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It’s a brand New Year. And you know what that means? Time to set some goals and be your best self! But when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, it’s not just about what you do, but where you go too. Whether you want to get more active, try something different, learn a new skill or more, check out these perfect destinations to make 2020 the year of YOU.
1. Shake things up in Brazil
Want to try something totally different in 2020? Then step out of your comfort zone and into the buzzing vibe of Brazil. From gorgeous bods on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana to steamy samba clubs where the caipirinhas are icy cold and the dance floors are on fire – Brazil is like nothing, you’ve ever experienced before. Hot tip: Plan your holiday over Rio Carnival for the party of a lifetime (think feather boas, bright beads, crazy costumes and brilliant beats).
2. Spend more quality time with your family in Dubai
Life gets super busy. And sometimes it’s hard to find time for real one-on-one moments with your kids. But that’s all about to change this year. Treat your family to an unforgettable holiday in Dubai where the fun never stops. Hunt for treasures in mystical bazaars. Shop, explore and discover in the massive Mall of the Emirates. Splash out at the wild Aquaventure Park and beautiful Jumeira Beach. Then get adventurous in the dunes with quad biking, camel rides, sand boarding and even an overnight stay under the sparkling desert stars.
3. Stay on budget in Kruger
Did you splurge a little too much last year? Or maybe you’re trying to save up for something big this year? Either way, you’ve decided you’re going to be a little more careful with your hard-earned cash in 2020. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip your holiday. Save on flights and less-than-friendly exchange rates by keeping it local with a safari experience in Kruger National Park. 4x4 through the bushveld. Spot the big 5 on a wild bushwalk. Stay in rustic yet comfy chalets. And relax around a bonfire under the stars. Ah, there’s no place like home.
4. Follow your inner foodie to Italy
If you want to spice up your cooking skills or simply sample some amazing new dishes, then a trip to Italy is for you. Cycle through the lush vineyards of Florence. Pop into quaint villages to try some of Italy’s finest wines and rustic Italian home cooking. Take a cooking class and learn how to make the perfect pasta all’ arrabbiata, melanzane and creamy risotto. Fall in love with delicious local cheeses. Find your new favourite olive oil. And don’t even get us started on the pizza. Bellissimo!
5. Tick off your reading list in Zanzibar
Whether it’s that bestseller everyone’s talking about or a novel that’s been on your bedside table for ages, you’ve decided to make more time for reading this year. With its laid-back island vibe, Zanzibar is the perfect place to leave all your worries behind and get lost in your favourite book. In between chapters, take a dip in the warm ocean waters, browse the quaint fish markets, visit historic Stone Town, explore beautiful mosques, and take a fascinating spice tour. It's a book lover's dream!
6. Get fitter in Machu Picchu
If your New Year resolves to be more active, you’re not alone. Just visit any gym in January and you’ll see it packed with sweaty fitness seekers. But who needs a boring treadmill when you can go on an epic hiking adventure in Machu Picchu instead? Follow a 5-day hiking tour through mystical cloud forests, cross swaying bridges over rushing rivers, journey through the Sacred Valley, and hike up to the Sun Gate at dawn to see the stunning Incan ruins set alight in all their glory. Now that’s the right way to get your heart rate up!