It’s that point of year once the nights start drawing in and most of us start fantasising about our next escape, be it short or long haul.
And so to help you on the way, we asked a number of the world’s top travel experts and luxury tour bookers year where they predict those in the know will undoubtedly be holidaying next.
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With something for each budget, scroll on for the comprehensive 2019 travel bucket list.
Explore Cambodia’s ruins, islands and national parks
Ta Prohm Temple, Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia (Photo by Raph Howald on Unsplash)
According to many of the travel experts we spoke to, with several new swish hotel openings and a captivating scene in the administrative centre city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia is emerging as a destination in its right, when compared to a tag-on to its well-trodden neighbours rather.
Mark Allvey, managing director at Niquesa Travel, says: “Beyond the Angkor ruins, Cambodia’s islands and national parks are checking. New hotel openings include Six Senses Krabey island and the brand new Shinta Mani Wild, a radical new concept for an extravagance camp experience in Cambodia at Bokor National Park (which opened in December 2018).”
A team of travel experts at Trailfinders added: “Log off the beaten track and find out the tiny explored eastern reaches of Cambodia. Offering better roads and easier access now, it’s the perfect time and energy to visit this certain area. Visit the Elephant Valley Project in Sen Monorom, swim in the emerald waters of Boeng Yeak Lom and seek out the rare Irawaddy dolphin in chilled out Kratie.”
Meanwhile the team at Asia-based co-living and co-working company Outpost say the administrative centre of Phnom Penh will probably be worth spending time in. “[With] a wonderfully vibrant entrepreneurial scene, [it’s] a city that’s starting to set its pace, emerging from its larger neighbours’ (Thailand and Vietnam) shadows,” they said. “With sleepy coastal towns and the amazing temples significantly less than each day trip away, Phnom Penh offers everything.”
Head to the Japanese city of Kobe for art, fashion and marbled beef
Kobe will undoubtedly be among the host cities for another 2019 Rugby World Cup (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan will probably be firmly on the tourist agenda next year since it hosts the 2019 Rugby World Cup in September. Even though visitors would want to hit up the most obvious tourist magnets likely, those searching for something just a little different – and affordable – should check out Kobe (a bunch city), in line with the united team at Trailfinders.
“Often overlooked, this charming coastal city is significantly less than an full hour from Kyoto, sufficient reason for the introduction of Kyoto’s accommodation tax this month, helps it be a far cheaper spot to stay (Kyoto could be visited being an easy excursion by train). The city is navigated, and as among the first ports to start to international trade following the final end of Japan’s amount of seclusion in the 1860s, it includes a preserved historic area beautifully, fondly known locally as ‘European Town.’
“Since that time Kobe is continuing to grow right into a vibrant centre of art, fashion and culture and is famous among foodies because of its eponymous marbled beef particularly,” they added.
Hang out with gorillas in Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda (Photo by maxime niyomwungeri on Unsplash)
New openings may also be set to place Rwanda firmly on the travelling map next, in accordance with Allvey (Niquesa Travel), who says: “We predict Rwanda will be extremely popular in 2019 – and beyond, supported by the brand new hotel opening of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and upcoming launch of One & Only Gorilla’s Nest to check the prevailing Nyungwe House.
“This extraordinarily beautiful small country houses several third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas,” he said, adding that the gorillas are protected. “The administrative centre Kigali is widely recognised as Africa’s cleanest city [and the] Volcanoes National Park will probably be worth a trip also.”
Indulge in the neighborhood culture in Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by Anna on Unsplash)
The Turkish city of Istanbul is on the radar of UK travellers back, in accordance with Hadi Moussa, Airbnb general manager for Northern Europe, who says: “Istanbul is among my favourite cities therefore I’m delighted that it is creating a comeback; it is the top trending destination for UK travellers on Airbnb this autumn, with guest arrival growth of 141 %. The Karaköy neighbourhood, using its waterfront location and historic buildings, is a superb spot to explore.”
Bask on Italy’s secret sizzling island of Pantelleria
If 2018 was the entire year a amount of UK travellers discovered the magical volcanic island of Ischia which neighbours Capri in the Bay of Naples, the experts at luxury tour operator Bailey Robinson predict next year it’ll all about Pantelleria, a sizzling Italian island which sits in the Mediterranean between Tunisia and Sicily.
