The Best Places to Travel in 2019

By Abi King | Travel Lists

Nov 02

The Best Places to Travel in 2019

If there’s one question I get asked a lot, it’s the one about where you’re planning to go. It comes in various forms:

  • Where’s the best place to go on holiday this year (if you’re British)
  • Where’s the best place to vacation (if you’re not)
  • Where’s the best city break for 2019?
  • Where’s the best adventure destination?
  • What’s best for couples? (This used to be honeymoons. As we grow older, it’s more likely to be anniversaries.)
  • Where would you recommend for a babymoon?
  • How about travelling with a baby? And grandparents?
  • Where are the best places to travel to in 2019 full stop?

 

So, I will try to break it down accordingly. Let’s go!

The Best Places to Travel in 2019*

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 FOR ROMANCE

Try snuggling up in an ice hotel with only each other to keep warm or go to the opposite extreme with sand and swimsuits in the Caribbean.

Flower ice bed

THE BEST CITY BREAKS IN EUROPE FOR 2019

Two cities really stand out at the moment for “off the beaten track” art and charm:

Graz, in Austria – has a triple whammy. UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Design but it’s also Austria’s Capital of Culinary Delights. I’ve travelled there solo (and pregnant) and with husband and toddler in tow and I loved it each and every time. For an out of city escape, you can also head into the nearby Styrian mountains for brettljause in a Buschenschank (it’s nicer than it sounds and involves a lot of scenic wine tasting.)

The Hague – has a similar vibe in that it’s dripping with international accolades yet rarely recognised as a holiday destination in its own right.

Here, you also get a sandy stretch of beach.

Catch the Girl with a Pearl Earring, the Peace Palace and enough cosy cafés to caffeinate you well into 2020.

Luxury beach huts near Scheveningen at The Hague

Related: 7 of the Best Photos of Cities at Night

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 FOR CULTURE: WORLDWIDE

Oooh, this one is tricky. In classical terms, there’s always New York, New Orleans and the islands of Japan but I’d also throw Quito and the whole of Jordan into the mix (just be sure to keep checking the travel advice – which is what you should be doing anyway.)

FIsh eye view of Quito in Ecuador

Detroit has also burst back onto the scene as it’s prospects are looking up: think Motown, cool architecture and some astonishing American history.

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 FOR WILDLIFE

The Galapagos Islands and Madagascar make travel feel as though you’re stepping into a David Attenborough production.

They’re truly stunning but they don’t have the “big” animals roaming around so if that’s what you’re after then I would recommend sub-Saharan Africa for a safari.

(Here are some of my favourite safari spots in Botswana, South Africa and Kenya.)

Samburu Tribe in Kenya

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 FOR A BABYMOON

Ahhhh…. I don’t want to be a killjoy here but I strongly recommend you check things out with your doctor before booking anything. Bear in mind that you’re at higher risk of blood clots when pregnant and that you may well be, how shall we put this, more concerned with the state of drinking water and which medicines you take than usual. Less risk averse? And with good reason.

So, taking all that into account, my personal recommendation would be to not head too far from home. Don’t spend too long on a plane and don’t get too far from medical facilities you know and trust. But these are just my personal thoughts.

Also, zika. Antimalarials.

So, with all those caveats in place, here’s what I’d suggest.

For guaranteed sunshine, visit Oman in the Middle East

I love this beautiful, friendly, calm country in the Middle East and in fact I did travel there when pregnant. Relax in beautiful luxury at the Chedi Muscat (with one of the world’s best spas) or journey through this land of gleaming mosques, orchards, desert sands and pristine beaches. It is hot here, though, which is a drawback when pregnant.

But with a sensible approach, good air conditioning and a lovely hotel, it satisfies a thirst for adventure with safety (currently zika free and has great healthcare. But always check before you go!)

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque-in Oman

(Note – Jordan is on this year’s list with very good reason! But Petra is a major highlight of visiting Jordan and whichever way you slice and dice it, that involves an entire day walking on uneven ground in the heat. Not ideal for most pregnant folk and it would be near criminal to travel to Jordan and not see Petra.)

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 AS A FAMILY

Travelling with a Baby

I have you covered: the best places to travel with a baby.

Travelling with older children

If you’re looking for something squarely aimed at children but that isn’t Disneyworld or Center Parcs (nothing wrong with them, I’m just guessing you don’t need me to bring them to your attention) then consider Europa-Park in Germany and the Terra Botanica Theme Park in France

Both are theme parks but they aim to inspire and educate as well. One in an international sense, the other in a horticultural one.

