Wondering where the hotly tipped destinations are for 2019? Well you’re in luck as we’ve rounded up the top places where travel bloggers rate for the next calendar year. Travel bloggers are always ahead of the trends when it comes to booking trips abroad and their recommendations can help make your decision so much easier. With this in mind, we asked our influencer hub where they’ll be jetting off to and where they suggest for a 2019 adventure, so sit down, grab a tea and prepare to be inspired…
Who? Amita, from Amerz With Love
Why They Rate It: "As if it isn’t already an amazing place to visit, the success of Crazy Rich Asians has made a lot of people want to explore this beautiful country even more. From amazing street food to beautiful cultural sights, Singapore has so much to offer. Plus, now that Norwegian flies from Europe to Singapore directly with incredibly cheap prices lots of people will be attracted to the country!"
Who? Milly, from Mini Adventures
Why They Rate It: "Alright, so Croatia’s been all over our Insta feeds this year - but just along the coast, you’ll find somewhere that’s equally stunning, with way less crowds getting in the way of that perfect shot.
Montenegro is the dream combo of sandy beaches and towering mountains, an ideal alternative to the busier spots along the Adriatic coastline. Water sports, beachside bars, medieval villages and lush national parks mean there’s something to enjoy for every kind of traveller. AND it’s also way cheaper than its super-popular neighbour – so get in before everyone else discovers this Balkan beauty!"
Who? Jamie, from Explore With Ed
Why They Rate It: "The increasing popularity of cruising in the UK is likely to tempt even more people to explore the Fjords on a week long break in 2019. Tours to see the Northern Lights are also a bucket list experience for many, with Northern Norway being one of the most accessible destinations from the UK by ship or plane."
Who? Leyla, from This Day I Love
Why They Rate It: "Whistler ticks lots of items off the bucket list for many travellers. It’s ideal to visit any time of the year and there is always something to do for outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for both families and individuals, there is something for everyone in Whistler. Explore the 2010 Winter Olympics, hike or ski, see nature - Whistler really does have everything!"
Who? Kirsty, from Lost In Landmarks
Why They Rate It: "With all the movies and TV series set in Scotland, it's becoming more and more popular and I think 2019 will see a new influx of visitors obsessed with the history of the country. With castles, amazing scenery and wonderful wildlife on offer it's no wonder!"
Who? Binny, from Binny’s Food And Travel
Why They Rate It: "It is now more accessible from the UK with the introduction of direct flights to Kigali, and offers a wealth of experiences such as gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris and bird watching. It's very safe and has fantastic cuisine influenced by the East African Region."
Who? Bee, from Queen Beady
Why They Rate It: "If this last year is anything to go by, getting that "for the 'gram shot" is now more important than ever. The Amalfi Coast has plenty of spots to grab that perfect photo, all the while surrounded by incredible food & culture. A top summer wedding season honeymoon destination!"
Who? Rachel, from Rachel Emily
Why They Rate It: "Mexico is growing in popularity and with the eco resorts of Tulum, the beautiful beaches, snorkelling with turtles, local markets, ancient temples and cenotes to explore, there really is something for everyone."
Who? Katie, from Stories My Suitcase Could Tell
Why They Rate It: "With more and more direct flight routes opening up from the UK to southern US cities like Charleston, it’s going to be easier than ever to explore the south. Whether you’re diving into the award-winning food scene in Charleston, learning about the multi-cultural history of New Orleans, or listening to live music in Nashville, there’s so much to discover in this part of the country."
Who? Afshan, from Afshanesque
Why They Rate It: "It's a very beautiful place, unspoilt and not so well known, so very relaxing and scenic."
Who? Joanna, from The World In My Pocket
Why They Rate It: "Located only 1.5 hours drive from Malaga, the main airport for Costa del Sol, Cordoba is an undiscovered gem with fewer tourists than it deserves. Whilst it’s a small city, through its history it has been both an important Roman town and a major Islamic centre, and today, we can admire the combination between the two cultures by visiting the Mezquita – a huge Cathedral-Mosque which dominates Cordoba.
The old town of Cordoba is enclosed by walls which lead to the old Roman bridge. Walking on the narrow streets inside the old town you will find plenty of traditional restaurants with enclosed lush patios, cheap four stars hotels located in historic buildings and a lot of shops selling aromatic teas."
Who? Rebecca, from Almost Ginger
Why They Rate It: "In 2018, Valletta (Malta's capital city) was awarded European Capital of Culture and it seemed to give the tourism board a big push, even inviting influencers from the UK to experience Malta. More and more tourists are catching on to Malta's mild year-round climate, gorgeous white sands and turquoise seas and relatively cheap prices for a country using the euro."
Who? Dannielle, from While I’m Young
Why They Rate It: "The Red City's rabbit warren of souks entice curious travellers with their heady aromas, vibrant textiles and unusual trinkets. The Moroccan destination has great food, an intriguing culture and the beach and mountains are both a stone's throw away. Cheap holidays to Marrakech are readily available, so what are you waiting for!?"
Who? Lauren, from Diary Of A Spanglish Girl
Why They Rate It: "San Sebastián is a dream location to tempt foodies, surfers and sun worshippers alike. A beautiful coastal city that combines the best of the north of Spain and southern France, it’s a combination of the two cultures and the influences are evident.
With an idyllic year-round climate, whatever time of year, the visit is bound to be special. Winding streets of pintxos bars and the most stunning shell shaped beach, it’s an enchanting city, to say the least."
Who? Laura, from Have Kids Can Travel
Why They Rate It: "With the Brexit furore in the early part of the booking season, I'm getting the sense that lots of people will be staying closer to home - and after last summer's glorious heatwave, loads of people realised just how beautiful the British Isles are, and how much they have to offer. You have to travel a very long way to match the wild beauty of the Lochs & Highlands or the cultural history of the Scottish cities."
Who? Kirsty, from What Kirsty Did Next
Why They Rate It: Puglia is one of Italy's biggest, unspoilt regions and one of the cheapest to visit. It has everything from stunning beaches to the Hobbit-like houses called 'Trulli' in Alberobello to the 'White City' of Ostuni. It's also the region where most of Italy's olive oil comes from.
Who? Lauren, from Lauren Robinsons
Why They Rate It: "It’s such a quaint and ancient city. It’s surrounded by so much culture and history but also so beautiful to wonder around. It’s also the back drop for Kings Landing, the city where the Lannister’s live in Game of Throne’s! Definitely a bucket list worthy destination!"
Who? Codie, from Codiekinz
Why They Rate It: "As cool as it is affordable, Budapest is beautiful and the naturally heated thermal baths are absolutely magical - especially on a cold evening! Head to a ruin bar for the most amazing Instagrammable night out, get some Strudel and soak up the culture. A perfect weekend away."
Where’s your top destination for 2019? Let us know by tweeting us at @icelollyholiday!