Travel in 2018 revolved around faraway, unexpected experiences, and 2019 is no different. However, rediscovering the world’s most famous destinations, diving deeper into already trendy and popular spots, and visiting small countries worthy of tourism are only some of the ways to make travel exciting this year.
Sometimes travel doesn’t necessarily have to include novelty and originality, but rather taking another look at some of the destinations that were already on your bucket list. Whether you are looking for incredible adventures or you want to indulge in some much-needed self-care, here are the top 5 destinations that should be on your radar this year:
Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway to escape the worries of everyday life, or you simply want to go on a relaxing road trip, a weekend in Jenner, California is the perfect option. Located where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean, this town is ideal for creating an adventure perfectly suited to your personal needs. You can decide to take a relaxing stroll down the stunning beach, sitting on the sand, admiring the natural beauty and observing a colony of sea lions, or even challenge yourself with a rugged hillside hike with incredible coastal sceneries or paddle a kayak down the river or the ocean. Whatever you choose to do, this town filled with natural delights and friendly and accommodating locals is perfect for a weekend road trip designed to bring you some peace of mind.
Located in Indonesia, Bali is just one small part of almost thirteen thousand islands that make up the world’s largest island country. It is also a part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species, making it the ideal place for any snorkeling and diving enthusiast. However, if you are a mountain lover, you can still find all of the incredible beauty Mother Nature has to offer here, including lush forests, picturesque hiking trails, and breathtaking waterfalls. Being a cultural island where traditional and modern elements seem to blend so seamlessly, the experiential diversity of Bali can truly be witnessed in the distinctive culture and heritage that is preserved to this day and the stunning art and architecture that can be found in every corner. No matter which type of traveler you are, Bali truly has something to offer for everyone.
A former British colony that is now a dynamic and prosperous autonomous Chinese territory, Hong Kong is a place where the east and west meet to create a truly unique culture, pulsating with energy and wonderful diversity. While it is best known around the world as a ‘shopper’s paradise’, there is so much more to experience in this bustling and vibrant city.
Whether you decide to trek one of the numerous picturesque hiking trails, take in the breathtaking view of the skyline during the night, give the unique and extremely delicious food scene a try, or even visit an incredible spa salon in Hong Kong to relax, pamper yourself and find out why their wonderful massages are so famous worldwide, there is truly no shortages of fun activities in this amazing city. Offering everything from a buzzing nightlife to a rich cultural experience, Hong Kong has proved time and time again that it is much more than just a financial destination to stop off for a business trip – it is a beautiful and unique city that should undoubtedly be on your travel bucket list.
Many people are already aware of Mexico’s idyllic coastline, awe-inspiring sunsets and margarita-fuelled fun, but this country offers some incredible travel experiences that aren’t your typical tourist attractions, including jungly lagoons, beautiful Mayan ruins and a turbulent city life. While Mexico City boasts a flavorful urban experience that can best be witnessed during Dia de los Muertos, if you want something a bit less boisterous, opt for the city of Merida. This capital of the Yucatan Peninsula is emerged into its Spanish colonial heritage, but it hasn’t lost its deep traditional Mayan roots. For a gripping, yet deeply colorful experience, leave the silky sands behind and explore Mexico’s vibrant street life.
Dealing with the problem of being so overcrowded with tourists, Barcelona actually introduced laws that discourage visitors so it may be time to turn your attention a short distance down the stunning Catalan coast. Even though it is quite smaller than its world-famous neighbor, the city of Sitges shares many similarities with it, from a sun-kissed climate and numerous museums filled with modern art to an old town full of delightful restaurants and a beautiful seafront promenade. Also is known for its pulsing nightlife and a welcoming gay scene, this place manages to juggle being both elegant and hedonistic, something we all wish we could achieve.
Whether you want to relax, explore, go on an adventure, or even all three, the abovementioned list of top travel destinations are bound to inspire at least one remarkable and unforgettable journey.
Alex is fascinated with “understanding” people. It’s actually what drives everything he does. He believes in a thoughtful exploration of how you shape your thoughts, experience of the world.