With the start of a new year comes new travel wishes and more time off from work. People are already excited to travel this year and more than three billion flights have already been searched on FareCompare.com. The big question is, where is everyone going? We’ve compiled a list of the top travel destinations for 2019 to help inspire you. And don’t worry! We even have the best deals and a few travel tips as well.
And the 2019 Top Travel Destinations are…
Coming in at number ten is Singapore. The city of Singapore is one of Southeast Asia's most popular travel destinations and thrives as one of the world's leading financial and business centers. This growing capital city has something to offer everyone.
Marina Bay offers high-end shopping, dining experiences, and even has a casino. It’s also a great place to see a Broadway hit or even a local show. Linking Marina Bay to Marina Centre, the Helix Bridge, the first bridge in the world to feature the "double helix" structure, stands as the longest "pedestrian link-way" in Singapore.
If you are a food-lover or shopping enthusiast, Orchard Road is the destination for. This retail destination houses just about every type of restaurant and store you could ever want and plays a major part in annual festivals like Christmas in the Tropics. You'll also find food and shopping delights in the Clarke Quay area along the river, Little India (the quirky little area for food lovers) and in Chinatown, which transforms into a vast market filled with vendors, street performers, acrobats, and more throughout the year.
Madrid, Spain’s capital, has been a popular destination for centuries due to its exceptional culture, history, and art. Complete with peaceful parks, medieval architecture, royal palaces, and renowned museums, Madrid has something for everyone.
Close to the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) and Opera House, The Royal Palace of Madrid is stunning and is the largest royal palace in all of Europe. The Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, along with the Reina Sofía Art Center is the perfect day for art lovers. Be sure to enjoy an afternoon at Parque del Retiro, dating back to 1631, and its beautiful sculptures and monuments showcased within the gardens and galleries. Plaza de Cibeles, pictured above, is a must see.
Mercado San Miguel, one of Madrid's oldest and most prestigious food markets, is a popular destination for visitors. Traditional paella should be enjoyed while staying in Spain. While visiting, be sure to try a simple tapas platter and a pitcher of sangria. Every place has its own recipe and each one is the best in the city.
National Parks and beaches surround the beautiful and modern city of Sydney. For a natural experience in Sydney, be sure to go out to the white sand beaches of Bondi Beach. The oceanfront cliffs at Royal National Park is a visitor favorite and a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park to see the animals is a must for all nature lovers. The statues in Hyde Park and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair are two historical features not to be missed.
For a fun time in the city, head to Sydney Harbour Bridge for a BridgeClimb experience and enjoy the view, visit the Sydney Opera House for a backstage tour and a show, and visit Darling Harbour, a waterfront destination where you can find a lot of popular attractions.
Delhi is the lively and vibrant capital territory of India. The neighborhood of Old Delhi dates back to the 1600s and is home to breathtaking historical landmarks. Humayun's Tomb is one of the most stunning buildings in Delhi and the impressive Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, is another must-see attraction. The India Gate, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, is a 42-meter high war memorial that honors 70,000 soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.
Local street markets and modern shopping are available here. Handmade jewelry and Tibetan handicrafts can be found at the Janpath Market while the Monastery Market is the best destination for affordable clothing. If you prefer something more upscale, Khan Market is an upscale shopping destination.
Dubai, the sixth most searched destination, is the most decadent destination on our list and is probably the most extravagant place on Earth.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Dubai has a variety of activities. From skydiving to indoor snow skiing to roller coaster rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai really does have it all. If heights don’t bother you, you can admire the city of Dubai from the 148th level of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. But if you prefer to keep both or your feet safely on the ground, check out the 30 minute show at the Dubai Fountain, the world’s second-largest water fountain choreographed with music and lights.
Opulent shopping can be found in Dubai and includes designer boutiques, luxury brands, and even exotic cars and animals (though you may not be able to take home a souvenir falcon).
Don’t forget to take in some traditional experiences like a tour of Jumeirah Mosque, the Dubai Spice Market, a camel ride at Mushrif Park.
