For those who don’t plan their vacation a year in advance, now is the last time to ask yourself: where would I like to go in 2019? There’s never enough time to explore world fully, but everyone can find a hole in their calendar for some travel. Doesn’t matter, if it’s a weekend getaway or a gap year. And if not – you probably wouldn’t be reading the article called “6 Countries to Visit in 2019” anyway.
How did we choose our recommendations for countries to visit in 2019?
First of all, we need you to know that we ONLY included places we have already been to. As much as we’d love to create a list of around-the-world travel destinations for 2019, we feel that we can’t recommend something we haven’t experienced ourselves. Which means, probably, we wouldn’t be going to most of these destinations in 2019. But when we visited these countries, we had a feeling that the best time to visit them is NOW. While Paris and New York might offer similar experiences no matter when you go, tourism in these particular countries is either rapidly changing or offering something new.
Here is our list of countries to visit in 2019.
When we were in Peru in 2018, it definitely made an impression on us, but so did Bolivia. So why does Peru make our list of countries to visit in 2019? The truth is that both Peru and Bolivia are amazing places, and while Bolivia’s most famous attraction is Uyuni Salt Flats, Peru is especially known for Machu Picchu.
There are many ways to visit Machu Picchu, and if you have read our article about Salkantay Trek, you would know that our original idea was to do something else. Machu Picchu is not the only Incan site in Peru, and one more is starting to get lots of attention. It’s called Choquequirao. Its architecture and origin are similar to Machu Picchu, but it’s not as easily accessible and has far less visitors. This is why we suggest that if you want to visit Choquequirao, do it now! Who knows, maybe just in few years it will be as busy as Machu Picchu is currently. If we were to go to Peru again, we would take a trek to Choquequirao (maybe even a 10-day trek including both sites), and explore the northern part of the country, since we’ve already been to the south.
Unless you are aiming to travel further to Atacama Desert, Bolivia and Peru, we’d recommend you to concentrate on Southern Chile this year, especially Patagonia. Chile just opened The Route Of Parks. It covers 2800 km and connects 17 National Parks with a single route – what an amazing experience it must be! Besides, the idea behind this route is based on conservation and preservation.
We must admit we haven’t visited Vietnam in 2018, but at least one of us went there every year before that, starting from 2013. The change we’ve seen in Vietnam during these years is tremendous. One of our favorite countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is developing fast and constantly attracts more trade. Big chains like McDonalds, Burger King and Starbucks opened their doors in this country that has so much to offer. Truth is, they are not being too successful just yet, but that doesn’t matter. Big businesses are flooding into Vietnam, and we just hope that it will preserve its uniqueness in this ocean of opportunities. Besides, there are so many fantastic places to visit in Vietnam! So do it now, while you still get to eat Pho on the street and order thick Vietnamese coffee and a baguette from an old lady on the bike.
Tourism in Macedonia has been increasing every year. Amount of tourists coming to the country have almost doubled during the last 10 years. And while it continues to grow, it’s a great time to put Macedonia on your list of countries to visit in 2019. You can drive to different national parks, small cute cities, lake Ohrid, canyon Matka and much more. If you are looking to combine it with something special, try traveling during the Balkan Folklore Festival – a yearly folk song and dance festival, held in Macedonia. Another interesting festival is Galicnic Wedding Festival. Check out this super cool article about the wedding festival by National Geographic.
In 2018 Russia was a host country for the FIFA World Cup. Not that Russia, the biggest country in the world, was lacking tourists before. Nevertheless, World Cup brought quite a few changes to the tourism industry. First, many travelers who went to Russia for FIFA2018, would’ve otherwise, maybe, never visited this extraordinary country. This means that many myths were debunked and people saw that there is no reason to fear traveling in Russia. In a long term this might bring Russia increased amount of tourists by word of mouth.
Russia granted visa-free access to everyone with Fan ID, not only for the championship, but until the end of the year. But FIFA2018 also brought a lot of improvements to the tourist experiences in Russia, especially in the host cities. And that means, while summer 2018 was hugely popular and crowded by football fans, 2019 might not be as crowded, but the positive changes are still there.
We don’t want to give our recommendations based on any political situations, except for the times when it’s dangerous to travel to the country. Russia has previously had some very bad press in western countries, some of it well deserved. But we urge to think above it and put Russia on your list of countries to visit in 2019. After all, it takes up almost 1/8 of the world land, and it’s really hard and not needed to ignore. Just make sure you take a look at what’s happening outside Moscow and St Petersburg too. Also, stay tuned, since more articles about Russia are coming up at Bearly Here in 2019. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates!
I’m sorry, is there a time NOT to visit Japan? I don’t know of such. It’s one of our favorite countries in the world with absolutely amazing food, stunning nature, hospitable people and unique culture. You can go to the beach in summer, ski in winter, enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn is a great time for some interesting festivals. Next autumn, rugby fans have even bigger reason to visit Japan: World Rugby Cup 2019. Besides, Summer Olympics 2020 will also be taking place in Japan, so country will be preparing for these two big events. Make sure you visit before the Olympics, unless you are planning to come as a spectator (or a participant).
We hope that this list of countries to visit in 2019 will bring you some ideas for your future trips. Feel free to surf our website to find other recommendations. If you have questions and requests about any other destinations – let us know in the comments. And don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter to stay updated with our new articles.
Bearly Here wishes you an unforgettable 2019, filled with new destinations, incredible adventures and fantastic experiences.
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