Holidays: Top holiday destinations for 2020 revealed – with nowhere in the UK on the list

Holidays remain a central part of life for many Britons, with the latest information from ABTA revealing that nine out of 10 people head on some kind of vacation every year. As part of their report for 2020, the travel body also revealed their travel predictions for the coming year, Shining a spotlight on 12 destinations. Unfortunately, nowhere in the UK made the cut, with far-flung locations taking precedence.

Utilising market information and insight from consumers, ABTA predicted where holidaymakers are most likely to jet off to.

Countries that made it into the most lusted after locations included European destinations Italy, Spain, and Austria, as well as long-haul destinations including the U.S and the Caribbean.

Unfortunately, the UK did not make the cut, although the report did suggest the number of domestic holidays taken in the UK has actually increased in the last year (between July 2018 and July 2019)

ABTA also reveals that the UK will still be a popular destination for vacations, with 56 percent of Britons planning a “staycation” in the next year.

However, the travel body also found that longer holidays abroad remain favourable for British holidaymakers.

So, where should Britons book their next holiday to?

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This region of southern Italy is known for its beautiful mountain ranges and lush forests and offers a different side to Italy which ABTA says is now becoming increasingly popular for tourists.

Hotspots the report highlights are the city of Matera, the Lucian Apennines mountain range and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Chicago and Lake Michigan

Known as “the Windy City”, Chicago is famed for its stunning lakeside on one of the five Great Lakes.

The city is home to one of the liveliest music scene in the USA and is the ultimate destination for music lovers next year, with 2020 marked as its “Year of Chicago Music.”


Unspoilt landscapes, delicious wines and welcoming people are just some of the reasons ABTA recommend Georgia as a top holiday destination for the coming year.

Set at the intersection of Europe and Asia, this tiny country is just a five-hour direct flight from the UK.

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Often referred to as “The Island of Spice” Grenada is the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors thanks to its rolling green hills and beautiful beaches.

Travellers should make the most of this lesser-known Caribbean island and its uncrowded beaches, as growing popularity could soon see a spike in tourism.

Madrid and its neighbouring cities

Spain has long been a holiday favourite for Britons, however, beach locations may be the obvious choice.

Now, with the boost in city breaks, ABTA predicts a boost in holidays to the country’s capital city, Madrid.

Not only is it rich in its own culture, Madrid also serves as a perfect base for travellers heading off to other historic cities and towns.

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Morocco is well known for its variety of landscapes.

From beautiful beaches to long expanses of golden sand dunes of the Sahara.

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean sea, this North African hotspot is rich in its own culture, particularly in the city of Marrakech.


Singapore is an island city-state off South Malaysia and is well known as a high-flying financial centre and its tropical climate.

Whether you’re looking for the sights and sounds of urban life, or want to lap up the heat on a stunning beach, Singapore has something for everyone. ABTA predict tourists will particularly enjoy its range of iconic hotels, modern architecture and “the worlds best airport.”

The coming year will also see Singapore celebrate its 200th birthday.

South Korea

Already one a leading culture power in the Fat East, South Korea is well known for its delicious good, world-class films and a recent boom in its musical phenomenon, K-POP.

Though a direct flight can take up to 10 hours from the UK, it will be well worth it for the country’s stunning views, plus its mix of both urban metropolises and natural jungles


Described as a “compact gem” Uruguay offers some spectacular landscapes with its rich internal landscapes, thick with farmlands and vegetation, and beach lines coasts.

Foodies will also benefit, with Urgugy famed for some of the finest steaks in the world.

Though one of the smallest countries in South America, this tiny gem packs a lot into its landmass.


Another European star, the capital of Austria is a year-round destination perfect for a city break.

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In winter travellers can enjoy stunning snow-covered landscapes and bustling Christmas markets, meanwhile, in the summer months, Vienna is perfect for bike tours, hanging out in one of its many parks or simply lounging on a patio.

The city is also home to some delicious eats year-round.

The next year will see Vienna celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and has also been named the most liveable city in the world for two years running.


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