Want to know what’s hot and happening on the travel scene? Get the inside scoop on where savvy travellers are going in 2019. Whether you’re looking for beautiful beaches, colourful culture, gorgeous scenery or outdoor adventure, these 5 trending holiday destinations should be at the top of your 2019 travel list.
1. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is experiencing a travel revival. After years of political discord, this spectacular country is back on its feet and ready to welcome travellers from across the globe. If you’re travelling on a shoe string or splashing out on a luxury holiday, Sri Lanka has something for all budgets, interests and passions. Over 3000 years of history has laid the groundwork for a rich culture and historic sights including ancient temples, monasteries and an incredible 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sapphire waters and ivory sands are perfect for avid surfers and lazy sun tanners. Jungle adventures, wellness spas, eco-tours, phenomenal food, and the world’s friendliest people all combine to put Sri Lank firmly at the top of 2019’s travel destination chart.
While Panama has been flying relatively low on the travel radar, that’s all set to change in 2019. Next year in August Panama City will pull out all the stops at its 500-year anniversary jubilee. It’s going to be huge, and it’s one party you don’t want to miss. If that’s not enough to get you packing your bags in a hurry, then how about some sublime cloud forests, tropical beaches, ancient forts, indigenous culture, vibrant cities and much more? It’s no wonder Panama has snagged a spot on the top travel destinations for 2019!
3. Abu Dhabi
The allure of the Middle East is going to be in full force in 2019, with trendy travellers hitting up the gorgeous beaches, stunning cities and dazzling deserts of the UAE. As the more authentically Arabian sister to ultra-modern Dubai, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the new desert hot spot for travel in 2019. Enjoy a mesmerising mix of traditional Arabian culture and modern glamour. Marvel at the white marble and crystal-encrusted Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque—one of the largest mosques in the world. Gaze at masterpieces in the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. Dine on gourmet Middle Eastern cuisine. Dive, snorkel and sail in the glittering Arabian Sea. Visit thrilling Yas Island with its super-soaked water park and super-fast Ferrari World. Or traverse the dunes on a camel back desert safari.
Indonesia has been a favourite on travel destination lists for years, and nothing's changed in 2019! With over 17 000 incredible islands to explore, it offers all the natural beauty, diverse culture, delectable dining and rich history travellers of every kind could wish for. Eco-travel experiences are particularly popular with indigenous encounters that support local communities, and unforgettable wildlife sightseeing in nature reserves on offer. Explore the lush tropical jungles of Ubud. Hang ten in Legian. Go whitewater rafting on the roaring Telaga Waja River. Snorkel and scuba dive amidst colourful reefs and tropical fish in beautiful Nusa Lembongan. Or go wild with vibrant night life in Seminyak. The options are endless!
Looking for somewhere a little obscure to explore in 2019? Then head for Belarus! Located in Eastern Europe, this landlocked country is bursting with a vibrant art and culture scene that’s taken the travel scene by storm. You’ll find most of the action in the capital city of Minsk, which has become a hub for global events and summits over the years (the European Games are on the cards for 2019). Partying is a national past time in Minsk, with wild summer street parties, plenty of beer and swanky cocktails flowing. The beautifully restored Old Town is a sight to behold, and you won’t have to look far to find impressive architecture, spectacular churches and fascinating Stalinist landmarks.
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