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By Anna Fishman
Published on Dec 30, 2017, updated on January 5, 2021.
2019 is just around the corner which means the new year will bring new experiences and adventures! Thinking of where to travel to next? Check out these top 10 trending destinations in 2019 and pick your favorites!
If you are seeking a cost-effective and authentic destination that is safe and has a wide array of attractions and activities, Portugal is the place to go. Portugal was recently recognized as the best European destination at the World Travel Awards. Some of the main places to visit in Portugal include the capital city of Lisbon and the city of Porto at a cost unmatched in Europe. Portugal is also one of the safest destinations in Europe and is becoming very popular with travelers; you need to visit before the crowds take over!
If you are seeking a destination that offers variety, Greece is the place for you. In addition to the natural beauty of the many islands that Greece is comprised of, each Island offers something unique to travelers – from Venetian forts, Kavos and serene beaches in Corfu to fantastic nightlife and tradition on the island of Mykonos and breathtaking sunsets in Santorini. Greece has a rich history and its delectable cuisine is also not be missed. The country is also family friendly and safe, providing a perfect option for a family getaway.
The Eastern European country of Croatia is a must visit destination for 2019. This country has everything that you would want in a European destination – from amazing food, a rich history and cultural heritage, to alluring beaches and parks, all at a fraction of the cost for comparable attractions in Western European countries. It is also a very safe destination and is not yet discovered by many travelers.
- Costa Rica
If you are seeking a destination that is close to the United States and is exotic, Costa Rica fits the bill. The tiny country offers a variety of accommodation options from charming and rustic guesthouses to luxurious resorts. If you are interested in the natural environment, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world with several designated world heritage sites for travelers to visit. Costa Rica also provides opportunities for volunteerism for travelers seeking to give back to the international community.
If you are seeking a destination that provides thrilling adventures to visit for 2019, Iceland surely fits the bill any time of the year. You can partake in glacier hiking, scuba diving, experiencing the unique northern lights around the country and enjoying the vibrant nightlife in its capital Reykjavik. You will not have a dull moment in Iceland!
If you want to escape the large crowds of Europe but still enjoy amazing food, history, road trips and nature, Ireland is the destination for you. The destination provides great value for visitors and a very relaxing and laidback environment. Warning: you may have to yield to sheep on the road!
Mexico is right next to the United States and provides value for money as a travel destination. The country includes some of the most luxurious resorts in the world, world-class spas, restaurants and some of the most pristine beaches. The proximity of Mexico to the United States and the falling value of the Mexican peso makes Mexico a very affordable destination for visitors.
Hawaii is an exotic and traditional destination right in your backyard, where people speak English and use dollars. The islands are a part of the United States which allows you to make calls phone calls home without incurring huge bills for international calls. Hawaii is also home to a variety of beaches and other interesting attractions such as an active volcano and waterfalls. It is the perfect place for a nearshore vacation with family or friends.
Destination Italy offers so much to the discerning traveler that one trip here is never enough! The country is known for its culinary experiences, arts, fashion, history and beautiful beaches. A visit to Europe is not complete without an Italian travel experience, and 2019 is an ideal time to make that trip to Italy.
If you enjoy traveling on trains, fantastic seafood, unusual and unique fjords along with a rich cultural tradition, Norway is undoubtedly a destination that you should visit. The country also offers exciting activities such as fishing, hiking, and skiing for all visitors to enjoy.
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