Top 5 destinations for travel in 2019
Wondering where to go on holiday this year?
It can be hard to choose, especially if you feel like you’ve covered the big holiday destinations – Costa del Sol, Canary Islands and Cape Verde. Sunny weather and great beaches make these fantastic places to visit, but sometimes it’s rewarding to stray off the beaten track. Make 2019 the year you try something different. Here are five up-and-coming hotspots that come highly recommended.
In south Italy, the Unesco world heritage city of Matera is built into the rocky cliffs of a ravine. Many of its historic sassi, or cave dwellings are now used as art galleries, restaurants and boutique getaways. So you can enjoy eating traditional Italian delicacies in a limestone grotto, or visiting the historic Duomo, the central cathedral that rises above the sassi.
In 2019, Matera is a European Capital of Culture, so you can expect a packed programme of events, ranging from concerts to art exhibitions. According to travel experts, Matera is set to be the next Santorini and perfect for a scenic romantic break.
The Andaman Islands, India
If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting an exotic island, then the Andaman Islands should be right at the top of your bucket list. They’re a cluster of more than 300 islands between India and Thailand. They boast some stunning white-sand beaches, and the crystal clear waters surrounding them are ideal for diving.
Head to Havelock Island to see Radhanagar Beach, voted the best in Asia. On Havelock, varied watersports include kayaking through the mangroves, and you can enjoy delicious Indian and international cuisine. Rent a moped and explore the island’s hidden corners. There’s a lot of accommodation available, ranging from pocket-friendly beach huts to luxury five-star hotels.
To reach the Andaman Islands from the UK, you’ll need to catch a flight to Chennai in South India. The Andaman Islands are just a short flight from Chennai, and you can travel between them on ferry or luxury boat tours.
You don’t have to travel halfway across the world to discover fantastic beaches. If you want to stay closer to home,then Agadir, a beach resort in Morocco, comes highly recommended. You can expect nearly 10km of golden sand beach, and a modern town of elegant piazzas, restaurants and bars and palm-tree-lined promenades.
But a trip to Agadir promises more than just beaches. You can take a 4×4 trip into the nearby desert, or hike in the Atlas Mountains. If you’re interested in Berber culture, head to nearby Taraoudant, a walled Berber town with a souk (market place), authentic craft shops and open-air cafes.
It’s easy to visit Agadir. You’ll find it listed on the All-Inclusive deals by Holiday Hypermarket, meaning it’s a holiday that won’t break the bank.
Australia is big for 2019 because, for the first time, you can fly there directly from the UK. Take Qantas’s new direct flight from London to Perth and spend time exploring Australia’s west coast. Enjoy a few days in Perth, tasting locally made craft beer, visiting outdoor art exhibitions and sunbathing on the beaches that border the city.
Head down the coast to Ningaloo Reef, where you can swim with whale sharks, or visit the Pinnacle Desert, which is studded with tooth-shaped rocks and home to wild kangaroos. You’ll find deserted beaches, quaint towns and even a pink lake.
While it is a long way to Perth, you’ll be rewarded with the trip of a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a less-crowded alternative to Croatia, we recommend a trip to Montenegro. This beautiful Balkan country combines pristine beaches with rugged mountains, untouched towns with historic cities. One of the most beautiful areas is Budva. The region boasts pristine coves surrounded by pine forests, craggy canyons and vast lakes.
The capital, Budva, is a medieval citadel, a walled labyrinth surrounded by the sea. As well as its rich history, it also has a great food scene and a renowned nightlife. Whether you’re travelling as friends or with family, you will enjoy this stunning region, so easily accessible on short flights from the UK.
Make 2019 a year to remember by planning a fantastic holiday for you and your loved ones. Whether you’re considering heading off to an exotic location or staying closer to home, I hope this list will help inspire you to choose somewhere unique.