“Pantelleria can be an exclusive destination,” they said. “The volcanic island loved by a few of the most respected names in Italian fashion (Giorgio Armani), architecture (Albanese), design and photography (Fabrizio Ferri) has been discovered by way of a new crowd since an extravagance hotel opened on the island.”
The 5-star luxury hotel of Sikelia is really a 20-suite hideaway that sits on top of a hill in Pantelleria, where owner Giulia Pazienza Gelmetti, produces award-winning wine in her individual winery (UNESCO protected), Coste Ghirlanda.
And with new flights introduced in July 2018 from Sicily’s Catania airport to Pantelleria, the island is simpler to access now.
Discover lush green tea extract plantations and incredible wildlife in Sri Lanka
Elephants at Rambukkana, Sri Lanka (Photo by Rajiv Perera on Unsplash)
Sri Lanka had been proving popular among travellers, and John-Lee Saez, managing director for KAYAK Europe, says that is likely to continue well into 2019.
“Within the last year alone we’ve seen searches increase by 30 % and believe that is right down to incredible wildlife, the diverse fauna and flora and the tea plantations you could visit.”
Sri Lanka was also just given Lonely Planet’s press, it had been just named its number one country to go to in 2019.
Explore Petra’s rose-coloured gorges in Jordan
Petra, Jordan (Photo by Agustina Furor on Unsplash)
Jordan, a national country which also made it onto Lonely Planet’s top 10 for 2019 list, is another of Bailey Robinson’s picks for next year.
“It really is among the safest countries in the centre east,” the team said. “From the UNESCO city of Petra’s rose-coloured temples and gorges to the cliffs and mountains of the Jordan Rift Valley and Wadi Rum, there’s plenty to see before relaxing by the Dead Sea. The united states includes a rich depth for individuals who want a lot more than only a fly and flop.”
Lose yourself in the ancient city of Matera
The ancient city of Matera (Photo by Luca Micheli on Unsplash)
The Italian city of Matera, situated in southern Italy’s Basilicata region, may be the European capital of culture for 2019. The UNESCO World Heritage city, home to the sassi (cave dwellings) and stunning baroque churches, may be the third most ancient on the planet (after Aleppo and Jericho).
CV Villas’ top accommodation pick may be the Masseria della Luce, a three-bedroomed property (sleeping six), 15km from Matera, which features extensive gardens, a pool and sun terrace. A week’s stay costs from £2,938 and is bookable through cvvillas.com.
Go hiking in Ethiopia
Ethiopia (Photo by Clay Knight on Unsplash)
Ethiopian Airlines will launch a fresh route from Manchester to the administrative centre of Addis Adaba, making the united states a lot more accessible to Brits (you can find already direct flights from London).
Experts at Travel Local suggest a hiking trip in the Bale Mountains, among Ethiopia’s most remote and wild national parks. The ongoing company supplies a nine-day hiking trail which includes a safari through Awash National Park, a four-day trek through the Bale Mountains, and ends at the Sanetti Plateau, where in fact the most the country’s most endangered species – the Ethiopian wolf – are located.
Go off-grid in the beautiful island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe
Street with colonial buildings, Santo Antonio, Principe Island (Matthias Graben/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock)
Bailey Robinson’s travel experts also recommend a vacation to São Tomé and Príncipe, a tropical island off the west African coast.
Try the remote resort of Sundy Praia, that was named among National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the planet” accolades.
Have yourself a slice of luxury in the Seychelles
Anse Lazio, Seychelles (Photo by Alin Meceanu on Unsplash)
Trailfinders says it’s seen 70 % growth in bookings to the Seychelles in comparison to last year, thanks partly to the introduced direct BA flight.
“Whether you are looking to hike through the forests on Silhouette, see hawksbill turtle hatchlings on Anse Kerlan on Praslin or just benefit from the relaxed island style living which makes La Digue a concealed gem, it really is provided by the Seychelles.
“Each paradise island has its unique character, setting and habitats rendering it ideal for island hopping,” the travel experts said.