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12 Up & Coming Journey Locations You MUST Go to in 2019

As we come to the tip of every 12 months, the “globetrotter/wanderlust-er” in all of us begins to place ideas in our head.

“The place to subsequent 12 months?”

“When can be a great time to go to?”

Prior to now decade, we have seen journey locations nobody ever bothered about beforehand all of the sudden develop into standard. Locations like Iceland, Egypt, Turkey, Croatia, and South Africa, to call few. And within the final couple of years we’re listening to about locations like Sri Lanka, Laos and Morocco come up.

So, what makes a beforehand unknown vacation spot all of the sudden develop into standard? Why are individuals all of the sudden visiting locations they have not bothered to beforehand?

The reply? Social media. And the actual fact everybody else goes. No person desires to be neglected.

The issue? Effectively, whereas there isn’t any competitors on who went first, there definitely are benefits to going sooner than different vacationers. Costs are decrease for one factor, as a result of the vacationer hordes have but to spoil the market. Plus, you get to expertise the nation for what it truly is, as an alternative of getting the “cooked up” model of it.

Orheiul Vechi, Moldova. Considered one of Europe’s least visited nations.

And sure, I’ve neglected the actually unique suggestions on this publish as a result of I do know these suggestions are in all probability 20 years too early for a lot of the world to simply accept. However for these of you actually bitten by the wanderlust bug and don’t need revisit London or Tokyo for the third time, listed here are some suggestions that we might extremely recommend you go to in 2019. Sure, earlier than they get trashed by the vacationer hordes any additional than they have already got.

These suggestions comparatively acceptable, considerably unique, but protected sufficient even for households. So there you go, “A Lady & A Bald Traveller’s” suggestions for 2019.

1. Janurary, Oman

The Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman

Why You Ought to Go to:

When you’re solely going to go to one nation within the Center East, it is gotta be Oman.

Oman has fingers down, probably the most various (and delightful) panorama within the Center East. In addition to the standard “desert camp” expertise, you possibly can stay up for swimming in water holes, trekking within the mountains and canyons; mainly having your individual “Indiana Jones” second.

And no, it is not simply “journey” that Oman has to supply. You will be blown away by their lovely seashores, picturesque seaside cities (Arabian Type), and have enjoyable getting misplaced whereas procuring of their many souks.

Many individuals have informed me they will not go to the Center East as a result of they do not click on with Arabs. Whereas I’ve met my share of conceited Arabs (in Kuwait), the Omani’s will blow you away with their hospitality. Each Omani I met was genuinely happy and welcoming to vacationers.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman

Getting There:

All worldwide flights land in Muscat, Oman’s capital. You will possible want a visa and we received our vacationer visa on-line for five OMR (13 USD). You will get a visa on arrival on the airport, nevertheless it’ll value you barely extra.

Getting Round:

Visiting Oman is like visiting New Zealand. You simply hire a automobile (I received mine for $280 SGD for 1 week) and drive round. It isn’t tough to go to TripAdvisor (or observe our weblog) for the most effective issues there are to do in Oman and simply key them into your GPS and begin driving. It is one of many best nations to drive round, and many individuals communicate English.

However, you may undoubtedly need to hire a automobile. The general public transport does not get you to the important thing sights within the nation.

How Protected Is It?

It is the most secure Center Jap nation we have been to. I might go as far to say it is just about as protected as Singapore. In truth, we noticed an area “securing his spot” by leaving his cell phone on the desk whereas he went to queue for meals on the meals court docket. I do not even try this in Singapore!

2. February, Zanzibar

Why You Ought to Go to:

White sand seashores and turquoise blue waters, want I say extra? Zanzibar is dwelling to probably the most lovely seashores we have ever visited. And no, it is not just a few typical seaside vacation spot like The Maldives. And definitely nowhere as costly. We paid lower than $30 USD for our room which was proper on the seaside.

Zanzibar is greater than seashores. You will take a step again in time as you discover the outdated metropolis of “Stonetown”, be taught concerning the “slave commerce”, expertise the “spice excursions”, sail on the standard “Dhow’s”, and you will get to see the “Large Tortoises of Zanzibar”.

