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The 10 trendiest destinations you should visit around the world in 2019

The 10 trendiest destinations you should visit around the world in 2019

It might be less than a week into 2019, but it’s never too early to start mapping out your travel plans for the new year. And don’t worry if you’re unsure of where to go.

Travel website Kayak recently shared its list of the top trending travel destinations for 2019. The search engine analyzed more than 1.5 billion annual travel searches to find its data, and then compiled everything from hotel prices to weather statistics for each location.

Spanning the globe from Mexico to Indonesia, these are the 10 trendiest travel spots of 2019, according to Kayak.

10. Munich, Germany, will trend among tourists who love to view historic sights in the daytime, and indulge in fast-paced nightlife in the evening.

Marienplatz, the city’s central square, is one of Munich’s most popular spots.

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Popular art galleries like SPERLING and Deborah Schamoni are likely to thank for the recent 34% increase in searches for Munich.

9. Known for its beautiful beaches and daring hiking trails, Maui, Hawaii, has something for every type of traveler.

Kaanapali Beach hosts a daily cliff diving ceremony on its Puu Kekaa cliffs.

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If you’re hoping to travel from the island’s resorts to its museums and beaches, Kayak recommends renting a car. Of course, the island is large, and seeing Maui in its entirety might be difficult, but doing so will help you understand why searches for the spot have increased by 35%.

8. Rome, Italy, has seen a 39% increase in searches, likely thanks to its rich history and opportunities for sightseeing.

Rome is abundant with historic churches and ancient ruins.

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If you choose Rome as your destination of choice this year, don’t be surprised to find a “service tax” on your receipt when dining. Tipping is not customary in Italy, so the fee is added in its place, according to Kayak.

7. Paris, France, continues to be one of the most highly searched travel destinations.

Kayak recommends visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles.

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The city is full of exceptional shopping, dining, and art, so it’s no surprise that Paris has recently garnered a 41% search increase from travelers.

5. With a 43% increase in searches, Guadalajara, Mexico is one of two Mexican cities to make Kayak’s list.

Hotels in Guadalajara are fairly inexpensive, sometimes costing as little as $72 per night.

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The family-friendly city is home to book stores, galleries, and cafes, all of which stock high-quality items for surprisingly low prices, according to Kayak.

4. The Bahamas may be known for its dolphins and pink beaches, but the country has seen a 45% search increase thanks to its more underrated spots.

The country’s beaches are perfect for a relaxing getaway.

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Instead of paying the 15% gratuity that most restaurants will charge, Kayak recommends visiting the farmer’s markets found throughout Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.

3. Coffee fanatics are responsible for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, becoming a trendy vacation spot.

The Vietnamese city has some excellent street food options.

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At places like the Du Mien Garden Coffee shop, visitors sip their drinks while enjoying the location’s waterfalls and pools. The local business is one of many establishments that has boosted Ho Chi Minh’s searches by 49%.

2. Searches for Bali, Indonesia, have increased by 65% in recent months.

The trendy city is home to stunning nature views and high-end restaurants.

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Visitors of Bali have a lot of entertainment options, ranging from clubs, to resorts, and luxurious restaurants like Padi Fine Dining.

1. Mexico City, Mexico, tops the list with a 73% search increase, becoming the trendiest travel destination for 2019.

The city’s architecture is extremely colorful.

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The cheapest places to travel every month of 2019

The cheapest places to travel every month of 2019
  • KAYAK figured out which top worldwide destinations have the biggest airfare price drops each month for 2019.
  • Flights to Thera, on Santorini in Greece, see a whopping 45% drop in price in May.
  • Airfare to Reykjavik, Iceland, is 23% cheaper in August.

Travel can get expensive, especially when you’re visiting popular destinations during peak season.

But if you time it right, you can visit those same hotspots for a fraction of the price.

KAYAK just released its new 2019 Travel Hacker Guide, in which they figured out which top worldwide destinations see the biggest airfare price drops each month in 2019 by analyzing over 1.5 billion annual travel searches.

From Greece to Iceland to Charleston, South Carolina, these 12 locations are surprisingly affordable when you catch them at the right time.

Keep scrolling to find out when and where you’ll save the most in the new year.

The Dotonbori amusement district of Osaka, Japan.

