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.
Italy is always a good idea. Northern Italy–from Lake Como to Modena, Venice to Verona–has become a prime spot for high season travel (June-October is magical here). This year, the Venice Biennale exhibition is back, and this year marks the 500th anniversary of the passing of Leonardo di Vinci—making 2019 prime time for art lovers to visit. Lake Como is only 45 minutes outside Milan with perfect properties like The Grand Hotel Tremezzo on offer. This spring, The Mandarin Oriental will open its doors on the lake, offering new, modern appointments in a city where gilded everything, hand-painted frescoes, and 15th-16th century design reigns supreme.
However, consider an Italy-plus trip this year, and venture to the Dolomites. “The Dolomites are the ultimate playground for lovers of the outdoors and adventure. Biking, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and more are all activities to enjoy in the region. The cuisine here is a delicious Italian, Austrian, and Ladin mountain mix,” touts Mallory Bankson of Valerie Wilson Travel, a Virtuoso Agency. In the mountains, stay at the Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina. “Family-owned and operated by the Pizzinini family, it’s a gorgeous chalet tucked away in Alta Badia,” says Bankson. “The hotel enjoys a stunning location in the village of San Cassiano, located in the heart of the Dolomites, a natural paradise classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. For lovers of the outdoors (hiking and trekking in summer, skiing and snow activities in winter), this property is an amazing hideaway offering delicious food and a Michelin-star restaurant on-site, along with a heavenly spa. Insider tip: Request a room or suite facing the back of the property over the mountains, and book a private hike and lunch in the mountain cabin of the Pizzinini family nestled into the hillside for their fresh homemade risotto, the family’s secret recipe.”