Individuals usually go to Zanzibar after a Safari tour in Tanzania’s Serengeti. This island is the proper place to unwind. Oh, and did I point out Zanzibar is dwelling to probably the most well-known restaurant’s on the planet? “The Rock Restaurant”, google it.

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Getting There:

Many worldwide airways fly straight to Zanzibar, however that is not what you must do as a result of there’s a lot extra to Tanzania than simply Zanzibar. Go on a Safari first and fly in from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital after your Safari.

A visa on arrival could be gotten for $50 USD however be ready for lengthy queues on the airports. It is best to get a yellow fever vaccination finished as nicely at your native hospital earlier than your journey. Singaporeans do not want a visa for Zanzibar and Tanzania. So of us, do not waste this “privilege”.

Getting Round:

Most individuals get round by Dala Dala, the native transport which is actually a van/truck overloaded with sweaty locals. You will be glad to comprehend it does not value a lot to take a taxi from one location to a different, and in case you have 4 individuals in your group, you will not even discover the fee.

How Protected Is It?

You will in all probability encounter pickpockets whereas using Dala Dala’s, and if depart your resort and wander about darkish alleys at evening, you would possibly meet a few unsavory characters who would possibly rob you for slightly “vacationer cash”. Yikes! It is harmful! Let me guess, you are not going to Zanzibar now.

However wait, does not the above apply to your most popular typical European nations as nicely?

3. March, Morocco

Place Jemaa El Fna, Marakech, Morocco

Why You Ought to Go to:

I used to be debating whether or not I ought to have it on this checklist as a result of it is develop into much more touristy since I used to be there and it is not precisely “up and coming” until you are evaluating Morocco with the DR Congo. I am lastly beginning to see Morocco seem on native journey blogs. Now that native bloggers have began running a blog about it, you realize Morocco has lastly develop into “Iceland”.

Nonetheless, Morocco is a tremendous vacation spot to go to and there are manner too many causes to for me to checklist down on why you must go to it. I might fee it among the many High 5 of the 85 nations we have visited, in order that’s saying loads.

As to what there may be to do in Morocco? Effectively, you may simply need to learn the posts beneath.


The Sahara, Fez, Atlas Mountains & Ouarzazarte


The Sahara Desert, Morrcoco

Getting There:

The favored cities to fly into are Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech.

When you’re wanting time, I might recommend skipping Casablanca and flying straight into Marrakech. After a few days in Marrakech, go to the coastal metropolis of Essaouira, and return to Marrakech to embark on the desert tour, and organize for it to finish in Fez. From there, you possibly can simply get a bus to Chefchaouen, end of in Tangier, then catch a forty five minute ferry over to Spain the place you possibly can proceed the remainder of your trip.

Getting Round:

Taxi’s are actually low cost, simply keep in mind to barter the worth first in the event that they they refuse to go by meter. Many taxi drivers will try and deliver you to the improper place and cost you additional, so I might recommend downloading an offline map like MapsMe so you do not truly get taken for a experience.

How Protected Is It?

After I was there, the locals referred to as me names like “Jackie Chan, and Bruce Willis” as a result of i am Asian and bald. Girls is perhaps harassed slightly greater than males, however for the locals, it is all in good enjoyable. Morocco is likely one of the protected African nations to go to and sure, I might let “The Lady” go to on her personal.

4. April, Vanuatu

Eton Seaside, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Why You Ought to Go to:

Have you ever sat on the fringe of an energetic volcano? No? Effectively, that is cause sufficient to go to. Vanuatu’s Mt Yasur is the worlds most accessible energetic volcano.

You do not have to really trek to the crater like these in Bali or go on the loopy trek I did at Mt Nyiragongo within the Democratic Republic of Congo. Your resort will drive you to inside quarter-hour stroll from the volcano’s crater and you’ll have your “volcano expertise” with out breaking a sweat.

