When it comes to deciding where to travel to it can often be easy to return back to somewhere you have already been to, as you are guaranteed to have a good experience, as the surroundings are known.
But, the world is there to be seen, and there are some pretty spectacular places to visit – so why not try somewhere new.
With the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards for 2018 sharing the top 25 destinations to visit, we thought we’d summarise the 5 best travel destinations (outside of the UK); to help inspire your holiday choices in 2019.
1. Explore the Fashion Capital that is Paris
Paris has a variety of famous galleries with the Louvre being a must visit – especially if your wanting to see the iconic Mona Lisa.
When you’ve finished strolling down the famous Champs Elysee, you should visit Marché des Enfants Rouges – a historical Parisian Market. The perfect place to try traditional Parisian dishes and purchase fresh produce and flowers.
If the weather is dry, La Villet is one of Paris’s largest parks, and from mid-July it has an open air cinema festival, so is definitely an experience you won’t forget. And if films aren’t your thing there’s ten themed gardens to explore, so we recommend adding this park to your itinerary.
And finally, a trip to Paris isn’t complete without a trip up the Eiffel Tower. An opportunity to see the spectacular views of the whole city, which is a perfect moment to capture on camera.
2. Take in the Ancient Ruins in Rome
Italy’s capital, Rome is voted one of the best places to go on holiday. Again more of a city break, but a visit here could equally form part of a longer trip if you’re looking to explore more of Italy.
Number one on your list should be a visit to the ancient colosseum. A hot tourist spot, but one which shouldn’t be missed. Erected in 70-80 AD, and constructed to host gladiator battles, there is a wealth of history with this architecture.
If you’re looking to escape the city, then the tranquillity of the Cimitero Acattolico is a must. This has been a cemetery since 1784, and the resting place for many non-Catholic foreigners. Taking the time to explore the grave stones of some of the most famous painters, sculptors, and authors makes for an interesting afternoon.
And finally no trip to Rome would be complete without making a wish at the Trevi Fountain, and finishing off by exploring the world’s largest basilica of Christianity.
3. Bali, Indonesia
Although more of a long haul destination, a trip to Bali is definitely worth it. Known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and natural sites to visit, you won’t be short of things to see and do. With lots to see and do across the island, it’s worth exploring several places whilst you’re there.
If you’re looking for greenery, Ubud is a must visit. With its breath taking rainforests, rice paddies and Hindu temples, you’ll be taken back by its surroundings. And if you love animals, the Ubud monkey forest should be on your list of places to see.
Alternatively, if you’d like to relax on a beach, Bali has a whole host of beaches. And if you’re looking to stay in a more luxurious resort Jimbaran Bay is where you’ll find a whole stretch of these sorts of hotels – so worth doing your research if that’s the type of holiday you’d like.
And finally, if you’re active and fancy a more strenuous activity whilst in Bali, seeing sunrise from the top of Mount Batur is something you won’t forget. It can be quite challenging though, so worth looking into this further before you commit to the trip.
4. Crete, Greece
Crete is the largest island in Greece, and is definitely one of the places to visit in the near future
Popular tourist locations including both Chania Town and Heraklion, which both offer picturesque beaches, tasty eateries and are immersed in history. So if a relaxing holiday is on the agenda for 2019 then Crete is one of the top holiday destinations to travel too.
If you are a foodie, you also won’t be disappointed by the food on offer. Being an island fresh seafood is on most menus, but there’s also a whole host of traditional food to try including Dakon (Greek salad), Cretan Cheeses and Chochlioi boubouristi (fried snails), for the more adventurous.
No trip to Crete is complete without a trip to the stunning Elafonnissi beach. Voted on Tripadvisor as one of the world’s best beaches, it shouldn’t be missed. The crystal clear waters and white sands make it the perfect place to relax and soak up the sunshine.
5. Barcelona, Spain
Not your typical city, Barcelona offers both the bustling city life, alongside miles of beaches allowing you to relax on the beach in between exploring.
Dating back over 2000 years, The Gothic Quarter should be on your agenda of areas to visit in Barcelona; in particular, the Plaça Reial. Filled with popular restaurants and bars, the square is also home to one of Gaudi’s first pieces of architecture - its street lamps.
The intriguing architecture of Casa Batlló should also be on your itinerary. One of Gaudi’s houses, this isn’t a building that goes unrecognised and is a very popular spot for photographs.
If you’d like some time to take in the beautiful views from the city, then a visit to the mosaic buildings and sculptures of Park Güell is recommended. There are plenty of viewpoints of the city here whilst you explore the colourful surroundings.
And the above are just a snap shot of the whole host of things to see and do in this great city.
So there you are, the top 5 places that we recommend you consider visiting in 2019.
You may even have a holiday booked to one of these destinations, which is even more exciting.
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