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10 Unforgettable Journeys to Take in 2019
- Marianne Stenger
- 17th December 2018
The New Year is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start planning your next travel adventure, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a month-long escape.
With climate change on everyone’s mind, the big theme for travel in the next few years will be sustainability. More travellers will be keeping the environment in mind when planning their holidays by choosing eco-conscious tour companies, cutting out plastic waste, and opting for more sustainable holiday activities that support local economies and protect fragile ecosystems.
Not sure where in the world you want to travel in the coming year? Here are ten unforgettable journeys to consider in 2019.
1. Amalfi Coast
Travelling along the Amalfi Coast is a must for anyone looking to get a taste of Italy’s “dolce vita.” The Amalfi Coast includes picturesque towns and villages like Cetera, Positano, and Ravello, as well as well as the photogenic island of Capri, which is known for its rugged landscapes and turquoise waters. You can rent a car and zip from village to village while sampling culinary delicacies along the way; enjoy lush hiking trails that look out over the ocean, or admire this gorgeous slice of Mediterranean coast from another perspective with a personalised boat tour.
2. Whitsunday Islands
Australia’s Whitsunday Islands in Queensland are a world away from the popular but often crowded beaches of Sydney and Melbourne. The archipelago is made up of 74 idyllic islands, most of which are uninhabited and protected national parks. A visit to the Whitsundays wouldn’t be complete without a snorkelling or diving tour to the Great Barrier Reef, which is home to 1500 species of fish, as well as sea turtles, sea snakes, and dolphins.
Although Brazil’s famous capital Rio de Janeiro seems to get all the attention, there’s plenty of sun and samba in the smaller and less touristy, yet historically and culturally-rich coastal city of Salvador too. In addition to beautiful beaches, Salvador is full of colourful Portuguese-influenced architecture, so a walking tour of the city is a must. Some claim there is no place in the world where descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage as well as in Salvador, and this is evident in the cuisine, music, and styles of dance you’ll see throughout this lively city.
This tropical island off the southeast coast of Africa is often referred to as the eighth continent due to its biodiversity and unique wildlife. Madagascar is known for its huge and diverse population of lemurs, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It’s also home to two thirds of the world’s chameleon population and 15,000 plant species, of which 80% are endemic to the island. Thanks to its location in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar also has gorgeous white sand beaches and will be far more affordable than most European beach destinations.
5. French Polynesia
If you’ve always fantasized about a deserted tropical island paradise, a trip to French Polynesia with its picture-perfect beaches and stunning lagoons should definitely be on your bucket list. The archipelago is made up of 118 islands, including the more well-known Tahiti and Bora Bora. It’s the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries away from the crowds, although adventure seekers can enjoy activities like snorkelling, jet skiing, diving with sharks, and mountain hikes.
6. Scottish Highlands
If you’re looking for an adventure a bit closer to home, the magnificent Scottish Highlands won’t disappoint. The Scottish region has been named as one of the must-visit destinations for 2019 by Lonely Planet, and is excellent for hiking, nature-watching and food tours. It’s thought to be one of the wildest and least inhabited areas in Europe and is home to the legendary Loch Ness, as well as a variety of wildlife such as red deer, otters, and even whales and dolphins.
The Moroccan city of Marrakech is another trending destination for 2019, and with its fascinating culture and art as well as mouth-watering cuisine it’s not hard to see why. The historic centre of the city, Medina, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great place to explore and admire old buildings, monuments, mosques, palaces and ancient tombs. Other unmissable sights include the Marrakech’s colourful market places where you can buy everything from ornate rugs and tea sets to spices, and the traditional Morrocan hammans with their steam baths and saunas.
8. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is another one of Lonely Planet’s must-visit countries for 2019 and has everything from national parks and surf beaches to ancient temples and a strong food culture. Compared to popular backpacker destinations like Bali or Thailand, Sri Lanka is still relatively untouched, and nature lovers can tackle jungle treks and try to spot wild elephants, leopards, buffalo and sloth bears. Those looking for a quieter holiday can enjoy yoga retreats, pristine beaches, and spa days.
9. Yellowstone National Park
If you’re a nature lover then a trip to Yellowstone National Park with its more than 3000 square miles of mountains, waterfalls, and canyons, as well as multicoloured pools, geysers and hot springs should definitely be on your bucket list. Yellowstone’s wildlife includes nearly 300 species of birds as well as the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, including coyotes, grizzly bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and bison. Adventurous travellers can choose to camp deep in the reserve whereas those who prefer a little more comfort can opt to stay in one of the numerous cabins, lodges or hotels that are scattered throughout the park.
Rwanda may not be as well known amongst wildlife and nature lovers as Kenya or South Africa, but this African nation is quickly gaining notoriety. Its capital, Kigali, is one of the cleanest cities in the world has an up and coming food and drink scene. Rwanda is also home to the spectacular Volcanoes National Park which is famous its gorilla treks, an Akagera National Park, where visitors can observe lions, rhinos, elephants and other wild animals in their natural habitat.