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Drop in price: 35%

Median airfare: $652

January is the cheapest month to fly to Osaka, Japan, a sleek metropolis that blends ancient history with modern, urban attractions. Be sure to venture to the Umeda district if you’re a night owl, as it’s known for its vibrant nightlife.

FEBRUARY: Ontario, Canada

Ice skating in Toronto, the capital of Ontario, Canada.

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Drop in price: 21%

Median airfare: $259

You’ll want to head up to Ontario, Canada, this February to make the most of winter before it ends. Toronto, Ontario’s capital city, is a can’t miss, and the stunning Toronto Light Festival lasts from the end of January through March. Stop by to see the city’s historic Distillery District completely decked out in lights, as well as various art installations.

MARCH: Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia.

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Drop in price: 16%

Median airfare: $1,004

Make the most of the city’s unbeatable weather by taking a stroll through Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock Winery, and ogle at the outdoor artwork of 25 renowned local, national and international sculptors.

Santorini, Greece.

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Drop in price: 45%

Median airfare: $743

Thera is an ancient city atop the scenic Greek island destination of Santorini. Seize the opportunity to snag discounted airfare this May, as Santorini has been growing in popularity in recent years. Walk through ancient ruins, and cap off your day by watching a stunning sunset over crystal blue water.

JULY: Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Drop in price: 19%

Median airfare: $272

If you’re looking for Southern charm this summer, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina, which has been voted the best city in the world in the past. With its rich history, impeccably landscaped gardens, and stunning waterfront views, it’s no wonder travelers love the city so much.

AUGUST: Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Drop in price: 23%

Median airfare: $440

For a brief respite from the August heat, Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik is a welcoming, creative “feast for the senses.” The city is walking friendly, and boasts a plethora of forward-looking, modern architecture. Trek to the futuristic-looking Hallgrímskirkja church, built in 1986, or City Hall (Ráðhúsið), which was designed to look like it floats on a neighboring lake.

SEPTEMBER: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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Drop in price: 32%

Median airfare: $403

Booking a flight to Kailua-Kona, a beautiful seaside town on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island, is a surefire way to extend your summer vacation. Soak up the lush views and sunny weather, and try to spot the colorful coral on Kamakahonu Beach.

OCTOBER: Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize.

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Drop in price: 25%

Median airfare: $385

A charming port city that opens up into the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is a bit of an undiscovered gem that you’ll want to hurry to this October. Check out ancient Mayan artifacts in the Museum of Belize, or the historic St. John’s Cathedral on the south side of the port.

NOVEMBER: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium.

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Drop in price: 22%

Median airfare: $547

Brussels, Belgium, the country’s capital city, is bursting with quaint yet impressive European charm. With three official languages, it boasts a fusion of cultures and cuisines. See the much-lauded Gothic architecture that the city is known for, and eat your weight in waffles and fries.

DECEMBER: Calgary, Canada

Calgary, Canada.

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Tesla’s Price Cut, and More Car News From This Week

Tesla’s Price Cut, and More Car News From This Week

Happy New Year, and welcome back. 2019 is young, and we’ve already got a transportation bombshell on our hands: New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced he wants to cancel a planned subway line shutdown in the country’s largest public transit system. He says a panel of experts found a smarter way to fix tunnels damaged by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy—and according to engineers we spoke to, Cuomo might be right. But what happens now? Will the city stick with its plans, formed over the course of three years, to revamp bike and bus lanes and pedestrian spaces? Transportation advocates hope so.

Meanwhile, we’re still a little stuck on 2018, which was filled with exciting advances for Tesla, scooter-share, and even self-driving cars (sometimes). Read about the happenings, before it all fades away. It’s been a few weeks. Let’s get you caught up.

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Amazing Best Places to visit in USA During The Magnificent Christmas & New Year Eve

December being a holiday season with Christmas and New Year at the door step, it is time for you to decide your holiday destination and pack your bags. Be it a street party that you are looking for or a peaceful celebration with a fancy dinner; USA has it all.

