From Berlin to Cairo, 10 holidays worth taking in 2019
Dip your toes in culture
It’s that time of the year again when resolutions are renewed, plans are made and optimism fills the air. There’s no better time that the last few days of a waning year to think about the ways in which you’d like your life to be different—after all, the prospect of a clean slate is absolutely delicious. Maybe you’d like to start journalling. Maybe you’d like to take a yoga class. Maybe you’d like to (finally) learn to cook. Or maybe, you’d like to start travelling more.
If you’re in the same boat as, well everybody, this list is to get you moving. We’ve put together 10 stunning holiday ideas, each one worth investing in, to inspire you to live the way you’d like to.
10 must-visit travel destinations:
Settled in the picturesque, river-carved valley of Arizona, 2019 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the iconic Grand Canyon National Park. The park, dedicated to America's most renowned geological wonder, has an of array of events lined up to commemorate the occasion, including talks, exhibitions and special performances by acclaimed artists.
Plan your trip around the 20th of April (the National Park Week Fee-Free day) and don't forget to capture some stunning Instagram-worthy landscapes!
Ski your way through gradient snow-slopes, kayak amongst wild sea-whales, dip your toes in lavish hot-springs and climb the scenic rock walls of the southern fjords. The world's largest island, Greenland is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, making it THE year to head here.
A hub for cosmopolitan culture, reunification and renaissance, Berlin should be on the top of your travel list no matter what kind of traveller you are. What's more? 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and the centennial celebrations of the Bauhaus design movement.
Keep an eye for pop-up nightclubs, impromptu theatricals and overnight stays at the iconic Bauhaus studio.
If the panoramic cruise shots and striking scenery from Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do tickled your inner wanderlust, Tunisia is the answer for you. Bordering the Mediterranean sea and the Sahara desert, the west-African country is known for its luxe beach resorts and camel-back safaris. Fun fact: Planet Tatooine scenes in the Star Wars movies were shot here!
The south-pacific islands of French Polynesia are know for the best surf-waves and deep-diving spots in the world. Given its widely spread, coral fringed lagoons and pervasive over-the-water bungalow hotels, this French-speaking island is the perfect destination for beach-lovers and indoor enthusiasts alike.
Keep your camera ready for some dolphin spotting!
One of the world's oldest Islamic cities, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cairo has a lot in store for you. The coming year will see the opening of the much-awaited 5.2-million-square-foot Grand Egyptian Museum. Overlooking the legendary pyramids and Sphinx, the museum will have upto 5,000-plus artefacts belonging to the great king Tutankhamun.
There is nothing like a quaint town in Italy to help the mind rewind and relax, and Matera may be the quaintest of them all. Its white honeycomb-like limestone caves, Sassi di Matera, earned the town the UNESCO tag. The now abandoned caves are occupied by opulent boutiques, restaurants and hotels. Perfect for a weekend gateway, Matera is truly one-of-a-kind.
Looking for some perfectly curated luxury and indulgence? Leave it to the Omanis! Think: horse-riding on the twisted Hajar mountains, window-shopping at the traditional souq markets, exploring the underground caves of Majlis Al Jinn and ending your day with with an exquisite performance at the Royal Opera House.
Looking for a little unconventional spirit to charm your 2019? This tropical city is just the place for you. A mélange of African art and French colonial heritage, duality sways the air of Dakar. The capital city of Senegal, where French is the official spoken language, couture meets chaos and local Mbalax beats fill high-colonial streets.
We suggest heading here around the month of June to watch the city glam-up for the esteemed Dakar Fashion Week!
Hội An, arguably Vietnam's most underrated and marvellous city, is a melting pot of architecture, history and culture. Dating back to the 15th and 19th century, the port-city has a statuesque-ancient-town vibe.
From ornate Buddhist monasteries to the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and from the bustling Riverside market to the tranquil old town, Hội An has it all!