The Handbook
The Handbook

If you’re stuck for travel ideas for 2020 then call us Fairy Godmothers because your wish is our command. Here to give you some serious travel inspo on where to pack your bags too each month of 2020, it’s time to feel inspired and book your next getaway. Get your explorer hats on and visit some bucket-list worthy destinations from Japan to Goa, to Mexico, Bali and more. 

January

If you can get through January and survive blue Monday, you can survive the rest of the year relatively unscathed. If you’ve got the budget for it post-Christmas (will this month ever end?) and you’re not fussed about using your annual leave at the top end of the year, book in some R&R in The Caribbean.

With its warm and dry season in the UK’s winter months, you are guaranteed a holiday full of sunshine and vitamin D… and rum cocktails galore, of course. Jet off to Antigua or Barbados for a plush beachside escape or blow the budget at the celeb-favourite, Turks & Caicos.

For thrill seekers in need of adventure, head to the tropical, lush island of St Lucia for some Piton hiking or jungle treks. With dozens of islands to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

February

If you’re not quite ready to let go of Christmas then Finland will soon get you back in the winter wonderland spirit.

In the day, jump on a skid-oo and ride round the Finnish forests, go skiing or husky sledding and by night snuggle in the warmth and sleep under the stars in a Finnish arctic resort. While its’ never guaranteed that you will see the Aurora Borealis, your chances in February are far higher than most other months of the year, according to Finland’s geometrical activity. If you’re desperate to see one of Earth’s natural wonders or you fancy a cold skiing spell away, then London > Helsinki is less than a three-hour plane ride away.

Check out our guide on hotels where you can watch the Northern Lights here.

March

Springtime is blooming and there’s no better time to book a trip to India. During these months, the major tourist destinations are far quieter than the busy crowded summer months and the temperature is much more pleasant.

Take a tour of the famous Golden Triangle with stop offs in New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and if you fancy a trip to the home of Bollywood, then the hustle and bustle of Mumbai awaits topped off with a final stop off in relaxing Goa. Make sure you are in town at the beginning of March to see the rainbow-hued Holi festival and it’s famous colourful paints and powders.

April

Japan in cherry blossom season is without doubt one of the most beautiful natural sights to behold.

Yep, our top destination for April could only be Japan. This bucket-list destination has something for everyone. Explorers and history buffs should head to Hiroshima and visit the peace park memorial or Kyoto to visit their historic temples and shrines.

Head to Tokyo for great shopping, incredible design museums, robot restaurants, unusual street food and an out-of-this-world experience. And if you like a relaxing holiday well you’re in for a treat. With April being the best month to visit for cherry blossom season, casual strolls around parks and gardens are made all the more prettier by the appearance of these pink florals.

May

Italy tops our list for the best spot to pack your bags to in May.

Head to Venice AKA the city of love before the July heat racks us, as do the long hot queues for a gondola rides.  If Rome is on your bucket list then you can fill your trip with more cultural box ticking practically anywhere in the world, from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain and Vatican City.

But it’s not just Italy’s cities that make our hearts beat faster in May. For old school glamour and romance in abundance, head to the lakes of Garda and Como – there’s a reason the A-list love these serene, stunning spots. Or make a cliffside getaway to the Instagrammers’ favourite, Cinque Terre or watch sunset views in Positano, that will leave you with magical memories and some serious photo opps.

And how could we ever miss off gorgeous Sardinia for the sun-seekers or the hidden wine-lover’s gem that is Montepulciano?

June

Okay, hear us out with this one. For seasoned travellers who have visited the beautiful island of Mauritius, you will know that June isn’t peak month to visit. Much like The Caribbean, temperatures soar in January time and beaches get packed with sun-seekers looking for a holiday glow. But unlike the Caribbean that gets hit with hurricanes and tropical storms in the summer months, Mauritius drops to a gentle cooler and breezier island in June.

Head to the south of the island for great views and warmer weather – don’t worry, June still reaches the mid-20s on average. The best bit? Whilst Mauritius is never going to come cheap, June is a significantly more affordable time to visit.

July

In July, Bali really comes into its own, bringing warm and dry weather and a great escape for adventurers and sun-seeking. With each part of the island offering something different, you can pack everything you want into one holiday. Have a cultural experience at Ubud, relax on the beach in Jimbaran, go partying in Canggu or try out some great street food in Seminyak. Fully switch off, detox your mind and enjoy your summer vacay amidst the destination’s beautiful, lush landscapes.

August

Still riding the coattails of the Love Island effect, there’s no wonder ITV choose to house their luxury villa in Mallorca. This island of Balearic bliss is a great family escape and the island offers a great choice of hidden luxury villas and beach-front resorts.

With temperatures soaring high in August, fantastic food – be sure to try the island’s signature pastry, Ensaïmada – great beaches and only a two and a half hour flight time, Mallorca is slowly usurping Ibiza when it comes to our favourite Balearic island.

September

Off the coast of East Africa lies our dream September location… Zanzibar.

Bursting full with eco-resorts and luxury beach houses, from Zuri Zanzibar to Essque Zalu, plush accommodation is around every corner. Known for its incredible spice markets, the best way to experience Zanzibar is to get hands-on in a cooking class. Take in the beautiful wildlife of Africa with a day trip to Saadani National Park to see the giraffes or snorkel to find tropical fish in the reefs.

October

As the UK summer starts to fade and you’re in need of some sun, sea and.. tequilla, make it to Mexico come October.

Ancient Mayan temple and pyramid tours in Tulum will excite even the most anti-historians in your family. Head to Akumal for a chance to swim with turtles in their natural habitat and visit the colourful streets of San Miguel de Allende for some traditional Mexican flare.

November

Take a trip to Oman towards the end of the year to stay in some of the most luxe hotels in the world, from The Kempinski to The Shangri-La. If you’re new to the Middle East, un-tap its magic with dune-buggy rides through the desert or beach trips atop a camel.

Oman has some of the world’s best unspoilt reefs making it a bucket-list destination for any diving fans. Stay at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort for some R&R or for the fashion set’s hotel of choice, head to Zighy Bay.

December

Thailand has our name all over it come December. Take a flight to Bangkok and immerse yourself in the bustling city, full of markets, temples and of course, pad  Thai. Dash off to the Phi Phi Islands for some snorkelling and dolphin spotting then head to the ethical Phuket Elephant Sanctuary to see the gentle giants up close.

Hop on a quick flight or boat trip to Koh Samui and let the rest and relaxation begin. December is a manic month for us all so kick back and catch a few zzz’s on the bright white beaches. By night, Koh Samui comes alive with performances and parties galore.