Where did the year go? 2018 is nearly over. So it’s time to get planning a trip or two for 2019. I’ve got all your 2019 travel inspiration right here. One thing I’ve realised from travelling is that the bucket list never gets shorter, you just keep discovering new places to visit no matter how many you tick off. Here’s some of my top recommendations for unforgettable getaways in 2019.
2019 Travel Recommendations
Cave Diving in Budapest
Budapest in Hungary is normally visited for its amazing selection of natural thermal baths. BUT, If you are an experienced diver, then there is another incredible reason to visit Budapest. The Molnar Janos Caves, located beneath the city, are a wonderful place for cave diving. There are limestone caves and old industrial factory rooms that you can explore. Make sure that you join a reputable tour operator as cave diving is risky if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. You can read more about cave diving in Budapest here.
Party With the Locals in Havana, Cuba
Cuba has increased in popularity greatly over the past couple of years. The capital, Havana, is an vibrant, colourful city. The best way to see the city is to mix with the locals. You can hire a local guide to introduce you to the hottest night spots, places to eat, and show you the sites of the city. Make sure that you also go for a ride in a vintage car (you’ll feel like you’re in a scene from Grease) to explore the city in style, or join a Havana tour to find out about the fascinating history of the area.
Stay in a Villa in the Tuscan Countryside
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, then rent a villa in the Tuscan countryside to experience an unforgettable escape. You can stay at farmhouses that are surrounded by lush olive groves and vineyards. Of course, the local cuisine is fantastic, but you can also indulge in cooking lessons where you not only learn how to prepare meals but also tour local farms to see the best food that the area has to offer. Rent a car and explore the surrounding countryside. There are beautiful hiking trails through the vineyards.
Ayahuasca Retreat in Amazon Rainforest
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic drug that is commonly used by the indigenous people in the Amazon basin to create a spiritual journey. You can travel deep into the heart of the rain forest in Peru and experience Ayahuasca at a retreat such as Gaia Tree which has a traditional shaman and staff to make sure that you enjoy a natural and safe journey that opens your mind and promotes healing from within. Obviously this isn’t for everyone, but I certainly know a few people who would absolutely love it. I visited the Amazon years ago and even without the Ayahuasca it was an incredible experience.
Go Golfing in the Algarve
The Algarve is a popular tourist destination in the South of Portugal. It is world renowned for its golf courses. There are more than thirty golf courses to choose from and many of them have luxurious resorts attached to them. You can take lessons to improve your game or just work on your swing on your own. There are also plenty of areas to explore when you feel like taking a break from the game. You can head to a beach, learn to surf, explore a fishing village, or visit places like Benagil Sea Cave and Praia dos Tres Irmaos. I visited Quinta do Lago and stayed at the Magnolia Hotel. Quinta do Lago is a beautiful golf resort full of luxury hotels, boutiques and incredible restaurants. I’d highly recommend it!
So there you have it, my bit of 2019 travel inspiration for you. Hopefully it gave you a few ideas. Let me know if you have any trips planned for 2019. I’d love to hear about them.