Being a “seaside vacation spot”, blue waters, white sand seashores, diving, wreck diving, blue holes, cave exploration, you may get all of those plus you get to go to tribal villages as an alternative of Hermes boutiques. Consider Vanuatu as one thing like “The Maldives” on steroids, with far more to do than getting a suntan.

Yasur Volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

Getting There:

Vanuatu is made up of a lot of islands. You will need to get your self to Brisbane, Australia. From there, catch a flight to Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital the place you’ll then fly to the outer islands of your alternative. Tanna Island for the Volcano, and Espiritu Santo island for the white sand seashores and blue sea. There are others, however these two islands are the preferred.

Getting Round:

You will get round by mini van just like the native or through personal transport out of your resort. Other than the capital of Port Vila, I would not recommend strolling out of your resort lest you get misplaced. Survivor Vanuatu was hit, nevertheless it’s an expertise I daresay you possible will not need to be a part of.

How Protected Is It?

Wherever we walked, locals would greet us “good morning” or “good evening”. We felt nothing however absolute hospitality from the locals and virtually zero hazard vibes. Vanuatu is also referred to as “The Happiest Nation within the World”. Train commonsense and all is nice.

Have You Learn: Singaporeans Journey To Vanuatu, The Fiery Island Paradise of the South Pacific

5. Eire/Northern Eire

The Cliffs of Moher, Eire

Why You Ought to Go to:

So, the 2 Eire’s aren’t precisely unique locations and the variety of vacationers have elevated since “The Sport of Thrones” aired. Nonetheless, in comparison with England and Scotland, Eire continues to be fairly “ignored” by the vast majority of vacationers.

Go to Eire for the “Irish Expertise”; no matter that’s, is just about as much as your interpretation. However what I will say, is that its fairly enjoyable listening to dwell music and throwing again a few pints at an area Irish pub on a chilly wet day over a plate of sizzling stew.

If that is not your thought of a trip, maybe marveling at lovely surroundings is. Have an ice cream by the seaside or trek alongside the island’s lovely shoreline and be in awe of the magnificence of all of it. And sure, like Scotland, Wales, and England, you may have some superb castles to discover as nicely.

Have You Learn: A trip to think about? 7 days in Eire & Northern Eire beneath $1,000 SGD!

The Large’s Causeway, Northern Eire

Getting There:

There are not any direct flights from Singapore however in your subsequent journey to England, Scotland and even Iceland, fly in straight to Eire. The simplest manner for Singaporeans is to fly in both Belfast (Nothern Eire), or Dublin (Eire).

Getting Round:

From each capitals, it is very easy to seek out day excursions to the important thing sights on the island. I received round each by renting a automobile and by lengthy distance coach (DublinCoach as an example). As with most huge cities, you may get a 24hr journey cross that ought to prevent some $$ on transport and attraction prices.

How Protected Is It?

The occasional drunk native apart, it is in all probability the most secure place to go to on this checklist. If this is not household pleasant, I do not know the place is.

6. June, Ukraine

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Why You Ought to Go to:

I might go so far as to say Ukraine is no doubt among the many High 10 nations I loved. It is cities are extra lovely than a lot of the cities in Europe I’ve visited (and belief me, I’ve in all probability seen extra of Europe than you’ve), however at a fraction of the standard “European costs”. I can get a spaghetti for two.5 Euros and a steak for 4 Euros.

Ukraine is nice not just because it is lovely and actually low cost. There are fascinating experiences available right here that no different nation can supply. For example, Chernobyl. When was the final time you bought to expertise visiting a metropolis untouched for over 30 years?. I do know you may say, “why would I need to try this?” Then why would you need to go to the Colosseum then? Or stroll round in one in every of Europe’s outdated cities?

After the chilly warfare, missile silos and tank factories have been deserted. I do not find out about you, however in my childhood, I performed a sport referred to as “Crimson Alert”. It is fairly fascinating to see and truly be part of the expertise a portion of the sport was primarily based on. Drive a tank and hearth a Kalashnikov Rifle. You will not get to expertise that within the typical “Jap European” nations.

