2019 is your year to travel! Whether you’re travelling for the first time or travelling to tick off the bucket-list, your next vacation is calling. Not sure about where you want to go? Have a look, but be ready to have your wanderlust activated in a big way. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Ah, Greece travel – an evergreen bucket list item if there ever was one and with good reason! Ancient cities like Athens offer plenty in the way of historical intrigue (Acropolis, Parthenon, anyone?), while the Greek isles lie in wait to beguile explorers with aquamarine waters and hazy, lazy oceanside adventures. Islands like Corfu boast rugged mountains and vast ocean scapes that paint an epic backdrop to authentic Mediterranean encounters. Kos, on the other hand, is ready to astound with a plethora of Greek and Roman landmarks. Oh, and the food, you guys – the food. Baklava, tzatziki, gyro, moussaka, dolmades. Golden-green olive oil mopped up with soft, fresh bread and eaten with sun-warm tomatoes. Swoon much?
Travel Vietnam, and you are guaranteed to return a changed person. Perhaps best-known for its temple culture and scenic bays, this Southeast Asian country actually boasts a lot more than initially meets the eye. Tuck into flavour-filled noodles and rice dishes in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Sip strong coffee while overlooking Halong Bay (one of the Natural Wonders of the World). Wander back in time along the tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war. There are endless astounding destinations to explore, especially when you ask some advice from the locals.
Travel to Canada and you will quickly see why visitors from around the world are flocking to the land of the maple leaf of late. Cold it may be, but there is so much to see and do as well. Indulge in Poutine in Quebec City. Seek out the singular beauty of Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains. Explore Ottawa, and get a little cultural in Toronto and Vancouver. Canada travel is easy (public transport win!) and enjoyable on all counts.
Israel travel guides have been cropping up everywhere, and we are stoked beyond belief. This Middle Eastern destination is absolutely wonderful. Jerusalem travel experiences are popular with religious travellers from around the globe. After all, it is regarded as the Holy Land by Jews, Christians and Muslims. However, there are also other aspects of the country to enjoy. Stunning beaches, desert encounters and waterside resorts – to name but a few.
The land of red, white and blue is next up on our hot list.
New York city tours are the stuff of legend. In fact, NYC bus tours are so popular that you have to be sure to book way in advance if you want to secure a seat. Amble through Central Park, gaze in wonderment at the Empire State Building, scale the Statue of Liberty, or simply take to the streets to watch New York do New York. Whatever you do, you’ll go home understanding why everyone is obsessed with NYC.
Scotland coach tours are one of the best ways to see the wild and marvelous country that shaped a thousand kings (and rebellions!). Edinburgh bus tours, in particular, are very popular. Scotland travel may be synonymous with kilts and haggis, but there’s more to it than just that. Tour age-old castles, visit a whisky distillery and stick around for Hogmanay if you can – it’s a blast!
Move over Paris, French Riviera holiday packages are taking centre stage in 2019. Also known as Côte d’Azur, this stretch of Mediterranean coastline is all glamour. From Cannes, to Nice, to Monaco, you’ll be able to drink in some of the most exquisite sights France has to offer.
Bet you didn’t see this one coming, right? The country may be known for skiing, but did you know you can also enjoy sunny beach holidays in Bulgaria? To be honest, you have to time it exactly right, but when you do, it’s absolutely amazing. The Balkan nation is exceptionally welcoming and visitors can look forward to a melting pot of cultures that makes for a truly enlightening (and entertaining!) experience.
There you have it – our top trending travel destinations for 2019. Is your wanderlust getting the better of you already? Just give up, give in and book that ticket! There is a great big world out there, just waiting to be explored. After all, if not now, when?