Some Great Travel Plans Booked For 2020
When we entered 2019, we had no travel plans booked. Although it did not take us long before we filled the calendar! For our travel plans for 2020, several trips are already booked. And we have some thoughts for other travel plans for the year. We will hit our 100th country visited in 2020.
It was a very busy travel year in 2019. We barely arrive home from our trip to the west coast in December 2019 before we head off on our first travels of 2020. And we have the back end of 2020 scheduled. It was a bit hard to think of travel planning for the rest of 2020. But we do have some early ideas to share.
Let’s see what 2020 might look like for travel ….
We Start 2020 Cruising Around South America
Oceania Cruises has a great set of back-to-back cruises for South America. We thought about booking these for several years. But always looked at the cruises too late. And availability was poor. Over the 3 different segments of the South America cruise, we would have had to move from bad to worse to horrid cabins!
When we cruised to Cuba for this holidays in 2018, we sat down with the cruise planner onboard and actually found great availability for South America for 2020. So we put our deposit down and started planning.
We finish the South America cruise in Lima, Peru after 53 days onboard. Being in Lima, we considered two additional trips – Machu Picchu and/or Galapagos. Ultimately we figured that after almost 10 weeks away, we would want to head home. So those trips will wait for another year.
We have a busy start to our travel plans for 2020.
Excursions Booked For South America
Our cruise to South America has about 35 port days. We booked a great variety of excursions and will travel by fast boat, 4 wheel drive jeep and by cable car. There will be city tours, winery visits and snorkelling trips. One day we will see pink dolphins and on another do a penguin safari. The ship will cruise through the Chilean fjords for 2 days. A great reminder of our trip through the Norway fjords in 2019.
In Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, we have two days in each port. We are doing our research to look for things to do on our own. Both ports have a lot of things to see and do.
There are 18 sea days on our South America cruise. This will give us time to relax and enjoy the luxury cruise ship. We know we will find lots to do – cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and ship entertainment will keep us busy.
The South American cruise will provide us with a variety of things to do. A great start to our travel plans for 2020.
Finish The Year In Australia
In 2020, we will finally reap the rewards of loyalty to Oceania Cruises. After South America, our next cruise is number 20. At that cruise loyalty milestone, we get a “free” 14 day cruise. And the plan is to use that 14 days towards a cruise around Australia in December 2020.
On our first visit to Australia, we spent a week in Sydney. And then headed up to Cairns to snorkel and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. But we did not see much else. The cruise around Australia will let us see most of the major cities in Australia.
It will be great to return to Australia on our travels in 2020.
Before Or After Our Trip To Australia
Australia is a long trip from Toronto. Long flights are great for building airline status miles. But if we go that far, we will try to add on some destinations before or after the trip.
One option we are toying with would be to add on New Zealand. This has been on our travel wish list for awhile. And it is an easy trip from Sydney.
The other option is to do more travelling in SE Asia. On our first visit to SE Asia, we spent a relaxing week in Bali. Toured around Thailand for 2 weeks. And got a taste of Singapore. We are considering a return to Bali. Or maybe to other parts of Indonesia for scuba diving.
Our travel plans in 2020 will try to maximize the things we do when we fly longer distances.
Summer Plans For Travel In 2020
We normally stay home in Toronto for the summer. And do smaller trips. Last year we did something different with our cruise around the Norway Fjords and tour trip up to the Nordic countries.
But that trip also included a small taste test of the UK countries. We would love to plan a road trip around UK. And summer would be the ideal time to do it. But we are not sure that this would make the 2020 summer plans.
Our road trip to New England in 2019 was a great taste test. And we really would love to go back and see more. Maybe even plan to do a sailing ship adventure.
David has been pushing to explore more of Canada. Our first trip together to Nova Scotia was a fun break. So maybe we need to head back to see more of Eastern Canada. Maybe we travel along the eastern shore from New England? We be happy to stop again in Quebec City on our way home.
We don’t have firm plans booked for the summer of 2020. But we know it will see us doing smaller trips.
A Sponsored Trip To Idaho In The Fall
In the fall of 2019, we did an amazing trip to Utah and Arizona. It was a great look at a new part of the U.S. While we were travelling, we were contacted about doing a sponsored trip to Idaho in 2020.
We spent some time researching southern Idaho. And realized there was so much to see and do. It was really an undiscovered part of the U.S. for us. We are still finalizing our plans to visit Idaho. But will provide an update when this is firm.
A sponsored trip in the fall would send us back road tripping in the fall.
Fallback Plans For The Fall
Until our plans are all firm, we are also looking at other options for fall travel. Other than our cruise in Northern Europe in 2019, we never made it back to Europe. So we still have several European ideas.
Many options continue to draw our interest for a return visit to the Greek Islands. We would love to take the ferry from island to island.
It has been too long since we were last in Italy. Our 10 week tour of the Adriatic Coast was a few years ago. And even our visits to the Amalfi Coast have faded in our memories. It is time to head back to Italy. We want to visit the Italian Island of Sicily. And maybe add in Sardinia or Malta once we start travel planning.
We also realized that we have not spent any time in Germany. We did a great river cruise in China with Viking Cruises. So a Viking Cruises trip through the rivers in Germany has been drawing our interest.
Or we may head back to Portugal. Our first 4 weeks in Portugal was not really enough time. And Portugal is still very high on the list of places we may want to live one day. So we figure at some point we need to head to Portugal in off season in the late fall. It may not be a tropical escape. But it may still be much better than freezing temperatures in Toronto.
We have many options for fall travel plans for 2020.
Good To Start The Year With Booked Travel Plans For 2020
It was good to start 2020 with some travel plans firmly booked. Our Oceania Cruises trip to South America will start the year off well.
We have lots of ideas about other travel plans for 2020. We even have one sponsored trip we are working on. But you can be guaranteed that we will fill in the travel calendar for 2020.
Watch the blog and social media as our travel plans get firmed up.
What is on your travel plans for 2020? Do you have any suggestions for us?
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