Following are the seven places that you should look forward go to this Christmas and New Year.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Whether you want an urban style celebration like Waikiki or the tropical style of Oahu such as north shore, you will find it all in Honolulu. One thing unique to this place is the traditional luau such as the Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Go to Ala Moana Boulevard at the Aloha market Place, you will be able to take part in the New Year’s Eve part known as the “Party of the Year”. Sway to the tunes of live music and break some leg to the thundering music of DJ. Food trucks serve hot and cold local delicacies which you can savor and satiate your hunger pangs with. After this at midnight you can see some amazing fireworks at display. If you wish to have a different view of the fireworks show, you can hop aboard Dolphin Star or Star of Honolulu.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

One of the biggest reasons to apply for US tourist visa this year should be to enjoy festivities in Los Angeles. The City of Angels sure knows how to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and it definitely knows how to party hard when it comes to welcoming the New Year. The biggest celebration for New Year happens at the Grand Park downtown with live music on many stages and food trucks that serve roadside food with a twist. Being a family event, it is alcohol-free, yet many bars nearby host New Year parties. The “Prohibition” is another themed event with deejays, live music, open bar and burlesque dancers. This roaring 20s theme is a unique experience you’ll enjoy to the core. If you are thirsty for some unique events along the Long beach hop on aboard Queen Mary which has live music, international delicacies, unique bars and stunning fireworks at display.

Walt Disney, Florida

Walt Disney, Florida

Considered one of the busiest places on earth during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Walt Disney brings out the child in you. To make celebrations interesting most of the Walt Disney parties are food based with meals at Monsieur Paul and watch some mouth watering dishes at California Grill while watching fireworks. Live Band, drinks, dance, drinks at Atlantic Dance Hall are some of the few attractions. If you buy your own VIP ticket you can have access to your own bar tender and a special dessert bar. Being one of the most crowded places on earth, it is imperative that you plan your activities well in advance.

New York

New York

With more than 1, 00,000 places to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year, you will be spoil for choices in New York. One of the most famous New Year’s Eve destinations is the Times Square, the iconic public square. Either purchase passes for the official party at Times Square or goes past it to the premium open bars. Or for a view that overlooks the Hudson, go to the STK Rooftop and enjoy the live music and dance to the ground shaking music of the in-house DJ. Order some soul satisfying food with the menu spruced up especially for Christmas and New Year. Any place you choose to be in New York, we can say this much that it will be a rocking day for you.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

The city of entertainment, Las Vegas knows how to celebrate Christmas and New Year in style. Be it over-the-top parties or lavish light shows or huge Christmas Tree, Las Vegas has it all. When you are in the sin city you will be spoilt for choices to do activities. Head to the Bellagio conservatory and botanical gardens which is completely converted to a Christmas wonderland. With stockings and snow globes filled with presents, you will be awestruck. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the sight of beautifully decorated and lit Christmas Tree. And guess what it’s free? Head to the ice rink at The Cosmopolitan or just watch the Bellagio fountains as they dance with special lights and music. And do not miss the countdown to new year where crowds gather and cheer in the New Year.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of the best party destinations through-out the year, New Orleans treats you with friendly locals, bars that open till late in the night and some hot dining options. People walking down the road with adult beverages are a common sight here and make an inviting climate for tourists. To enjoy new year in a unique way go to the Jackson Square where New Year is celebrated in historic French style with entertainers playing band and watching stunning fireworks. You can continue partying at clubs and bars at the Bourbon Street in the heart of the city. If you want to go for cruise, go aboard the Steamboat Natchez or Creole Queen and watch spectacular fireworks while enjoying music, dance, and mouth-watering dining options.

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

If you want to enjoy Christmas and New Year New York Style but want to avoid crowd, the head to Atlanta. The peach drop ball of Atlanta is the same as Times Square ball of New York but just in a smaller scale. Head to the place above Underground Atlanta and enjoy local food and drinks where deejays and entertainers rock your mood. There are also live shows and bands by some big names of the industry. With free admission you can enjoy the festival mood and yet be light on your pocket. The chick- fill-a –peach bowl and many other planned activities you never run short of options to celebrate the festive mood in Atlanta. And don’t miss the famous fireworks next to Stone Mountain to the eats of Atlanta.

Conclusion

USA is one of the best places to visit across the world for its sheer magnificence, amazing weather, warm people, and the fact that it is a destination of every happening activity. So, if you’re starting your journey of wanderlust, start it from USA- a perfect destination for all kinds of travelers.

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