Forget the Galapagos and Iceland - here are 10 under-the-radar destinations to visit in 2020 if you want to escape the crowds
- Intrepid Travel, the world's largest small-group adventure travel company, has released its fourth annual "Not Hot" list, highlighting off-the-beaten-path and emerging destinations to visit in 2020.
- This year's list ranges from the "Galápagos of the North," a wild archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, to the deserts of northern Sudan.
- The purpose of the list is to help travelers discover new destinations without the crowds and ease the effects of overtourism.
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Egypt is known as the land of pyramids; yet northern Sudan is home to over twice as many.
And while the Galápagos is known as the world's foremost wildlife haven, lesser-known Haida Gwaii, a mountainous archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, is an equally prime destination for wildlife viewing.
Northern Sudan and Haida Gwaii are two of the destinations on Intrepid Travel's 2020 "Not Hot" list, a collection of under-the-radar and emerging destinations for travelers looking to venture off the beaten path and escape crowds of tourists.
In recent years, destinations such as Dubrovnik and Venice have buckled under the weight of overtourism, enacting a ban on new restaurants and limiting incoming cruise ships respectively to limit visitor numbers. In 2018, Croatia, which has a population of a 4 million, received 57 million overnight visitors, and Italy, a country of 60 million, received 93 million overnight visitors.
Intrepid CEO James Thornton noted that increased climate awareness in recent years has led to travelers becoming more conscious about their impact on the destinations they visit.
"There is a desire from tourists to ensure they are benefiting the communities they visit and local people they meet, while respecting their cultures, economy and the environment too," he said in a statement. "The Not Hot List aims to meet this growing demand and promote lesser-known destinations that are just as worthy of travelers' time."
Here are the 10 under-the-radar destinations Intrepid Travel recommends for 2020, in no particular order: