If you’re considering where to spend your holiday, you might find yourself on a merry-go-round of the same old destinations. If you’re looking to spice up your holiday plans, take a look at our list of five up and coming destinations for your travel wishlist this year.
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Up and Coming Destinations for Your Wishlist
Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate
Located south of Morocco and best known for its incredible Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate is also home to the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, where you can watch beautiful sunsets. Enjoy bike rides along the rough roads, be amazed by the scenery and sample traditional cuisine from some of the local eateries.
The best time to travel to this destination is around March to May and October to November when the temperatures are favorable for getting out and exploring.
Nepal is another stunning destination to add to your bucket list. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and even better if you’re in search of adventure, being best suited for jungle exploration, rafting, and trekking. Kathmandu is one of the top-rated destinations for 2019, home to fascinating safaris and thrilling treks. It does not have a beach, but don’t let that put you off.
Kathmandu, and Nepal, in general, has a lot to offer to those who travel here, including beautiful landscape and lakes, ancient architecture and amazing treks around the Himalayas and Mount Everest.
Elqui Valley, Chile
Chile is one of the most beautiful countries in South America, and one of the chief reasons to visit this year is the total solar eclipse, which will take place on July 2nd. A total solar eclipse (also known as totality) occurs when a new moon comes between the sun and the earth, obscuring the entire disc of the sun.
This time the eclipse is only visible across a small area of about 125 miles, and the Elqui Valley in Chile is the perfect place to enjoy the wonder. The town is the best place to view the eclipse and the night sky as a whole, as it has very little light pollution, with around 360 clear nights every year. The event will last for about two minutes and will start at about 4.30 pm. You will require solar glasses for safety as you enjoy this beautiful moment.
2019 marks 150 years since Gandhi was born, making it a historical year to visit his birth town of Porbandar, India. Take in the sights of the awe-inspiring Kirti temple built to honor Gandhi, or enjoy its many beaches and wildlife sanctuaries.
However, there are many other reasons to tour the country as a whole. It has incredible wildlife and tourists can visit the various national parks across the country to see it, including tigers, rhinos and hawk eagles. Keen trekkers can also hike across the Himalayas which extend into India. The best time to visit is around October to March when the weather is just right and flights are at their cheapest.
Japan has a rich culture that draws many, but this year you might want to consider the lesser-known area of Tohoku. Tohoku is located around an hour and a half’s drive from Tokyo. The region offers beautiful landscape which is best for hiking and skiing during winter.
You can also visit the village of Kakunodate which is home to legendary Samurai warriors. The town can be enjoyed all year round and will make an excellent addition to your travel list.
No matter where you choose to roam, finding a new location is always invigorating and offers new experiences – especially with these up and coming destinations. Happy travels!
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