Incredible Travel Destinations to Visit Before the End of 2019
2019 is already in its second half, but it’s not too late to book a vacation for this fall or winter. Alternatively, it’s not too early to start thinking about planning a trip for the first half of 2020 either!
Whether you’re ready for a short weekend vacation, or are looking to take your first long-term solo trip, or just want to go watch a big sporting event abroad, like the NFL matchups happening in October in London, it’s best to start thinking ahead to take the stress out of travel planning.
To help you brainstorm, here are five incredible travel destinations that you can still add to your bucket list for 2019.
Tanzania is an East African country known for its abundant nature and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Remote areas stretch from the plains of the Serengeti National Park, gradually giving way to the tallest freestanding mountain on earth, Mount Kilimanjaro. We recommend traveling to Tanzania in January or during the dry season from late June till about October, which is also one of the best times to go on safari.
For daring and physically fit travelers, you can take on the mission of climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. You start the climb trekking through dense rainforest and after several days (usually 5-9) you finish at the summit surrounded by ice fields and glaciers.
For an unparalleled natural beauty and a new perspective on life, come to Tanzania. After all, there's no better feeling like standing on top of the world.
Lapland is Finland's northernmost region, known for its vast sub-Arctic wilderness, ski resorts, and of course the remarkable Northern Lights. To get there, take a short flight north from Helsinki to Kemi-Tornio and you’ll find yourself immersed in an actual winter wonderland.
When you're that far up north one of the best things to do is to just embrace the cold and stay a night at the ICEHOTEL, located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The temperature inside the cold rooms is -5 to -8 degrees Celsius, but you can bundle up in thermal sleeping bags. A stay here is an unforgettable experience and comes with access to the onsite saunas to warm up in after a night in an icy room.
If you're looking for a thrill, you can rent a snowmobile and venture far out into the remote wilderness. You can literally hear the snowflakes hitting your jacket.
And if there happens to be a clear, cold night during your visit, head away from the city and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights dancing and darting through the night sky.
#3. West Sweden
West Sweden is made up of thousands of coastal islands and during the summer months, when the Sun barely sets, it's as close to perfect as you can get. There are popular destinations for the urban traveler, yet plenty of nature to explore for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle.
Head to the port city of Gothenburg to wander the charming streets lined with cafes and shops for Scandinavian big city flair. In Gothenburg you’ll find everything: delicious eateries, museums, historic sights, and cultural attractions. You can also head to the nearby amusement park Liseberg, which has been in operation here since 1923.
Martinique is a beautiful yet rugged Caribbean island located in the Lesser Antilles. Visitors to the island will find the local culture to be a mix of French and West Indian influences, while the natural scenery boasts a variety of offerings from volcanoes to black sand beaches, coastal cliffs to mountainous regions, forested areas to fine sandy shorelines.
It's possible for active travelers to hike some of the volcanoes on the island, including one of the highest in the Antilles, Mount Pelee. For a more relaxing day, you can head to the very southernmost point of the island to the brilliant white shores of Les Salines, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on Martinique.
It's easy to experience the full vibrance of the Caribbean on one single island.
Lastly on the list is the Land of Fire and Ice. Iceland is defined by its substantial and diverse landscape which is punctuated with active volcanoes, hot springs, and massive glaciers which cover 11% of the island. The majority of the population lives in the capital city of Reykjavik leaving much of the country in pure isolation.
One of the best ways to explore Iceland is by renting a car and making your own way along the coastline. On your road trip, stop at one of the most famous waterfalls in the country, like Dynjandi or Skogafoss. Visit the small fishing village of Vik and explore the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach with its enormous basalt stacks and roaring North Atlantic waves. Explore the crystal ice caves and towering glaciers which float to the sea and wash up dazzling on the shore at Diamond Beach.
Iceland’s relatively small surface area makes it perfect for a long weekend vacation, giving you time to explore the many interesting towns and all the stunning natural beauty around the country over the course of three to five days (or longer if you wish!).
This article was produced in collaboration with João Santos.