Travelling into 2019;

Best places to plan a vacation to this year

If “travelling more” was on your New Year resolutions this year, we have got you covered. So, where should you plan a trip in 2019? You can travel to a place entirely new to your senses or revisit the comfort of a country you have visited before. After all, isn’t dreaming about places totally new to us – and seeing old favourites in a new light – why we travel in the first place? This year’s list of the best vacation spots spans the globe, from exciting southern hemisphere cities like Santiago, Chile, and Brisbane, Australia, to harder-to-reach regions like Langkawi, Malaysia and the Danish Riviera. There are the new capitals of culture – Nairobi, Kenya, home to an emergent design scene, or Panama City, with a deluge of forward-thinking restaurants. The list is long and the time is short, but here are some places you should definitely consider for this year’s vacation. The best part? All of these destinations have something inciting going on this year!

Berlin, Germany

The coming year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and city's jam-packed cultural calendar reflects its post-reunification renaissance. Exhibits and performances celebrating 100 years of the city's pioneering Bauhaus architectural movement will roll out all year, starting in January with a ramped-up opening festival at the Akademie der Kunste, which will include lectures, dance and theatrical performances, and concerts – and, this being one of Europe's capitals of nightlife, a pop-up nightclub featuring DJ sets and the presentation of a Bauhaus manifesto for the 21st century. The party will be bookended by the debut later in the year of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace. The sprawling complex will include the Ethnological and Asian Art museums, as well as a Berlin Exhibition that explores how the city, now a hub of diversity, interacts with the rest of the world and grapples with issues of cultural appropriation. The year's biggest surprise, though, may be the emergence of Berlin – a meat and potatoes epicenter, and the only city in the world boasting a museum devoted to the currywurst – as a veg-friendly culinary mecca. The city is now home to more vegetarian restaurants than any other European capital, and Vevolution, a celebration focused on vegan and vegetarian cuisine, will be part of the city's eat! Then there is the Berlin festival in February, a culinary blowout slated to draw world-renowned chefs like Slovenia’s Ana Roš and Austria’s Heinz Reitbauer.

Elqui Valley, Chile

Eclipse chasers should book a trip to Chile’s Elqui Valley for the total solar eclipse this July 2. The remote region, whose lack of artificial light earned it a designation as the world’s first International Dark Sky Sanctuary, is home to over a dozen observatories, making it a magnet for both scientists and stargazers. The lush valley is also hailed for its Andes-flanked nature trails, world-class wines, and distilleries where travelers can sample the country’s celebrated national spirit, pisco.

The Florida Keys, U. S

A year after Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys are bouncing back, with a slew of hotel openings that prove the region’s enduring appeal. In Key Largo, there’s the 200-room Baker’s Cay Resort, which reopened this fall following a major rebrand and reno, and the all-inclusive 135-room Bungalows Key Largo, which finally made its debut in December. The property is tailor-made for couples, with coastal cottages starting at 900 square feet, complete with bicycles, Adirondack chairs, and enormous soaking tubs. Over in Marathon, the 24-acre Isla Bella Beach Resort is set to open in March 2019 with 199 rooms, all with ocean views. And there’s yet another new place to bunk in the American literary capital of Key West: the Marquesa Hotel’s 414 annex, a cluster of rooms in a historic home across from the main property. While you’re there, book a sightseeing excursion with the Old Town Literary Walking Tour, which takes visitors to the former stomping grounds of Elizabeth Bishop and Ernest Hemingway, as well as local lit-scene favorites such as Books & Books.

The Adirondacks, New York

One of America’s first vacation destinations, New York’s Adirondack Mountain region has been luring travelers since the late 19th century with clear lakes, pure air, and 46 high peaks to climb. You can still visit in classic style. Built in 1927, the Hotel Saranac reopened last year after a respectful renovation that brings a touch of urban grandeur to the charming town of Saranac Lake. Hidden in the woods outside of town, The Point is a sumptuous lakeside resort that occupies what was once a “great camp” belonging to members of the Rockefeller family. A change of ownership has brought a welcome refresh to the elevated woodsy décor.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most historically significant (and beautiful) port cities – and now, a luxe beachfront resort and an influx of creatives are bringing new life to its UNESCO-protected “Ancient Town.” Key to this resurgence is the Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, a recently renovated property on one of Asia’s most picturesque beaches. Like Hoi An itself, the Nam Hai is an intriguing blend of old and new, reinterpreting the garden courtyard house typical of this part of Vietnam. New shops and restaurants are also bringing a contemporary eye to the city’s layered culture. At Cô Mai, enjoy dishes that explore the Hoi An’s spice trade history inside a repurposed 200-year-old merchant’s house. After this, head to the French-Vietnamese atelier Metiseko, with its understated prints and smart silhouettes, or Lam, which reimagines the traditions of Ancient Town with embroidered velvet slippers and silk slip dresses. Tapping into the town’s leisurely vibe, Sunday in Hoi An has an atmospheric white-and-blue atelier filled with ceramics, bedding, and linens. This colorful port city has matured gracefully – but a new golden era is just beginning.

Ischia, Italy

Devoted readers of Elena Ferrante’s novels about two women from a tough Naples neighborhood rejoiced over the November HBO premiere of “My Brilliant Friend.” The next step for superfans? Beat the inevitable rush to visit the series’s stunning Mediterranean locations, especially the lush volcanic island of Ischia. Just an hour from Naples by hydrofoil and a favorite of Europeans seeking thermal spas, umbrella-studded beaches, and pleasant resort towns, the refuge abounds with old-school charm. Check in to the elegant and tranquil Hotel Regina Isabella, which offers a three-night Elena Ferrante package that includes a private guided tour and creative writing class. Then spend lazy hours sunbathing on Maronti Beach, just like Ferrante’s narrator does. But be sure to rouse yourself to visit the hulking medieval Castello Aragonese and the pastel-colored fishing village of Sant’Angelo.