It’s the start of a New Year, and with it comes all sorts of plans and resolutions made to travel to lands afar and embrace your wanderlust-ing ways. You’ve got a fresh canvas to work with and 365 days to fill up, and a tonne of people to make jealous as you litter your Insta-feeds with holiday snaps. So, grab the bull by the horns and get booking some of 2019 most bucket list travel destinations. I mean, I’m sat in Australia whilst I write this so you can take it from me that grabbing hold of your inhibitions is a darn good feeling!
In 2019 all sorts of travel-trends are set to break through, from micro travel – squeezing in curated travel itineraries into shorter time frames – to Instagram continuing to lead our focus when it comes to finding the most captivating of destination backdrops. However, going against the grain the rise of JOMO (The Joy of Missing Out), not FOMO, means travellers are tending to seek out places untouched as opposed to the more popular choices! I expect those particular people won’t be reading this popular 2019 travel guide! Lastminute.com has predicted that it will in fact be Corsica leading the way as most popular destination in 2019, with bookings up 202% year on year – who knew! Following closely behind is Turkey, up 122%, with Jersey, South Africa and Split in Croatia all falling in the top five. However, we dug deeper to gauge a more rounded view of best places to go which we will gift to you as a late Christmas present.
The new Bite Sized Travel craze has been adopted by Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay with their launch of their Guest Experiences, to give you an idea of all that you can pack into the trip. However, if you’re still hankering after that dream holiday then here are all the places you should be heading to:
St Barth’s, Caribbean
It’s January and you need some winter sun. So, instead of playing your cards close to your chest why not hop aboard a flight to the Caribbean and go big or go home! St Barth’s has clawed back its beauty after suffering a catastrophic Atlantic storm in 2017, but the efforts of islanders to rebuild the lives and homes after the devastation has led to the location looking even more appealing than ever – if that were even possible? The destination certainly plays into the 2019 heightened Instagram craze and boasts blue seas, skies and covetable hotels, with bars a’plenty. You can island hop to Richard Branson’s place if you’re feeling jammy, as Necker Island lies just across the way, or get yourself down to Eden Rock St Barths the hotel owned by the Spencers – Pippa Midleton’s in-laws. The venue has just had a wow-worthy facelift and we’re huge fans!
Luxury travel social marketplace, Stay One Degree, has popped Canada at number six in their 2019 top destination list. Research suggests that it will actually be Alberta paving the way this time around for Canada, which is by no means surprising. Travel Alberta are the brains behind some of the best trips in Canada; whisking their guests away to many a different location. Renowned for views of quite the jaw-dropping nature, Canada far from disappoints when it comes to the picturesque. This is a North American country where star-washed skies, intimidating forestry and stumbling across mesmerising bodies of water are a given, alongside the odd glimpse of the Northern Lights, flittering past as you drive amongst snow-topped mountains (trust me, I’ve just been!) Huge to-dos include the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, Lake Louise (for the gram), a drive down the Icefields Parkway, and the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.
The Scottish Highlands
March is a bit of a nothing month. Sorry to all those born in it! But you know what we mean, there’s little going on and it’s not really winter but not quite Easter. The month of limbo is probably best enjoyed in the Scottish Highlands, the next choice for our 2019 holiday destinations. It’s probably somewhere we’ll all be headed anyway come Brexit, and if you’re yet to visit just know the views are set to captivate your mind. So if you can’t quite afford Canada but you’re up for a rugged, wilderness soaked experience then head to our backyard, our beautiful big sister, the King, Queen, Prince and Princess of the countryside, bonnie Scotland.
The Turkish Riviera
It’s April, and time to take your Easter break in the Turkish Riviera. It’s like the super classy version of going on a lads, lads, lads beach party hols. The destination and its spectacular coastline has become more reachable what with British Airways resuming direct flights from London to Dalaman, allowing you to weave your way around towns like Kaplankaya and beach spots Datça and Bozburun. Think turquoise sea, basking in the sun and partying into Easter.
Zagreb is (hopefully) known to all as Croatia’s buzzy capital, a city famed for its colour festivals and deemed by the sequin wearing, painted faced amongst us as “festival city”. However, despite being the capital, Zagreb is definitely not the first place that pops into mind when planning a trip to Croatia, perhaps overshadowed by more popular choices Split and Dubrovnik. I’m here to wave my hands in your face and shout about Zagreb, because after visiting, it’s definitely a culture-filled capital I’d be willing to revisit time and time again.Must-visits include The Botanical Gardens, The Museum of Broken Relationships, St Mark’s Cathedral and Flower Square. Oh, and make sure you eat all the food and party at all of the parties.
