As we leave 2018 behind and look ahead to the new year, ideas for where to spend our holidays in 2019 are the perfect way of getting through those cold winter months
So if you’re still unsure of where to spend your holidays in the new year, then help is at hand as we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 Holiday Destinations in 2019. Our list has something for everyone, whether it’s a cheap holiday destination to a bustling seaside city or an adventure to a remote region with breath-taking views.
The Highlands, Scotland
For stunning landscapes filled with majestic mountains and mysterious lochs, there’s nothing quite like the Scottish Highlands. A recent rise in renovations driven by several European investors has seen a growth in the area’s selection of exquisite cottages and up-market lodges that are perfect for setting up a base before heading out to explore. While in the not-too-distant Lowlands, the recently opened Dundee V&A is pulling in the crowds alongside a range of other cultural hotspots.
Greece’s capital and one of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is, as you would expect, absolutely bursting at the seams when it comes to history. The Greek hotspot boasts world-renowned landmarks such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, all calling the city home. But don’t be fooled, Athens isn’t just a holiday destination solely for historians; the area is alive with a range of popular eateries and modern shopping spots are hidden down its narrow picturesque streets, which make the city a top holiday destination no matter the time of year.
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Undoubtedly one of the world’s best holiday destinations for its mix of beautiful sandy white beaches and dense inland forest, this incredible island paradise offers up all manner of things to enjoy from forest treks to midnight markets. What’s more, Phu Quoc regularly comes out on top in lists of cheap holiday destinations in terms of travel, food and accommodation—perfect for those that don’t want to let their budget limit their adventures.
Constantly found around the top of many a ‘coolest cities’ list, Copenhagen continues to be one of the best holiday destinations for 2019. Here in the capital of Denmark, lively food markets and world-renowned restaurants like Noma serve up a mix of incredible Scandi dishes, while an array of must-visit museums and architectural masterpieces means there’s always something for the culturally inclined to see. Incredibly bike friendly, Copenhagen is also set to see the opening of the brand new Cityringen metro line in 2019, which will make travel through the city even easier.
The 2019 holder of the European Capital of Culture, alongside Bulgaria’s Plovdiv, Matera is set to play host to an array of events throughout the year that will see thousands of musicians descend upon the Italian city. Named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993 and with its now abandoned Sassi cave dwellings built into the rock of a ravine, Matera boasts a truly remarkable appearance that’s seen the city used as a set for many a film.
The Island of St Helena
Known as the Secret of the South Atlantic, the tiny island of St Helena was only accessible via ship until the recent introduction of a once-weekly flight from Johannesburg. While this remote island boasts stunning surroundings and peaceful ambience, it’s the wildlife that really makes it one of the best holiday destinations for 2019. Here visitors can see all manner of animals native to the island, especially the bountiful dive sites; these hidden gems provide plenty of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to see marine life including parrotfish, hawksbill turtles and dolphins.
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Forget London for your next weekend away, only 60-odd miles south from the capital and a short train journey away stands the relatively cheap holiday destination of bustling Brighton. Boasting a hugely popular pebble beach as well as all manner of one-of-a-kind boutiques and hip eateries down its popular lanes, there’s so much on offer it’s enough to make you forget about the capital.
Novi Sad, Serbia
Serbia’s second biggest city, the laidback yet culturally-alive and creative Novi Sad, is home to plenty of great cafes and bars, while the hugely popular EXIT Festival, held yearly at the Petrovaradin Fortress, sees international artists from across the world descend upon the city to play. Eagerly anticipating its duties as the 2019 European Youth Capital, Novi Sad will also undertake the role of the 2021 European City of Culture. All of these must-see attractions ensure this vibrant city will remain a must-visit holiday destination for years to come.
A city that’s always been at the forefront of what’s going on, Seattle boasts some of the USA’s best modern architecture, courtesy of Frank Gehry, alongside cultural hotspots such as the Museum of Pop Culture and the recently refurbished Space Needle. Meanwhile, a large number of global tech companies and exciting start-ups that call Seattle home has seen the city swell with hip cafes, lively bars and exceptional eateries.
Despite being one of Asia’s more expensive holiday destinations, this once overlooked island country is now one of the region’s best holiday destinations within its own right with its futuristic architecture and sprawling designer shopping centres. Elsewhere, Singapore’s markets offer up a whirlwind of different food and cultures, while the iconic colonial-style Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of the original Singapore Sling, is all set to re-open in 2019.
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