Top 10 places to visit in 2019
Get off the beaten track or soak up city culture with a trip to these must-visit destinations
From heritage sites to camel trekking, underground speakeasies to ancient rainforests – you can indulge in the most life-changing experiences in 2019. If you’re itching to book a trip or two, here’s our pick of the ten best places from around the world to visit in 2019…
For wineries and monasteries
An underexplored gem, this former Soviet country offers a unique culture, magnificent monasteries, world-class wineries, delicious food and activities including hiking and skiing. The capital Tbilisi is colourful, charming and incredibly welcoming.
For paintings and parrilladas
Buenos Aires, Argentina
With cutting-edge contemporary art, a booming culinary scene, hip underground speakeasies, tango clubs and plush cocktail bars, the Argentine capital is South America’s most cosmopolitan city. For something more rustic, head to a nearby gaucho ranch and tuck into a parrillada (barbecue) while listening to traditional folk music.
For national parks and maple syrup
The French-speaking part of Canada is all too often overlooked by British travellers, who are missing out on dramatic national parks, vibrant Aboriginal culture and endless possibilities for outdoor adventures, not to mention two of North America’s most unique and lively cities, Montréal and Québec City. Oh, and did we mention the maple syrup?
For heritage and hammocks
From the Unesco world heritage site of Stone Town to the palm-lined sands of the north shore, this archipelago off the Tanzanian coast fits an awful lot into a small space. And its intoxicating blend of Indian, African and Arabian cultures and traditions makes Zanzibar unlike anywhere else.
For concerts and cinema
Long billed as the new Kraków, this elegant, charming Polish city (pronounced ‘vrots-wahf’) has come of age. A European Capital of Culture in 2016, Wrocław is the perfect city break destination for anybody who loves art, music or film – it’s blessed with wonderful galleries, concert halls and arthouse cinemas.
For yurts and steppes
Don’t visit Mongolia in winter, when temperatures often plummet to a bitter minus 40. But in the summer you’ll find magic here, whether you’re exploring the vast steppes on horseback, camel-trekking over sand dunes or sleeping in yurts in the Gobi desert. The sprawling capital Ulaanbaatar, meanwhile, offers urban adventures aplenty.
For tortellini and tagliatelle
Loosen your belt buckles because Italy’s medieval culinary capital is justly famed for its hearty, wholesome cuisine. It’s a joy exploring the beautifully preserved old town, and the large student population makes Bologna lively after dark.
For palm trees and sunloungers
Relaxation is the name of the game in St Lucia, a perfect location for indulging in the art of doing nothing. While there’s a fascinating colonial history to explore, most visitors seem content with a good book, an afternoon nap and a candlelit dinner on the jaw-droppingly gorgeous beaches.
For surfing and shopping
Gold Coast, Australia
This stretch of Queensland coastline, which hosted the Commonwealth Games in April 2018, boasts postcard-perfect beaches with thrilling surfing, theme parks, shopping malls and world-class hotels. It’s only a short drive to quaint villages, national parks, ancient rainforests and the vibrant city of Brisbane.
For volcanic peaks and gorgeous beaches
Not many tourists make it to Japan’s southernmost island, but that will surely change this year as three stadiums on Kyushu – in Fukuoka, Oita and Kumamoto prefectures – host matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. When they’re not busy cheering tries and drop goals, rugby fans will be able to soak up Kyushu’s breathtaking scenery, hot springs, tranquil temples, lush beaches and vast national parks.
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