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Planning to travel this year? If you haven’t picked a destination, you might want to look at the current trends. Lonely Planet released its annual list of Top Cities to visit in 2019 and it all looks pretty exciting! I’ll admit that I’d never considered visiting some of these, but after reading about them, my curiosity is piqued! Based on that list, here are some travel destination trends for 2019 to put on your radar!
Denmark has been in the back of my mind for a while so, if I did visit, I guess the best place to start is the capital! From the sounds of it, Copenhagen has transformed into a destination hotspot for foodies and I’m all about that life!
They’ve taken the old industrial area and shipyard, Refshaleøen, and turned it into an impressive food and craft market, complete with a new name — Reffen! Combined with street-food vendors, a new cultural center (BLOX) and an amusement park (Tivoli Gardens), I’m ready to book right now!
For most of my adult life, a part of my heart has been in Nepal. I’ve never been there, and I’m not sure what it is, but there’s a connection. When the 2015 earthquake damaged and destroyed ancient monuments and brought the city of Kathmandu to its knees, my heart was broken. The Nepalese are resilient people, though, and they’ve refused to let this crush their spirit.
Today, they are working hard to restore the capital to its former glory. By combatting smog, traffic, and noise levels, as well as implementing reliable electricity and WiFi in the area, they are hoping to attract tourists and revitalize the economy. For this reason, Kathmandu is among the travel destination trends for 2019.
Miami, Florida, USA
Years ago, we stayed in Miami for a couple nights and, I must say, it wasn’t my favorite trip. We were nervous about crime, we had items stolen from our hotel room, and it was miserable most of the time. We couldn’t wait to move on to Orlando.
The tourist bureau is hard at work rehabbing the southeastern city’s image. A new $305-million science museum has breathed new life into the cultural sector, while the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum Garage are bolstering the Design District. This could be the beginning of a great new chapter for Miami!
Novi Sad, Serbia
Located in Serbia, Novi Sad translates to “New Garden,” and it’s easy to understand why. Named the 2019 European Youth Capital, the city is bursting with fresh ideas and promising possibilities.
This is a fantastic hub for those who love culture and the arts. Not only does Novi Sad host the EXIT Festival and Gradic Fest, but the city recently gave their Chinatown a facelift and revitalized the Petrovardin Citadel’s Lower Town. Exciting changes!
China has never been at the top of my list, but learning about Shēnzhèn may have changed that. While I’ve always admired the country’s unique mix of ancient, historic sites and cutting edge modern technology, I’ve never been motivated to visit.
Shēnzhèn is considered China’s equivalent to California’s Silicon Valley. More affordable and less crowded than Hong Kong, travelers enjoy the craft breweries, new arts district, and bustling nightlife. Definitely add this one to the list of travel destination trends for 2019!
Other great entries on Lonely Planet’s Top Cities for 2019 include:
- Dakar, Senegal
- Meknès, Morocco
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Seattle, USA
- Zadar, Croatia
Where are you traveling in 2019? We’d love to hear about it!