After Netherlands' victory in last year's Eurovision Song Contest, Rotterdam will host the 2020 Eurovision in May. Rotterdam is famous for its cube-shaped houses, the second largest port in the world, and its main shopping area "the gutter".
Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam, Netherlands
10 years ago I was living in Shanghai during the World Expo, and it was a big coming-out party for the city. Similarly, Dubai will be using the 2020 event to showcase itself. Expect crazy architecture and pavillions from countries all over the world.
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics, motto "Discover Tomorrow", from July 24, 2020 – August 9, 2020. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the New National Stadium in Tokyo, designed by architect Kengo Kuma.
10-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0013, Japan
Come November, the US will go to the polls, and hopefully 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will prepare to receive a new occupant. Even if you don't agree with the current incumbent's policies, DC is still an amazing place to visit any time of the year.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC, USA
After years of delays, the Grand Egyptian Museum is due to open this year, showcasing Egypt's many ancient treasures. Just 2km from the pyramids, the full Tutankhamun collection will be on show for the first time.
Alexandria Desert Rd, Kafr Nassar, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
One of two European Capitals of culture for 2020, Rijeka (literally "River") is Croatia's main port and has a fascinating history, it was ruled by eight different countries between 1918 and 1991. In the early 20th century, Rijeka was one of the major European ports with weekly passenger service to New York City. The ship Carpathia, which saved many of the survivors from the Titanic, was heading from New York to Rijeka.
"She played the fiddle in an Irish band But she fell in love with an English man" If your main knowledge of Galway is Ed Sheeran's toe-tapper "Galway Girl", 2020 is the perfect time to explore this European Capital of Culture known as the City of the Tribes. The historic pedestrianed streets are full of pubs, cafes and shops, and it's a perfect base for seeing West Ireland.
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower carrying the pilgrims from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusets (a happy coincidence ;D) Towns and cities across the UK and US are celebrating Mayflower 400 with a series of cultural events. In Plymouth, England, the famous Mayflower Steps mark the point where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail.
Plymouth PL1 2LR, UK