5 Up and Coming Destinations for Your Travel Wishlist

Up and Coming Destinations for Travel Wishlist Wish List | Travel Like a Prince

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.

Mountains in Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate

Kathmandu, Nepal

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.

Mountains in Kathmandu Nepal

Elqui Valley, Chile

Chile is one of the most beautiful countries in South America, and one of the chief reasons to visit is the total solar eclipse. 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.

Elqui Valley Chile Snow Covered Mountains

Porbandar, India

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.

Temple in Porbandar India

Tohoku, Japan

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.

Tohoku Japan Cherry Blossoms Temple

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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8 responses to “5 Up and Coming Destinations for Your Travel Wishlist”

  1. Emily Avatar

    As I have yet to travel to any of these places, I enjoyed learning about 5 new potential future trips! Tohoku, Japan would be my first stop. However, both Chile and   Ouarzazate looks intriguing as well. Nepal seems very scenic and I would relish the chance while there or in India to hike some of the Himalayas.

  2. Emman Damian Avatar
    Emman Damian

    ELQUI VALLEY, CHILE looks so amazing! I really hope I can visit here soon. Tohoku, Japan looks interesting too. I really want to experience gastronomy in these two countries. I hope I can try their local cuisine.

  3. Bhushavali Avatar

    Glad to see Porbandar in this list. Whole of Gujarat is actually incredible to see. Btw, if you’re interested do have a look at Madurai, that’s where Gandhiji decided not to wear shirt then on!
    Nepal is high up on my wishlist. I hope to go soon. I don’t even need a visa. I just have to decide and go. 

  4. Pooja Avatar

    Wow. I have bookmarked this post. Would love to visit all of them. Chile and Morocco are remaining in the list. Ouarzazate looks simply amazing.

  5. Ambica Avatar

    You are the first person who has mentioned Porbandar in their post. It’s nice to see it among all those exotic locations. Morocco and Chile are on my bucket list for sure!

  6. Jas Avatar

    Morocco is super high up on my list, but I didn’t even know about Ouarzazate until now. It’s absolutely beautiful! I’ve also been to Japan close to ten times now, but never to Tohoku. Defs didn’t know it was that close to Tokyo so thank you for adding two more destinations to my bucket list!

  7. Amar Singh Avatar
    Amar Singh

    Posts like these are so helpful especially when you looking to discover some of the not so touristy destinations. I have thought about visiting Chile in the past so good to get some further info on it from here. I have had the opportunity to visit Kathmandu and must say it is an absolutely stunning destination and one which every traveller should try and visit. Some of the best natural beauty including views a spitting distance from the Everest. Thanks for sharing some great destinations.

  8. Shaily Avatar

    What a lovely list of destinations to visit this year! I’ve never heard of Ouarzazate, but with your description, it sounds like a peaceful scenic place to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets. Nepal is on my bucket list for so long especially for its Himalayan treks and amazing architecture. I would also love to visit Elqui Valley, I’m too late for the solar eclipse though.