Abigail King with T Rex at Terra Botanica

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 FOR A ROAD TRIP

Wheeee…well, one of the classic road trips is the Great Ocean Road in Australia. It uses Melbourne as a hub and can be completed in a leisurely and interesting week. Koalas and kangaroos virtually guaranteed.

Views on the Great Ocean Walk in Australia

If you can handle hairy camels and an all round hairier pace, then take to the beaches and mountains of Morocco. Again, you can cover a lot of ground and encounter plenty of derring-do within the space of a week.

And then there is the country made for a road trip: the USA.

Take two weeks to have a road trip into Louisiana from New Orleans or explore the often overlooked but stunning gulf coast of Florida.

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 FOR A CHALLENGE

I’m very lucky to have received a curated list of the best hikes in the world from certified mountain guides. So get your itchy feet stomping on that!

Walking boots - the Great Ocean Road

Related: 6 Of The Best European Ski Resorts

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2019 FOR A BEACH HOLIDAY

Hmm. Well, for out of this world beaches, the Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar spring to mind. But there’s Mexico, Thailand and Malaysia, too, plus plenty of beach spots in Australia. Closer to home, Europe has plenty of beaches but it can be tricky to find a balance between the crowds and the sometimes crisp weather.

Related: Where is hot in February 2018?

HMM, I’M STILL NOT CONVINCED. I NEED MORE!

Inspire Me from @insidetravellab

Hehe. Well, it is a big, wide world out there. I have a hard time narrowing down where I would love to travel to next.

So, I’d recommend browsing around the blog!

There’s even a section on the best holiday destinations in the world to help you out.

If all else fails, try spinning a globe or flicking open the pages of an atlas. You’ll have to just trust your lucky stars you don’t end up in a war zone. Or in Hull (with apologies to Blackadder and, of course, people who live in Hull.)

Happy travel planning!

Cheers,

Abi (2)

*According to, well, me. But I do get a lot of practice and inside info ;-)

 

 

Disclosure: Some of these trips, or parts of them, may have been hosted, but that hasn’t affected which exciting places I’ve chosen for this list. The wanderlust and desire to share the adventures with you is very much my own!

The Best Places to Travel to in 2019, as rounded up by Abigail King from Inside the Travel Lab. Louisiana, Botswana, Florida...where will your next trip take you? #Travel #Wanderlust #TravelAddict
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Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more.

  • Izy berry says:

    I will recommend guatemala is incredible place

    • Abi King says:

      Ah, yes it looks so interesting but I’ve not made it there (yet!) One of these days…

  • Emyr Thomas says:

    Some great ideas here. My travel plans for the first part of this year include Lisbon, Douro Valley, Santorini, St Lucia, Amalfi Coast (again!)… with many more for later this year hopefully! x

    • Abi says:

      Ah, what a gorgeous sounding list! And, well, the Amalfi Coast is so spectacular it deserves a repeat visit! I’m scrabbling around for cold weather clothes before heading to Helsinki and then into Lapland…

  • Karolina says:

    Thailand is the best country on the world! I can’t resist visiting this incredible country at least once a year :)

    • Abi King says:

      Ah, yes, it’s so beautiful! Although, I haven’t been for (gulp!) over 10 years. Was hoping to get there this spring but a few medical problems have cropped up. One of these days! Thanks for the reminder :-)

  • Claire says:

    So much inspiration here! Love your pictures, absolutely beautiful.

  • Great list and I agree, its one that’s really hard to put together. As an Indian I wonder why India doesn’t pop up on any of these lists more often… do you think it has to do with safety?

    • Abi King says:

      Hm. You know, you have got me thinking about this for days, now. It’s not a safety concern as in Syria, Iraq etc. And India obviously has a beautifully rich culture with such variety, landscape, food, architecture… I’ve only been twice and I had two very different experiences. One was fantastic, the other (the standard tourist route in the north) was pretty tough going. I had people break into my room and several times on the street people tried to rob me. Neither of these things are exclusive to India, of course (I had my wallet stolen in London, for example) but in certain places it can be very, very tough going if you don’t look as though you fit in and if you feel small and vulnerable as a result. I’ve always thought that the thing for me to do would be to head back with an Indian friend – perhaps I would be treated differently then? Or, perhaps I just had a string of unfortunate circumstances. Also, the visa process is awkward – you need special photographs and someone to vouch for you in India plus trips to the visa processing centre. But these are relatively easy to overcome so they wouldn’t hold me back. Just throwing it out there as food for thought, because you’ve really got me thinking! Thanks for the interesting question!

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