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If you want more from your holiday experiences than just sun, sand and sea, then you'll be keeping an eye out for the travel trends of 2020. For more and more people, travel is becoming about experiences rather than just indulgence. If you're deciding where to go next and asking yourself, "What can I do when I get to my destination?" then we have some suggestions. Travel trends range from trying out a new cuisine to taking your sport to a new level, practising wildlife photography or attending lavish musical events. Holidays can even be linked to your favourite films. At lastminute.com, we've searched out some of the latest travel trends so you can get the most out of your 2020 holiday.

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If you're a culture vulture

Hurghada, Egypt

Take a trip back in time

Lying on the Red Sea, Hurghada has all the beach and nightlife you could want for a holiday but with the pyramids and the city of Luxor within easy reach, it's also perfect for soaking up the culture of Ancient Egypt. Luxor is often described as the world's greatest open-air museum, a place where ancient monuments are majestically grand while the River Nile divides the old and new town as it meanders lazily through the valley.

When to go

The best time to visit Hurghada is during the winter months of September to April. The weather will be warm and dry with just a gentle breeze.

Why you should go

As well as taking trips to the sites of Ancient Egypt, immerse yourself in local culture by joining a quad-bike or camel-back tour to take tea with a local Bedouin family.

Other must-sees

The uninhabited island of Giftun just a short boat trip away. Here you can laze on white sands or snorkel among colourful coral gardens. Younger holidaymakers will enjoy the Hurghada Grand Aquarium.


Tel Aviv, Israel

Cultural and cosmopolitan

Tel Aviv is the beating heart of Israel where life revolves around the beach during the day and socialising with friends and family until late in the evening. It's also a trending destination for highbrow culture. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has an extensive collection of Israeli masterpieces as well as paintings by Picasso and Pollock while street art flourishes in the hip quarter of Florentin.

When to go

Enjoy the outdoor life from March through to mid-September.

Why you should go

It's creative, cosmopolitan and classy with a little touch of Bohemia thrown in. 

Other must-sees

The White City, an iconic Bauhaus building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby, the biblical city of Jaffa is home to independent art galleries as well as a large flea market, all perfect for browsing. 


Galway, Ireland

European Culture Capital 2020

As the European Culture Capital of 2020, Galway in Ireland is looking forward to a year of culture and creativity with plenty going on to entice visitors. The themes of language, migration and landscape will be explored throughout the year using the mediums of art, theatre, music, literature and the spoken word as well as sport and traditional fairground fun.

When to go

For the most reliable weather visit between July and October but always pack raincoats and umbrellas when you visit Ireland.

Why you should go

Even without being the Culture Capital of Europe, Galway is steeped in the arts from its colourfully painted houses to its buskers and street artists.

Other must-sees

Galway City Museum is a waterside venue that takes you on a fascinating journey through the city's past. Atlantaquaria highlights local marine life.

The sporting world in 2020

Japan

The Olympic 2020 host

While always popular as a tourist destination, Japan is gearing up to host visitors from around the world for the 2020 Olympics (XXXII Olympiad) which are being held in Tokyo at the end of July. While entry to Olympic events is a lottery ticket system, you can still soak up the sporting buzz in Japan with visits before or after the games. Other cities to visit in Japan include Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Yokohama.

When to go

Visit in spring to see cherry blossom at its best. To catch the atmosphere of the Olympics, visit in late July and early August 2020.

Why you should go

With its skill at blending a past steeped in traditional culture with the latest trends in everything, Tokyo is a city that never fails to thrill.

Other must-sees in Tokyo

Sensō-ji Temple is dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of mercy and is beautifully illuminated at night. In contrast, teamLab Borderless is a digital museum that pushes the boundaries between art and the viewer.


Fuerteventura

Surf at a unique landscape

Baked by the sun and with little greenery over much of its surface, Fuerteventura, one of Spain's Canary Isles, really does have a Martian-like landscape. It is not the interior, however, that attracts many visitors but its long windswept stretches of coastline perfect for windsurfing and the high waves that see regular international surfing competitions held on the island. For two weeks in July, the Windsurfing World Championships take place at Sotavento.

When to go

Late spring and early summer are ideal with pleasant temperatures and little rainfall. For surfers, mid-summer is best.

Why you should go

For year-round sunshine.

