2019 is already in full swing, and there are endless destinations to visit and explore. If you are like me, you have a mile long bucket list of places to visit, so I know how hard it can be to choose… One way to help narrow down your choice is to look for the current trendy/happening places online! The list below is a combination of destinations that we have either traveled to or plan to this year. I hope that the following list inspires you!
Knowing that we’re a family who loves to travel, people are always asking us about our upcoming travel plans. So before getting to the list of ’10 Best’, I thought it would be great to share with you the locations we have visited and/or plan to later this year. Our 2019 travel plans are not complete yet, but the list below will give you an idea of what we are up to… I’ll start with my list first and then some of the places my parents are planning to visit.
- January: I went to Thailand for 3 weeks with my best friend Maddy. We went to: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Ko Samui, Koh Phagnan.. we loved every minute.
- February: I went to Cabo San Lucas for the weekend with my boyfriend! We had a blast and this was a total last minute trip so we really enjoyed it.
- March: I went to Barcelona with my boyfriend for 8 days. We booked this back in September when we found a flight for $300 RT. I will definitely be posting a travel guide soon – it’s one of my favorite cities ever!
- May: I was invited to go to Portland for the weekend with my boyfriend and his family for a little vacation. I am really excited to see a little bit of Oregon, as this will be my first time visiting. :)
- July 31-August: For 3 weeks I will be backpacking Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala! This will be the first big trip that I will be truly ‘backpacking’ and staying in hostels every night but I am really excited. I’ll share trip preparations and more of my itinerary closer.
- December: HAWAII! We are heading to Oahu with our entire family and we are thrilled. Zach, my parents, my aunt Betsy and Jon, my cousins and my Nana & Uncle Rob are all heading down for a fun warm vacation.
- April-May: At the end of April through the beginning of May they will be taking a Windstar Cruise from Barcelona through Rome! They are so excited as it’s their first cruise ever and they love this area of Europe.
- December: Oahu, Hawaii with the family!
- Many more to come, we haven’t planned everything out for them yet!
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. ;) The 10 best places to visit in 2019 (In our opinion) are…
Obviously we both are EXTREMELY excited about Barcelona this year (we are both visiting.. so crazy!) and have both booked separate trips to Barcelona. I was here for 8 days and – newsflash: I LOVE SPAIN. The people are amazing, the tapas is fantastic, there are lots of inexpensive roundtrip flights from the west coast of the U.S. right now and we both found an abundance of inexpensive yet gorgeous hotels as options to stay at.
There are so many things to do from food tours, soccer games (Zach and I saw two of them!), exploring rooftop bars, cooking classes, amazing architecture, history, cava (Spain’s version of champagne) , great nightlife… the list goes on and on. It has quickly become one of my favorite cities in Europe and I know you’ll love it too!
Ok I know this isn’t technically international or foreign BUT it’s one of our favorite places ever. The reason why I listed it as a top place to visit this year is because Southwest now flies to Oahu, the big island and Maui. Yep. And some of the flights are insanely inexpensive! Take advantage of their new cheap flights (especially from the west coast) to some of the most popular cities.
We are a family who loves Hawaii and visits the islands as often as possible. Multiple family members even live on Oahu and Kona. It’s a place that means the world to us.
Greece means the world to my Mom. She lived in Athens for a few years while she was growing up and she truly loves being in this special place. She visits whenever she can and loves it more every time.
It’s popular for so many reasons.. it’s ancient history, the islands with their gorgeous beaches, the incredible cuisine, kind-hearted people and stunning resorts. What more could you ask for?
My mom’s favorite place? Mykonos.
Click here to see her Mykonos travel guide.
I visited Thailand this year for the first time and it took my breath away. It is known as “The Land of Smiles” but only after I was there for 3 weeks did I truly understand why. The people, this place.. it’s life-changing.
I know this may sound dramatic but it’s true – ask my best friend Maddy. :) When we visited this January we encountered some of the most kind, generous and loving people who helped us so much over our journey.
It is also one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and inexpensive to boot. If you have never visited – you NEED to visit Thailand. It is truly spectacular.
Click here to see my Bangkok Thailand travel guide.
#5. Napa, California
Need a weekend getaway in the U.S? Look no further. This destination will stun you with it’s natural beauty and delicious wine. We love visiting the wine country – it’s a quick 1 hour drive for us and we try to go as often as possible. We recommend that you plan a trip here to try experiencing the wine tasting in one of the world’s best regions, the spa treatments at some of the most incredible resorts and even antiquing.. It’s a very special place that we love.
Click here to see our Napa travel guide.
Florence is a city we love for so many reasons. It’s not too big, not too small – it’s what you might call just right. Famous renaissance art is everywhere you turn and the architecture is incredible. Michalangeo’s David is here, and so much more history that is awe-inspiring.
It has a very romantic feel with little cobblestone streets, sunset watching over the river, and incredible views of Tuscany from every Duomo outlook.
All 4 of us love it, and it’s our favorite city in Italy.
#7. Cabo San Lucas
Some of you may be surprised that to find Cabo on our list but there are so many reasons why we love it.
First of all, it is relatively close to the U.S. so flights are usually ridiculous. Secondly – there are so many things to do here: whale watching from a private sail cruise, snorkeling, sunset dining, shopping, eating incredible food, massages on the beach, getting to know the sweet Mexican people and more! Zach and I just returned from a weekend getaway which has us buzzing over how much fun we had.
Image via The Blonde Abroad
If you haven’t read or seen the movie, “Crazy Rich Asians” you need to watch it right now.. It sparked a Singapore travel buzz in 2018 that had everyone wanting to experience this beautiful island. People became enamored with the rich and famous from the movie and it made me want to go back again.
We actually visited Singapore back in 2005 as a family when my dad had to visit for work.It was my Mom’s and my first time in Asia (I was 10) and we LOVED it every minute there. The city is immaculate, the shopping is top-notch, the food is delicious and there are so many fun sites to see including the butterfly garden, the historic Raffles hotel, the gardens by the bay and more! An added plus? Singapore Airlines has many flights to and from the U.S. – and they have the best service, even in economy.
It’s the luck of the Irish! One of my favorite places I’ve ever been, and I’ve only visited Dublin. The kindness and friendliness of the people in Ireland are unlike anywhere I have ever been. (except the Thai) I regretted not staying and traveling around the country longer!
There is so much beauty to be seen throughout the countryside along with history to explore; including game of thrones film sites, (If any of you are GOT nerds like me and my family.. unite!) ancient castles, tiny towns, and gorgeous road trips waiting to experince.
Also – flights to and from Ireland tend to be pretty inexpensive from the U.S!
Tikal Ruins – photo via aladyinlondon
This unexpected country isn’t on everyone’s bucket list but I’m excited to check it out this August with friends. I’m planning a big trip to the Central American countryside in and it’s somewhere I have always wanted to visit.
Semuc Champey – photo via Wearetravelgirls
Antigua – photo via wearetravelgirls
Why visit Guatemala? This country has so much to explore – the incredible ruins of Tikal (Star Wars fans may recognize this spot where the Rebel Base was located), the stunning Semuc Champey – a natural bridge with turquoise swimming pools on the sides, to relaxing at Lake Atitlan – known as one of the best lakes in central america and the gorgeous city of Antigua – known for it’s colorful buildings and cobblestone streets. There is something for everyone: adventure, beauty, history, and more.
Tikal Ruins via aladyinlondon
For the Star Wars nerds – Tikal Ruins aka Rebel Base
I hope you found this post helpful and interesting.. Have you planned any travel destinations for 2019 yet? Did we miss a must-visit destination for 2019 on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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