Have you already made your travel plans for 2019? If not, we’ve got some great ideas to help you get started. Whether you’re looking for tropical beaches, to experience remote wilderness, wildlife, exciting cities or perhaps a little all of the above, check out these destinations that are especially ideal for the coming year and have fun planning.
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Zanzibar, Tanzania (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This archipelago off East Africa’s coast offers glorious beaches and so much more. You’ll find dreamy white sands, a rich culture, lively street markets and fabulous local eats. The islands are surrounded by clear warm azure waters, coral reefs and a wide variety of marine life that makes it an ideal underwater destination for snorkeling and diving. There are plenty of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to boutique beach hotels, including rooms where you can wake up to stunning panoramas of the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Sri Lanka is found among or at the top of many lists when it comes to popular travel destinations. 2019 marks a decade on from the end of its civil war, perhaps a good excuse (though none is needed) to explore its 2,000-year-old culture. Discover ancient ruins, wildlife-filled national parks like Yala with everything from leopards and elephants to crocodiles and countless bird species, lush tea plantations and popular surfing spots. Or just kick back on one of the gorgeous beaches and enjoy the scenery.
New Zealand (Hotel Prices & Photos)
New Zealand offers a wide range of experiences from the adventure capital of Queenstown, dramatic forest-covered mountain ranges, glistening lakes, beaches and fjords to the vibrant capital city of Auckland. It’s a trending destination for 2019, recently inducted into the UNESCO Creative Cities network for music, home to many of the country’s renowned artists and institutions. Look forward to music festivals and other events throughout the year, along with those famous panoramic views from the iconic Sky Tower.
Panama (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Panama may be small but it’s jam-packed with treasures. Experience tropical rainforests, white sand beaches, indigenous culture and hopping nightlife. Panama City will be partying harder than ever, celebrating its 500-year history in 2019. Or head somewhere more tranquil like Bocas del Toro off the northwestern Caribbean coast where the islands offer some of the country’s top scuba diving and surf breaks. No matter where you go you can expect cheap prices and warm weather year round.
Argentina (Hotel Prices & Photos)
With a very good exchange rate, 2019 is an ideal time to go explore Argentina which blends exciting cosmopolitan cities with spectacular natural beauty. Visit Buenos Aires, where you can walk through the pedestrian areas and see tango dancers in the streets that are lined with a wealth of fantastic cafes, wine bars and steakhouses. Take in some of the most magnificent scenery on the planet in Patagonia, visit wine country in Mendoza and sample the famous chocolate in Bariloche.
Singapore (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The popular film “Crazy Rich Asians” set in Singapore has made this nation more popular than ever. There are lots of exciting hotels opening and re-opening like the Champalimaud along with plenty to see and do. Visit colonial landmarks that are tucked between the skyscrapers, taste a wide variety of Asian flavors in countless food stalls, stroll through botanical gardens, explore fascinating museums and discover ancient temples.
Puglia, Italy (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Puglia is often referred to as one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, but the word is slowly getting out making it a must-visit before crowds get too thick. Visit Lecce, “The Florence of the South,” with its exuberant Baroque architecture and Alberobello, famous for its unique and beautiful Trulli architecture with the stone cone-shaped cottages spread throughout the village. Ostuni shouldn’t be missed either – the hilltop “White City” overlooks the sapphire-hued Adriatic Sea and boasts a maze of enticing alleyways and narrow streets, arches and staircases perfect for getting lost in.
Kyrgyzstan (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Kyrgyzstan is coming into its own following the buzz from the 2018 World Nomad Games, a competition in Central Asia that features traditional and quirky regional sports like ancient board games and Salbuurun – a complex game using hunting birds and dogs. This emerging travel destination is ideal for the more independent, adventurous traveler seeking unspoiled natural beauty with its epic landscapes that include towering mountains, over 1,900 lakes and more than 40,000 rivers. As kindness and hospitality are an integral part of the nomadic lifestyle here you can expect to find plenty of friendly faces too.
Haida Gwaii, Canada (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Haida Gwaii is an outdoor lovers’ and a wildlife enthusiasts’ paradise. Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, the archipelago it’s been called Canada’s Galapagos for its endemic wildlife, yet few relatively few travelers know about it. Now is the time to find out more before too many others do, taking the opportunity to view the unique Haida Gwaii black deer, Sitka deer, countless bald eagles and a wealth of marine life, including 20 species of dolphins and whales that have been recorded here.
Berlin, Germany (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Berlin marks two important anniversaries in 2019: the centenary of the Bauhaus and 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Bauhaus Festival will take place on January 16 through 24 in 2019, but if you can’t visit until later in the year, there are plenty of other reasons to come. Berlin Mitte is the city’s historical heart where you’ll find major sites like the Brandenburg Gate, the only surviving city gate and an important symbol of Berlin, symbolizing reunification after dividing East and West Berlin for decades.
Baja California Sur, Mexico (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula has experienced unprecedented growth recently with many high-end hotels opening in Cabo San Lucas like Viceroy Los Cabos, and many more to come in 2019. While the southernmost city offers plenty to do of its own, rent a car and get out and explore, visiting charming towns, pristine beaches framed by clear turquoise waters and hot springs in the mountains. Some of the top picks within a relatively short distance include Todos Santos, Los Barilles, El Triunfo and La Ventana. Venture further north to visit Mulege and beautiful Bahia Concepcion.
Tbilisi, Georgia (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Anthony Bourdain was always ahead of the game, calling Georgia “a place you should absolutely visit if given the chance,” and he wasn’t referring to America’s southern state. In “Parts Unknown” he explored the capital city of Tbilisi, and more and more travelers have been catching on ever since. One of the world’s oldest settlements with evidence of human habitation dating back to 4000 BC, it boasts an alluring cobbled old town, thermal baths, a mouthwatering food scene, and stylish new hotels.