Now that we’ve welcomed a new year and a new decade, we’ve begun to plan out our travel destinations and set new travel goals. If you’re stuck on where you should book your next trip, consider Bhutan as one of your top 2020 destinations. This small Asian country has been voted the number one place to visit for the new year, according to Lonely Planet. Its endless parks, trees and mountains have greatly contributed to Bhutan’s eco-friendly culture, and the country the first in the world to be carbon-negative in addition to being 100 percent organic by this year.

Tourists who visit this beautiful nation have the option to visit the famous monastery that sits on the side of Paro Valley known as Paro Taktsang, see takin, Bhutan’s national animal at the Motithang Takin Preserve, or hike up to see one of the richest monasteries in Bhutan known as Phajoding Monastery. The country is full of amazing temples and monasteries, beautiful hiking spots and endless views of nature’s beauty.

Other countries that made it to the 2020 list after Bhutan is England at number two, North Macedonia at number three, Aruba at number four and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) at number five. As far as cities, Salzberg came in at number one, Washington D.C. at number two, Cairo at number three, Galway at number four and Bonn at number five.

Curious which other destinations made it? Below is the list of the top 10 countries and cities that were voted the best for 2020—an inspiration for your upcoming getaway this year.


1. Bhutan
2. England
3. North Macedonia
4. Aruba
5. eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)
6. Costa Rica
7. The Netherlands
8. Liberia
9. ​Morocco
10. Uruguay


1. Salzburg, Austria
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Cairo, Egypt
4. Galway, Ireland
5. Bonn, Germany
6. La Paz, Bolivia
7. Kochi, India
8. Vancouver, Canada
9. Dubai, UAE
10. Denver, Colorado