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3 Up and Coming Destinations to Visit in 2019

Serene and Beautiful tourist destinations

As we head into summer, many of us begin searching for our next break away. Let me share my ‘to-do list‘ with beautiful hidden gems should you decide to head there. So much so that there’s often little left to discover for yourself! Here is my list of three destinations you could discover on your next holiday:

1. Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

The 14 Northern Mariana Islands form a US Commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean. These beautiful islands enjoy relatively high temperatures all year round, the islands are one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. With sandy shores in front of mountainous landscapes, Saipan can offer the perfect blend of action and relaxation.

You can enjoy time:

  • scuba diving
  • water sports
  • hiking
  • playing on a championship golf course
  • relaxing on one of the white sandy beaches.

Take a ten-minute ferry ride to the tiny uninhabited Mañagaha Island and you can enjoy lazing beside its coconut trees, or you could head into the turquoise waters for a variety of watersports. There is also the opportunity to discover some of Saipan’s WW-II history, with the Last Command Post of the Japanese Imperial Army still present.

How to get here:

Saipan International Airport (SPN) has direct connections to many major cities in Asia such as Seoul, Busan, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai (among others).  

How to get around:

There is no public bus service in Saipan, but there are shuttle buses serving the main hotels. Taxis, car rentals, or even moped rentals are therefore your best bet for exploring the island.

How long do you need?

Due to its relatively small size, Saipan can be explored in only a day or two (you may want to stay longer, of course, for a more relaxing holiday.

2. Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

At the southern end of South America, shared between Argentina & Chile, is Patagonia. If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of your city life, Patagonia is definitely the place to go!

The majestic snow-capped Andes split the region with glacial fjords and rainforests on the Chilean side and barren deserts and grasslands in Argentina. Several of Patagonia’s National Parks have UNESCO World Heritage status, so the luxury hotel developments here have been cleverly designed to fit in with the natural landscape. You really will feel like you’re hidden away!

There are many activities to enjoy in Patagonia. From

  • Hiking
  • Mountain-biking
  • Watching glaciers
  • Spotting wildlife

This is the perfect place to marvel at the natural world. The clear skies here also make it a brilliant spot for stargazing, with many excursions available.

How to get here:

You can fly into Argentina’s Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and take a connecting flight to your Patagonian city of choice from there. Chile’s Puntas Arenas Airport (PUQ) is the other main option for reaching the region.

How to get around:

There are a few bus routes in the region, but these can be infrequent – especially around the smaller towns. A car rental or dedicated tour company may be your best option.

How long do you need?

Patagonia is vast – a week or two at the very least is recommended if you want to gain a real understanding of what the region has to offer. 

3. Bacalar, Mexico

Popular with locals, the town of Bacalar in the south of Mexico is relatively unknown to international tourists. This small town has retained a traditional Mexican feel, holding cultural events, festivals, and parades with dancing through the year. It is home to the stunning Lake Bacalar, also known as the ‘Lake of Seven Colours’ because of its dazzling blue and turquoise hues. Bacalar is rich in historical sights for visitors to explore; with Mayan ruins and the museum of San Felipe being particular highlights.

How to get here:

Bacalar is easily accessible by road – from Cancun (4 hours), Playa del Carmen (3 hours), and Tulum (2.5 hours).

How to get around:

Taxis are inexpensive here, but you may be able to get by on foot or using a bicycle (depending on how far from the city you go).

How long do you need?

Bacalar is perfect for a few days’ escapes, but the beauty of the lake may well tempt you to stay even longer.

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This is my To Be Visited List hope you find the places tempting for you too…

Happy Traveling to you

3 thoughts on “3 Up and Coming Destinations to Visit in 2019”

  1. These are very exotic locales. Near Mariana island is located Mariana Trench. Deepest point on the earth. Patagonia is a beautiful island where Charles Darwin came up about his theory of evolution. You certainly have great choice about your holiday destinations.

  2. All three places are so beautiful. Your travel wishlist for 2019 is amazing. I wish you complete your wishlist by the end of 2019 and plan many in the years to come.

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