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Top Destinations for 2019

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With a new year comes new resolutions, new plans, new ambitions and, perhaps most exciting of all, new adventures! If you’re anything like us, the arrival of 2019 has you combing the internet and that globe in your living room, looking for the next big trip to dream about during the long, cold months to come. Haven’t found it yet? Check out our top five destinations for 2019!

5. Tokyo

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As the most populated urban area in the world, Tokyo (literally “Eastern Capital”) offers virtually limitless possibilities for visitors. Blending ultramodern with tradition, discover museums, shopping, gardens, temples, markets and restaurants – all connected by one of the most complex and extensive metro systems on the planet.

Japan’s capital, overwhelming though it might be, has something for absolutely everybody; and is a definite must for anyone planning a trip to Asia in 2019.

4. Oman

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When it comes to tourism, the Middle East has gotten a bad rap – an incredible shame considering the region’s remarkable history, cuisine, and diverse mix of cultures. Still, even as conflict plagues neighbouring Yemen, Oman has been a bastion of stability. Its tourism industry has grown significantly since the turn of the millennium; Muscat was even named ‘the 2nd best city in the world to visit’ back in 2012 by Lonely Planet.

With incredible coastlines and reefs, beautiful desert and oases, and a unique capital city, Oman is a trip to the desert you won’t soon forget!

3. Zimbabwe

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Combining classic safari with natural and archaeological wonders, Zimbabwe should definitely be on your radar in 2019! Most Canadians are only familiar with the country due to its currency crisis; and while it is true that Zimbabwe remains a poor country, it is also one of the safest in Africa.

Once referred to as the ‘Jewel of Africa’, Zimbabwe is a country with huge potential: jaw-dropping landscapes, national parks chock full of the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and Cape buffalo), UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and incredibly friendly locals. Fulfill your safari adventure dreams this year!  

2. Gotland

While the charms of the Mediterranean are well known among Canadians, the allure of the Baltic remains a largely undiscovered secret. But for any who visit there, a summer on the Baltic is a holiday you’ll want to take again and again. Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, and the largest in the Baltic Sea, is one such trip.

The island’s capital of Visby, argued to be the best preserved medieval city in Scandinavia, is full of charming little streets, gardens, cafes and restaurants perfect for exploring during the long summer days. Outside Visby, you can find beautiful beaches, rocky coastline, lush green forests and meadows, and the highest concentration of medieval churches in Northern Europe. With history, nature, and Scandinavian cuisine, Gotland is the perfect destination for slower-paced travel in 2019.

1. Mexico City

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As the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world and the largest metropolitan centre in the Western Hemisphere, it’s surprising that more Canadians don’t pay pilgrimage to what is certainly one of the most impressive cities in North America. With over 150 museums (many of them world-class), beautiful architecture, a booming cultural scene, incredible food, and more, Mexico’s capital makes our list for good reason.

Designated ever more increasingly as both ‘the new Paris’ and ‘the new Berlin’ for its burgeoning art and culinary sectors; this capital to the south will make you think twice about a trip to Europe this year. With a shorter flight and a side to North America that you may not have experienced before, Mexico City should be a serious contender for your 2019 travel plans.

Honourable Mentions

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It’s a big, beautiful world we live in, with lots of places to see and experience. Some other destinations that are undeniably worth checking out this year:

Toronto (Canada) – Canada’s largest city has a lot to commend it. A testament to the idea that diversity is strength, Toronto’s thriving music and culinary scenes find fuel and inspiration in no small part from the city’s large multicultural population.

Minsk (Belarus) – A recent 30-day visa-free policy has opened Belarus up to Western travellers, and there’s plenty of reason to take advantage. From art and cafes to a happening party culture, Minsk is a must in 2019.

Dakar (Senegal) – Dakar, and Senegal in general, have been gaining traction in recent years. Check out some pictures and it’s not hard to see why. A vibrant nightlife set before a colourful urban backdrop meets exciting cuisine and stunning beaches in West Africa’s most stable country.

Buenos Aires (Argentina) – The Argentine capital exudes culture, style, and grace. Explore cafes, tango and wine bars, and streets lined in neoclassical and art deco facades in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Check out our full list of countries and our best of 2018 list for even more ideas to make 2019 your best travel year yet!

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