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Your travel inspiration for the new year


Ask anyone who's killed the last six hours of a Friday at the office searching for flights, and you'll know that vacation planning has surpassed any sport as America's national pastime. And while scouring the internet for cheap airfares is always useful, there's a lot more that goes into planning a truly epic trip. Like knowing where, exactly, you might find intriguing. Or what hotels, attractions, beaches, and off-the-radar ski destinations won't be mobbed with tourists.

We've compiled what we humbly consider to be the most comprehensive trip-planning reference on the internet in the pages below. These include our biggest stories of the year: the 25 places you need to travel to in 2020, and the 25 most spectacular hotels around the world. They also include mini-guides on everything from unique cruises to fitness challenges to the best destinations for LGBTQ travelers. You’ll also find some mantras we’re taking with us no matter where we go in 2020, like why we won’t be describing any solo female destination as “safe,” and why we firmly believe travel is integral for the planet’s survivalSo whether you're looking for a solo adventure, a luxury splurge, a spa getaway, or a campout under the stars, we've got a guide that can help you along the way.

Read on and get to planning your 2020. We have a pretty good feeling it will be your most memorable year yet. 

The 25 places you need to travel in 2020

Start off the new decade with the best year of your life.

How travel can help you keep your 2020 New Year’s resolutions

The greenest trips you can take to help the planet in 2020, according to experts

25 cultural sites to save in 2020, according to the World Monuments Fund

The top 20 trending travel destinations for 2020, according to Airbnb

The 25 most spectacular hotels in the world: 2020

From luxury castles to remote eco-lodges.

The cheapest weekends to book a hotel for every month in 2020

The best travel rewards cards for 2020

Sign up for these programs to make travel easier in 2020

The best hotel rewards program for every type of traveler

Stop pitching solo female travelers ‘safe’ destinations

There’s more to solo female travel than safety.

The best destinations for solo female travel in 2020

The top 10 LGBTQ destinations for 2020

7 perfect cities for black travelers in 2020

Your 2022 resolution: Travel to save the planet

Yes, you can travel for good.

The 10 coolest new small cruise ships coming in 2020

The most exciting places to scuba in 2020

The absolute best places to ski in North America this winter

The best new sports we tried in 2019, that you should try in 2020

National parks will be free on these five days in 2020

How to keep your resolution to exercise more outdoors

These cruises will take you into the next total solar eclipses

Island-hopping around Palawan, Philippines, is the best adventure you can take in 2021

Every single music festival in the US you need to hit this spring

Lower prices, better weather, and more diverse acts than summer.

Every single LGBTQ event in the US you need to go to in 2020

Here’s how and when to watch the best 2022 night sky events

8 pop-up museums in the US you need to see in 2020

Where you can see rocket launches in 2020

11 must-see African American heritage sites in the US this year

The best LGBTQ events in 2020 worth traveling to Europe for

The 9 best museums to visit in 2020

New year, new art.

20 books we can’t wait to read in 2020

The most futuristic spa experiences for 2020

Archaeological digs around the world you can actually partake in this year

2021 is the year to try a vegan hotel. These are the world’s best

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