With its glitzy modern nightlife and ancient temples, Tokyo is one of the most impressive cities in the world and draws in travelers from around the world.
Experience the nightlife of Japan at its best in Roppongi. Tokyo's entertainment district is the best spot to dine out, enjoy a traditional Karaoke bar, or hang out at a lounge and just enjoy the view.
Originally built in 458 AD, Yushima Tenman-gū Shrine is a beautiful location with grounds that are covered in beautiful plum trees and winter blossoms. Asakusa and the Sensō-ji Temple, the city's most famous shrines, is an awe-inspiring temple where you should stroll through the Kaminarimon, with two large entrance gates that have beautiful red lanterns and two statues.
While you’ll want to enjoy sake and sushi, be sure to try local favorites like rice bowls, fried chicken, hot pot dishes, and noodles like ramen, udon, and soba.
Paris has long been a favorite travel destination due to its romantic and historical air. It’s a city as iconic as its centerpiece, the Eiffel Tower, and is synonymous with fashion, culinary, history, art, and architecture.
For a traditional Paris visit, one should tour the Louvre, Notre-Dame, and see the Arc de Triomphe. The Mona Lisa is the most admired work within the Louvre, but the Venus de Milo and the Nike of Samothrace are beautiful and iconic works that should not be missed. Be sure to take in the classic medieval architecture of Notre-Dame and see the Arc de Triomphe which is a monument to those who fought and died during the French Revolution.
Those seeking romance in Paris should make their way to the top of the Eiffel Tower to take in the view, indulge in pastries and Champagne at a small restaurant, and enjoy a carriage ride for two around the city.
And, as a fashion mecca, Paris has some of the most opulent and impressive shopping destinations. Whether you plan on casually strolling through a few stores or shopping until you drop, this is an activity that should be experienced at least once in your life.
London has always been one of the world’s most visited cities. With a rich history and modern attractions, London has something for everyone.
If you want to experience modern London, be sure to visit the London Eye and check out its impressive views of the city of London. Crossing the London Millennium Footbridge is a great way to see the River Thames and to access the Tate Modern for an art tour and lunch with a view of London. Be sure to check out the Shakespeare Globe, which is close by, for a play you won’t soon forget.
For a traditional London visit, see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, admire famous Tower Bridge, and see the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben striking the hour followed by a lunch of fish and chips with a pint of ale. Also be sure to see St Paul’s Cathedral, which has graced London with its iconic architecture for over 300 years and houses artworks, tombs, and memorials.
We’re not surprised at all to see Bangkok still at the top of the most searched destinations list. Bangkok has long been a popular destination for travelers due to its variety of attractions like temples, shopping markets, and dining experiences. Traveling here on a budget still allows adventure seekers a long list of options as it has so much to offer.
Travelers should also make time to take in traditional architecture like The Grand Palace, Wat Prakeaw, and Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn.
The gigantic 8,000 shopping stall market called Chatuchak Weekend Market is where you can find clothing, decor, and handmade crafts and for a shopping experience unlike any other, check out the Fresh Flower Market near Wat Pho. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market offers unique shopping experiences and you can find a variety of different foods to sample.
And, if you’re an adventurer with food, you can find everything from casual street foods (like Pad Thai Kung, or shrimp with noodles) to exclusive dining experiences.
Manila, number 11 on our 2018 Top Travel Destinations list, jumped to number 1 this year! With over 1.8 million searches, this is the hottest destination for 2019. But, what makes Manila so popular?
Manila’s unique history includes Chinese, Spanish, and American influences which are evident through the architecture and regional cuisine.
Intramuros, a historic walled area within Manila, houses the historical San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago and is a top destination that displays the heavy Spanish influence on Manila architecture.
Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world, is another destination not to be missed. This popular destination features fun shopping destinations and dining opportunities, and you can see it all by horse-drawn carriage ride!
If you want to venture outside of the city, there are day tours to destinations such as Taal Volcano, hiking at Mt. Pinatubo, and the Anilao dive sites.
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Top Destinations for 2019