Where to Travel in 2019

Plan to attend a huge party in New York City, escape to the Scottish Highlands or experience a digital detox in Belize. These are 10 destinations we have our eye on for 2019.
 

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Asbury Park boardwalk. iStock/Getty Images Plus

While the popularity of this coastal city has ebbed and flowed like the ocean waves against its popular beach, Asbury Park, N.J., has regained its title as one of the coolest places on the Jersey Shore. With an amazing beach, impressive music scene and diverse arts community, this small city, less than two hours by train from New York City, is worth a visit. —Dean Lisk


 

Belize

Rainforest in Belize, photo by Cameris/Getty Images

Rainforest in Belize, photo by Cameris/Getty Images

Go here for a digital detox. Specifically, go to Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch adventure company in Belize. It’s located just off the Hummingbird Highway and the team there make it easy to resist the urge to stay connected. The property’s Wi-Fi signal is limited to the Jungle Lodge, and is switched off during meals, so you’ll be able to spend the evening reconnecting with family and friends rather than Instagram. —Diane Bolt


 

Bimini, the Bahamas

Diving at the SS Sapona, photo by Bryan Soderlind

Diving at the SS Sapona, photo by Bryan Soderlind

Floridians have been making weekend getaways to Bimini—a 90-minute ferry ride from Miami—for decades, but only in recent years has the island’s popularity risen, largely thanks to the 2016 opening of its only luxury resort, Hilton at Resorts World Bimini. Visitors are now discovering what Floridians have always known; this Bahamian island is rich in marine life and full of historical puzzles, like the Bimini Road and fabled Fountain of Youth sought by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513. —DL


 

Canmore, Alberta

The Lamphouse Hotel, photo by Marc James Co.

Canmore, Alta., located about an hour west of Calgary, has long been looked at as nearby Banff’s little sister. But, thanks to a recent wave in developments, Canmore has developed a style all its own. Visitors seek out its Nordic Centre Provincial Park, hiking opportunities and proximity to the ski hills, but also as a destination for bachelor parties, family reunions and group get-togethers. —Elizabeth Chorney-Booth


 

Glencoe, Scotland

Photo by Henri Cooney

When you picture the Highlands—deep valleys, towering mountains and endless lush landscapes—what you’re probably envisioning is Glencoe. This part of Scotland is so iconic that it has graced the big screen many times, including in the James Bond film Skyfall and some of the Harry Potter films.

Glencoe, or Glencoe Village, located about two-and-a-half hours north-west of Glasgow, is a settlement in the valley—one of the area’s most famed glens—and visitors are rewarded with plenty of outdoor adventure and unique accommodation options. The valley has long attracted walkers, climbers and mountain bikers looking to explore the steep ridges and famed mountain ranges, including The Three Sisters. And, the sparkling lochs, such as Leven or Linnhe, offer paddlers plenty of on-water opportunity. — Sara Samson


 

Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec

La Grave, photo by Eve-Danielle Latulippe

La Grave, photo by Eve-Danielle Latulippe

Located a five-hour ferry ride from Souris, P.E.I., Les Îles de la Madeleine is a popular escape for Quebecers, with an increasing number of visitors arriving from the Maritimes, Ontario and the United States. The 74,000 tourists, who mostly come to this archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence late spring and early fall, are there for the pastoral beauty of its rolling hills and red-sand cliffs, stunning beaches, incredible kiteboarding conditions and unobstructed, nightly views of the stars. —DL


 

New York City

New York City WorldPride

Photo by Sean Drakes/Alamy

Go for WorldPride in June 2019. It was 50 years ago this June that New York City’s Stonewall Inn was cemented as an icon of LGBTQ+ history in the United States. After repeated raids on the Stonewall Inn—one of the city’s few gay bars at the time—by the New York City Police Department, a riot broke out that would lead to widespread activism within the community for equal rights. To mark the anniversary, New York City is hosting this year’s WorldPride. The event is expected to attract more than three million visitors throughout June and will include a film festival, human rights conference and the annual Pride March on June 30. —DL


 

Oakland, California

Photo by Soraya Matos

Long overshadowed by San Francisco, Oakland has entered the limelight in recent years thanks to its innovative arts scene, diverse food offerings and easily accessible outdoor spaces. Explore the streets of this city on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay, and you’ll discover a can-do enthusiasm that thrives on collaboration, evident from the community mural projects, a monthly downtown art walk, and artists’ studios and learning spaces such as The Crucible. And, restaurateurs, leaving San Francisco in search of lower rents, have opened taste-bud titillating restaurants and pop-up eateries—the Oakland Museum of California hosts weekly food trucks on Friday nights—offering everything from Ethiopian to Vietnamese fare. Meanwhile, Oakland is part of the East Bay Regional Park District, an extensive multi-use park and trail system and the largest regional park system in the U.S. The city is home to 11 parks that offer plenty of recreational opportunities, as does Lake Merritt, a tidal lagoon and wildlife refuge located just east of downtown. —DL


 

West Kootenays, B.C.

West Kootenays in British Columbia

Photo by Overflightstock Ltd/Alamy

Tucked away in the southeast corner of British Columbia, and surrounded by the peaks of the Columbia Mountains, the West Kootenays’ isolation is part of its appeal. The region attracts explorers who want to paddle its waterways, hike its alpine meadows in the summer and snowshoe the same trails in winter. In the charming towns of Nelson and Rossland, adrenalin takes a backseat to craft beers, haute cuisine and boutique hotels, lending a touch of civility to this largely untouched wedge of wilderness. —Lisa Kadane


 

Xcaret and Cozumel, Mexico

Volunteers recreate a sacred canoe journey to Cozumel, Mexico, photo by Erik Ruiz

Volunteers recreate a sacred canoe journey to Cozumel, Mexico, photo by Erik Ruiz

At least once in their lifetime, the Maya were expected to journey to the nearby island of Cozumel, Mexico, to make offerings to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and medicine. The pilgrimages ended after the Spanish Conquest in the mid-1500s but are now recreated, with volunteer teams of 10, who have trained for a minimum of six months, making the 19-kilometre voyage from Xcaret Park, near Playa del Carmen, to Chankanaab Park on Cozumel each spring. —DL

Read more: 26 Reasons to Travel in 2019, From ‘A’ to ‘Z’

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