You’ve decided you want to travel more next year, but you want something different, something inspired. Here are five trending spots experts are saying you’ll want to put on your radar.
Morocco is becoming more mainstream. Tourism has more than doubled since 2002, according to CNN Travel, and the country is making a push to attract tourists for its rich history and intense natural beauty. Get lost in the vibrant alleyways, spice-market smells and lively bazaars of bustling, chaotic Marrakech. Then head to the ancient Kasbah in Ouarzazate to enjoy its unforgettable sunrises and sunsets. Hike between Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains and enjoy the fabulous food scene in Fez.
Best time to visit: April
Think you can’t afford Maldives? Think again. New luxe properties and offers have increased competition, driving prices down to make Maldives what some consider to be the best travel bargain in 2019. No longer just for honeymooners or the impossibly rich, this tiny country of postcard-perfect islands provides an idyllic backdrop for your getaway to paradise. Remember, because Maldives is predominantly Muslim, it’s important to dress modestly on inhabited islands, where alcohol is also off limits.
Best time to visit: Between November and April
Those in the know are heading to Slovenia for its emerging foodie scene, stunning mountains, picturesque lakes and fairytale castles. One of the smallest countries in Central Europe, Slovenia is becoming a melting pot of cultures. If you’re looking for a less touristy Mediterranean holiday, Slovenia actually holds 28 miles of coastline between Italy and Croatia. Sit by the river at sunset in the capital city of Ljubljana while enjoying a glass of Slovenian wine and some Italian food. A kayak trip across the jaw-dropping beauty of Lake Bled is a must.
Best time to visit: May through September
Adventure seekers, look no further than this amazing country. From March 1 until April 13, 2019, travelers can hike the Jordan Trail (650km through 52 villages and towns), which connects the length of Jordan from Umm Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south. Along the way, you’ll enjoy mind-blowing views of Rift Valley canyons, Dead Sea vistas and wildflower-covered crusader castles. The modern capital of Amman is filled with cosmopolitan cafes. And of course there’s Petra, the awe-inspiring ancient city carved from red sandstone. Nothing will prepare you for basking in its golden-pink glow and sun-bathed temples.
Best time to visit: March through May
Lonely Planet ranked Sri Lanka the top country to travel to in 2019. Why? Few countries similar in size offer the same breathtaking diversity and natural beauty. The central hills are rife with waterfalls and tea plantations. Stunning tropical beaches await you to the west, with quieter ones to the south. Yala National Park is THE place to see leopards in Asia. Better train service is making it easier than ever to get around. And with its fabulous food scene and growing list of stylish boutique hotels, this country is fast becoming a top spot for savvy travelers.
Best time to visit: December through March (west, south, hill country); April through September (east)Tags: activities, adventure, health and wellness, lifestyle, Outdoors