Top Travel Destinations for 2019
The Best Places to Travel & Top Trending Destinations in 2019
Can you believe it!? Your 2018 travel plans are all now amazing memories and experiences you’ll never forget. However, it’s time to get planning for 2019 (if you haven’t already)! There are so many beautiful places trending for travel this year that we’ve picked out, and a few others that are off-the-beaten-track aka hidden gems of the world to check out.
So, sit back and discover where to add to your travel bucket list…
1. Berlin, Germany
Berlin has been a popular tourist spot over the last few years but 2019 is an important year for Berlin; it is 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the centenary of the Bauhaus. Throughout the year you’ll find fun cultural exhibitions and performances all over the city to celebrate the Bauhaus architectural movement – it’s not to be missed! Berlin is also well known for its local cuisine and recently featured in our Instagram series ‘Top 10 European Vegan-Friendly Cities‘. It’s home to more vegetarian restaurants than any other European capital – and of course there is plenty of curry wurst for the non-vegetarians.
Aside from all the excitement of Berlin’s Anniversaries this year, there is plenty to see and do:
- Berlin Wall Museum
- Brandenburg Gate
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Berlin Zoo
- Small Group Craft Beer and Brewery Tour
- Food Tours
- Lunch atop the Berlin TV Tower
Berlin is also home to amazing accommodation, from AirBnB to High-End Luxury Hotels. You’ll not be stuck finding something within your travel budget.
If you’ve been to Berlin before, then this is the year to rediscover and celebrate the city. If you’ve never been to Berlin, then get your bags packed and prepare for a trip that will open your eyes to new culture and history!
2. Fukuoka, Japan
This fascinating city really does have it all. 2019 is an exciting year for Fukuoka as it is one of several host cities for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but it’s not just for the sports travellers among us as it has something for everyone to enjoy. If this incredible place isn’t on your bucket list this year then it definitely should be.
The more popular destinations in Japan such as Tokyo and Kyoto have nothing on this hidden treasure, it’s still got that ‘off-the-beaten-track’ feel about it too. Plus, if you’re looking for a day trip outside the city then tripsologists recommend exploring Yanagawa for its beautiful canals.
Foodies will be in food heaven with the choices on offer. From traditional Hakata Ramen (a local speciality) to incredible fresh seafood. This seaside city is a seafood lover’s dream and is considered one of Japan’s top cities for foodies – yum! If you’re looking for an authentic experience then don’t miss out on Nagahama Fish Market or Ichiran for the infamous ramen noodles.
Here are some of the highlights you will want to fit in on your trip to Fukuoka:
- 17th Century Fukuoka Castle Ruins
- Fukuoka Art Museum (opening in March 2019)
- Dazaifu Tenmangu (aka an instagramers dream in Spring)
- Kyushu National Museum
- Hakozaki Shrine
- Ohori Park
What’s not to love about this amazing Japanese city!
3. Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch has been recreated after being severely damaged by earthquakes in previous years and that is why you’ll want to soak up the new dynamic and colourful vibes this year. It has trendy bars on every corner, markets and art on display around the city…there’s plenty to see and do in Christchurch.
Families will absolutely love exploring this city because of the incredible wildlife and nature scene. From Hector’s Dolphins to the cute blue penguins, this destination is a winner for kids (and parents).
A trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without trying some of the local wine. Christchurch is part of New Zealand’s wine capital which means plenty of opportunities to get a taste of what this region has to offer.
Here are our top 5 things to do in Christchurch:
- See the Wildlife at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
- Explore Lyttleton Farmers Market
- Walk around Hagley Park
- Take a trip on Christchurch Gondolas
- Discover Quake City
Christchurch is a top spot for travel in 2019 and we can see why. There is so much to see and do, with or without the family in tow.
4. Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Plovdiv is a hidden gem in Europe and with lesser known European destinations being a popular trend for 2019 then it’s the perfect time to discover Bulgaria. This city has a rich and vast history making it a good match for the culture vultures and history buffs. It’s known for Roman Ruins but its location means there is a mix of cultural influences from Europe throughout the city too.
If Opera is your ‘thing’ then you won’t want to miss out on the Opera Open Festival during the months of June and July. The cobbled streets are packed with visitors flooding to the city’s Roman amphitheatre to hear the beautiful operatic sounds. Opera might not be your scene but don’t worry Plovdiv has a lively hipster area, Kapana. It has the best nightlife in the city and hosts a festival every year, Kapana Fest.
You don’t want to miss out on some of these famous landmarks on your trip:
- Plovdiv Roman Stadium
- Old Town
- Plovdiv Aviation Museum
- Mevlevi Hane
- Ethnographic Museum
Lesser known Europe is popular this year so make sure you check out this hidden Bulgarian gem!
5. Kerala, India
Some people say Kerala has it all. From exploring the culture and wildlife to soaking up the sun by sea. It’s calling people from all over the world with its incredible food, beautiful landscapes and unique experiences away from the busy hustle and bustle of Delhi and Jaipur. It sounds like the perfect backdrop for your 2019 travels!