Other must-sees

The mysterious Villa Winter and the beautifully restored Casa de Los Coroneles while cheese enthusiasts will enjoy the interactive displays at the Museo del Queso Majorero.

Where the music leads

Vienna, Austria

The home of the waltz

With December 2020 marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 1770, there has never been a better time to visit Vienna. Major performances of his opera, Fidelio are planned while there are plenty of Beethoven landmarks to see around the city. These include his grave in the Zentralfriedhof Cemetery, the Beethoven Museum which is putting on extra events and historic plaques on houses around the city. Beethoven moved home a lot!

When to go

July and August have the best weather but some shops and restaurants may be closed. While snow can be heavy in December and January, the Christmas markets are magical.

Why you should go

For the music. Everything from Beethoven opera, Viennese waltzes and jazz. Porgy & Bess is considered one of the best jazz venues in Europe.

Other must-sees

The Schönbrunn and Belvedere palaces are palatial and full of art while the MuseumsQuartier is at the heart of Vienna's historic and cultural life.


Seville, Spain

Soak up the sun

To many, Seville in Andalucia is the home of Flamenco, a music form unique to southern Spain that comes from the gitano or gipsy culture. While many restaurants and hotels put on Flamenco dance shows, it's traditionally a music form that speaks of anguish and heartbreak. If your Flamenco show is good, you'll reach Duende, a unique bond with the artiste.

When to go

Avoid the summer months of July and August. Not only are they busy but Seville can be the hottest city in Spain! The Easter festivals are beautiful, as is the spring weather while September and October are perfect for sightseeing.

Why you should go

As well as being at the heart of Flamenco, Seville is also known for its tapas culture.

Other must-sees

Seville's Real Alcazar perfectly blends the city's Moorish and Christian heritage while the Plaza de Espana is a brick and tile confectionary adorned with fountains, mini-canals and copies of Venetian bridges.


New York, New York

So good they named it twice

John Lennon loved the atmosphere of New York. It was where his wife, artist Yoko Ono was from and had long been a haven for artists and musicians. Unfortunately, his time there was cut short in 1980. To feel close to John Lennon and his music, take a stroll through Greenwich Village, his first home in the city. Stop outside the splendid Dakota building, catch a jazz concert at the ApolloTheater Harlem or visit Strawberry Fields in Central Park, an area dedicated to his life and time.

When to go

For fewer crowds and perfect sightseeing weather, visit New York from April to June or from September to early November.

Why you should go

From the incredible theatre of Broadway to tourist attractions that are instantly recognisable from your favourite films, the reasons for visiting New York are endless.

Other must-sees

The Statue of Liberty, a great American icon and Central Park, a green oasis are two of the cities top sights. Other must-sees include the art collections,

Foodies' paradise

Lithuania

A trending food hotspot

Lithuania is a country rich in folklore, language and landscape, a country that is shooting up the lists of city break destinations. Destinations that include the capital Vilnius as well as Kaunas, Trakai and Kupiškis. It's also a country of cold winters that have led to a hearty yet tasty cuisine based on local produce and foraging. It's definitely a country that's trending as a foodie destination.

When to go

The short Baltic summer runs from June to August but May and September are still perfectly comfortable for sightseeing. Whenever you go, pack your waterproofs.

Why you should go

The colourful doors and facades of Vilnius hide quirky pubs and bars as well as romantic restaurants.

What to eat

A classic is cepelinai, a big potato dumpling full of meat and served with sour cream and crispy bacon. Also warming is šaltibarščiai, a soup of minced beets, dill and cucumber topped with a hard-boiled egg.


Portugal

Cuisine from north to south

Lisbon has long been a foodie destination with its fresh sardines and bacalhau or salt-cod dishes, but the food culture of Porto in the north and the Algarve in the south shouldn't be overlooked. Top of the list in Porto must be the 'francesinha', a homage to cheese on toast with added ham and sauces of tomato and beer that are closely guarded secrets. All finished with a fried egg! A favourite in the Algarve is Chouriço, a spicy sausage marinated in herbs, wine and hot red peppers which is typically flame-grilled at the table.

When to go

From June until mid-September, Porto's weather is perfect for both beaches and sightseeing while the Algarve is a year-round destination with very hot summers.

Why you should go

A highlight in Porto is taking a tour of a port cellar while the Algarve is a haven for birdwatching and watersports.