Queue a resounding sea of “where”’s for Córdoba, a place just 45-minutes on a train away from Seville and one hour and 45 from Madrid. This coveted location is set to catapult up the must-visit list in 2019, now boasting four world heritage sites as declared by UNESCO, surpassing Rome and Paris. It’s a small city in Andalucia with a miniscule population and with its ruins and cathedral-mosque it’s a real bucketlist-er for those who seek out history in a trip.
Bora, Bora, (if you’re really ready to cash-splash!)
I remember the exact moment I realised I wanted to go to Bora Bora. It was when I was younger, circa 2006 watching The Holiday, and Cameron Diaz had just broken up with her sleazy bf. In a bid to escape her luxe life, Diaz does the old Google search for a grass is greener holiday hot-spot, briefly stumbling across Bora Bora. I remember thinking, wow that place sounds interesting, and a quick Google later on my part and I find myself including it, twelve years on, in my holiday bucket list. Bitter sweet, as I still haven’t managed to get the suitcase packed and save up the pennies to visit.Pictures of Bora Bora are easy to paint; imagine paradise, and you’ve hit the nail on the head. The small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia (already sounds glam), depicts crystal clear waters, coral reefs ideal for a scuba and a whole host of Instagram feed-style hotel huts floating on the water. Did I mention the array of fish that look like the cast of Finding Nemo have hatched a home there? My reasons for wanting to go are very painless to comprehend; it’s pretty, I can grab a whole year’s worth of insta-worthy pictures, I can paddle board like Kim K, and there are Bloody Marys galore – so, what’s not to love? Cameron Diaz, thanks for bringing this place to my attention. Why you chose Kate Winslet’s Surrey cottage over this island escape bewilders me.
The Faroe Islands
It’s August, and you’ve done Iceland before so it’s off to the Faroe Islands. As the peak of Summer hits the UK and footy t-shirts are being waved around at BBQ’s that are taking shape like they’re pictured on a Morissons ad, it’s time to escape the madding-crowd. The Faroe Islands are a staple of time, settling in the year 300 and just a one-hour flight from Reykjavik. There are 18 mountainous islands in total aptly positioned between Iceland and Scotland. So, if you’re ready for some views akin to the Scottish Highlands but where there’s no phone service to post them, then get incommunicado on these islands.
Whilst most are preparing to go back into the classroom or the office, you’re heading to Vegas. Yep, that’s correct Las Vegas. The desert city of Las Vegas rises from the dust, a concrete and glass tangle of skyscraping hotels, 24 hour casinos, fast food and all-day pool parties. Six lane motorways weave between them, ferrying a constant flow of revellers from one form of entertainment to another. This is an entire city designed to prolong enjoyment, to titalate and entice. And who hasn’t wanted to fall under its spell at some point?
It’s all the O’s as you spin off to Oman for October. There’s nothing a Brit loves more than swanning away to somewhere hot whilst it’s rainy and cold at home.Muscat has impressive buildings by the bucket load, ostentatious constructions dabbled generously wherever your gaze may fall. The current Sultan, Qaboos bin Said Al Said, has spent the last few decades using the money from Oman’s natural resources to reconstruct the country so most things aren’t older than 20 or 30 years, add the natural glamorousness of the GCC and you have a winning mix. If you want a taste of luxury then Muscat is the place for you; hospitality is high on the agenda making you feel like royalty everywhere you go, tie that in with stunning buildings and opulent surroundings and you’ll never want to leave.
Christmas can be a pricey time, so take it easy on your wallet and nip across to Alsace in France. The region in the Vosges Mountains is known for its exquisite wines so if you like a dabble in the rouge, white and rose then this is a place for you to sip the winter blues away. Begin your trip at two Michelin starred resto Villa René Laliquebefore visiting wineries inclusive of Domaine Weinbach and Maison Trimbach.
Don’t confuse your Slovinias and Slovakias, they hate that. But if you’ve accidentally tried to book a flight to Vogel and realised you’re in the wrong country you could do a lot worse than Slovakia’s Jasna. The resort has received significant investment of late, making it a very credible destination as you ski down Mount Chopok.
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