Have You Learn: My Journey To The Most Radioactive Locations On Earth; Chernobyl

Kiev, Ukraine

Getting There:

Singaporeans can get a visa on arrival (100 USD if I keep in mind proper) in Kiev at Boryspil Worldwide Airport or from Odessa, Ukraine’s coastal metropolis. For Singaporeans, it is best you fly in from Istanbul since that is a spot you may usually go to. For the remainder? Tickets are fairly low cost in case you fly in from Lithuania, Poland, or Belarus.

Getting Round:

It is low cost, simply get a taxi.

No I am kidding, you may get a taxi, however in Ukraine, you may need to expertise the “underground trains” and experience these lengthy escalators present in former Soviet Republics. For locations like missile silos and Chernobyl, you may want a tour (round $100 USD). However for in every single place else, simply swap between trains and taxi’s and you will be advantageous,

How Protected Is It?

After I point out Ukraine, the very first thing individuals ask is, “is it protected?”.

And I at all times ask, “why do you ask me that? You would not ask me that if I mentioned I used to be going to Paris”.

For the document, whereas half’s of Ukraine is perhaps unstable, many elements, together with it is capital Kiev, are good for even a household vacation. Let’s simply say I might put on a Rolex in Kiev earlier than I might put on one in Paris. Simply use fundamental widespread sense and all needs to be good.

7. July, Kenya/Tanzania

Why You Ought to Go to:

Have you ever been on a Safari? No?

That is why then.

That apart, in Kenya and Tanzania, you’ll catch the “wildebeast migration”. Mainly, its THE Nationwide Geographic expertise that the touristy South African “Kruger Nationwide Park” CAN’T offer you.

When you’re planing a Safari expertise, East Africa (not South) and the likes of the Masai Mara and Serengeti are no doubt, are the world’s premier safari locations.

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Our Honeymoon Suite in Amboseli, Kenya

Getting There:

The easiest way is to fly in to South Africa, sight see slightly, do their well-known “backyard route” earlier than catching one other flight to Kenya or Tanzania. There aren’t any direct flights from Singapore in fact. Additionally, you may want a yellow fever vaccination finished (I did mine in Singapore, TTSH, journey clinic). You’ll be able to fly in from different elements of Africa in fact, however I do know you possible will not be going there, so sure, persist with flying in from S.Africa.

Getting Round:

You’ll be able to negotiate a Safari bundle the minute you contact down in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Negotiating head to head is cheaper than reserving on-line.The bundle ought to embrace all the pieces you may want. When you’re extra adventurous, hire a 4WD and do your individual self drive safari, a great deal of individuals try this.

The native bus? Effectively, attempt it as soon as as an expertise, however I would not advocate public transport in Kenya, particularly Nairobi.

How Protected Is It?

Effectively, so long as you persist with a safari tour, it is as protected as in can presumably be. Many individuals go on household safari’s. When you’re self driving, it is protected as long as you are good at navigation and fixing automobiles.

However, that is Africa. I might be mendacity if I mentioned it was completely protected. The capital cities Nairobi and Dar es Salaam can have pesky touts and unsavory characters.

And it is not protected in case you wander round after darkish into the improper neighborhoods, however then once more, is not that the identical even in case you go to America?

8. August, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Why You Ought to Go to:

Lake Bled, Lake Bled, Lake Bled. That is why most individuals go to Slovenia.

Luckily, there’s extra to Slovenia than only a fairly lake. The entire of Slovenia is fairly. Consider it as Switzerland at half the fee. Ljubljana, it is capital is fairly, there are different lakes moreover Bled, like Lake Bohinj that is fairly. They’ve the Julian Alps that appear like the Swiss Alps, there are gorges to discover, caves to discover and an overload of fairly cities that may maintain you oohing and ahhing.

So sure, if you cannot afford to go to Switzerland? Go to Slovenia.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Getting There:

Singaporeans do not want a visa and you may get a direct flight in from nearly any main nation in Europe, so I will not speak a lot about this.

