We’re into the countdown to 2019 and many of us are already planning what new experiences we’d like to have in the coming year. Seasoned travellers will know that the Christmas break is an ideal chance to do a little research on your wishlist destinations for the new year, looking at the best time of year for each adventure and mapping your plan around them.
Perhaps it’s being back at home with family for the festive season that gives you that wanderlust again, either way now is the ideal time to start thinking about your ideal travel schedule, and checking out the following must see sights could be part of it. So push yourself out of your travel comfort zone and explore these amazing destinations…
A Blackout in Chile
An extremely rare event, on 2nd July 2019 a total solar eclipse is happening in the Southern Hemisphere. For two minutes the sun will be totally obscured and the phenomenon will only be visible from a narrow band in central Chile and Argentina. Plan a visit to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, the coastal plains of Chile or winemaking hot-spot San Juan, and you’ll be in prime position to witness it. How’s that for an unforgettable moment?
Go Trekking In Iceland
If you have always dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights, you have a chance from January to March, and what better way than a thrilling hike through the remote highlands of Iceland? Across lava fields, multi coloured mountains and shining glaciers, this is one adventure that will get you back to nature – if you can stop snapping the sights for your Instagram feed that is! Specialist travel company Global Adventure Challenges is now leading treks into the heart of Iceland, complete with the bright lights of Reykjavik and unspoilt landscape and hot springs of the Icelandic wilderness.
Travel The Old Silk Road
Uzbekistan is a bit of a hidden travel gem, and since introducing easy e-visas this year for stays over five days and scrapping them entirely for those under, it’s welcoming visitors to discover it’s little known wonders. The ancient trading route of the Silk Road ran from China to Turkey, and some of it’s most important stops are located in Uzbekistan, such as Samarkand – with it’s glittering minarets and domes and beautiful mosaic walls. Meanwhile the walled city of Khiva is a UNESCO world heritage site as well as being home to families and businesses, functioning like a working museum.
Cycle Milan To Monaco
If you want to get fit and see some real European gems, this trip will be calling your name. Riding 240 miles from the fashion capital of Europe to the beauty of the French Riviera is a trip you’ll never forget. Ending up in Monaco, the playground of the rich and famous, you can go yacht spotting or time your visit for an event like the Cannes Film Festival to really bring the glamour. Cross the finish line in style and then relax with an Aperol Spritz – how’s that for travel goals!
*This is a collaborative post containing affiliate links
*Main image provided by the client, other images copyright of Kate Loves Travel