HONG KONG - Experts at
Jacada Travel have nominated the places and people that are set to define 2020.
Here’s the hot list, taking in exotic adventures from Siberia to Colombia.
Women solo travellers: beyond wellness
Women travelling solo
is nothing new, but since last year, Jacada Travel has seen a 150% increase in
enquiries from Asia-based solo travellers, with many of them looking for more
adventurous experiences than the typical wellness retreat.
One stunning country
repeatedly lauded and recommended for such trips is Nepal. Home to the world's
oldest Buddhist and Hindu sites, as well as eight of the world's tallest
mountains, the biggest challenge comes in choosing what to do.
include paragliding across vast valleys in Pokhara, exploring the rich jungle
of Chitwan or yoga sessions in mountainside monasteries near Pharping, one of
the country's most sacred Buddhist sites set amidst jaw-dropping scenery.
conscious travel decisions becoming ever more prominent, Jacada expects to see
a rise in the number of people traveling on vegan-only trips, requesting vegan
cooking classes or retreats.
Countries like India,
with 38% of the population being vegetarian, or Thailand where Thai Buddhists
have been eating vegan for years, will benefit from a surge in travellers
looking for vegan food that still packs the punch with unique aromas and
Next level adventure travel: Siberia
For those looking for
a serious adrenaline rush in largely unchartered territory, one destination
couldn't be hotter - or indeed cooler: Siberia.
The unimaginably vast
(it's the size of Australia), wild and empty Russian territory is home to
spectacular natural landscapes, diverse wildlife and unique cultural and
historical attractions, meaning that any visit is filled with adventure and
discovery in equal measure.
For example, there's
no better way to navigate wintry trails than on a wooden sled drawn by a team of
working dogs - yes, Siberian huskies - as one skims the snow in an ancient and
traditional mode of travel, with the added bonus of no carbon footprint left
Destinations to watch for
Travel experts predict the following destinations will become hot travel trends
Russia – Russia covers an expanse of over 6.6 million
square miles and is home to nine different time zones. Though it’s the largest
country in the world, many are unaware of the diversity it offers, from
dazzling cities to silent, remote natural landscapes. Highlights include
experiencing private banya (Russian saunas) for couples in the most historic
spa in St. Petersburg, to exclusive opera masterclasses, caviar tastings and
stargazing in the remote Sayan Mountains.
Ethiopia – Jacada Travel has seen an increase in
enquiries for Ethiopia, often from guests who may have done a safari in South
Africa or East Africa and are looking to explore more of what the vast
continent has to offer. The country offers some of Africa’s most epic landscapes
and fascinating cultures – the Omo Valley alone is home to more than 40
different tribes, each with their own unique dress, custom and beliefs.
Colombia – Considered the gateway to South America, this
colourful country has seen a remarkable transformation over the last 25 years.
Bogota and Medellin are now thriving metropoles bursting at the seams with
galleries and museums, while the coffee triangle region boasts an array of
charming colonial towns, rolling hills and wax palm plantations, and the north
is home to the impossibly romantic city of Cartagena.
visiting horse breeders in private hacienda’s outside of Medellin to learning
the local game “tejo” from art gallery owners in Bogota, there are endless
opportunities for unique and authentic experiences in what Jacada predicts will
be the most talked about country in South America next year.