Getting Round:

Slovenia is not precisely low cost in comparison with the remainder of the “Balkans”. Clearly, it is manner cheaper than Switzerland however to not the extent the place you do not have to hassle about cash. My suggestion is to hire a automobile. This manner, you’ll go to the lakes, mountains and all with out bothering about bus time tables. It is easy sufficient to get round and with a automobile, you possibly can proceed on to different European locations.

Simply keep in mind to purchase a vignette earlier than you drive. It is like a highway tax for highways. The advantageous is 150 Euros for vacationers in case you drive with out one.

How Protected Is It?

If Singapore and Japan are protected, Slovenia’s protected. Easy as that.

9. September, Georgia

Kazebegi, Georgia

Why You Ought to Go to:

When you profess to be a wine connoisseur and you have not heard of Georgian Wine, empty that bottle of wine over your head. Georgia does not simply have the “world’s greatest wines”, it IS the “birthplace of wine”.

Wine apart, Georgia symbolize an enormous mixture of landscapes, from snow-capped mountains to nice seashores. When you get pleasure from visiting European “outdated cities”, Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi has probably the most magnificent and nicely preserved outdated cities on the planet.

Extra than simply wine and wonder, Georgia is fascinating. It was one the 15 Soviet States and what you get to expertise on trip right here is a tremendous mix of worlds and an fascinating historical past. I used to be as fascinated with what I learn within the museums right here as I used to be blown away by the great thing about this nation.

Oh, and did I point out, nice meals and low cost costs?

Tbilisi, Georgia

Getting There:

The most cost effective manner from Singapore is to fly in to Dubai. From there, catch a flight on FlyDubai, their equal of SIA’s Silkair. It isn’t an inexpensive place to fly into in case you use some other permutation of flights until you are flying in from Europe.

Getting Round:

Georgia is reasonable. A full day tour can value as little as USD 25. Identify me one other European nation providing excursions cheaper than that (okay, maybe Armenia). Taxi rides value subsequent to nothing in comparison with to what Singaporeans are used to. After all, you possibly can self drive. However with taxi’s and native excursions at such dust low cost costs, help the native financial system and get round with these as an alternative.

How Protected Is It?

Georgia is likely one of the most secure nations in Europe with very low crime. Once more, in case you’re snug with the extent of security in Paris or the US, you may be okay with Georgia.

10. October, Cyprus

Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Why You Ought to Go to:

I might describe Cyprus because the extra unique model of Greece. The identical blue sea, identical kind of seashores, identical climate, identical meals (mixture of Greek and Turkish), related kind of architectural ruins to take a look at, related mountains to hike, however this is the distinction, Cyprus is just a bit extra “occurring”.

Mother and father deliver their youngsters right here for a household trip, Europeans fly down right here to flee the chilly harsh winter. However many individuals, come right down to Cyprus for the “events”. Along with Spain’s Ibiza, Cyprus’s Ayia Napa is the social gathering capital of the Mediterranean.

So sure, for beers, events, seashores and intercourse, Cyprus is the place you need to be, not Greece. Oh, and naturally for the household seaside holidays as nicely.

Paphos, Cyprus

Getting There:

I flew to Cyprus from Bahrain, however you do not have to go that route.

Cyprus is cut up into two, the Turkish aspect and the Greek aspect. The widespread cities to fly into are Larnaca (Greek), and Nicosia (Turkish). There are direct flights from most main cities in Europe and Center Jap capital cities.

Getting Round:

Public Transportation in Cyprus is nice. Even probably the most far out sights are served by public buses. English is not a problem and there are vacationer data cubicles throughout that will help you if mandatory. In truth, the general public transportation is so good you will not even want a taxi. I used to be touring solo once I visited Cyprus. But when I had are available in a gaggle of 3-4, I in all probability would have rented a automobile.

How Protected Is It?

So protected, and the locals are actually pleasant. I neither felt any hazard vibes nor a tinge of boredom once I was touring solo in Cyprus. After I journey, I often gown to look broke, or to appear like a backpacker. I did the identical once I was in Cyprus, and was stunned to seek out myself surrounded by vacationers decked out in luxurious gadgets head to toe

11. November, Zambia/Zimbabwe

The Satan’s Pool, Zambia

Why You Ought to Go to:

Each Zambia and Zimbabwe sit alongside each other and share the arguably probably the most well-known attraction in all of Africa, The Victoria Falls.

