Travelocity has assembled a diverse team of travel experts known as our Gnational Gnomads. To kick off the new year we asked each of them to pick out one travel destination that they recommend the most for 2019. Once again, their recommendations have an incredibly wide range and cover 5 different continents! Considering they are some of the most well-traveled individuals in the world, it’s no surprise that there were no two answers alike.
Whether you are looking for something low key or a fun adventure, family travel or a solo trip, we’ve got a suggestion just for you.
Eric Stoen of TravelBabbo.com: My top destination recommendation for 2019 is Greenland. So many places in the world are getting overcrowded. Barcelona and Venice definitely don’t need more visitors in the summer! But then there are places like Southern Greenland, where my son and I hiked and explored for a week and barely saw any other tourists. Instead, we unplugged, went fishing, kayaked among icebergs, slept on sheep farms, rode Icelandic ponies between the sheep farms, visited glaciers, and had a slow but active week in a beautiful, peaceful location. It’s not easy to get to – virtually all flights go through Copenhagen or Reykjavik — but it’s well worth the trek to have the world’s largest island to yourself. At least it felt like we did!
Key West, Florida
Ava Stritt of SpaTravelGal.com: Key West has recovered with style and grace after Hurricane Irma and a recent visit showed me how alive this tropical paradise remains. Most hotels and restaurants are back in business and their comebacks have them better than before. One of the newest hotels in the region is The Perry Hotel. I now imagine this place my new Key West abode. From this hotel you have access to all that Key West is known for including aquamarine waters that lead to the treasures of the region. Take the shuttle downtown for the nightlife or start your adventures from their marina. Take advantage of the What’s Kraken fishing charters and the When and If sunset cruises just steps from the door of your room. The When & If sailing yacht was custom-designed for General George S. Patton as a gift for his wife. This gorgeous 1939 wooden schooner is one of the most magical experiences you can strive to complete in 2019! Then head to the Top Spa for one of their seasonal experiences – you know you need a spa day while on vacation!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Kirsten Maxwell, Kids Are A Trip: One destination I would recommend for 2019 is San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s been just over a year since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and it’s time to head back. Almost all major properties have re-opened, and the city’s culinary scene is exploding. Throw in speakeasies, kayaking in the bioluminescent bay, hiking in caves, and spending time on the beach, and you have the perfect tropical getaway.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Meagan Wristen from MommyTravels.net: If you can afford it, go to Australia, specifically Whitsundays. It’s a quick plane ride from Sydney and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. In Whitsundays you can quickly check off some of the items on your bucket list like visiting Whitehaven Beach and snorkeling or diving the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure to book a tour that gives you adequate time at Whitehaven beach. I recommend at least half a day, but all day would be better. After visiting over 20 countries, this is definitely the most beautiful place I have ever seen. While you’re there, you should also take a tour out to the Great Barrier Reef, with a reputable tour company. This will take all day, but the trip is well worth it. I recommend staying at Big 4 Adventure Resort if you are traveling with kids.
Pattie Cordova from Living Mi Vida Loca: I’ve heard great things about Nagoya, Japan. My oldest chiclet has been asking to go to Japan ever since his interest in anime popped up this year. So I’m hoping to take him to Nagoya because I’ve read that not only is it the most budget-friendly city to fly into in Japan, but they also have a very cool Sky-Boat Ferris wheel and castle that I think my chiclet will like.
Jeremy Scott Foster from Travel Freak: If you haven’t been on safari yet, 2019 is the time! Regardless of whether you head to South Africa, Botswana, Kenya or Tanzania, prepare to be wowed. Seeing lions, zebras, elephants, giraffe, hippos and even rhinos in the wild is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not only will you walk away with a newfound respect for all of these majestic creatures, but you’ll walk away with a new understanding of the circle of life. As my safari driver said, “out here, it’s easy to be born and it’s easy to die.” Safari in Africa in a life-changing experience and one you certainly shouldn’t miss!
Mike Shubic from Mike’s Road Trip: Rajasthan is home to stupendous structures, artistic elements and a rich cultural heritage. The beautiful scenery and marvelous structures, such as its forts and temples showcase why Rajasthan is quickly becoming a tourist destination; the sights are unlike anything you’ve seen before.
From an adventurous African safari to a culture rich visit to India to an off-the-grid adventure in Greenland, hopefully our Gnational Gnomads’ recommendations have you dreaming of faraway places. Have you made any travel plans for 2019 yet? If you have, where are you going, and why did you pick that place? Leave your answer in the comments below.
And for further inspiration, check out the Gnational Gnomads’ best trips from 2018!
Meagan Wristen of Mommy Travels is an official Travelocity Gnational Gnomad. Gnational Gnomads is an exclusive group of high-profile travel and lifestyle experts who offer tips and inspiration on behalf of Travelocity.
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