2019 is right around the corner, and everyone wants to start off the year on the right foot. Check out these 10 destinations that make for the perfect beginning-of-the-year vacation!
Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating, fast-paced cities on the planet. It's a must-visit for those who can appreciate a little extravagance, notably when it comes to food, culture and shopping. Neon-lit, steel-clad buildings make up the sublime skyline that confers a one-of-a-kind sophistication upon the city, while a grittier atmosphere can be found in the uproarious streets suffused with mouth-watering scents.
But Hong Kong is not just a tech-savvy, avant-garde gem. It is also a gateway to many natural treasures, including deserted islands, volcanic sea arches, towering peaks, and verdant expanses of unspoiled greenery.
Dubai is another one of these clamorous, high-end cities of the future. But it offers something wildly different from its Far-Eastern counterpart. This Middle-Eastern jewel beams with a unique ambience, both serene and restless, and it is on a path of constant evolution. This center for innovation is always on the move, and it will guarantee you the most dynamic of stays.
The desert-ringed, luxurious metropolis is replete with eye-catching sights and mesmerizing activities. From camel rides in the desert to palatial shopping centers, you'll be living your most opulent life in Dubai, setting the tone for the rest of 2019.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Often overlooked in favor of Jamaica, this lesser-known Caribbean paradise is brimming with many natural and cultural treasures, and can notably boast the delightful resort town of Punta Cana and its splendid surrounding region. Punta Cana offers picture-perfect scenery and proudly embodies a quintessential Caribbean atmosphere: the idyllic landscape dreams are made of.
With cerulean lagoons, towering palm trees, and endless expanses of warm, iridescent sand, Punta Cana makes for the perfect getaway for those who need an escape from urban gloominess. Add to that an effervescent culture and a delectable cuisine, and you've got yourself the perfect winter break.
India is a land of many wonders, but some of the subcontinent's regions exude a particularly enchanting aura. Rajasthan is no exception. The northern province can even be considered to be the epitome of Indian magnificence, with its majestic temples, otherworldly scenery, and colorful celebrations, from the prismatic Diwali to myriad rainbow-hued festivals.
From ornate, vibrant Jaipur and its many gilded palaces to a plethora of imposing, cliffside forts scattered around the mountains, Rajasthan is a place of sumptuous beauty. Steeped in peerless history and imbued with a unique spiritual atmosphere, it's the perfect place to start the year with panache.
Sometimes a January trip is not about trying to find winter sun. Sometimes it's about embracing the crisp cold and frosty landscapes. And what better place for that than sophisticated, cosmopolitan Geneva? Boasting a dramatic backdrop made of the sharp silhouette of snow-capped mountains standing out against the mist-shrouded sky, the resplendent city is a peaceful, lavish haven.
Organized around the serene waters of Lake Geneva and sporting an elegant cityscape, Geneva is the perfect destination for those who like to hop from shopping in high-end boutiques to sliding down immaculate slopes in a matter of minutes.
Move over Thailand and Vietnam. It's time for Laos to shine. The gorgeous country is ideal for nature lovers and temple enthusiasts, and its capital is an absolute gem. Vientiane is defined by its serenity. Delicate scents fill the air, elegant temples overlook joyous, shaded streets, and quaint silk shops dot the historic center, oozing an aura of faded glory.
Everything in Vientiane is meant to be savored to the tempo of the boats gliding slowly along the Mekong River. With its old-fashioned eateries, intimate spas, joyful street markets, and its multitude of majestic temples and statues, Vientiane will introduce you to a tranquility that will hopefully set the tone for 2019.
The northernmost Baltic state is a postcard come to life. Tallinn, its capital, is a delightful blend of fairy tale-like allure and sleek modernity. Its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is a photogenic treasure, with its winding medieval lanes, authentic merchant houses, and antiquated churches.
Awash with first-class restaurants, lovely little shops, delightful sidewalk cafes, and myriad museums, the Estonian capital is a quintessentially European town whose atmosphere rests on a unique fusion between Soviet and Nordic influences. And what better place than this whimsical town-like city to usher in the New Year.
If there's a perfect time to visit Senegal, it's in January. With an average temperature of 26░C (79░F) and low humidity, the mild weather feels like a welcoming embrace you as soon as you set foot in the effervescent country. And the best way to experience the charming Senegalese ambience is to head to its capital, Dakar.
The sprawling city beams with a radiant energy that knows no equal in the whole region, flaunting both unapologetic grandeur and proud authenticity. You can go from experiencing Dakar's nighttime vibrancy to relishing its daytime joyous tumult, from immersing yourself in the ebullient ambience of the city's markets to relaxing on the pristine islands lying off the coast, away from the bustle. Dakar will offer you all the versatility you might want to bring with you in 2019.
Uruguay is often overshadowed by its larger-than-life neighbors, which include Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north. But this lovely South American country is determined to get itself known and loved, starting with its luscious capital, Montevideo.
If there is one word to describe Montevideo, it's multifaceted. The sprawling city encompasses many ambiences, radiating a multicultural, vibrant aura that perfectly complements the versatile cityscape. Everything co-exists harmoniously in Montevideo, from the city's polished seaside skyscrapers to its art deco and neoclassical buildings dotting the historic center, from the fading elegance of its crumbling theaters to the ultra-modernity of its beachside nightclubs.
France's wildest side can be found in Corsica, the sublime Mediterranean island which boasts its very own culture and many of the country's most jaw-dropping landscapes. Home to splendid beaches and many seaside resorts, Corsica is ideal for a serene getaway.
But the island is so much more than its potential for dolce vita, flaunting a topography of incredible diversity. With its craggy, towering ridges, verdant meadows, hidden coves, sublime beaches, and picturesque hilltop villages, Corsica is its own world. So whether you're indulging in regional delicacies in Ajaccio, snorkelling in glistening waters, or hiking among awe-inspiring peaks, Corsica is bound to seduce you.