If you love to travel then it is definitely time to decide where to visit in 2019. In order to help you with your search of the best places to visit this year, here are a few top travel destinations you should check out before you buy your plane tickets.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is the capital city of Czech Republic. Why visit this year? Well, the country turns 100, and the city is gearing up for a year of celebration. May and June bring the Prague Spring International Music Festival, which will exhibit the rich music culture of Czech Republic. From March to October, Prague Castle will host a series of exhibitions called “Founded 1918,” with exhibitions that feature symbols and art from around the country. And what better way to celebrate a birthday than a delicious meal? The city boasts 34 Michelin-starred restaurants for you to enjoy.
A beautiful country in South Asia, Bhutan is famous for its steep mountains, breathtaking valleys, rich culture and ancient heritage. For anyone intending to travel in 2019, Bhutan is the perfect destination. It offers recently renovated luxury lodges, helicopter tours and new airports. The trek to Bhuttan’s highest settlement, Laya, is one of the most popular tourist spots.
Surrounded by mountains and the sea, Oslo is Norway’s capital city. The natural beauty provides a perfect backdrop for its interesting architecture. The newly-expanded airport and speedy transport both make traveling to and from the city center very easy. One of the top attractions is the Havnepromenaden museum, featuring arts, history and architecture related exhibitions. An outdoor pool, a Highline-inspired park and a colorful indoor skatepark are among the wonderful sights you’ll enjoy while walking on the promenaden.
Known as the gateway to Africa, Tangier is a port located on the Strait of Gibraltar in Morocco. The city has a newly built waterfront and marina, with resorts located around it. Best of all, in 2019, a new high-speed rail line will open, to connect Tangier with nearby cities of Casablanca and Rabat.
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow full of Victorian architecture, trendy restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. The city’s live-music, museums and galleries make it a national cultural hub. It isn’t all about city though – the name Glasgow comes from the old Gaelic for “lovely green place” – and it certainly lives up to the name with 70 parks and a beautiful botanical garden.
In 2017, the Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the Caribbean, causing major devastation to islands like Puerto Rico, Saint Martin and Dominica. However, many islands are still open for business and the region remains one of the top travel destinations. Restoration work has reinvigorated many of the parks and resorts, and you can visit some of the newly built hotels including Park Hyatt St. Kitts. Because the economy relies upon tourism, you can feel good about supporting locals with a visit to the always beautiful islands.
The Gansu province in north-central China is overflowing with rich culture and geographic diversity. It is home to the ancient Silk Road, desert rock lands and high mountain paths. Another highlight is Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, known for its spectacular rainbow stripped mountains, is only three hours away from the province’s capital. You can also access the westernmost part of the Great Wall of China and the famous Jiayuguan Fort, which are located in the province. Getting around Gansu province is a breeze, thanks to the high-speed rail line.
Famous for its food and festivals, Tasmania shines as one of the top travel destinations to visit in 2019. From rugged mountains to white sand beaches, there is something for everyone on this island located off Australia’s south coast. In addition to the natural beauty, there are many emerging farm-to-table ventures that are redefining the region’s booming culinary scene.
Lithuania’s stunning Baltic coastline, coastal wetlands and lush forests are the country’s foremost attractions. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, boasts a rich history with a modern twist. For example, you can visit medieval churches and a Gothic castle, between stops at chic boutiques and trendy restaurants. This year the country will celebrate 100 years of independence. In honor of this milestone, locals and tourists can enjoy events like the multi-day Centenary Song Celebration.
Disney Springs, Florida
An outdoor culinary and entertainment complex located in Walt Disney World, Disney Springs features restaurants from renowned chefs like Art Smith and Rick Bayless. In addition, a wine bar led by George Miliotes will launch in spring this year. There are four distinct areas for Disney enthusiasts – Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center, and West Side. With these attractions, Disney Springs brings a more upscale and grown up vibe to Disney World.
Valletta is Malta’s capital city, located in the South-Eastern region of the Island. As the city is also capital of culture, it hosts more than 400 events throughout the year. Last year, they launched the Valletta 2018 cultural program. Triton Square, St. George’s Square, Castille Square and St. John’s Square are all must-visit hotspots during the celebrations.
Amsterdam, the capital city of Netherlands, is a popular destination year in and year out. The beautiful city features canals, narrow lanes, world-renowned museums, vintage shops and exquisite meals. The old winding streets lend themselves to bike commuting rather than cars, while boats navigate the canals. The city is famous for its liberal laws, but it is so much more than the Red Light District and infamous coffeeshops. Cozy brown cafes will provide a much more authentic Amsterdam experience.
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
A 30-minute boat ride from Bali, Nusa Lembongan is an island located in southeast of Indonesia. Because it is away from the hassle and hectic life of the capital city, you’ll feel isolated in an island paradice. The place is also a surfer’s dream. With new hotels, renovated temples and tourist boats, Nusa Lembongan is emerging as one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist attractions.
Gangwon Province, South Korea
This mountainous province is the home of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Because the ski resorts in the Pyeongchang county hosted the athletes and guests, they got significant upgrades. So, they now feature state-of-the-art facilities that make it one of the top travel destinations this year. Outdoor enthusiasts can’t miss the Seoraksan National Park and Odaesan National Park. Afterwards, refuel with fiery chicken dishes from Chuncheon or raw fish from coastal areas for an authentic taste of South Korean cuisine.
Geography wise, the country is similar to Lithuania but in terms of ethnicity and linguistics, Estonia has more in common with Finland. It’s another of our top travel destinations for 2019, since it too will celebrate 100 years of Independence this year. A renovated railway factory named Telliskivi Creative City is the hub of tourist activity in the capital city of Tallinn. A couple hours south in Tartu, visit the Estonian National Museum, which boasts an 1,160 foot tall glass structure and an amazing collection of folk art.
