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.
Japan is another destination du jour that’s likely been raved about by your globetrotting friends—but there’s much more to be discovered. Let’s start with the must-sees: The bustling Tokyo and the spiritual and stunning Kyoto still aren’t to be missed. Tokyo is playing host to the Summer Olympics in 2020, which will transform this destination. Rather than get jumbled into the pre-Olympics tourist trap (the Japan Times reported an estimate of 40 million additional tourists to the city for 2020), head to Tokyo in 2019 to take advantage of all the pre-event updates without the crowds. While AMAN Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in the world, Hoshinoya is an authentic experience as well. And in Kyoto, a new ACE Hotel makes it easier to choose where to stay should you be looking for familiarity after nights spent at a traditional ryokan.
As for the undiscovered, BAZAAR.com contributor and co-founder of luxury travel firm Black Tomato, Tom Marchant, is dubbing Tohoku a must visit for the new year. “Japan continues to fascinate and entice culturally inquisitive travelers; Only 90 minutes north-east of Tokyo, Tohoku offers incredibly varied natural landscapes perfect for hiking, and even skiing in the winter. With colder weather, Tohoku is a little known gem for experiencing Cherry Blossom season for longer, and without the crowds of Kyoto and Tokyo. History buffs can visit the village of Kakunodate that’s home to Samurai legends and artisan workshops.”