Where to travel in 2019

If you’re planning your next vacation and you’re not sure where to start, this simple guide will point you in the right direction. Whether you seek sun, sea and sand or you’re after something a little different, here are some trending destinations to add to your 2019 bucket list.

Where to travel in 2019

Dominican Republic, Caribbean

Why go in 2019?

Following huge re-generation projects after hurricanes in recent years it should come as no surprise to see the Caribbean back as a major travel destination for 2019. Located on the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is of one of the most geographically diverse islands to visit. It has beaches galore, soaring mountains, desert scrublands and historic Spanish architecture.

What to see

The Dominican’s capital Santo Domingo is home to beautifully restored monasteries and cobblestone streets where conquistadors once roamed. The site where Christopher Columbus landed is nearby, as are caves that are covered in ancient Taino carvings and paintings. Look out for Spanish landmarks like the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor in the Colonial Zone; this is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, begun in 1512 and completed in 1540.

What to do

Beyond the capital much of the Dominican is comprised of rainforest, savannah and highlands including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. The coast is defined by hundreds of kilometers of beaches, some have white sand and are backed by palm trees while others are lined with rocky cliffs, wind-swept dunes and serene mangrove lagoons. The southern port city of La Romana is one of the best places to visit. You can explore the ancient Altos de Chavon village, see the wrecked ship of pirate William Kidd, visit artists workshops and go on a boat ride along the exquisite Rio Chavon river.

Where to stay

The island’s pride and joy is the amazing Casa de Campo resort, a tropical playground of beaches, sports facilities and exotic gardens. One of the most exclusive and luxurious resorts in the entire Caribbean, its accommodation includes swanky hotel rooms, plush suites and a wide array of luxury villas. Ideal for families and groups, the villas come with private pools, hot tubs and attentive in-villa staff. The resort itself boasts 3 golf courses, 7 restaurants, a marina, an equestrian center, a shooting course and 3 private white-sand beaches.

Best time to visit

The weather in the Dominican Republic is warm all year round, however the summer months can get very hot, humid and wet. The dry season (December through March) is the best time to visit because there’s less rainfall and lots of warm (but not too hot) sunshine.

Morocco, North Africa

Where to travel in 2019

Why go in 2019?

Getting off the touristed path is a big trend to watch in 2019 and what better way to find spice and adventure than in the dizzying souks, sweeping deserts and epic mountain ranges of Morocco. The gateway to Africa and a country of huge diversity, Morocco is a place where you can visit untouched locations, taste foreign delicacies and soak up some seriously warm hospitality.

What to see

From the winding medina’s of Fez to the theatrical charm of the Djemaa el-Fna, Morocco’s cities are some of the most exciting in the world. You’ll love getting lost in the colorful markets, bustling town spares and ancient palaces – attractions like the Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace in Marrakash will give you an insight to the city’s rich history.

What to do

Morocco is also hailed for its natural beauty, in particular the golden beaches of Essaouira and Asilah, the snowy peaks of the High Atlas Mountains and the magnificent arid landscapes of the Sahara Desert. The possibilities for adventure are seemingly endless. You can kite-surf around seaside towns, sign-up for a camel trek through the Sahara, or head to Dades Gorge for a few nights in a traditional kasbah.

Where to stay

Morocco also offers plenty of glitz and glam if you want it. Marrakech boasts a greater density of  luxury villas and boutique lodgings than anywhere else in the country. Its multitude of emporia will keep shoppers busy for days. The trendy nightclubs, swanky riads and new-wave food also add to its modish allure.

Best time to visit

If you want good-value flights and ideal weather for exploring then go in March, April, May, October or November.

Bali, Indonesia

Best places to travel in 2019

Why go in 2019?

In terms of year-on-year growth in bookings, areas like Bali are growing in popularity. Bali boasts particularly rich cultural offerings, plus you can stay in 5-star luxury for pretty cheap prices. A trend to watch out for in 2019 is families being more adventurous. It’s no wonder then that this family-friendly destination is showing a lot of interest.

What to see

Bali may be relatively small in size but it packs a pretty big punch when it comes to amazing things to see. It’s one of the most diverse and beautiful spots in all of Asia with a distinct spiritual vibe that follows you wherever you roam. One of the most impressive sights is the Gunung Kawi temple, soaring up from the bottom of a lush green river valley just northeast of Ubud. Also nearby is the famous Tirta Empul temple, built around sacred hot springs that bubble in the central courtyard.