Costa Rica, a country in Central America, is an outdoor adventure paradise. The island is the perfect backdrop for exciting outdoor activities, from surfing to rainforest hikes, zip lines to wildlife encounters. Start at the newly constructed Peninsula Papagayo Explorers Club, which offers a number of nature-based activities. Then, enjoy a freshly-prepared meal of locally sourced ingredients.
Lake Baikal, Russia
The world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site and year-round destination. For summer travelers, the lake offers deep blue waters and soaring mountain ranges. However, if you venture there in winter, you can walk on the frozen, transparent lake. Some of the top travel destinations here are the sandy bays of Olkhon where you can camp, the Great Baikal Trail project, where you can hike and the town of Listvyanka, where you’ll enjoy local cuisine. While you’re there, check out the incredible Irkutsk Regional Museum.
Considered as a doorway to the past, Seville is a historical city and the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region. Alcazar of Seville, a royal palace, is one of the top travel destinations in the city. A colossal Gothic cathedral, baroque churches and the bell tower called Giralda keep you busy during the day. In the evenings, enjoy Seville’s amazing cuisine and famous Flamenco dancing clubs.
Many consider Kigali Africa’s cleanest and friendliest tourist attraction. Campaigns like a nationwide plastic bag ban have cleaned up the city’s streets and it is also quite safe for women travelers. There are considerably low crime rates and a higher gender equality. Anyone who’s looking for a luxurious stay can opt for the first-ever Marriott or the Heaven Retreat Hotel.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The hometown of jazz, spicy cajun cuisines and year-round celebrations, New Orleans is Louisiana’s city of festivities. Its diverse culture has made it a city unlike any other. Although Hurricane Katrina caused major devastation, New Orleans is back and even better than before. The recovery efforts delivered new infrastructure and upgrades throughout the area, bringing tourists back to this vibrant city. In 2018, NOLA turned 300, and you better believe the celebrations are going strong, securing it a spot on this year’s list of top travel destinations.
An archipelago of 300 islands in the South Pacific, Fiji is the place to visit in 2019. How can you not love a destination with gorgeous beaches, resorts, cuisine, natural beauty and luxury activities? Last year, Fiji Airways debuted non-stop service from cities like San Francisco, making it easier to visit than ever, and certainly one of the top travel destinations to consider.
Banff is a national resort town located in the province of Alberta, Canada, surrounded by a vast National Park. With mountain recreation, hot springs and glacial lakes, Banff is your natural retreat. There are events and celebrations all year round, and outside the town, the wildlife and scenery is spectacular. In Winter, you can enjoy many local ski resorts and maybe even spot the amazing Northern Lights! The château-style hotels and restaurants will keep you comfortable and full of Canadian favorites and international cuisine.
Sometimes, a lesser-known tourist attraction can be one of the best places to visit. With fewer crowds and lower prices, Serbia a newly emerging tourist attraction. Check out the communist-era architecture, fortresses, churches and theaters that dot the country. Belgrade, the capital city, never sleeps. And you don’t have to either. The cities houseboats, known as splavovi, host constant parties, while promenades are lined with cafes, food trucks and independent art galleries. It’s a true party town and one of our top travel destinations.
An archaeological walled settlement located in the Southern part of Peru, Kuélap sits 10,000 feet above sea level. Revel in its natural beauty, including lush forests and mountains towering into the distance. For the history buffs, there are hundreds of ceremonial buildings and ruins of past civilizations. Now Kuélap is easier to visit than ever before – thanks to a 2.5 mile cable car system that opened last year.
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
The fourth largest lake in the country, Lake Lucerne has is one of the most photographed sites in Switzerland. Even a quick visit will show you why! Take the newly constructed Stoosbahnen funicular railway to the Stoos resort, which offers alphorn concerts, hiking trails and cheese markets. Then, check out the neighboring Bürgenstock resort, which features a 10,000 square meter spa and a breathtaking alpine view.
Grand Canyon National Park, USA
Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the top travel destinations for the outdoor adventurer. Hike, ride a donkey, or take a helicopter tour to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of a the immense canyon. Layers of red rock will give you a glimpse of millions of years of geologic history in the immense canyon. Of course, you can see plenty without venturing down into the canyon. One of the most popular stops is the glass pedestrian bridge where you can look down into the mile-deep gorge at the Colorado River below.
A South American Heaven, Colombia is home to rainforests, coffee plantations, beaches and mountains. The place has diverse landscapes, colonial charm and an extraordinary culture. Go for multi day jungle walk in the Ciudad Perdida, visit Medellin – city of eternal spring – or stay in one of the newly built luxe hotels in Bogota.
The largest of Japan’s four islands, Honshu is home to major cities including Japan’s capital, Tokyo. Japan’s busy capital has a nice blend of modern with traditional – from skyscrapers to temples to Disneyland themed park. The iconic Mount Fiji is also located in southwest of the island, and you can actually spot it from the bullet train as you travel toward Osaka. As the largest Japanese port city, Osaka boasts an ancient castle, modern architecture and heavenly street food. For any fan of seafood, ramen, natural beauty and manicured gardens, Honshu is the ultimate destination to visit in 2019.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is Argentina’s capital and a hub of arts, sports, politics and food. The Art Basel Cities initiative allows the city to expand its cultural ecosystem. For artists, Buenos Aires is a canvas and you will spot countless colorful murals painted throughout the city. Lively nightlife and spectacular steakhouses keep the party going late into the wee hours.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, are the two hottest vacation destinations in this region of Mexico. Pristine beaches, farm-to-table restaurants and nightclubs attract a large number of tourists, who make it one of the top travel destinations year in and year out. In 2018, many five star hotels including Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve has entered the booming hotel market.
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