Trying to decide where you should go in 2019?
With so many places to go, it can be quite confusing and narrowing down your travel options can be quite the challenge.
If you are still unsure what to write on your 2019’s travel bucket list, then check out this list of exciting destinations for this year — you’ll find everything from scenic national parks to once-in-a-lifetime destinations!
In the Northern part of Chile lies the Elqui Valley, which offers one of the best places for stargazing, world-class wine, and the breathtaking Andean mountainside! As a matter of fact, the absence of artificial light has earned this spot the planet’s first designation as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary.
You might be considering a summer vacation in Croatia. However, once you have driven the coast and get to experience the crowds at Dubrovnik (hello, Game of Thrones fans!), the 2-hour drive to picturesque Montenegro feels so enticing!
Crossing the border, you’ll see show-stopping fjords like boka (bay) which is a UNESCO Heritage site. With the crystal blue water lined by mountains, it feels like passing through a canyon.
3. South Africa
Powdery beaches lapped by 2 oceans; black-maned lions framed against the Kalahari dunes, lush, jagged mountains; star-studded desert skies— SA is truly a wonderful and blessed country!
Whatever you want— safaris, wildlife experiences, outdoor Cape Town Kayak adventures, dramatic landscapes, rich history, or local foods— SA will give it to you!
4. Chengdu, China
As China travels become more popular, visitors who want to go beyond the Beijing-Shanghai route will be drawn to the beauty of Chengdu which is the open-minded, arty and liberal capital of Sichuan.
As the first city of Gastronomy of UNESCO, Chengdu offers local specialities such as chicken feet, Kung Pao chicken, rabbit head and spicy mapo tofu that will make you drool for sure! And for the panda lovers, Chengdu isn’t called the Land of Pandas for nothing— the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base houses 200 red and giant pandas!
5. Banff, Alberta
For all the outdoor enthusiasts, Banff simply have to be on their bucket list. Surrounded by Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains, this Canadian hotspot offers active pursuits galore from snowshoeing, dogsledding and skiing to caving, whitewater rafting, and hiking. The area also hosts musical and cultural performances throughout the year.
6. The Maldives
The Maldives is considered the epitome of luxury. Here you can enjoy stunning scenic locations in the Indian Ocean. The contrast of the stark white sand against the bright turquoise water is stunning and it’s the perfect place for staying in overwater bungalows with some having a private plunge pool! It offers unique opportunities to enjoy a treatment at underwater spas or dining in their underwater restaurant.
Once a hidden gem in Europe, Prague now have millions of travelers every year, thanks to its charming neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, a variety of lodging options and friendly locals. You can spend time being in awe with the Prague Castle, the Old Town Square, and the Dancing House. Then, sit for a meal and enjoy a locally brewed Pilsner.
8. Maui, Hawaii
With several scenic golf courses, captivating beaches, and even a volcano, Maui offers you a vacation that is out of this world. Beach lovers have enough sandy shorelines to choose from— Kaanapali Beach for snorkeling, Waianapanapa framed by emerald green jungles and jet-black sands, and Wailea Beach for relaxation and breathtaking views.
Meanwhile, a short drive to Hana will reveal to you the stunning beauty this Hawaiian Island offers.
9. Costa Rica
Intriguing wildlife, sprawling beaches, verdant rainforests, and imposing volcanoes fill Costa Rica. Seek out Manuel Antonio National Park for sunbathing and swimming then hike out in the afternoon to spot sloths, monkeys, iguanas, and birds!
Just make sure that you plan to visit for the dry season, usually starting from mid-December to April, so you can experience the most sun!
10. Barcelona, Spain
Decadent food scene and impressive architecture are just two of the main reasons why backpackers and travelers need to check out this wonderful Spanish city! The city is famous for the Las Ramblas, the wide thoroughfare populated by restaurants, bars and buskers, and the uniquely designed Casa Batlló, Park Güell, and La Sagrada Familia, by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí.
Speaking of restaurants, you will want to get your fill of tasty seafood and tapas in Barcelona. Other great things you can do here include cheering on the football team of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium or sunbathing on scenic beaches.