Hi friends! While we have only just said goodbye to the holidays, I know there HAVE to be some of you that are already dreaming up your next chance to get away. Am I right? Are you one of those people? I know I am! When you take these getaways are, of course, determined by so many different factors but where is completely dependent on recommendations you’ve gotten from friends and family or inspiration from Instagram, magazines, etc. So, since last year was such a big travel year for me – the biggest, actually – I thought I’d chime in with three travel destinations for you to consider for 2020!
In June, John and I ventured down to Barbados for our first vacation together. I haven’t spent a ton of time in the Caribbean but the island of Barbados made me question why. The beaches are amazing. The food was out of this world. And, the people couldn’t have been kinder. So, if you’re looking for a nice little tropical getaway in 2020 … I highly recommend Barbados. More information about our trip can be found HERE! If you need some tips on what to pack, check out this packing list I shared!
Cartagena, Colombia was where me and Whitney, my best friend, ventured for my birthday trip. I don’t normally go anywhere for my birthday but I couldn’t have picked a more perfect destination. Cartagena is a hidden gem that I hope doesn’t ever become spoiled by instagram popularity. It is a color lovers dream and a great getaway for anyone looking for lots of hot restaurants and beautiful escapes. I outlined everything you need to know about this destination in the Colombia travel guide! There are multiple posts that will help you plan what I can almost guarantee will be an unforgettable vacation!
SANTA MARGHERITA, ITALY
Italy is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I truly believe the good Lord took a little extra time designing that country. It has so much variety – oceans, mountains, cities, beautiful countryside, etc. Many want to prioritize Rome, Venice and Florence and I’m not saying I don’t understand why. I do. But, if you’re looking to go somewhere that has a bit of a slower pace than the big tourist hubs, I’d highly recommend Santa Margherita, Italy. It is located in the Liguria region of the country, which is known as the Italian Riviera. It is the origin of pesto and draws millions of visitors a year thanks to those famous five coastal towns, known as Cinque Terre.
But, if you stay a little further down, not far from the large city of Genoa, you will find a quieter, charming town that was the home base for a friends’ wedding weekend over the Summer. It is a popular Summer getaway location for Italians that, it seems, many Americans haven’t discovered yet. So, you’ll feel like you can actually breathe and relax as you walk around because there’s room. You will walk by cafe’s and they will be full of either locals or vacationing Italians. It is probably the most authentically Italian place I have traveled to. You can take day trips to charming towns like Portofino and Camogli. You can sunbathe in countless places along the coastline. It’s full of vibrant colors and delicious food, as well. It’s a trek to get there [I recommend flying into Genoa, if possible, or take the train from Florence or Rome, depending on which one you get a better flight into] but well worth it. I promise. It’s absolutely stunning.
If you would like some recommendations for some domestic trips, I’d recommend Miami and Charleston. But, I’m not going to lie … I still have so many amazing places on my list for the U.S. I’ve never been to Tahoe, Scottsdale, New Orleans, or Nantucket. All of those places sound so lovely and fun for so many different reasons so those would be my pick if you were to ask me! 🙂 What place is on your list for this year? Or, what places would YOU recommend as a travel destination in 2020? Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by! xo.
I’d love to go to all of these places! They all look incredible!
I loved following you on all these trips, especially colorful Cartegena!! My mom and I were supposed to go to Spain last year but we had to cancel since she had to have surgery- really hoping we can go this year! I’m also excited to head to Tampa for a friend’s wedding this spring 🙂
Your travel content is always so stunning and one of my faves! All of these places look gorgeous! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂
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Ooh, Nantucket is my absolute favorite US destination. So charming and historical! Go go go!
One day! 🙂 xo.
I am going to Ireland in May and can’t wait! It will be my first trip abroad but hopefully not t.he last
Aww, Ireland is beautiful! Have so much fun!!! xo.
I am obsessed with Christmas and heard Old Quebec City that time of year is so beautiful so since I turn the big 5-0 this year, my hubby and I and my brother and sister in law are all headed there in December. My sister in law is also obsessed with Christmas. Another check off my bucket list. Seattle, Maine and Vermont are other top picks where I’d love to visit
Yesss, Old Quebec City has been at the top of my Winter travel lust list for years, as well! I hope you have the best birthday celebrating there! 🙂 xo.
We’re headed to Alaska this May/June. Can’t wait! Definitely a bucket list trip for us
We are planning an Alaskan cruise in Summer 2021! So excited!
My sister in law and I are going on our second European trip in November. Italy wasn’t in the plans but Santa Margherita looks beautiful so we might have to extend it.
Love the colorful pics!!! 😍
Love this one! Short and sweet. Glad you linked back to the Cartagena post, which was a great post.
Oh, how I would love to travel to Italy one day!!
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I would love to visit Bali and now that you’ve introduced me to the beauty of Colombia, I would love to see it as well! You would love Tahoe. It’s a beautiful place!
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I love your travel blogs and tips. We’re going to Costa Rica this summer and I know you haven’t posted one for that area, but wondered if you could recommend another blogger you trust.