Suggestions for exactly where to go in 2019

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The new year has just begun and currently, some of my readers have asked me for suggestions on exactly where to go in 2019. I believed about this and decided to generate this list, partly primarily based on areas I’ve visited and completely loved in the previous handful of years. Right here are my encouraged destinations in 2019:

Kathmandu, Nepal

I visited Nepal for the initially time final year and even even though I only got to see Kathmandu, I was blown away by its historic sights, temples and friendly persons. The chaotic website traffic was typically overwhelming but in spite of that, I was drawn to its serene, deeply spiritual vibes. I’d go back in an immediate! Even though you are there, do discover the rest of this nation to see other historic towns and the breathtaking peaks of the Himalayas. If you are brief on time, take a scenic flight to the Himalayas for actually jaw-dropping views!


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Sadhus (holy males) at a temple in Durbar Square, Kathmandu.


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Astounding views of majestic peaks, glaciers and rock massifs of the Himalayas.

See my video of the scenic flight to Mount Everest:

Study about my impressions of Kathmandu.

Matera, Italy

Matera, situated in the southern Italian area of Basilicata, is the designated European Capital of Culture in 2019. There will be lots of cultural events to delight in all through the year but take some time to discover this wondrous city of caves, which is a single of the oldest constantly-inhabited settlements in the globe! Going to Matera is like taking a step back in time to Biblical ages! Study about factors to do in Matera.


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Wander the maze of alleys in the Sassi!

If you are going to Matera, I also suggest exploring the neighbouring area of Puglia. Verify out my guide to the very best areas to check out in Puglia.

Lithuania

A different nation I visited for the initially time final year. I do not know why it took me that lengthy to lastly check out Lithuania! It is a attractive nation with a beautiful capital (Vilnius), charming towns, substantial swathes of dense forests, crystalline lakes and beaches. Devote a handful of days exploring Vilnius (with its picturesque old town and numerous churches), then head more than to Kaunas (a amazing mix of historic architecture and Art Nouveau) and indulge oneself in the spa town of Birštonas. If you are there in the summer season, head for the beaches of Palanga and nearby Šventoji. A curious (maybe spooky) web-site that is worth a check out is the Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania, exactly where around 100,000 crosses and religious icons dot the slopes of a hill.


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The Town Hall Square in Kaunas.

Germany

There’s usually some thing to do in Germany, a single of the top rated vacation destinations in Europe. This year, fans of Modernist architecture and design and style are in for a treat as the influential movement, Bauhaus, celebrates its 100th birthday! Trace the methods of the Bauhaus movement and admire the terrific architecture and design and style in cities such as Weimar, Erfurt, Dessau and Berlin. Take note of the new Bauhaus Museums opening in Weimar and Dessau in 2019.


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The Bauhaus College in Dessau.

Ecuador

From the lofty peaks of the Andes to the tropical Pacific Coast and the outstanding Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is an awesome location with lots to see and do. Discover the historic centre of Quito prior to venturing into the cloud forests of Mashpi and additional up into the Andes. If you can, I suggest a check out to the Galapagos Islands.


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A colourful street in Quito.


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A sea-lion napping, Galapagos Islands.

Study about areas you need to not miss in Ecuador.

Northern Ireland

I visited Belfast, Northern Ireland, 4 occasions in 2018 and completely enjoyed just about every check out. Stroll about the city centre, check out a single of the several pubs, verify out the beautiful street art (and pubs) in the Cathedral Quarter and re-reside the days of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum. Even though you are there, make time to discover far more of Northern Ireland. Verify out the Giant’s Causeway and the Causeway Coastal route, Lough Neagh, Game of Thrones experiences, culinary tours in Enniskillen, hikes in the Mourne Mountains and cycling tours in the Sperrins.


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One particular of my favourite pieces of street art in Belfast.





The Northern Irish countryside is breathtaking!

La Réunion &amp Mauritius

These two dots in the Indian Ocean are the great pairing for these searching for a luxury beach escape combined with action and adventure. La Réunion (or Réunion Island) is a French division (the Euro is the currency right here) and is a mountainous island with a single of the most active volcanoes in the globe. It is a paradise for travellers searching for action and adventure from canyoning in old lava flows to hiking in the cirques, and exploring lava tunnels to flying in a micro-light plane above the mountains, Réunion Island is basically thoughts-blowing!


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A majestic view of Piton de Neiges (three,069m) on Reunion Island from a micro-light.





The village of Cilaos on Réunion (image courtesy of Philippe Vieux-Jeanton).

Study about factors to do in Reunion Island.

Immediately after all that action and adventure, head to nearby Mauritius, with its outstanding crystalline lagoons, powdery white beaches, bustling towns and beautiful luxury resorts. Study about factors to do in Mauritius and my encouraged luxury hotels in Mauritius.


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The pristine Blue Bay in Mauritius!


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The awesome beach at the St. Regis Resort Mauritius.

There you have it! My list of exactly where to go in 2019! I want you protected and inspiring travels!

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