Every year, well-seasoned travelers work to put together lists of the best emerging travel destinations to visit in the upcoming year. Here’s our list.
Typically, these are newly transformed tourist destinations, places of natural beauty, and emerging travel destinations.
Some of these destinations may seem like part of an out-of-reach fairy tale. Others may seem more realistic and closer to home.
What Are Emerging Travel Destinations?
These 6 destinations may not seem like your typical vacation spots – which is exactly why they’re on our list.
Every location is truly up-and-coming and being transformed into beautiful tourism spots.
It doesn’t matter which you choose, these destinations are meant to offer you a chance to experience something new and avoid the same old destinations you’ve visited year after year.
There are so many places to visit in this great big world we live in.
Why not vow to check out one of these emerging travel destinations in 2019?
1. Rwanda, Africa
Rwanda may not be any place that you have imagined visiting – especially after the early 1990’s genocide.
In fact, you may not even know much about its modern-day offerings at all.
Now you will find that Rwanda boasts an up-and-coming area with high-end accommodations.
While visiting, you can:
- See the well-known gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
- Visit a working tea plantation.
- Stay in a wilderness lodge with a real safari.
- Check out Akagera National Park, a savannah.
Take in Rwanda’s scenery and wildlife while enjoying some boutique shopping. You will be surprised at just how much is offered.
2. Belize, Central America
Looking for a tropical location to visit in 2019? Belize is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking destinations you can visit.
It’s quiet. It’s relaxing. And it’s unlike any other.
Belize offers opportunities to explore Maya caves and national parks.
While visiting Belize, you can go canoeing, kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, and archeology walks. And don’t miss these popular places:
- Blue Hole, the collapsed cave that has intrigued many divers from all over the world.
- Mountain Pine Ridge which boasts over 300,000 pine forests – and lots of wildlife.
- Lamanai Mayan Temples
There is so much to discover and enjoy in Belize.
3. Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia
Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country that likely has never been the topic of conversation in your home.
It is located along the Silk Road which is the ancient trade route between the Mediterranean and China.
And while it has never really found itself to be a popular destination – it is now.
The residents and government here are becoming more and more accommodating to tourists from all over the world.
Perhaps it is the wide mixture of breathtaking landscape, such as pastures and mountains.
It’s the perfect place to spend time outdoors, exploring all sorts of nature – and natural beauty.
A trip to Kyrgyzstan is all about the experience.
4. Zimbabwe, Africa
Zimbabwe has had a rough past. But now it is becoming a stable, welcoming area that is ready to head in a new, positive direction.
Here you will find wildlife that can outnumber those found in other areas of Africa.
Lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, and buffalo can be commonly found. Hippos and rhinos, too.
Choose to stay in one of the many upgraded safari camps and you will have the chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife.
Some popular places to visit while in Zimbabwe are
- Victoria Falls
- Hwange National Park
- Batoka Gorge for white water rafting
- Mana Pools
5. Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia
Bet you have never considered visiting an island nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean, have you?
Sri Lanka, like many others, has had its fair share of troubles.
But, in more recent years, it has slowly become a place that is worthy of making an “emerging travel destinations to consider” list. And, for so many reasons.
First, the wildlife here is outstanding – and plentiful.
- You will see elephants, leopards, sloths, buffalo, and even spinner dolphins.
- Second, train rides throughout the country offer you mesmerizing scenic displays.
- Then, of course, there are beautiful beaches, amazing trails to hike, waterfalls, and tea plantations to visit.
If you’ve always wanted to go to India, but thought the travel to India and throughout it, then you may enjoy Sri Lanka for its Indian culture that is easily accessed.
6. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Is traveling outside of the country not really on your to-do list? That is OK – international travel isn’t for everyone.
For those who wish to stay closer to home, you will find that there are destinations that make the cut. One of these emerging travel destinations is Pittsburgh, PA.
You may think of it as the steel city, a blue-collarregion, and even a bit of Appalachian.
You may even think of their strong spirit for sports, such as for their own Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.
But Pittsburgh has so much more to offer.
A visit to this city would not be complete unless you witness the following:
- A visit to the Andy Warhol Museum.
- A drive into the city through the Fort Pitt tunnel – which leads to another list-making, spectacular view.
- A visit to the Carnegie Museum of Art.
- A stop at the Point State Park where three rivers come together.
- A ride on the oldest incline to the top of Mount Washington.
Without even leaving the U.S., you will discover this awesome destination with so much to do and see, you won’t be disappointed.
Well, there you have it. The emerging travel destinations to consider visiting in 2019.
The new year brings new adventures, new experiences, and new opportunities. It is up to you to decide how to live it.
If seeing the world tickles your fancy, then make a resolution to do so this year.
See the wildlife in Africa, the Mayan temple in Central America, the rolling hills of pastures in Central Asia, the breathtaking waterfalls of Southeast Asia, or the strong city culture that makes up Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
No matter where you choose to visit or what you plan to do there, make sure to make 2019 a year to remember.