With the holidays fast approaching, everyone has vacation on the brain. From festive getaways to adventures abroad, there’s something exciting for every type of traveler. Whether you're looking for a place to celebrate or are already thinking ahead to 2020, check out these trending travel destinations for inspo before you book.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Enjoy a holiday in the sun on Bermuda’s pink sand beaches. The holidays happen to occur at the height of spiny lobster season (from September to March), so you'll find this island favorite in nearly every restaurant. The festivities are unique, too: have a special Christmas Eve by candlelight at St. Peter’s Church or ring in the New Year with The Big Onion drop in the historic town of St. George's. Finally, relax at the stunning Natura Spa at Grotto Bay Beach Resort.
Trinity College Library
Dublin fills with twinkling lights and seasonal celebrations come December. Do a little holiday shopping before you visit iconic spots like the Trinity College Library, Guinness Storehouse and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A holiday trip to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without visiting the city’s cozy pubs, and experiencing true Irish hospitality. Pro tip: Aer Lingus, the flag carrier airline of Ireland, has 14 routes from the US to Dublin.
Intrepid Travel Greenland Expedition
Greenland’s tourism industry is still quite young, and the nation is one of the few places left on Earth that can be described as truly remote and wild. Because tourism is still in its infancy in the country, and with demand for Greenland increasing, it’s really imperative for trailblazers to set a precedent to visit the country in a responsible and sustainable manner for those who may follow in their footsteps. Responsible tour operator Intrepid Travel has just launched a brand-new eight-day Greenland Expedition for 2020, during which travelers will stay on the edge of the famed Ilulissat Icefjord, hike through archaeological sites and gorges, explore Greenland’s modern capital of Nuuk, and see why the rising destination has the world’s attention.
Chedi Lustica Bay
Montenegro is becoming the “It” destination for those seeking affordability in Europe, beautiful national parks, river rafting, culture and of course yachting. Major developments are taking place as multiple marinas and hotels are under construction and they are poised to join the European Union soon. Here, Adriatic Sea views surround you and bring you fresh delicious fish and the old cities of Kotor and Budva boast unrivaled nightlife. The best season to travel here is summer, so start planning for that, and check out Chedi Lustica Bay and The Ananti for accomodations.
New York City
NYC is well-known for its holiday magic, with its window displays and strings on strings of lights. The Chatwal and FAO Schwarz are partnering up for a special holiday package, including exclusive early access to the FAO Schwarz flagship store for a one of a kind private shopping experience--led by one of the store’s toy soldiers. You can also enjoy the stunning views of the legendary New Years Eve ball drop from your very own private rooftop terrace at The Chatwal.
The In the Know Experiences team suggests a visit to Paros, one of Greece's lesser-known islands that’s starting to have some serious buzz. It’s like Mykonos was, but 20 years ago — all of the beauty and a smidge of the scene! The super-chic Parlio hotel opened last summer, which was a high-end (yet authentic!) hotel that the island really needed. The hotel is in a super desirable location and is just a quick drive from the charming fishing village, Naoussa, where you can explore tons of authentic shops, bars and restaurants!
Thrill seekers and nature lovers alike will find an exciting and adventurous trip during Taiwain’s “Year of Mountain Tourism,” to come in 2020. Enjoy magnificent landscapes on Taiwan’s island-mountains, situated at the intersection of two tectonic plates and include the tallest mountain in Northeast Asia, Mt. Jade. End days of climbing with a peaceful spa experience at HOSHINOYA Guguan, located in Taiwan’s Taichung valley famed for its natural hot springs. The 4.7-acre resort is surrounded by lush forests, and picturesque landscapes, an ideal serene retreat.
Wyoming is a beautiful destination that is currently enjoying the spotlight following many recent celebrity visits that have included everything from a vacation with friends, to a wedding celebration, to a second home retreat. Gear up for a ski getaway at the sophisticated Caldera House, Jackson Hole’s most coveted hot spot since opening last year. Think: sprawling suites, fire pits and stunning mountain views.