TOP DESTINATIONS FOR 2019
It’s that time of year when we start thinking ahead, often the most important thing on the agenda is getting your next holiday sorted! Booking your future holidays will certainly help with those January blues!
To give you some inspiration on where the year could take you, we’ve listed the destinations tipped to be THE places to go in 2019.
The pearl of the Indian Ocean is certainly having its moment! Far more reasonably priced than neighbouring Indian Ocean hot-spots, Sri Lanka offers an affordable getaway that differs from the norm. Whether you’re an intrepid traveller wanting to get stuck into the local culture or being pampered in a beach resort is more your style, it’s all possible here. The hospitality will impress you too – you won’t have to do a thing!
Don’t forget the incredible wildlife – there are elephant sanctuaries to visit with 22 stunning national parks to explore, you will be spoiled for choice.
When to go? This varies depending on what side of the country you choose to visit. The west coast is more known for tourism and luxury hotels, whereas the east coast remains largely untouched for the time being.
If you’re heading to the west coast, we recommend you visit between December and March. The east coast, it’s best to take your trip between April and September.
With a population of just 10 million people, Jordan is often overlooked as a holiday hotspot. Only a five-hour flight away from the UK, this destination will surprise you with how much it has to offer.
Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World is a must-see while you’re here – this historical city dates back as far as 213 BC! In fact, it’s known as one of the world’s most treasured UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Jordan’s hospitality is first-class too. There are plenty of incredible hotels and resorts, with a delicious authentic cuisine to sample and lots of opportunities to be pampered – you’ll be treated like royalty! To put your minds at rest, Jordan remains comfortably sheltered from the troubles within the region, so you’ll be safe on your holiday here.
When to go? Despite Jordan’s small size, you’ll find wide variations of climate, often because some regions are high above sea level. The best time to visit is during spring or autumn, when temperatures are toasty but not scorching. If you opt to visit in spring, you’ll be treated to a display of gorgeous wildflowers everywhere!
Imagine Greece’s ancient cities, the tranquil emerald beaches in Croatia and Switzerland’s picturesque snow-capped peaks. Roll them all into one and you’ve got Montenegro. Ask anyone who’s been, and they’ll tell you it’s a land of paradise and promise, and cheaper than most other European holiday destinations too, including neighbouring Croatia.
Whether you want to party, relax by the beach or sample the delicious local food, this tiny country offers it all – and it’s only a few hours away from the UK. Visit this little gem of a country before everyone else does!
When to go? For guaranteed sunshine, we recommend visiting between May and early October.
Forget Costa Rica, it’s Panama’s time for the limelight. This is a destination where tropical biodiversity meets white sandy beaches, and misty highlands are combined with an indigenous culture. How it’s still under the radar we have no idea. It’s a destination full of character and history, that will keep the avid explorer busy day after day. 2019 is a particularly good year to visit as Panama has pledged to party like never-before to celebrate Panama City’s 500-year anniversary.
When to go? Panama has a tropical climate with a hot, humid rainy season between May and December and a dry season from January to April, which is generally seen as the best time to go.
Super sleek and modern Singapore is full of glamourous shops and luxury hotels. Look a little deeper and you’ll find cultural delights and a lot of history. Hawker Centres (also known as food courts) are a great way to sample the melting pot of cuisines defined by the cultures of neighbouring countries – and there are hundreds of them around to enjoy. As well as the amazing food on offer, Hawker Centre’s are a perfect place to sit, people watch and open your eyes to local life in Singapore… What’s more, you can get a delicious meal for under $10!
For those in search of something a little more luxurious, 2019 brings the re-opening of Singapore’s most renowned hotel, Raffles. Whether you want to splash the cash and book your stay there or just visit the bar for a famous Singapore Sling cocktail, it’s worth checking out. Also joining the long list of luxury hotels is Six Senses Maxwell. Set in a block of heritage shop houses in Singapore’s Chinatown, this stunning hotel has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia.
When to go? If you are looking to avoid the wet weather then book your visit for June, July or August. That said, there’s plenty to see and do in Singapore all year around, including festivals and indoor activities, so there isn’t a bad time to visit!
Sitting on the western edge of Europe, Ireland’s fourth largest city is racing ahead in the cultural and gastronomic rankings. In fact, the city was awarded the title “2018 European Region of Gastronomy” and is now working its way to becoming the “European Capital of Culture”. As a result, you’ll find a growing range of pop-up culture cafes and unexpected venues throughout the city.
Galway has plenty of history that cannot be missed. In fact, they have their own Horrible History tour that’s worth checking out. Looking for great craic? Get to know the friendly natured locals in some of their many lively bars, there are plenty to choose from!
Galway is just an hour away from the closest airports (Shannon or Knock), we recommend taking a leisurely drive through the beautiful Irish countryside on your way there.
When to go? April to August is the best time to visit Galway for those who prefer it warm – and May in particular has the most sunshine.
For lovers of the unknown, Matera is a great choice. This hidden gem is filled with beautiful boutique hotels, bars and restaurants that sit amongst historic monasteries and natural limestone caves. Although the picturesque and quaint southern Italian town is in a key stage of growth, it has not left behind its typical features – making it the perfect spot for the explorers amongst us with a rich culture, authentic cuisine and incredible views are at every turn. As an added bonus there are far less tourists here than the average Italian holiday destination. Need we say any more?
When to go? As there is plenty to explore here, your best bet is to visit in the spring or autumn where you’ll find comfortable temperatures for walking in the heat of the day.