The only country in the world to boast a negative carbon footprint, Bhutan will become the first entirely organic nation in 2020. A boon when you know that ecological challenges are at the center of all attention. Lost on the edge of the Himalayas, dancing between the clouds and the giant rhododendrons, this small kingdom dependent on the benevolent hand of the Buddha gives pride of place to the monasteries housing some of the largest seated Buddhas in the world, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Dochula Pass in mind. Special mention for the Dochula pass and its breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas in good weather. Without forgetting the semi-cave monastery of the Tiger's Nest, clinging to a cliff, a 2 and a half hour walk above the Paro valley and its rice fields.
The best time to go: March to May and September to November.
After years of political conflict with Greece, North Macedonia is celebrating its new name this year. If the agreement was signed in 2018, in 2020, we go there for its gastronomy, its culture and its traditions. Another novelty: new air links to Lake Ohrid have emerged this year and the all-new “High Scardus Trail”, a 495 km trek trail that goes through the most spectacular peaks in the region will not fail to attract amateurs. Most ? The possibility of making trips to the Albanian coasts, to discover its landscapes of postcards and its crystal clear water.
The best time to go: May, June and September.
While Brazil has decided to abandon the preservation of the Amazon under the impetus of extremist president Jair Bolsonaro, Costa Rica has found a way to preserve its little piece of tropical paradise by combining tourism and sustainability. By living in harmony with leaf-cutting ants or jaguars, the country benefits from 90% of renewable energy sources and could, like Bhutan, be one of the first countries to achieve carbon neutrality in 2020. After admiring the sloths in the trees, the red-eyed tree frogs that paralyze their predators or the Pacific whales, the adventurers can climb volcanoes or zip line, while those who would like to recharge their batteries can make yoga or balneotherapy stays. Here, the expression "pura vida" ("enjoy life", or "life is beautiful") is a way of life.
The best time to go: December to April.
While fashion made Morocco its obsession in 2019, when Dior organized its Cruise parade in Marrakech and Balenciaga transformed its desert into an advertising campaign, the country established itself in 2020 as the essential destination. We can no longer count the number of palaces, each more luxurious than the last to have opened their doors in Marrakech last year, which becomes the first African Capital of Culture in 2020, to celebrate its rich history. Pushing the traveler experience to its climax, the most beautiful Moroccan sites are now decorated with eco-friendly and elegant accommodation, restaurants offering seasonal products and wellness centers, on the coast, mixing yoga and surfing . Without forgetting the first high-speed trains on the African continent which now make it possible to go from Casablanca to Tangier in just two hours.
The best time to go there: April and May and October.
Located in the south of Brazil and in the east of Argentina, Uruguay is particularly appreciated by celebrities. It is no coincidence that his Riveria is nicknamed the "Saint-Tropez of South America." This success is explained by its very rich culture, which mixes music and arts. Listed as a World Heritage Site, Montevideo, the capital, thus enjoys architecture with very Art Deco influences. A must when visiting the country.
The best time to go there: November to April.
After the deadliest fires in its history having ravaged it for more than five months, Australia is reborn from its ashes. More than ever in 2020, the country needs tourism to restore its forests. This year, head for Kangaroo Island, located 112 km off the coast of southern Australia, populated by koalas by the thousands before the fires. Renowned as Noah's small arch, the island is a refuge for many endangered species. The non-profit organization KI Wildlife Network currently hosts animals from all over the island, with a group of volunteers caring for injured and orphaned animals, including marsupial mice, short-billed echidnas and underwater animals. species of island kangaroo. Local businesses dependent on tourism thus encourage tourists to travel here to take advantage of its upscale seaside resorts with low ecological impact, its sand dunes and the exceptional sea of Seal Bay and its colony of sea lions, most of which are remained completely intact.
The best time to go: September to November.
Thanks to its ancient valleys, its relaxed visa restrictions and the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in late 2019, Pakistan is entering a new era for 2020. If the country is still one of the risky destinations, intrepid travelers will be delighted to discover its sublime landscapes, where the green spaces are dominated by imposing mountains. Pakistan thus has higher summits than those of China and Nepal combined, which makes it a magnetic place. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of Michael Palin crossing the Shandur Pass at 3,700 meters, home to the highest polo field in the world, or meet the Kalash people of Hindu Kush, famous for their cowrie-shell hairstyles and its bright embroidery. In Lahore, the sight of 100,000 worshipers crammed into the 17th century Badshahi Mosque will take your breath away, while architectural masterpieces from the Mughal era shine around the corner of the busy streets.
The best time to go there: November to March.
Paradise beaches, intimate resorts, national park ... If Liberia is little known, the country is full of natural wonders. Topping the list? Sapo National Park, the second primary rainforest in West Africa by size. In this dense forest, live chimpanzees, elephants and the famous dwarf hippos of Liberia, the size of a Shetland pony. Still in a quest to preserve the planet, an innovative development agreement, signed with Norway, must put an end to all deforestation in 2020 and make it possible to preserve this national treasure for generations to come.
The best time to go: December to February.