Knowing when to book a trip is just as important as knowing when to take it. Certain destinations require booking in advance to ensure you have your choice of accommodations, and some of nature’s greatest natural phenomena are seasonal – so if you don’t want to miss out you better start planning now!
With only a couple of months left until the end of 2019, now is the time to start thinking about your 2020 holiday. To help you with this, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite destinations that are guaranteed to satisfy your travel bug.
1. Celebrate the New Year at the Tet Festival, Vietnam
The Tet Festival in Vietnam commemorates the lunar New Year, and is considered the most festive and important event of the year. Celebrated on the 25th of January, the Tet Festival it’s seen as a time of fresh beginnings, forgiveness and expressing respect to ancestors. At this time of year, the entire country is at its most colourful and vibrant and the main cities are busy with preparation, often extending to two weeks before and after the New Year celebrations. Check out our Vietnam Food and Culture Tour and experience the New Year in all its glory.
This is a great time to visit Vietnam, but make sure you book soon as accommodation sells out quickly.
2. Go on a Spring diving adventure in Indonesia
If you’re up for an amazing getaway during spring break, a diving trip to the pristine islands of Raja Amput in the West Papua Province of Indonesia may be perfect for you!
The Raja Amput Dive Project is a 14-day adventure in the heart of the “Coral Triangle” that allows you to be involved with marine conservation efforts and to give back to the community through environmental education.
Between December and March, the waters of Raja Amput are calm and clear, making it the best time to see manta rays.
3. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and explore the Galapagos
Make 2020 the year to finally go on one of the most incredible and unique adventures of your life: explore the Galapagos. This remote archipelago of volcanic islands is a mecca for people who love nature and wildlife.
Unlike most other wildlife destinations, the animals at the Galapagos can be seen year-round, with few migratory species and no need to wander off in search of waterholes or food. Their behaviour does vary though, so you may want to take this into consideration.
New year in the Galápagos brings sunshine as well as rain, and although you’ll only find a slight daily drizzle it’s pretty much a permanent fixture from January through to May. This is also when green turtles lay their eggs and considered one of the best times to visit the Galápagos Islands as it offers calmer seas and good underwater visibility. Showers tend to be short, so you can make the most of the heat on the beach or the deck of your boat.
Many of the land birds, sea lions, turtles and tortoises that you’ll find on the Galápagos use February, March and April as their breeding or nesting season amongst a blanket of blossoming spring flowers, and by May blue-footed boobies are doing their courtship dance in North Seymour. This is also a great time of year for beach lovers as, although there’s every chance of a daily shower, sea and land temperatures are at a high.
There are wildlife spectacles year-round in the archipelago, so be sure to bring your camera and channel your inner David Attenborough!
4. Discover wildlife and nature – all aboard the Alaska Yacht!
The Alaska Yacht: Bears, Birds and Bushwhacking is a small cruise that’s big on adventure with a little something for everyone. Couples, families or solo travellers alike will all find something they love – whether it’s hiking, wildlife viewing, whale watching, kayaking or culture this cruise has it all.
The tour runs between May and September, and you’ll have a chance to visits designated wilderness areas, and learn about the Tlingit culture.
Late May sees the arrival of migrating Humpback whales, and bears can be found strolling along the shores at dusk and dawn. Throughout June and July nesting migratory birds return, and this season brings in blooming wildflowers along with nearly endless daylight.
5. Experience the Land of Fire and Ice
February is just around the corner, and with limited spaces left on our EC Special Iceland Tour now is the time to book! Personally led by EC founder Max Sinclair and EC Journalists Tom Ground and Haley Dasovich, the tour was created for those who want to escape mass tourism and see the most dramatic landscapes Iceland has to offer.
The northern lights are one of the biggest draws to visiting Iceland, and on this trip of a lifetime, you’ll have four different opportunities to experience the Aurelia Borealis – including from a hot tub on a rooftop!
Thanks to our Super Jeeps, on this unique adventure you will be able to explore places that few tourists get the chance to see such as the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the stunning Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, marvel at the Reynisfjara black sand beach and ice walk across the Sólheimajökull Glacier – just to name a few!
Feeling inspired? Let us know in the comments what your plans for 2020 are and speak to an Eco Expert today to book your next adventure!
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