Dear travel readers, it’s that time of year again. Last week, National Geographic Traveler published its “Best Trips to Take in 2020” list. A couple of weeks before that, Lonely Planet released its own popular “best” list: “Best in Travel 2020.” Fodor’s “Go List 2020” is out there too. Soon, the New York Times will drop its epic “52 Places to Go in 2020,” and we’ll be set. Even though these lists fall under the “click bait” category (for me at least), I confess I’m a serial clicker. I love to see which destinations are getting hotter in the popular zeitgeist (and especially which places in “my” little world of Central and Eastern Europe). I noticed Bucharest wiggled its way onto the list at Fodor’s as a romantic getaway (love the pick, not sure about the rationale). National Geographic showered some love on tiny Telč, along the Bohemian-Moravian provincial border in the Czech Republic. There’s rarely any rhyme or reason to these things, but that’s part of the fun.
Last year, I decided to make my own list of places to go. Hey, if the big guys can do it, why not me? It was a lot of fun and helped me to organize my travel during the year. With that same hope for the coming year, here’s my selection of “10 Places To Visit in 2020 (If You Happen to Write a Blog on Central Europe).”