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2020 bucket list trips to start planning now

The magnificent Machu Picchu ruins
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Planning an incredible adventure takes time and money – and sometimes a lot of advance planning. Even if you live for spontaneous travel, some of the world’s most exciting activities will require that you plan well in advance. To make sure you don’t miss out on making your travel dreams come true in 2020, we’ve rounded up some dates to mark in your calendar so you can book that dream vacation.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Notoriously bustling Tokyo can expect even bigger crowds when it hosts the Olympics this summer. The games run from 24 July to 9 August, followed by the 2020 Summer Paralympics from 25 August to 6 September. If you want to join in the fun, flights, accommodation and tickets will likely be at a premium, so start planning this second.

The Inca Trail in Peru

Hiking to Machu Picchu is a dream trek for many, but if you want to make it happen in 2020, it’s time to start planning. Travellers need a permit to make the hike and they are already available for next year. Since you have to make the trek with a registered operator, they will generally handle getting the permit for you, but since there is a daily limit for the number of hikers, it’s best to start planning early.

Disneyland’s Avengers Campus

If 2019 was dominated by all things Galaxy’s Edge, this year will provide something for the Avengers fans out there in summer 2020. California Adventure’s Avenger Campus will include the first Disney ride through to feature Superman, and be the first chance to experience the world of Avengers before it rolls out to other parks. Naturally, demand will likely be high, so keep an eye on dates if you want to be among the first to visit.

Burning Man in Nevada, USA

Start planning if you want to make it to Burning Man festival
Start planning if you want to make it to Burning Man festival
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If you want to hit the playa in August 2020, you’re going to want to start planning now. Registration for pre-sale tickets generally begins in January, so if you are interested in going, make sure you’re on that list. However, varying ticket levels and prices run throughout the year.

Hang Son Doong in Vietnam

The world's biggest cave, Hang Son Doong.
The world's biggest cave, Hang Son Doong
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The incredible depths of the world’s largest cave lures in travellers who want a true adventure. But the arduous journey into this subterranean site makes booking a trek essential. The major tour operator that takes travellers inside, Oxalis Adventure Tours, only brings in a limited number of people each year. If you want to be one of them in 2020- find out more here.

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