Thinking about where you want to travel to in 2019? There’s an infinite number of possibilities to choose from. Whether you want to ski down the icy slopes in Austria or soak up the warm sunshine on a white sandy beach in Bali, you’re guaranteed to find something on this list that tickles your fancy.
We’ve combined this ultimate list of the top award-winning travel destinations that will help give you some inspiration of where to travel in 2019.
Bali deserves a spot on this list because it’s an island of outstanding beauty and offers some of the best scenic views in the world. You can visit the Uluwatu Temple, an ancient Hindu temple perched on a cliffside with beautiful coastal views. The island is home to volcano mountains, soft sandy beaches and many spiritual buildings. It’s known for its quiet atmosphere, which makes it the perfect holiday destination for those who wish to escape the chaos of everyday life in exchange for a tranquil, almost otherworldly experience.
You’ll have to take a boat to the island and when you arrive, don’t expect much in the way of traffic. Most of the locals get where they need to go by foot, so embrace the culture and get your walking shoes on! Bali is also home to many holiday resorts, and there’s plenty of tourist attractions to keep you busy. If you love snorkelling, diving or surfing, you won’t find a better place for it than Bali. And while you’re there, keep an eye out for the famous underwater Big Buddha, which has become one of Bali’s most popular attractions.
Explore vast savannahs and get up close to some of the world’s most endangered species such as the Black Rhino in Kenya. Most famous for its wildlife, Kenya is known worldwide to be home of lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants and gorillas and you can see them all with an exciting safari. In the mood for adventure? Take a trip to the Amboseli National Park, which is home to hundreds of elephants and offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Get to know the history and culture of Kenya with a visit to the National Museum, which is home to dozens of natural-history exhibits. At night, book tickets to the splendid Safari Cat Dancers Show and Dinner, which offers an evening of first-class entertainment paired with a delicious meal and your choice of wine.
You might want to wrap up warm for this one. From towering glaciers to ice-covered volcanoes, Iceland is home to hundreds of snowy wonders. Its location near the top of the world means that it receives quite a lot of snow with low temperatures for the majority of the year. But don’t let the weather put you off. There’s plenty to see and do in Iceland to escape the cold. You can take a dip in one of the many geothermal lagoons or book a hotel and warm up by a cosy fire with a cup of hot chocolate to top it off. When it comes to booking hotels in Iceland, there are hundreds of great options to choose from such as the Grand Hotel, Centerhotel Midgardur and the beautiful Apotek Hotel by Keahotels.
Escape the tourists with a trip to The Westfjords, a region surrounded by dramatic landscapes, jagged cliffs and soaring peaks. Fishing villages are scattered near the coast and offer quiet places to eat. But if you prefer more of a city life experience, head to Reykjavik. The city is home to some great restaurants such as the “Dill”, which offers more complex dishes from the “New Nordic” cuisine.
Copenhagen has made its way onto this list for its outstanding beauty and rich culture and heritage. The capital city of Denmark is home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace and the incredible Tivoli Gardens, which you can explore on foot or bike. But what sets this city apart from most European destinations is the exquisite cuisine. Copenhagen has dozens of fantastic restaurants with high-profile chefs. One such place is the Schonnemann, which has been opened since 1877 and serves renowned dishes such as the smoked halibut with creamed cucumber.
Learn more about the city’s past with a visit and tour of the Rosenborg Castle, a renaissance castle boasting spectacular architecture. If you want to do some shopping, head into the city centre and explore dozens of shops or hop on a little boat and glide through the canals for a unique tour of the city.