Top 10 holiday destinations and inspiration for 2019
We witness a lot of holiday trends here at Barrhead Travel. Every year we watch certain iconic destinations (such as New York City and Orlando) getting booked in droves, along with the family-friendly, sun-drenched destinations of Majorca and Turkey.
But every year we also spot a few places climbing in popularity, and 2018 was no different. We’ve had a look at our bookings (and holiday trends, generally) and we’ve compiled a list of 10 holiday destinations that we reckon will become more popular in the next 12 months (so get in there now!).
If you’re looking for a European city break that is popular enough that it has loads to offer but still boasts a lot of native charm – we recommend Lisbon. The quaint Portuguese capital is a great spot for seafood, architecture and history (from Roman imperialists to exotic Berber pirates).
For decades, Vancouver, Toronto, Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains, and the Calgary Stampede have typically battled it out to be Canada’s top destination. But Atlantic Canada is now creeping in there. Collectively made up of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador, Atlantic Canada offers history, low-key adventures, and copious amounts of seafood. Plus, Halifax is only a six-hour flight from the UK!
Perth, Western Australia
Australia has always been a popular holiday destination, but we’ve seen a rise in the number of people travelling to Western Australia. Which isn’t surprising given that it offers everything that makes Australia a great holiday destination: surf, unique wildlife, incredible landscapes, and a bustling cosmopolitan capital.
Tourist numbers to Egypt have increased in recent years, especially for resort-style holidays. But in 2019 there’s an extra special reason to visit the capital of Cairo: the grand opening of the 5.2-million-square-foot Grand Egyptian Museum (which is set to be the world’s largest museum devoted to a single civilisation).
Bora Bora gained mainstream attention in 2011 thanks to the Kardashians, and interest in the luxury Islands of Tahiti hasn’t disappeared. The islands boast incredible scuba diving opportunities (1000+ species of fish and 30m of visibility!), high chances of spotting a humpback whale, and the world’s original water bungalow! It’s ideal if you’re looking for a luxury break with your other half (it’s also an incredible destination for a honeymoon or wedding).
Dublin has always been a popular choice for Brits looking for a cheap and easy city break – but the west coast city of Galway has gained increased interest recently (thanks to a certain Ed Sheeran song). If you’re after traditional Irish pubs (with dancing!), medieval city walls, and some of the best oysters in Europe – then you’re in the right place.
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, but modern touches (including a high-speed train) have been popping up across the city. Not to mention that in 2019 the city will be hosting Eurovision!
If you’re looking for a sun-filled, all-inclusive family holiday we recommend Turkey. Last year it was one of our most popular (and cheapest) short-haul breaks for families. Dalaman and Antalya are the most popular places in Turkey.
Deep South of America
The USA was as popular as ever in 2018, with Florida, Las Vegas and California coming out top. However, the Deep South is creeping in with an increased number of visitors to the cities of New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis, and Nashville.
If it’s Asia you’ve turned your attention towards this year, Hong Kong was one our most booked destinations last year. Part of its appeal is its easy access to other areas of South-East Asia, making it a great base for a wider continent-wide itinerary (it’s also a popular stop off before Australia and New Zealand).
Where will 2019 take you? Let us know in the comments!