November is likely one of the drier months of the 12 months, and this implies you may get to really see the falls as an alternative of seeing an enormous mist within the wet season. Additionally, you’ll swim within the “Satan’s Pool” as a result of the water stage is low sufficient.

In addition to the falls, you possibly can stay up for not simply the standard Safari sport drives, but in addition, sport viewing within the river. There are boating safari’s, and even Houseboat safari’s the place you get to sleep on the water surrounded by animals. When you’re an adrenaline junkie, you may love the zip-lining, canyoning, and even bungee leaping off the Victoria Falls Bridge!

Unlikely many different African nations, each Zambia and Zimbabwe have correct 5 star historic accommodations just like the Royal Livingstone and Victoria Falls Lodge in your to really have a cushty, magical African trip.

Have You Learn: Visiting The Satan’s Pool? I Recommend You Learn This First.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Getting There:

The most cost effective method to get right here can be through South Africa which additionally occurs to be probably the most “worthwhile” nation to make use of your air-miles on in case you’re coming from Singapore. There are numerous flights to Victoria falls or Livingstone which is the place most vacationers go to when coming to both of those nations.

Getting Round:

Taxi is the most secure method to get by. When you’re staying at a excessive finish resort, you may in all probability have your individual driver or shuttle bus to your resort. The remainder of the time, you may be on excursions that choose you up out of your resort and drop you again there. The city you may be in is sufficiently small to get round on foot.

How Protected Is It?

There are numerous policemen round looking for vacationer security in all probability as a result of their financial system cannot afford to take successful if one thing have been to occur to vacationers. So yeah, it is as protected as could be. I might let “The Lady” come alone if she wished to; it is that protected.

Except in fact you propose on getting drunk in an area bar and discovering your manner again at 3am within the morning.

12. December, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

Why You Ought to Go to:

It is truly getting touristy already, however you must go to whereas most individuals are nonetheless fixated with Cambodia and Vietnam.

Go to Vang Vieng and float down the river on a rubber tube with a beer in hand, you may by no means expertise this anyplace else. Did I additionally point out the “world’s most cost-effective sizzling air balloon” experience can be in Laos? 90 USD for a experience. In Turkey, it is twice that, and in Bagan, Myanmar, its Asian neighbor, a sizzling air balloon experience is nearer to $200 USD than it’s to $90!

Luang Prabang can be fairly touristy with lovely waterfalls, good temples and the like. General, I might advocate Laos over most of its neighboring nations.

Have You Learn: So you’ve got visited most of South-East Asia? Effectively, I wager you forgot about LAOS.

Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang

Getting There:

You will get direct flights from Singapore however timing and price is not precisely ultimate. When you’re exploring different nations in Asia as nicely, fly direct to these as an alternative after which get a direct flight from say Cambodia. Do not simply go to Luang Prabang like many Singaporeans do, begin from Vientiane and make you are manner up via Vang Vieng else you are lacking out.

Getting Round:

Like Thailand, there are tuk tuks. Singaporeans ought to have it straightforward right here. Simply discount and hop on. In case your planing to begin from Vientiane, there are categorical buses that may get you about to the totally different main stops. When you’re simply visiting Luang Prabang, all you may do is swap between strolling, tuk tuk and excursions.

How Protected Is It?

Is Thailand protected? Laos is just about the identical.

What About “The Lady & You”?

Okavango Delta, Botswanna

Effectively, we is perhaps on our eighty fifth nation however we have nonetheless not but visited the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. So in 2019, we’ll possible go to these areas in the end.

In March we’ll be heading again to Africa but once more, June in all probability the Caribbean and S.America as talked about, in September perhaps Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and even one other a part of Africa once more, and on the finish of the 12 months, perhaps a touristy vacation spot like Korea, who is aware of?.

Effectively, we have got our journey plans mapped out for 2019. Have you ever?

Attempt one on this checklist, you will not remorse it!

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