounds. The city remains one of the most popular travel destinations in the country, with all the best food and activities to complete the experience.
Grab a seat at a Kabuki Theater, which is a highly detailed cultural performance supported by heavy makeup, costumes, music, and dancing. Or plan your trip to coincide with the gorgeous Sakura festival to glimpse the light pink Japanese cherry blossoms the country is known for. These bloom in the spring and are at their peak for just a week.
Despite their technological advances and places like Akihabara (a gadget filled mecca for nerds and tech enthusiasts), the city also pays homage to tradition. Shrines and temples blend well into the modern landscape and are still highly revered by Japanese society.
10. Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg, TN
You might be surprised that you don’t even have to leave the United States to enjoy a refreshing escape. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are tucked in the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains and are within a five minute drive of each other. Built into the elegant folds of the hilly terrain, this little slice of Appalachia is equal parts charming, rustic, kitschy, and heavenly.
Given its status as a tourist destination, there are tons of family friendly activities to indulge in, from mini golf courses to dinner theater to oddball attractions that make for fun family photos. And because of its mountain locale, the area is also brimming with hikers, backpackers, campers, and adventure seekers who want to explore off the beaten path and get closer to nature. Black bear sightings are frequent occurrences here, along with wild turkey, deer, elk, and other wildlife that will make you want to keep your camera handy.
We’re wrapping up this three-part series in our next blog post, which will round out the final five in the top 15. And if you’re ready to start planning your getaway, reach out to the Access Jet Group team today for pricing and booking information.