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.
Like India and the Taj Mahal, you cannot make the trek to Cambodia without stopping in Siem Reap to take in the historic, spiritual, and breathtaking Angkor Wat–but for 2019, Cambodia is so much more than its main attraction. The country “is experiencing a wave of new hotel openings that will attract discerning travelers to new regions away from the crowds of Siem Reap, including the new Six Senses Krabey Island,” says Tom Marchant of Black Tomato. “For 2019, our Travel Experts are crafting a new tour which takes adventurous travelers far off the beaten path to discover the quieter side of the Siem Reap countryside and Tonle Sap Lake on a new cycling and kayaking adventure through villages and rice fields that haven’t changed for decades. Guests can even choose to travel by local oxcart if they so wish.”
The country is also full of options for the five-star seeker: “Clients are now exploring the backwaters along the Mekong with luxury ships like the Aqua Mekong, and spending time learning about the riveting history in Phnom Penh with the Raffles Hotel Le Royal and new Rosewood Phnom Penh standing as comfortable western homes. Song Saa, a private island resort, now attracts adventurers looking for a sexy reprieve from exploring,” says Jack Ezon of Embark Beyond.
“The greatly anticipated Shinta Mani promises to be a true game-changer. Located in the remote Cambodian countryside, in the South Cardamom National Park, it gives guests a chance to explore remote local villages through a host of recreational activities with incredible luxury tents to come home to at the end of a day.” The camp is all-inclusive, features an all-natural spa, and is comprised of only 15 tents–book fast.