What's hot for 2020

At the dawn of not only a new year but a new decade, we're looking ahead to what's next in travel. So, to help inspire your next holiday, we've scoured the globe for exclusive, interactive experiences, exciting, under the radar destinations & new ways to contribute to conservation efforts. Here are our travel trends for 2020...

Polar Regions

Scott Dunn has seen an increase in the demand for more adventurous travel experiences. With this in mind, we've added to our portfolio of boats sailing to the Polar Regions, choosing luxurious ships which have minimal impact on this fragile ecosystem and offer intrepid travellers expert insight into increasingly important conservation efforts.

Guests can embark on a thrilling polar bear safari in the Arctic or polar scuba diving in Antarctica, both are excellent ways to get out of your comfort zone in the coming year. Or you can set sail in search of some of the most spectacular scenery and some of oldest communities to have wandered the Earth in Greenland.

Mongolia

Launching in 2020, Scott Dunn will offer new off grid tailormade tours to Mongolia, one of the world’s true last frontiers. This exciting new destination is perfect for those seeking remote adventures and eye-opening cultural experiences, set to a stunning back-drop.

Culture vultures should visit over The Naadam Festival which is the most important festival for Mongolians, when locals compete in archery, wrestling and horse-riding. More intrepid travellers can venture to Karakorum to stay in a temporary nomadic ger camp set up on a mountainside overlooking the Orkhon Valley which is a sight to behold!

Colombia

Colombia is emerging as a popular destination for guests seeking fascinating cultural encounters paired with off-the-beaten track adventure.

Get to know South America’s rising star by exploring the highlights of Colombia. Scott Dunn offers tailormade journeys to this land of towering Andean mountains, steamy tropical jungles, lush coffee plantations and the sparkling Caribbean coast. This all-encompassing itinerary will take you to highpoints such as Bogota and Cartagena with some epic scenery in between.

The Spice Islands, Indonesia

With thousands of volcanic islands, Indonesia definitely has some hidden gems. Maluku, also known as the Spice Islands, is a little-visited tropical paradise which is just waiting to be explored. Do so in comfort onboard Aqua Blu, a modern super yacht with skilled chefs and a sun-deck with 360o views. This striking archipelago has everything you’d want from an island escape: impressive national parks blanketed in lush jungles, unspoilt beaches fringed by crystalline waters and a rich indigenous culture. But the best part is that its away from the crowds!

Uganda

Uganda is set to become an emerging wildlife destination for intrepid travellers, helped in no small part by the fact that it is a veritable melting pot of habitats, terrains and species.

Our Classic Uganda itinerary offers guests a once in a lifetime chance to experience gorilla habituation within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, alongside visiting traditional Ugandan villages and awe-inspiring sights such as Murchison Falls. End your holiday at Wildwaters Lodge on a private island in the middle of the Nile.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka sweeps from mountainous jungle terrain, to vivid green tea plantations, down to fabulous beaches. Discover the magic of Sri Lanka for yourself with a 10-night tailormade trip around Sri Lanka. This lovely itinerary allows you to explore the beauty of Sri Lanka at fairly relaxed pace, providing a great introduction to the unique history, stunning countryside and tropical landscapes of the island. With time plenty of time for exploration and relaxation it provides a lovely flow and rhythm.

Canada

Canada is really upping its game with its new luxury camping experiences. The aim is to take advantage of the impressive views and untamed scenery and it most certainly succeeds! Canada is the epitome of the great outdoors with 328,198 km2 of epic national parks and this, combined with the relaxed Canadian way of life and welcoming attitude make this country one of the best destinations for active, adventurous travellers, regardless of the season.

We especially love Grizzly Bear Ranch where you can track grizzlies with owner Julius Strauss who featured on Ben Fogle’s Lives in the Wild, it will make for a truly authentic and wild experience.

Chile

There’s lots to recommend Chile but in December 2020, Chile will be the location to witness one of the world’s most magnificent spectacles – the Geminids on 13th and 14th December, arguably the best meteor showers in the skies and a total solar eclipse takes place on 14th December 2020. The dark skies of Patagonia will be the ideal location to witness the Geminids, putting on a show of as many as 120 shooting stars per hour.

Combine this with the mysterious Easter Island where you can gawp at the gigantic Moai stone statues which dot this remote volcanic island before flying to Peru to see the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu where you can learn about the Incas.

Botswana

Botswana is renowned for having some of the best wildlife areas in Africa and is one of the best places to see species such as the magnificent Kalahari black maned lion, for wildlife enthusiasts this alone should put this destination at the top of their 2020 wish list.

There’s lots of exciting new hotels opening in Botswana, which is perfect for those who want to go on a luxurious safari, but we are especially excited about Xigera Safari Lodge which is set to be Africa’s most exclusive lodge and an example of safari camps at their most luxurious.

Remote Greek Islands

When most people think of the Greek islands, many conjure up an image of Santorini or Crete but Scott Dunn is seeing an increase in enquiries for remote, harder to reach destinations in Greece such as Sifnos, Milos, Naxos and Paros – islands which which feel more authentic.

We’re very proud of our Authentic Greece itinerary which allows you to get off-the-beaten-track and discover a more authentic side to Greece, getting under the skin of local traditions, visiting secluded islands and exploring traditional villages.

India

India has recently become more accessible to all, with the government announcing significant new reductions in e-visa fees, charging as little as $10 for a month in the low season. It's the perfect time to discover a beautiful mix of people and places, a patchwork quilt of a thousand polarised traditions and cultures brought together into one colourful expression.

Why not tic off some of India’s best-loved attractions in one trip when you embark on our Simply Rajasthan itinerary? Marvel at the gleaming expanse of Taj Mahal, get lost in the famous Blue City of Jodhpur and discover the fascinating history of the Amber Fort on this epic itinerary.

USA

Off the grid glamping experiences continue to be popular with families and couples alike. Scott Dunn offers a selection of new and exciting luxury tented camps and experiences, such as Under Canvas’s new luxury glamping outpost under the stars on Catalina Island and on the edges of Yosemite National Park, both set to open in 2020.

In Alaska, Scott Dunn is working with Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. From here in the heart of the Tordrillo Range, guests can heli-ski and embark on a via ferrata climbing experience on an extreme boundary-pushing holiday.

Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Clubs

With 11 destinations to choose from, our Explorers kids clubs are a great choice for 2020, giving you a much needed break whilst your children are having a whale of a time in our kids clubs.

Throughout the Med, in the Alps, in the Maldives and Mauritius and for ages 4 months to 11 years+, we have tailored groups with our qualified childcare team ensuring your little ones are in safe hands with activities perfect for their age. Not forgetting the bespoke programmes they can also join, from Aqua Explorers at Eagles Palace, Ski Explorers in the Alps and NEW for 2020, Football Academies at Pine Cliffs and Sun Gardens, Football Camps at Costa Navarino plus our CREW programme for 11 years+ which has been extended to our Pine Cliffs club. With first class resorts in enviable locations, we aim to give the whole family an exceptional holiday to remember.

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