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Top 10: Travel Destinations for 2019

With the December holidays fast approaching you may already be daydreaming about your next trip.

If you’re still undecided about where to go travel, accommodation and restaurant review website TripAdvisor may be able to help with the recent release of its Top Travel Destinations for 2019 as voted for by travellers just like you.

From bustling cities to beautiful beaches the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers choice awards have something for everyone.

Here’s the list of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2019.

10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Coming in at number 10 Dubai has the world’s 10th-busiest city airport system by passenger traffic annually. This comes as no surprise especially if you consider that this destination is well known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and lively nightlife scene.

Attractions you don’t want to miss include the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, The Dubai Fountain, The Dubai Miracle garden, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Ski Dubai and the Dubai Mall.

A view of the Atlas Mountains in Marrakech

A view of the Atlas Mountains in Marrakech

9. Marrakech, Morocco

The city of Marrakech marches to its own beat and has often been described as a sensory overload from the many monuments and museums to the palaces and souks Marrakech has something for everyone.

Some must-see attractions include the Palacio da Bahia, the Medina of Marrakesh, Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque and Andre Heller’s ANIMA Garden.

Aya Sofia, Istanbul

Aya Sofia, Istanbul

8. Istanbul, Turkey

 Istanbul is a magical meeting place of east and west. Its strategic location has attracted many armies over the centuries, and you can see the influences of the many empires that once ruled here.  Istanbul has plenty of top-drawer attractions which is why it comes as no surprise that it made it onto this list.

If you find yourself in this culturally rich city be sure to check out some of the top attractions including the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Ferry Trip and shopping in the bazaars.

Barcelona streets

Barcelona streets

7. Barcelona, Spain

The cosmopolitan city of Spain’s Catalonia region Barcelona comes in at number seven on the list. Known for its art and architecture Barcelona is a city with something for everyone. The city boasts 20 Michelin stars, clean urban beaches, world-class nightlife and great shopping leaving you with only one problem: deciding where to begin.

Some must-see attractions include Las Ramblas, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, La Boqueria, Camp Nou and Montjuic.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

6. Phuket, Thailand

With a beautiful historical town, great viewpoints and iconic cultural attractions Phuket has many memorable things to do and the best part is that a visit to this Thai island won’t break the bank.

Your trip to Phuket will not be complete without checking out some of the awesome attractions and islands including Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi Island, Bangla Road nightlife Big Buddha, Similan Islands, Phuket FantaSea and Wat Chalong.

Lake Temple, Indonesia

Lake Temple, Indonesia

5. Bali, Indonesia

From adrenaline-filled adventures to traditional treasures Bali Indonesia is a dream come true. The Island boasts innumerable temples, historical sites and spots of natural beauty spread across the eight regencies.

Some must-see attractions include the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Mount Agung, Waterbom Bali, Seminyak Beach and Bali Water Park and Sindhu Market.

Crete, Greece

Crete, Greece

4. Crete, Greece

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands and it is a feast for the senses. From the fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains Crete features wild natural beauty, thousands of years of culture, history and exquisite cuisine.

Some must-see attractions include Imbros Gorge, Old Venetian Harbour, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Balos Lagoon, Potamos Beach.

The Colosseum in Rome.

The Colosseum in Rome.

3. Rome Italy

With nearly 3 000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display, it’s no wonder that Rome is third on the list of Travel Destinations for 2019. Immersing yourself in the dolce vita lifestyle is a central part of the Roman experience and so spend a little time whiling away hours at street side cafes, people-watching on the piazzas and idling around picturesque streets.

Some must-see attractions include the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Galleria Borghese, St Peter’s Basilica and Trevi Fountain.

Traffic on street at dusk, Paris, France

2. Paris, France

Known as the City of Light Paris is one of the world’s most popular destinations and one that most people desire to visit.

This major European city has some of the most well-known landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Notre-Dame cathedral. Immerse yourself in the cafe culture and browse the designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Some must-see attractions include the Musee d’Orsay, the Seine River, Sainte-Chapelle, Atelier de Lumieres, Luxembourg Gardens and the Arc de Triomphe of course.

London for business travellers

1. London, United Kingdom

The number one travel destination for 2019 as voted for by other travellers is none other than London which comes as no surprise considering it is one of the most visited cities in the world.  From history and culture to fine food and good times London really does have something for everyone.

The city is deeply multicultural, and visitors are sure to feel right at home with one in three Londoners foreign-born, representing 270 nationalities and 300 tongues.

Some must-see attractions include the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, West Minster Abbey, Hyde Park, Borough Market, Big Ben, the Coco-Cola London Eye and the British Museum.

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