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Summer vacation, long weekends, or just a midweek getaway. Cultural immersion, luxury stays, or culinary explorations. The nature of your holiday might differ but the essence is just the same – find destinations that are unique and interesting. We cherry-pick five of the top travel destinations of 2019 that you must pencil-in into your travels for the year ahead.

Matera, Italy

Matera, Italy. Top travel destinations 2019

The European Capital of Culture (the other being Plovdiv, Bulgaria), the cave city of Italy has an exciting year ahead. In the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, Matera is a city carved into mountainside rocks, with its ‘sassi’ (cave dwellings) retaining their prehistoric charm even today. From a crumbling city in the 1950s, that needed evacuation, to the tourism hotspot with luxe stays cropping up one after the next it is today, being the ECC only makes its spot on the to-travel map more prominent. Visit them for a buzzing year of dance, music, theatre, circus, photography, street art, and entertainment lined up across seven more categories.

Cairo, Egypt

Nile, Egypt. Top travel destinations 2019

That Egypt offers one of the richest views into history is no secret. So what’s new? The lead up to the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2020 means there are new finds for you to experience on a trip to Cairo. A whole new collection of artefacts, pyramids, mummies, and sphinxes have been discovered in the past year, making it the perfect time to visit, before the museum rush begins. Luxury cruises on the Nile, like the Oberoi Zahra or Sanctuary Retreats, offering spectacular views of the city don’t hurt either.

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein. Top travel destinations 2019

Celebrating its tricentennial the year, Liechtenstein is a fun place to be at in 2019. The tiny country spans 160 square kilometres and is tucked between Austria and Switzerland. Marking its 300 years, they have a cross-country trail, with its own app featuring augmented reality to help you navigate. Sneak a peek at their wild bird life with hiking near Malbun, with sightings of golden eagles and falcons aplenty. Stone castles set again arrow-straight alpine trees, revel in the picturesque country, as well as its art & culture rich museums.

Singapore

Singapore. Top travel destinations 2019

If indulgence is what you’re looking at, Singapore is the place to be. A hundred years younger than Liechtenstein, the city-state is celebrating its bicentennial this year. An all-new terminal at the Change airport, statues along the river to commemorate historical figures, and spanking new properties like Capitol Kempinski, Six Senses Maxwell, Outpost Hotel, and Village Hotel are just the teaser to what awaits 2019. Drop in at the island country for a rejuvenating holiday full of shopping, relaxation, and globally acclaimed culinary craft.

Baja California, Mexico

Baja, California. Top travel destinations 2019

The Pacific ocean, mountains, beaches, wine tasting, thriving nightlife, and shopping. Baja California in Mexico is all that, and then some. An exploding food landscape features fresh seafood from the ocean, restaurants championing farm-to-fork philosophy and some of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, such as Laja and Corazón de Tierra. Not just what you eat, but where you stay will sweep you off your feet to, with the likes of Solaz Resort, Viceroy Los Cabos, and Hotel Partana welcoming you on your vacation.
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Megha Uppal
Associate Editor
An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.