Already dreaming about where you want to go next year? You’re not alone. Studies show travelers are making their plans earlier than ever—and many are setting a goal of seeing all seven continents.
So, while you ponder where your 2020 travel bucket list will take you, here’s a world of ideas—one for every continent—each with something new for the new year:
Dreaming of breathtaking scenery?
Go to: Milford Sound, New Zealand
During his 18th-century ocean explorations, Captain James Cook bypassed this 10-mile-long fjord, fearing its narrow mouth and steep mountainsides. But today’s cruise ships easily navigate it, floating past sheer cliffs (more than 3,000 feet high), famously stunning Mitre Peak and waterfalls that tumble gracefully into the sound. Penguins and bottlenose dolphins ply the waters, while fur seals laze in the sun on Seal Rock.
Can’t get your fill of fjords? Hop on a cruise that also sails through nearby Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound, less-visited but also dramatic. Or, take an overnight cruise in Milford Sound—you’ll wake at dawn in the place Rudyard Kipling called “the eighth wonder of the world.”
What’s new: Bird enthusiasts cheered the resurgence of the takahe, New Zealand’s indigenous flightless bird, thought to be extinct. In 2018, 30 of them were released into the wild—and visitors can see others at the bird sanctuary on the shores of Lake Te Anau.
Dreaming of getting away from it all?
Go to: Hawaii