What to eat

Custard tarts are a delicacy all over Portugal while Bolinhos de Bacalhau or salt-cod fishcakes are a Porto way of cooking this ever-present fish. A signature Algarve dish is Conquilhas a Algarvia, clams cooked with onions, garlic and sausage.


Mexico

The spice of 2020

The cuisine of Mexico is a blend of indigenous staples such as corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and avocado with the food brought to the country by the Spaniard - livestock, sugarcane and wheat. Holiday in Cancun or Riviera Maya and you'll be able to sample dishes that are a vibrant and creative mix of both cultures, all with plenty of added spice.

When to go

Mexico is a large country with many climate variations but generally, the perfect time for holiday weather is the dry season of December to April.

Why you should go

Unique animals, stunning beaches and breathtaking historic sites such as Chichen Itzá.

What to eat

Mexico is the traditional home of fried bean dishes, guacamole, enchiladas and tamales although the cuisine varies as you travel across the country. Eat cochinita pibil, a marinated pulled pork dish, in the south or a chilli-hot birria beef stew in the north.

Destinations for nature lovers

Montenegro

A small country with big nature

Montenegro is a small country, less than 200 miles from tip to toe but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to nature. You don't have to go far from the busy beaches to be in the mountain ranges of Durmitor and Prokletije or the Biogradska Gora forest. Go wild on foot, horseback, bicycle or kayak and while they're not easy to spot, there are plenty of wolves and bears lurking.

When to go

Warm, dry weather and the crowds arrive in July and August so to really appreciate the wilderness travel in May, June, September and October. You can ski from November to April.

Why you should go

Montenegro has all the beauty and history of Croatia but is less-known so still very affordable.

Other must-sees

The Ostrog Monastery hugs a cliff-face above the Zeta Valley while navigating the impressive city walls of Kotor is not for the faint-hearted.


Costa Rica

A 'rich coast' of diversity

One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Costa Rica is home to half a million or more species making it a heavenly holiday destination for nature lovers. It is also a world leader in sustainable tourism and a place where at least a quarter of its natural habitat is protected. A few wildlife examples to look out for are macaws and toucans, sloths and caimans, capuchins, sharks and whales.

When to go

Costa Rica can be visited from November through to July. Avoid August to October when heavy rains shut roads and many attractions close.

Why you should go

Costa Rica leads the world in trends whether its cuisine to daredevil activities or nature protection to green energy.

Other must-sees

The Teatro Nacional and the Gold Museum in the capital, San Jose and the Cortes Waterfall in Bagaces.

Epic scenes from epic movies

Sicily

Just like the movies

One holiday idea that is definitely among the travel trends of 2020 is linking your next adventure to your favourite film. With its wonderful landscape and architecture, Sicily has become the star of many film classics such as Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) which brought celebrity to the villages of Forza d'Agro and Savoca. Scenes from Oceans Twelve (2004) were shot in Trapani while the satirical comedy Divorce Italian Style (1961) was filmed in Ragusa and Catania. The poignant Path of Hope (1950) written by Federico Fellini was set and shot in Sicily.

When to go

Hit the beaches in July and August while the shoulder seasons are perfect for walking and wildflowers.

Why you should go

For the chance to reach the summit of Europe's tallest active volcano, Mount Etna.

Other must-sees

The sumptuous ruins of the Villa Romana del Casale in Central Sicily and the well-preserved Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.


From Belgrade

With love

There can't be many people that haven't seen a James Bond film and over the years, their locations have spanned the globe. Belgrade is now the gritty capital of Serbia and is hitting the city break hotspots, helped by its links to Bond's adventures in From Russia With Love (1963). Some scenes were set in Belgrade which was firmly under Tito's grasp at the time. They were shot in Turkey's Sirkeci Train Station but you can now visit the monumental Belgrade Station yourself.

When to go

From May to September the weather is ideal for sightseeing while winter has its own charms of hot chocolate and Christmas markets. 2020 also sees the 25th anniversary of James Bond, another reason for visiting during the year.

Why you should go

It's a city with a lot of history and a place still emerging from its dictatorship years.

Other must-sees

Belgrade Fortress has been rebuilt more than 40 times in its history while the Museum of Yugoslavia helps you understand Belgrade's complex past.



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