Now that 2019 has arrived, we’re ready to welcome 365 days of opportunities to travel off-the-beaten-path. It’s the chance for you to explore some up-and-coming, lesser-known destinations, along with a few favorites. With a surge of accessibility and affordability, you’ll find us deep in a wanderlust-induced daydream about visiting some of the most remote places on the globe.
This vibrant gem of South America is bursting at the seams with historical curiosities and outdoor excursions to set your inner adventurer loose. Wander through the colorfully frieze-lined streets of the small Andean town, Guatapé. Witness the breathtaking panoramic view atop El Peñol, one of the largest rocks in the world. Or spend an evening exploring the night’s sky peering through the telescope at the observatory in the Tatacoa Desert, Colombia is one of the most unique destinations we’re headed to in 2019. No matter who you’re traveling with, Jaime Duque Park is a must! This unusual attraction packed of full-scale replicas of places such as the Taj Mahal and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World also includes a zoo and an aviary. A monorail runs through the park for easy access to all of the unique sites.
Fusing futuristic art and history together, Denmark’s capital city is beaming with some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path spots. The cozy restaurants, funky bars, and activity spaces tucked inside the former shipyard on Refshaleøen peninsular, plus the incredibly artsy Superkilen park are ideal destinations for an unforgettable city excursion. The ultra-colorful 17th-century canal of Nyhavn makes for the perfect-picture backdrop to document a memorable and funky trip full of extraordinary Scandinavian design.
Bali often hogs the spotlight when it’s shining on Indonesia, but being just one of the 17,508 islands that make up the country, there’s a medley of cultures, cuisines, and experiences to be had. Setting off on an island-hopping adventure through Indonesia can be a meditative and restoring escape. From visiting the Seven Story Pagoda of Sibu, lounging on Lengkuas Island in the shadow of the 120-year old lighthouse before diving into the crystal blue waters to explore the coral reefs. Whichever island (or islands) you choose will be a trip to remember.
Seattle, Washington, United States
With the backdrop of the surrounding evergreen forests, crystal blue waters and Mount Rainier off in the distance, Seattle is a city mixing modern with a retro flair. Visit the recently revamped Space Needle for a stunning 360-degree view, discover the oddly fascinating Official Bad Art Museum of Art (yes, that’s really its name), or cozy up at the city’s first cat cafe, Meowtropolitan. You can also explore the once forgotten city tucked underneath the streets of Pioneer Square or find a little culture of the pop variety at the flashy MoPOP museum. This Pacific Northwest oasis is waiting to be discovered by you.
Disconnect from the world and escape to the breathtaking, epic landscape of Patagonia, one of the least populated regions left on the planet. With the snow-capped Andes mountains decorating the horizon, you’ll want to spend your days exploring the natural world around you and the nights observing the unforgettable view of the Milky Way. Or even better, witnessing the rare Southern Lights illuminate the sky. To describe the gastronomy of Patagonia as refreshing is deliciously accurate; seafood is caught daily from the Atlantic or surrounding local lakes and wineries produce incredibly flavorful and rivalry Malbecs to some of the best from around the world, are you drooling yet?
Set off to Australia’s smallest state, a heart-shaped island off the southern coast of the country where the coastline is rugged, but speckled with deserted white-sand beaches and dense rainforests. With more than one-third of the island protected parkland, in Tasmania, you’ll find yourself at peace where nature and wildlife at every turn. You can also explore the recently opened Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a unique destination with challenging and provocative collections which has quickly become an unforgettable highlight for those that visit the island. Are you ready to make some memories?
Miami, Florida, United States
An ideal winter escape, Miami always seems to be boasting with sunshine and warmth. With the local art and design scene having exploded within recent years, Miami is no longer just about the glamorous nightclubs and pristine beaches. A visit to the new science museum, Frost Science, the recently opened Institute of Contemporary Art, or exploring the incredible innovation in urban design and public art installations, rediscover the city that is continuing to reinvent itself; where every visit feels like the first time.
A 2-hour scenic train ride heading north of Paris, and you can wander through the historical region of Normandy. Wild cliffs and miles of sandy beaches decorate the coastline of the English Channel, with timeless and charming villages each waiting to tell you their stories, such as Étretat, Honfleur or Deauville or Mont Saint-Michel. Pair your exploration through the calming, yet fascinating history of this northern region of France with local delicacies of Atlantic seafood, creamy cheeses, and tart ciders. You can thank us later for such a delicious 2019 destination suggestion.
Piedmont Region, Italy
In this unique landlocked region in the northwestern corner of Italy, you will find yourself exploring the natural beauty of the foothills of the Alps. The dreamy outdoor escape of the picture-perfect walking trails that weave through deep valleys and up mountains isn’t all that is offered in the Piedmont region. Here, you’ll find enchanting villages decorating the hills and mountains, rich red wine being poured at almost every meal and traditional cuisine that will leave your mouth watering for more. If that’s not enough of an Italian adventure daydream, visit Turin. As one of the country’s most memorable cities, it is known for its flourishing contemporary arts and electronic music scene, but don’t miss the replica of a 15th century Piedmontese Village, or what was once an old Fiat factory complete with a rooftop test track. Now that sounds like the key to a good time!