4 Trending Travel Destinations for 2019

Want to be on the cutting edge of what’s hot in the travel world next year? I’ve culled world tourism stats and checked in with tour operators to uncover nine trending travel destinations that have seen a sizable jump in bookings and visitors over the past year. Some are up-and-coming hot spots while others are classics making a comeback. Either way, you get a novel experience at these destinations on the rise, from brand-new attractions to remote trails with views few others have laid eyes on.

Peru

If you’ve been there, done that at Machu Picchu, you’re not alone. This year Peru posted remarkable growth, thanks to an increase in arrivals from its neighbors and from Asia, according to the UN World Tourism BarometerPeru is G Adventures’ top tour destination in the world, and this year’s bookings broke 2017 records.

Tour operators continue to expand their offerings in Peru, and the latest demand is for itineraries that are lesser known and less crowded, says Dan Peltier of Skift. KE Adventure Travel recently released its 2019 Guide to Adventure, which includes an entire section on Machu Picchu alternatives that take travelers to more remote places in Peru.

Germany

Deutschland shifts into anniversary party mode in 2019. Next year marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the city is celebrating with a host of exhibits, events, and performances. It’s the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus modern design movementmarked by events all over the country as well as the September 2019 opening of the Futorium museum and idea lab in Berlin.

Hamburg’s new opera house and Frankfurt’s recently rebuilt Old Town, both garnering international attention, are also worth the trip. A yearlong lineup of concerts in Augsburg sets music to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Leopold Mozart, father of Wolfgang Amadeus. Get there on new nonstop flights on Lufthansa from Austin to Frankfurt beginning in May.

Egypt

Egypt is preparing its new Grand Egyptian Museum, a 117-acre museum built in view of the ancientPyramids of Giza, for a 2020 opening. More than 43,000 artifacts—including chariots, mummies, masks, and sandals—have been returned to Egypt to make up the collection, a large portion coming from King Tut’s tomb.

Tourism is rebounding mightily in Egypt, according to UN World Tourism Barometervisitor statistics. G Adventures saw 110 percent booking increases over last year, and the country’s revenues from tourism jumped by 155 percent in the first nine months of this fiscal year.

Slovenia

Travelers are looking for newer, less crowded European destinations and finding them in Central and Eastern Europe—and Slovenia is one of the hottest trending destinations there. Since last year, tourist arrivals swelled 23.5 percent in Slovenia, according to the UN’s World Tourism Barometer. The country is one of Europe’s hidden pearls and a favorite among hikers.

In April 2019 the new 186-mile Julian Alps Hiking Trail is set to open, linking picturesque villages and offering views of Lake Bled’s iconic island church and medieval castle. New flights into the capital city of Ljubljana begin this fall on Aeroflot.

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