The Best Places to Visit in 2019 Before They Get Too Popular
Fancy yourself a travel trailblazer? From up-and-coming destinations to hidden gems you didn’t even know existed, here are 15 locales to put on your radar ASAP.
“Bodrum is slowly transforming from a sleepy town to a place that draws shiny yachts and high-salaried millenials with authentic action on their minds,” says Kenneth Sause, specialist at Largay Travel. Beyond fresh fish and mezze, an increasingly dynamic culinary repertoire is attracting international attention. Come for the food, stay for the views. The spellbinding vistas are reason enough to make the journey.
Seated at the crossroads of East and West, Tbilisi translates to “warm location,” and tourists will find that to be true—from the sulfuric springs to the personable locals. “Visit now, before the rest of the world catches on to the longstanding cultural pastimes such as Khridoli, a traditional martial art still practiced,” urges Smith. Bonus: A sojourn in Tbilisi won’t break the bank. If you’re on a budget, you’ll also want to look into these 11 affordable bucket list travel ideas that won’t break the bank.
Step aside, Lisbon—there’s a new hotspot on the horizon. Hailed as “the next great European beach destination” by Forbes, Comporta is not-so-quietly generating buzz for its beautiful coastline, relaxed ambiance, and effusive hospitality. Talk about #vacationgoals. If you want to savor the wonderful cuisine and sun-kissed splendor of this seaside village, go ASAP.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
“With many national parks seeing record visitors, it’s clear there’s an appetite for unplugging from our devices and reconnecting with nature,” says Hudson. If a tech-free escape is on your agenda, skip the usual suspects (no disrespect to Yosemite and Yellowstone) and set your sights on Harpers Ferry. Mountains, rivers, and rolling hills set the stage for outdoor endeavors. Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss 18 one-of-a-kind adventures to add to your bucket list.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
There’s more to Mexico than Cabo and Cancun. San Miguel de Allende has long lured artisans—and, of late, expats—with its creative spirit, craft markets, colonial buildings, and cobblestone streets. “As it becomes trendier, you can sense the balance of authentic and touristy is poised to tip in the coming years,” says Damien Martin, travel adviser at Largay Travel. Next, check out the most underrated travel destinations in the world.
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