December 12th, 2018
Luxury Escapes’ Top 10 Must-See Travel Destinations for 2019

The Luxury Escapes experts have spoken and based on your feedback and our own insights here are the top ten must-see travel destinations for 2019…and you won’t believe what’s at number one!

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Luxury Escapes Top 10 Travel Destinations 2019

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1. Ethiopia

‘Ethiopia is an up-and-coming destination for adventurous travellers’, says Luxury Escapes’ Head of Tours, Sonia Pilovska who notes that the country offers a very different touring experience to the safaris of the rest of Africa. From great cuisine to intriguing local traditions, an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and a new progressive government with a focus on growth in tourism – Ethiopia will start to appear on more and more traveller radars in 2019.

Simian Mountains, Ethiopia

Must-do experience: Spot wildlife in the Simien Mountains National Park

Venture into the Simien Mountains National Park for breathtaking views and wildlife including the gelada baboon and endangered Ethiopian wolf and Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

Istanbul, Turkey

2. Turkey

Turkey will see visitors heading back in droves in 2019. After a few years of unrest and instability the country is back on people’s radar and for good reasons. One of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world, Turkey offers something for everybody – history, culture, cuisine and a spectacular coastline that rivals the rest of the Med.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Must-do experience: Float in a hot air balloon above Cappadocia

Located in central Turkey, Cappadocia is known for its distinctive ‘fairy chimnies’ and whimsical fairytale landscape that is best viewed from a hot air balloon.

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3. Macedonia

Landlocked and nestled in the middle of the Balkans, Macedonia is still fairly undiscovered by tourists and oozing with charm and beauty without all the crowds. The country has a fascinating history with occupation by different empires over the centuries all leaving their mark and now UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites.

Macedonia is a leader in the slow food movement – organic and sustainable farming means paddock-to-plate here is just a way of life – and has 320+ sunny days a year allowing the country to produce some of the best wines in the world. Plus, the people are friendly, it’s safe and still cheap enough to ensure an affordable holiday no matter the exchange rate.

Matka Canyon, Macedonia

Must-do experience: Sail in the Matka Canyon

Covering about 5,000 hectares, Matka Canyon is a scenic place to sail through with dozens of caves, medieval buildings and local wildlife all to be discovered in the area.

Moscow, Russia

4. Russia

With a successful World Cup under its belt and the world seeing Russia in a different, positive light, Russia looks like it will be crawling to the top of travellers’ “must-do” lists. Safe, clean, fascinating with a rich history and an abundance of culture – and of course Vodka!

Kizhi Island, Russia

Must-do experience: Visit Kizhi Island

Boasting some of Russia’s most famous wooden architecture, Kizhi Island is an open-air museum home to the oldest wooden church in Russia.

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5. Egypt

The Luxury Escapes flights team is seeing a resurgence of interest in Egypt. With flight requests to this ancient wonder having cooled down over the past years, it seems that more and more people are now feeling comfortable with returning to the home of some of the world’s most interesting history and architecture.

Khan el-Khalili, Egypt

Must-do experience: Shop in the Khan el-Khalili

Experience the exotic smells, colours and trinkets at Cairo’s major souk. This is the place to visit for those looking to purchase a souvenir, some spices or to simply just wander around this Aladdin’s cave of treasures.

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Waikiki, Hawaii

6. Hawaii

Luxury Escapes’ Head of Flights, Hayden Wallace, has seen a rise in more and more travellers wanting to book flights to Hawaii as an alternative to Bali. Aussies are swapping Seminyak and Kuta for Waikiki and Maui with this sunny state located just a few extra hours away for most. It seems to be the lure of the beaches, family friendly hotels and adventurous activities that are appealing to travellers – with 2019 set to send even more Australians to this not so far away paradise.

Molokini Crater, Hawaii

Must-do experience: Snorkel in a crater

Maui’s Molokini Crater give guests the opportunity to snorkel in a place where most normally wouldn’t be able to. The crater is Hawaii’s only marine sanctuary with snorkellers able to get up close to wildlife including colourful fish, octopus, eels, turtles, sharks, humpback whales (December – March) and more.

7. Estonia

Eastern Europe is an emerging destination with an increase in Luxury Escapes customers wanting to book flights to the likes of Estonia and Poland. Rich in culture and history, Estonia features over 1,500 islands with a diverse terrain of rocky beaches, wild forests and vast lakes.

Must-do experience: Wander through Vanalinn

Estonia’s capital of Tallinn’s old town is called Vanalinn and is an unmissable UNESCO World Heritage site. The old town’s well-preserved medieval buildings offer an almost fairytale-like backdrop for guests to wander around, stopping at quaint cafes for a slice of cake and spot of people watching.


8. Poland

Visitors to Eastern Europe are flocking to Poland to discover the country’s rich history which is evident in its unique architecture. Foodies who have already experienced the delights of Spain and Italy are finding that Poland is serving up a different kind of gourmet experience with sausages, potato dumplings and herring all local favourites.

Gdansk, Poland

Must-do experience: Explore charming Gdańsk

Located on the Baltic Coast, Gdańsk is a charming port city where the buildings are colourful and the water’s edge is lined with quaint shops and restaurants.

Western Australia

9. Western Australia

Western Australia is having a much-deserved moment in the spotlight and we see that continuing well into 2019 and beyond. As Australia’s largest state, visitors are spoilt for choice when choosing which part of this vast area to explore. From the cosmopolitan capital of Perth to the wineries of Margaret River, dinosaur fossils and camels of Broome and smiling quokkas of Rottnest Island, there is so much to discover that this beautiful state will always leave you wanting more.

Broome, Western Australia

Must-do experience: Ride a camel on the beach in Broome

In Broome, you’ll want to catch the sunset every night during your stay and there’s no more memorable way to do it than with a camel ride along the peaceful shoreline of the beach. You might wonder how the camels arrived in Broome, well, it’s all down to a man named Abdul Casley who came to town in 1983 with eight camels…and the rest is history.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

10. Abu Dhabi

While Dubai is still reigning strong as the queen of stopover destinations, Abu Dhabi is definitely making an appearance on more radars as a great place to spend a few days between travels. Offering a more authentic Arabian experience than Dubai, travellers to Abu Dhabi can expect opulence, great weather, five-star hotels and delicious food, while the city’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque truly is a sight to behold.

Falcon Hospital Abu Dhabi

Must-do experience: Falcon Hospital

Did you know that both Emirates and Etihad Airways allow passengers to bring their pet falcon along on the flight for the bargain price of three times the normal excess baggage rate? Provided all the necessary documents have been submitted, of course.

With their love of falcons, it’s no surprise that the locals of Abu Dhabi have set up a Falcon Hospital where poorly birds can receive some medical attention. Tours of the hospital are popular and visitors can enjoy a special meet and greet with these majestic creatures.

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