If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? This is the question we posed to our editors in order to curate this year's list of the best places to travel to in 2019. Spanning under-the-radar destinations to well-traversed locales, our picks took us to nearly every continent on the map. (Spoiler alert: The only one missing is Antarctica.)
Because we share Anthony Bourdain's sentiment that "travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown," we're sharing our wanderlust musings with you, including places we've been and places we'd like to go. From the bustling cities of Southeast Asia to the cascading waterfalls of South America, these are the best places to travel to in 2019, according to MyDomaine editors.
"This Scandinavian is a must-visit if you love hiking and adventurous vacations. The scenery is spectacular: Think glaciers, fjords, and snow-capped mountains."
"Waiheke Island has been at the top of my travel list for some time now. The tiny vineyard-dotted island off the coast of Auckland was named 'the Hamptons of New Zealand' by Vogue and took out the #5 spot on Travel + Leisure's 'Best Islands in the World' list in 2018."
"Switzerland is notoriously expensive but if you've been dreaming of hiking the mountains or swimming in Lake Geneva, now's the time to book a trip—the U.S. dollar is almost at parity with the Swiss Franc."
"Last year, I traveled to the Middle East for the first time, and I'd love to go back to the Arabian Peninsula in 2019 to explore Oman. The coastal country—which shares borders with Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and United Arab Emirates—boasts sweeping sand dunes, palm tree–lined oases, and stunning ornate mosques, including the modern Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque pictured here."
"Perhaps Africa's best-kept secret, Namibia is home to the Namib Desert, one of the few deserts in the world that meets the sea. My ideal itinerary would include driving through Namib-Naukluft National Park to see the spectacular pink and orange dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei."
"Known for its forested region of Transylvania, its fortified medieval churches, and its bustling capital (Bucharest, often referred to as the "Little Paris of the East"), Romania is an Eastern European country that's high on the list of places I'd love to visit in 2019."
"Situated between Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, this Central American country is not to be overlooked. Nestled in its tropical rain forests, you'll find the ancient Mayan ceremonial site of Copán, complete with stone-carved hieroglyphics and towering stone monuments. Off its Caribbean coast, you'll find the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, home to some of the best diving spots in the world."
"It's been on my bucket list since I took Japanese as my major at university many moons ago. Despite learning the language, I still haven't visited this iconic country. My husband is a denim designer, so it's also been his lifelong dream to be immersed in the fashion culture. Now that our son is 10, we plan on saving the funds and making the trek. Of course, Tokyo is on our hit list, but after following Who What Wear editor in chief Kat Colling's adventures, we're adding Kyoto and the Izu Teddy Bear Museum in the Shizuoka prefecture to our list too."
"If you haven't yet made the adventure Down Under, 2019 is the year to finally make the trip. I realize I'm recommending my home country (and a large part of that could be that I miss my family), but hear me out. It's the home of natural beauty, unique wildlife (a cassowary has to be seen to be believed), and a nation brimming with optimistic Aussies that love a laugh—believe me, we see the silver lining in everything. Australia so much more than the Sydney Harbor Bridge or the Opera House (although Icebergs definitely lives up to its Instagram reputation).
Make the trip and see it for yourself; I guarantee you'll be talking about the memories for a lifetime."
"England is great and all, but if you head north to Scotland, you won't regret it. The country has so much history (think: Braveheart!) and the castles are incredible. I'm not a golfer, but even just visiting the world-class golf courses is worth it for the views. Also, you might come back with a new appreciation for scotch."
"Iceland has landscapes unlike anywhere else, from black-sand beaches to surreal waterfalls. Anyone with an interest in the outdoors needs to add Iceland to their bucket list. Even if nature isn't your thing, the city of Reykjavík has plenty of shopping, restaurants, and culture. Prepare to be inspired by the locals—they have serious street style."
"Years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Singapore, and the experience was life-changing. It's such a unique place! The botanical gardens are some of the best in the world, and the shopping is also world-class. It's a great spot for foodies too: The local cuisine is delicious and unique to the country, but they also have every kind of cuisine imaginable. All the buzz around Crazy Rich Asians reminded me of how much I loved my trip there."
"This South American country features both urban and natural wonders. The metropolitan area is bustling and full of traditional gourmet eateries, shops, and culture, while outside of the city you can venture to Iguazú Falls in the north or Patagonia in the south. Oh, and let's not forget the country is responsible for the tango. You can't visit Argentina without giving the dance a try."
"Croatia is most well known for its gorgeous coastline comprised of pebbled beaches and sparkling water. In addition to its beaches, the country is also mountainous, offering plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, rocking climbing, and biking through the natural landscape. If you're still not sold, just do a quick Google search of Plitvice Lakes National Parks (it's reason enough to buy a plane ticket)."
"Not to be overlooked, this small island country is situated in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and the North African coast. Because of its location, its culture has been influenced by Sicilian and Middle Eastern influences and it offers both historic and modern architecture and designs. It also boasts crystal-clear waters and rocky stretches of coastline, making for a stunning Mediterranean getaway in a more under-the-radar destination."
"Hungary has been at the top of my travel bucket list for a while. And since I love exploring new cities, my first stop would be Budapest. I love learning about the history of a place through architecture and museum hopping, especially if said place happens to look like a fairytale. So it's no surprise that I'm drawn to Budapest—even the trams are charming, which isn't something I can say about the MTA. I'd love to walk along the Danube and see the beautiful green Liberty Bridge in person."
"I love seeing breath-taking natural formations, so Laguna Colorada is another one of my dream destinations. It's a pink lake with flamingos dancing around everywhere, and it also happens to be right near these expansive mesmerizing salt flats in the Andean mountains. Rumor has it this is where Dalí came when he needed inspiration. Then I'd go to Lake Titicaca to see the Incan ruins."
"I really want to visit Riga, Latvia, during the winter months. Just looking at photos of it during the holidays gives me the excitement jitters, so I can't imagine how happy I'd be if I were there IRL. The gothic spires and Art Nouveau pastel buildings look like something out of my childhood dollhouse dreams. And the old town is pedestrian-only, which adds to that bygone vibe."