15 Places You Need to Go in 2019, Recommended by Travel Experts
Get ready to fill your travel bucket lists to brimming for the upcoming year with our swoon-worthy selection of destinations to visit in 2019, hand-picked by the top experts in the travel world. Buckle up for a year filled with terrific travel adventures.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole just keeps getting better, says Bloom. This season will see the opening of a new 11,800-square-foot lodge that’s just a two-minute ride up the Sweetwater Gondola and caters to beginners and families. Solitude Station will have a ski school for ages seven and up, plus a dedicated kids’ dining room to keep youngsters entertained during mealtime. Want to roll out of your room and right onto the mountain? The Four Seasons Jackson Hole is your place. The hotel recently welcomed a furry new team member, Tillie, a Bernese mountain dog who is named after the wife of one of the earliest climbers to summit Grand Teton in 1898. Tillie will be doing afternoon cuddle sessions and has her own book coming out soon. And of course, some things never change. You can’t beat Jackson Hole’s location, right next to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.
Antarctica is a destination unlike any other, proclaims Gross. Sure it’s cold and starkly beautiful, and yes, there are thousands of adorable penguins waddling about. But what might really capture the imagination of travelers in 2019 is the fact that it’s completely autonomous from any governing body, something that can be as refreshing as the cold Antarctic air. While there are a number of ways to visit the southernmost continent, Gross recommends Quark Expeditions, a leader in polar adventures; it’s eco-friendly and boasts a highly qualified team of expedition leaders who are extremely knowledgeable about the destination. Check out 11 of the best off-season travel destinations.
Easter Island, Chile
Simply the most uniquely interesting place on earth, Olmsted says of Easter Island. “It’s a vanished civilization and we still don’t know what happened, but they left behind lots of intriguing evidence, especially the famous towering stone moai statues,” Olmsted adds. It is also one of the the most isolated inhabited places on earth, yet it’s surprisingly easy to reach. For 2019, try to time your visit with the Tapati Rapa Nui Festival in February, a combination of daring local tribal events by day (including sliding down a volcano), and Polynesian song and dance by night. Olmsted recommends Explora Rapa Nui, a fantastic all-inclusive eco-hotel that has expert guides and includes excursions by foot, horse, or boat, along with great local food and Chilean wines.
For that certain je ne sais quoi without the transatlantic flight, Montréal exudes its own old-world charm, enthuses Heather Mikesell, executive editor of American Spa magazine. As the second largest French-speaking city in the world outside of Paris, it captivates visitors with its cobblestone streets, multicultural cuisine, thriving street art, and welcoming neighborhoods. One highlight not to miss in 2019: the Montréal Cirque Festival, which takes place in July. And for spa enthusiasts, the city’s many Nordic spas are the perfect way to warm up in the winter months as is the city’s Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau, a floating spa on the St. Lawrence River. It’s the ultimate French fix.
Batuu, Galaxy’s Edge
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“For 2019, I can’t wait to pack my lightsaber and my wampa repellent, and head to Black Spire Outpost on the distant planet of Batuu,” says Arthur Levine, a theme parks and travel journalist. “In order to get there, I’ll have my choice of two ports of embarkation: Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Florida.” Both theme park resorts will open the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands (in the summer at Disneyland and in the late fall at Disney World) and will transport visitors to the mythical, far, far away galaxy. Disney Imagineers will unveil two attractions that are likely to be groundbreaking. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will empower galactic guests to direct a mission aboard Han Solo’s famous bucket of bolts. For Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, earthlings will find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes battle as the First Order and the Resistance duke it out. After all of the turmoil, visitors will be able to retreat to Oga’s Cantina and chill out with some blue milk. These are the Disney VIP vacations everyone should take in their lifetime.
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