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Are you planning a trip abroad next year or are you just looking for travel inspiration in your backyard?

Have you ever thought about a trip to Stone Town in Zanzibar? Or even the Red Square in Moscow?

If you haven't, you may miss some of the "Best Places on Earth", according to a new travel guide.

From the Beijing Forbidden City to the Scottish Highlands route, Rough guide books has compiled a list of promising destinations The approximate guide to the 100 best places on Earth.

The guide is designed to highlight the destinations that its editors consider "unmissable, undervalued, emerging or new on the tourist map".

Browsing through the pages, there are some places you might not have considered or even met.

"Looking at exhilarating mountain landscapes, dazzling cityscapes, pristine tropical islands, atmospheric ruins and vast savannahs", this book claims to have scoured "every corner of the globe in search of the most spectacular places of 2020".

While the rumors are full of remote places, no "to see" guide would be complete without a few stops in Australia.

According to the Rough Guide, 2020 is the year to swim in the Great Barrier Reef and visit Uluru.

On the other side of the moat, the guide describes the Fox glacier on the South Island of New Zealand as a must-visit, along with a trip to Queenstown, which is described as "superbly set by the deep blue Wakatipu lake and surrounded by steep mountains ".

"Locals and visitors gather in cozy restaurants, pouring into the pedestrian streets to exchange stories of fun days with a cold beer or hot chocolate," said the guide to the popular destination.

However, among the favorites of perennial tourism, the Rough Guide discovers some gems that you may not have thought of.

In the south of France, the Gorges du Verdon are spectacular canyons and a welcoming, adrenaline-filled break with Provençal bijou farms. The guide recommends "spectacular viewpoints, plunging cracks up to 700 m deep and glorious blue-blue lakes".

In Matera, Italy, the guide suggests "zigzagging through sloping streets, taking a break in Santa Lucia alle Malve and the Crypt of original sin to admire extraordinary frescoes of the eighth and thirteenth centuries".

The Beijing Imperial Palace is now a lively tourist attraction that should be the next on your list. Beyond the imposing walls, it suggests exploring the side rooms and buildings that show "intimate accessories that bring home the realities of court life for its inhabitants".

If you like to go on the road, take a trip along the Big Sur in California, following highways 1 and 101. “Embracing the cliffs, the road winds high above the rugged coastline, offering a dramatic view of the pounding of the surf from the canopy white against the rocks below and the waves splashed by the sun that extend across the horizon, "notes the guide.

Far from Chamonix, discover the Slovenian Alps.

“Formed during the Ice Age, the 7 km long U-shaped glacial valley has a green and flat valley floor covered with spotted meadows of flowers and beech forests, enclosed by steps with cliffs full of glacial boulders, waterfalls , springs, streams and a majestic crown of jagged gray peaks, most of which are 2000 m high. "

The world heritage site of Tanzania near the cradle of life is contained in an extinct volcano and is a must to visit in 2020.

"The highlight of Ngorongoro is a huge volcanic crater, formed by the same immense geological upheavals of the Great Rift Valley. Once a mountain as high as Kilimanjaro, about three million years ago Ngorongoro broke into pieces, covering the Serengeti with ash while the crater sank into the mountain. Today, the circle stands on an impressive 2285m. "

In the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, near the plains that oversaw the Russian space program, you will find "a shining light on the edge of the desert". The structures of the space age and the buildings of white marble belong to another planet.

In Turkey, Cappadocia is home to hundreds of fairy chimneys, with hills dotted with "fantastic alveolar shapes and caves that give way to boulder-strewn plains". The ancient cave dwellings are thousands of years old.

If you find that summer days pass too quickly, the list advises travelers to travel to the Lofoten Islands in Norway, where the midnight sun lives.

"The fjords are beautiful, timeless and the idea of ​​all of the soul of Norway", states the guide.

Also making the list is a visit to Mongolia on horseback. In the capital of Ulaanbaatar, Genghis Khan appears on banknotes, packets of cigarettes and even a giant statue 50 meters high that the guide calls a "modern artificial structure of titanic proportions".

THE GUIDE BROKEN TO THE 100 BEST PLACES ON THE EARTH

OCEANIA

fiji

Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

New Caledonia

Queenstown, New Zealand

Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Uluru, Australia

ASIA

Andaman Islands, India

Began, Myanmar

Bangkok, Thailand

bhutan

Forbidden City, Beijing

Equestrian statue of Genghis Khan, Mongolia

Great Wall of China

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Himalaya

Jaisalmer, India

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Kyoto, Japan

Lahaul and Spiti, India

Maldives

Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Sri Lanka

Taj Mahal, India

Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tokyo, Japan

turkmenistan

AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

Beirut, Lebanon

Cape Town, South Africa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ethiopia

Jerusalem

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Madagascar

Marrakech, Morocco

Mount Sinai, Egypt

namibia

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Petra, Jordan

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Sahara desert

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Victoria Falls, Zambia / Zimbabwe

EUROPE

Acropolis, Athens

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Berlin Wall, Germany

Cappadocia, Turkey

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Galway, Ireland

Gorges du Verdon, France

Haghia Sophia, Istanbul

Iceland

Kamniške – Savinja Alps, Slovenia

Lapland, Finland

Lisbon, Portugal

London, United Kingdom

Matera, Italy

Norwegian fjords

Paris, France

Penwith, Cornwall

Prague, Czech Republic

Red Square, Moscow

Rome Italy

Sagrada Família, Barcelona

Saxon Switzerland

Scottish Highlands and Islands

St. Petersburg, Russia

Stockholm, Sweden

Utrecht, the Netherlands

Venice, Italy

Versailles, France

United States, Mexico and Canada

Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Denver and Colorado, United States

Grand Canyon, United States

Massachusetts, United States

Memphis and the deep south, United States

Mexico City

Monument Valley, Arizona

New York City, United States

Niagara Falls, Canada

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Vancouver Island, Canada

Vermont, USA

Wynwood Walls, Miami

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

Amazon rain forest

Bolivia

British Virgin Islands

Cuba

Easter island

Galapagos Islands

Machu Picchu, Peru

Nazca Lines, Peru

Nicaragua

Patagonia, Argentina / Chile

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tikal, Guatemala

Uvita, Costa Rica

The Rough Guide to the 100 Best Places on Earth for 2020 was published on September 1st.

– with the New Zealand Herald

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