Kerala is great for beaches, you can surf at Kovalam or relax at Varkala. A truly unique experience on the water in Kerala is the famous backwater houseboat journey. tripsologists recommend experiencing the kettuvallam (houseboat) for at least an afternoon to enjoy the sights of Kerala from the water.
Foodies will love browsing the spice-scented markets and discovering a little bit about the trading history in Kerala before settling down to a traditional Kerala Prawn Curry or Kerala-style dosa. The name ‘Kerala’ roughly translates into ‘land of the coconut tree’ so expect coconut inspired specialities.
Here are some things to do in Kerala:
- Houseboat in Alleppey
- Spice Tours
- Coffee/Tea Plantation Visit
- Visit Theyyam
- Kayak at Kavvayi Backwaters
This 2019 hotspot sounds like the perfect cultural wellness trip with so much opportunity for discovering the true beauty of India.
This unique destination has made our top travel destinations list because of the cultural mix of Mayan ruins and vibrant Indian culture as well as the incredible mountain and jungle landscapes. Guatemala is making a comeback after Fuego Volcano erupted last June.
This year travel accommodation in Guatemala will be taken to the next level. In Antigua, a former mansion will be opening its doors to travellers looking for luxury on their trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital. Or, you can experience true tropical living in the Los Rios Boutique Hotel, the perfect base for a trip exploring nature in Guatemala.
After a great night sleep, you’ll want to experience these epic adventures:
- Natural Pools of Semuc Champey
- Mayan Market in Chichicastenango
- Ancient Mayan Ruins
- Coffee Tours
- Tikal Day Tour
- See Live Volcanoes
7. Alberta, Canada
It’s no secret that Alberta is one of the most stunning places in Canada, with no limit to its beauty year-round.
Although exploring Alberta is encouraged all year round, nothing beats seeing the landscape in the Winter. During the colder seasons, you can explore more unique features about this freezing climate, the most impressive one being the Ice Castles. This natural beauty usually sticks around until March time and is really up there with one of the most beautiful things you can do in Alberta, and s(n)o(w) unique. 😉
If you’ve had enough of the snow and need to warm your toes then you can go to Calgary for some classic poutine. Head to the top of Calgary Tower to enjoy this favourite dish with the locals.
This is the perfect destination for adventurous travellers wanting to explore the natural beauty of Canada. Here are some other great ideas for a trip to Canada:
- Johnston Canyon Falls
- Moraine Lake
- Elk Island
- Drumheller – the Dinosaur Capital of the World
- Explore Edmonton – great for culture and food
If you love unique experiences then Alberta is the place for you, get it on your travel bucket list!
8. Grand Canyon, United States
It’s one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world, and of course a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Canyon has been on travel destination lists for years, but this year is a special one marking the Centennial Anniversary in 2019. That’s not to say it’s only 100 years old…it’s been around for much longer than that but just 100 years ago it became Grand Canyon National Park being protected by the US government.
Calling all adventure lovers, you can take a stunning 2-day hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon or you could also ride a mule…yep, that’s an option! You can even stay overnight right on site at the Grand Canyon Village in a cute lodge.
As well as this beautiful natural wonder and national treasure, there is plenty to see and do that isn’t hiking:
- Grand Canyon Tour by Helicopter
- Explore Grand Canyon Village
- Discover Havasu Falls
- River Rafting in Colorado
- Skydive the Grand Canyon
Cuba started becoming popular in 2018 but this year it will be a hotspot for people wanting to explore warm and inviting cultures. The colourful Havana streets are calling visitors to experience the old-world beauty and restless vibes with sunshine all year round!
A trip to Cuba wouldn’t be complete without trekking through the Tobacco Hills of Vinales or learning to make cigars with local farmers – an amazing experience for everyone! tripsologists also love the relaxed, laid back culture as they lie under the palm trees of the desert islands. It all sounds perfectly chilled…
If you’re looking to explore Cuban life beyond cigars and palm trees then look no further than these activities:
- Ride in a Classic Car
- Visit Morro Castle in Havana
- Explore Topes National Park
- Drink Local Rum
- Try a Real Cuban Sandwich
- Party in the Underground Cave Club
Let Cuba charm you this year with the laidback lifestyle and beautiful surroundings.
10. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
A city that is usually overshadowed by its sister city, Amsterdam, is creating a new travel buzz for this year and has opened its doors and created a new cool scene for millennials with great millennial-friendly hotels, indoor food markets and a thriving craft beer scene. What’s not to love?
Rotterdam is the perfect weekend break away with a perfect mix of tall skyscrapers and beautiful parks and markets, especially during the summer. This summer make sure to take advantages of free festivals and concerts throughout the city!
Here are some of our top picks for trips to Rotterdam:
- Walk The Erasmus Bridge
- Rotterdam Zoo
- The Binnenrotte Market and Pannekoekstraat
- Explore The Museum Quarter
- Snap pictures of The Cubicle Houses
Swap out your Amsterdam Canals for the funky Rotterdam experience this year, discover something new in Europe!
Are you feeling inspired for travel in 2019? Experience something new and exciting this year by discovering something either for the first time or again and again!