A new year means new travel aspirations, and lucky for you, the travel experts from The Points Guy recently revealed their picks for the best places to visit in 2019. In order to make such a masterful list, the pros took into account new flight routes, restaurant and hotel openings, festivals, and, of course, their own travel prowess. Whether you're planning an actual trip or you're simply in search of a taste of wanderlust, you've come to the right place. Ahead, find out six of the international travel destinations that made The Points Guy's list for the very best places to travel in 2019.
The destinations range from the Middle East to Asia, but the one thing they all have in common is how popular they're predicted to be this year. With that, it's time to pack your bags and start planning (or daydreaming) about your 2019 travels.
Because Israeli Independence Day and the famed Eurovision Song Contest both land within one week of each other, TPG editor Nickey Kelvin recommends making the trip to this Middle Eastern country in May. Along with historic and cultural activities, the destination also offers a bustling nightlife scene and a variety of enticing restaurants.
This South American country makes the list thanks to new hotel openings and its vast array of experiences. According to travel editor Melanie Lieberman, it's a place you simply have to visit more than once.
According to the pros at The Points Guy, Taiwan is set to be a major travel hub this year thanks to 30 new flight routes from big cities around the globe. "It's far cheaper and less crowded and touristy than Hong Kong or Bangkok, with diverse geography, phenomenal food, and many English-speaking locals," editor Zach Honig shares.
4. Sri Lanka
Relatively new to the tourist scene, Sri Lanka deserves a spot on your 2019 travel bucket list. It offers stunning landscapes and wildlife, and lodging and food are quite affordable whether you stay with locals or opt for a more luxurious experience.
If you live in New York, you can now take a one-way flight straight to Nairobi, which makes traveling to East African countries like Kenya much more feasible than ever before, according to the travel site. Go for the safari experience and stay for the stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
6. New Zealand
Although it's a long trip if you're starting in the U.S., editors at The Points Guy recommend traveling to New Zealand in 2019. "There's something for everyone in New Zealand: terrific wineries, great food, natural beauty and plenty of outdoor activities to stay busy," senior points and miles editor Nick Ewen says.
Head to The Points Guy to find out the rest of the staff's travel recommendations and then read up on the three things you should never travel with, period.