What to do

If you’re traveling with kids a great place to visit is the Monkey Forest in Ubud, it’s home to hundreds of long-tailed Balinese macaques that you can feed, plus there’s 3 holy temples to explore. Kids will also love washing endangered elephants, seeing colorful dance shows, hanging out at the water parks and playing around on family friendly beaches. White-water rafting, snorkeling and volcano trekking all ad to the list of popular things to do.

Where to stay

From traditional Balinese hideaways to contemporary open-plan pavilions, there’s so much choice when it comes to accommodation. The main tourist resorts are around the lively region of Kuta, the chic resort town of Seminyak and the laid-back surf spot of Canguu. If you rent a private villa you’ll get your own infinity pool and sun terrace, as well as extras like housekeepers and private chefs who can prepare meals for you throughout your stay.

Orlando

Where to go in 2019

Why go in 2019?

The theme park capital could never go out of fashion and 2019 is set to be a big year with the unveiling of exciting new attractions at Disney World, Universal, Legoland and beyond. Away from its big ticket attractions, Orlando also boasts an impressive shopping, dining and cultural scene.

What to see

One of the most famous sights is Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. At its heart is a swan-filled lake with a majestic water fountain that lights up at night. Another great place to see is Leu House Gardens which are packed with hundreds of species of rare and tropical plants. Pretty oak trees line the quaint streets of Thornton Park and Lake Eola Heights, where some of the oldest houses in Orlando are located.

What to do

With so many new additions coming to the theme parks, these top the list of things to do. At Disney World, the new Galaxy’s Edge land will boast 2 new rides; one where you get to pilot the Millennium Falcon and another where you have to escape the clutches of the First Order. Also opening in 2019 is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the first ride to ever star the famous mouse. A brand-new Harry Potter themed roller coaster is coming to Universal Orlando, and the new Tigris coaster will also open at Busch Gardens. And that’s not all. New additions are also opening at Legoland, Seaworld and Aquatica.

Where to stay

With hotels and vacation communities around almost every corner, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to stay. The best resorts are those located near Disney World; they’re often cheaper than the Disney hotels plus there are lots of great on-site amenities. Rent a private villa and you’ll enjoy plenty of space and luxury at very reasonable rates, many have pools, hot tubs, game rooms, home theaters and themed kids’ bedrooms. If you’re looking for something smaller you’ll find great-value condos with excellent amenities and access to shared resort facilities.

Best time to visit

While it’s notoriously expensive (and hectic) to visit during school vacations, you’ll make great savings if you buck the trend and go off-peak. If you’re looking to avoid the hiked-up prices then be careful not to visit during peak season periods such as Spring Break, Easter, the summer holidays, Christmas and New Year. You can read more about the best time to visit Orlando here.

Phuket, Thailand

Travel trends 2019

Why go in 2019?

Trends aside, travelers should never discount ever-popular destinations. Also known as the ‘land of smiles’ Thailand has everything from beautiful beaches and mountains, to buzzing cities, amazing food and a rich cultural scene. Thailand’s biggest island and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country is Phuket, and with its famous nightlife it’s a great place to celebrate New Year 2019.

What to see

Large hotel complexes and high-rise buildings line the main beaches but there are still some stunning stretches of unspoilt coastline with little or no beachfront development. Head inland and you’ll also find waterfalls, nature reserves and a lush jungle-clad mountains. Phang Nga Bay is a must-see area, a distinctive feature is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters.

What to do

Phuket is a big destination for diving and snorkeling, especially from November to April when the sea is warm and calm. It’s also famed for its nightlife which centers around the lively Bangla Road area in Patong. For chill-out time, head to Patong beach where you can enjoy a beachside massage, sample sizzling street food and sip cold beers at a choice of beach bars. Culture vultures will enjoy visiting Phuket’s many temples, especially Big Buddha which stands at 45 meters tall and offers panoramic views over the island.

Where to stay

Whether you want to stay right in the heart of the action or in a peaceful spot away from it all, Phuket has accommodation aplenty. There are busy high-rise hotels, convenient self-catering condos and private villas in idyllic locations. Many villas are set in lofty hillside locations offering panoramic views over the Andaman Sea.

Best time to visit

With its tropical climate, the weather in Phuket varies between warm, cool and rainy. It never really gets cold. The high  season is from November to February when it’s cool and dry, after which it remains quite hot until May. Monsoon season begins mid-May and runs through October.

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