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Here Are The ‘Travel & Leisure’ Top Destinations For 2020

It may surprise exactly nobody, but Australia is a damn good country to travel in. It’s beautiful, the people are lovely, there’s a tonne of things to do, the food is on another level — and it’s huge, so there’s no lack of things to do. It’s so good, in fact, that giant international travel magazine Travel + Leisure has chosen Australia as its Destination of the Year for 2020.

The site covers travel in Australia on the reg, from Western Australian road trips and bubblegum-pink lakes to penguin parades and underground towns. Because of the quality of the experiences travellers can find in Australia, and to support tourism to the country in the wake of the bushfire crisis, the magazine has nominated our homeland as Peak Travel Goals this year.

Here’s what the magazine said about the reason for its choice: “The exuberant hospitality and otherworldly scenery are hard to beat, and there’s now a fresh energy spreading across the country. New experiences and hotels have opened up less-frequented destinations. Innovative chefs and winemakers are putting a global spin on native ingredients. And though there’s no denying it takes some time to get there, the recent addition of direct flights from Chicago, Houston, and London is making the journey easier than ever.” Check out Travel + Leisure‘s full coverage of Australia here.

 

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After the recent bushfires, it is important that people continue to travel to those areas affected. While the fire season has been more intense than usual, there are very few travel destinations majorly impacted by the damage. The people in these regions rely on tourism for their livelihoods, so there’s no reason not to continue to go there and have the time of your life.

Check Tourism Australia’s travel alerts for more info on specific regions. There are no regions anywhere in Australia currently impacted enough to suggest changing travel arrangements.

 

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If you don’t have travel planned to any of the affected regions yet, maybe you should consider a getaway! The people in regions such as the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Sapphire Coast of NSW, Victoria’s High Country, and Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island in South Australia would all be keen to welcome visitors. We put together a list of destinations ripe for a quick visit here, or maybe you want to check out these places you might not have considered for a getaway.

Travel + Leisure’s Top Destinations For 2020

And in case you were wondering, here is Travel + Leisure’s top 10 list for hot destinations in 2020. You can check out the full list here.

10. Boston, USA
9. Botswana
8. Big Island, Hawaii
7. Beijing, China
6. Barbados
5. Baja Sur’s East Cape, Mexico
4. Austria
3. Asheville, North Carolina
2. Arequipa, Peru
1. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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