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The 27 best places to travel in 2019
A traveler at Moraine Lake, part of Banff National Park in Canada. Attilio Pregnolato/Shutterstock

For this year’s list of best places to travel, we asked writers and contributors from around the world to tell us about the destinations they were most excited about. Our 2018 picks highlighted great meals and budget-friendly destinations.

This year, we’ve organized the list in a more interactive format that allows you to see everything on a map. Want to go to a new country? Need a destination for a bachelorette party where everybody is coming from different places? Hoping to extend a work trip with a weekend getaway? No matter where you are, you can figure out the closest — or furthest — new place to add to your bucket list. Each of our write-ups, which are linked below, are full of the latest and greatest news from all of these destinations. But we’ve also asked our writers to share some of their favorite insider tips, from the must-buy souvenir to the cool ways these places are embracing green initiatives, so you’ll feel a little more in-the-know when you get there.

This year’s list of 27 places spans the world, from an exciting new food city in Scandinavia to an upstate New York haven. There are adventures for every type of traveler, whether you get your thrills from hot tubs with views of the Rockies, white-sand beaches or partying on barges. And we’ve highlighted places that are opening their arms to visitors, from Puerto Rico to Bhutan. After all, the power of travel means not just going somewhere and opening your eyes to something new, but also spending your hard-earned money in the places that could use it the most.

The best places to travel in 2019

North America

Surfers at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in Tofino, British Columbia
Surfers at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in Tofino, British Columbia Chase Clausen/Shutterstock

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Canada

What could be a better wellness destination than the residence of more winter Olympic athletes than anywhere else in Canada?

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit has given the world iconic dishes such as square pizza and Asian corned beef, an Asian fusion take on a Reuben sandwich.

Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin has the whiskey and war history to rival Nashville.

Maui, Hawaii

Maui is coming out of Oahu’s shadow, thanks to its quiet beaches and great restaurants.

Park City, Utah

The skiing is world-class, but you can also partake in some unique yoga adventures or explore the snowless slopes on a mountain bike.

Puebla, Mexico

Puebla tends to get overshadowed by better known places like Oaxaca — and that’s a shame.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is open for business, with some help from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga Springs isn’t just for horse people — it’s a nature escape with great food, too.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale’s young, cool side is just starting to emerge.

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride is for adventure seekers who want to spend all day in the great outdoors.

Tofino, Canada

Tofino, on Vancouver Island, has world-class surf and unbelievable seafood.

South America

The coastal city of Salvador, in Brazil’s Bahia state
The coastal city of Salvador, in Brazil’s Bahia state Thiago Leite/Shutterstock

Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is the grape capital of South America — and the food is just as good as the wine.

Panama City, Panama

Panama City is a modern city, but explore its wild side with kayaking or a visit to Monkey Island.

Salvador, Brazil

Salvador is home to turquoise beaches and spicy Bahian food — a heady blend of Portuguese, African and indigenous Brazilian influences.

Europe

The village of Les Baux de Provence in Provence, France
The village of Les Baux de Provence in Provence, France LRPhotographies/Shutterstock

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade has a wild nightlife scene, with clubs on barges and a burgeoning craft beer scene.

Bologna, Italy

The Italian city is considered the birthplace of both tortellini pasta and tagliatelle alla Bolognese.

Gothenberg, Sweden

Sweden’s second-largest city is setting the standard for sustainable dining in Scandinavia.

Islay, Scotland

Islay — otherwise known as Whiskey Island — is where all of your scotch dreams come true.

Provence, France

Provence is vying to become France’s next art capital.

Asia

Breakfast at the Gangtey Lodge in Bhutan
Breakfast at the Gangtey Lodge in Bhutan Ken Spence/Gangtey Lodge

Bhutan

Bhutan is a hiker’s paradise that’s slowly opening up to the outside world.

Boracay, Philippines

After a 6-month closure, Boracay reopens as a cautious tropical paradise.

Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya is the next big destination for food in Japan.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei has amazing food — and it’s also Asia’s most gay-friendly city.

Australia

A turtle in Ningaloo Reef
A turtle in Ningaloo Reef Brandon Presser/Mic

Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, the diving and snorkeling sites of the Ningaloo are right along the coast — and you can walk into the water and explore.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Australia’s sacred Uluru park is finally getting the protection it deserves, so travelers can visit without being destructive.

Africa

A Rothschild giraffe in Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre
A Rothschild giraffe in Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre TingHelder/Shutterstock

Nairobi, Kenya

A new nonstop flight makes Nairobi — and Kenya’s safari scene — way more accessible to Americans.

Namibia

Go for the unreal landscapes, stay for the conscientious conservation of the area’s wild animals.

CREDITS

Writers: Kate Bratskeir, Seema Dhawan, Meredith Heil, Dorothy Hernandez, Brad Japhe, Kelly Kasulis, Katie Lockhart, Hannah Lott-Schwartz, Kristin Luna, Kaitlin Menza, Sorrel Moseley-Williams, Lane Nieset, Josh Ocampo, C.B. Owens, Brooke Porter Katz, Brandon Presser, Kathryn Romeyn, Alex Schechter, Stephanie Wu
Editors: Kate Bratskeir, Josh Ocampo, Stephanie Wu
Copy editors: Colleen Barrett, Laura Bertocci, Zach Howe, Ali Killian, Lauren Lowe, Kelli Pate, Maddie Taterka
Product design: Sarah Ganis, Marcus Moretti

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Stephanie Wu
Editorial director, lifestyle