Travel in 2018 was all about far-flung, unexpected experiences—and 2019 is no different. But rediscovering the world's must-sees, delving deeper into already-trendy destinations, and visiting countries worthy (and in need) of tourism are only some of the ways to travel well this year. Sometimes the new year is not all about novelty, and travel in 2019 will require taking another look at destinations already on your radar. Here, BAZAAR's 19 places to visit in 2019—whether you're looking to adventure, or indulge in some much needed self-care.
While this year’s hit, Crazy Rich Asians, was filmed mostly in Singapore, this is the destination for those who want to spend some time living like Nick, Eleanor, and Astrid. Start in the city: Kuala Lumpur is catching up to the luxury hotel and dining scenes once only associated with Singapore and Hong Kong. The city welcomed a Four Seasons Hotel in 2018 and will be home to Exchange 106 this year in its financial district, the tallest building in Southeast Asia. The food scene here does not disappoint either–nor does the shopping–with staples from Singapore, like French bistro Saint Pierre, opening their doors in KL.
Langkawi (a less than 90 minute flight from Kuala Lumpur) was the go-to in luxe relaxation in the past, given the stunning overwater spa and bungalows at the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons. This year, head to the Desaru Coast, where the the One & Only plans to be the first five-star property in the region come Spring 2019. The area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia, according to Embark Beyond, and the property’s “42 suites plus an exclusive four-bedroom villa on one of Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches is a perfect extension to a business trip or exploration of the wonders of Asia.”