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.
The British countryside and Ireland have been on our minds for years, and they still are–especially with the new opening of Heckfield Place, along with the latest royal weddings in Windsor, and the abundance of castles like Ashford Castle, Ballyfin, and Adare Manor. However, it’s Scotland’s untapped landscapes that peaked our interest for 2019, with Mary Queen of Scots, starring Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, serving as the ideal advertisement for Scotland’s lush landscapes. Like with Ireland, this region isn’t only about gorgeous sites, vistas, castle tours, and walks along the West Highland Way; it’s also about whiskey. Distilleries are part-and-parcel of what makes the Highlands a unique experience, with a boom of the country’s spirits culture taking place in recent years (think 20+ new distilleries and dozens of staples that have been around since the 1900’s).
Another draw? Luxury trains. The Caledonian Sleeper travels from London to northern Scotland, and is rolling out new carriages in time for high season. Last but not least: Scotland has its own demi-Caribbean. The islands off the northern coast, like Lewis and Harris, feature beaches you never knew were possible in the United Kingdom, along with historic sites, like the Callanish Standing Stones.