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These are the up-and-coming holiday destinations to visit in 2019

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There’s no better time than the present to book a trip to look forward to in 2019. 

With leaves falling from trees and temperatures dipping in the UK, turning our thoughts to trips away in warmer weather simply can’t be helped.

And where better to jet off to than somewhere that’s new and exciting? Like, say, Kigali in Rwanda or Mestia in Georgia?

According to Booking.com, people already know which cities and new countries they plan on seeing in 2019. And so, after polling 21,500 travellers from 29 countries, the travel site has created a list of 10 great places to visit over the next 12 months.

Interestingly, 54% of people also want to take more weekend breaks in 2019. From Amsterdam to Zurich and Rome, there are plenty of great cities to see that are right on our doorstep.

Here we give you some insider knowledge on the places that people are already planning to see in the next few months. 

10) Samarkand, Uzbekistan

If your ideal holiday involves ancient landmarks, enriching history and beautiful ancient architecture then add Samarkand in Uzbekistan to your bucket list. As one of the most prosperous stops on the ancient Silk Road, Samarkand has been the hub of world cultures for hundreds of years.

Where to stay: L’Argamak

Tip: make sure to factor in time to see Registan, Gur-e-Amir, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-i-Zinda. 

9) Kigali, Rwanda

In recent years, taking a trip to Rwanda has become more accessible due to economic growth throughout the country. From its booming food scene, bustling markets and fun nightlife, Kigali in Rwanda has a lot to offer – including spotting a mountain gorilla or two.

Where to stay: Kigali Marriott Hotel

Tip: go on a safari in Akagera National Park. 

8) Ouarzazate, Morocco

Located below the breath-taking Atlas Mountains, Quarzazate in Morocco has a lot to offer travellers looking for somewhere a little different. Known as the gateway to the Sahara, the desert sands provide the ideal opportunity to explore the land by camel or quad bikes. And the city is also known for its incredible sunsets and sunrises.

Where to stay: Berber Palace

Tip: factor in a 2-day camping tour of the Atlas Mountains. 

7) Mestia, Georgia

If you like to keep things varied while visiting somewhere new then Mestia in Georgia could be your next ideal destination. Nestled in the Caucasus Mountains, Mestia is made up of several hamlets, a small population and lots of nature-based activities on offer. From climbing glaciers to hiking the lakes at the base of Mount Ushba, it’s a trip for a true adventurer.

Where to stay: Svaneti apartment

Tip: take a trip to the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. 

6) Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum in Jordan is perfect for nature lovers. From incredible sand dunes to star gazing opportunities, it’s the best way to see the desert in all its glory. And the food is some of the most delicious you’ll ever taste.

Where to stay: Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp

Tip: take a private tour from Amman to see some amazing sights. 

5) Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar is home to one of the most stunning natural beauties, the Lake of the Seven Colors. And it’s as stunning as you’d imagine with its crystal clear, fresh waters and white sandy base, the lake appears almost turquoise and is ideal for diving and snorkelling. If you’re looking for somewhere to really relax, this is the place.

Where to stay: Villas Bakalar

Tip: go cavern diving. 

4) Ksamil, Albania

If you’re prone to plonking yourself on a beach and reading one book after the other then Ksamil in Albania is calling you. With plenty of beautiful beaches on offer, the hidden gem not only offers peaceful spots but also some great restaurants, too.

Where to stay: Hotel Mira Mire

Tip: you must see Butrint, an ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

3) Nusa Penida, Indonesia

The island of Nusa Penida off the southeast coast of Bali is basically paradise. With its untouched landscapes, the hidden gem offers travellers the chance to try scuba diving, walk along the Crystal Bay or soak in the natural wonders including the Giri Putri Cave. And fill up your Instagram feed with stunning photos.

Where to stay: Pandawa Beach Resort and Spa Luxury

Tip: go see the natural infinity pool Angel’s Billabong.

2) Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Named as the Capital of Culture in 2018 due to its choice of cultural performances and exhibitions, Leeuwadren in the Netherlands is a city brimming with charm. With plenty of great museums and bars, you’ll never tire of the city.

Where to stay: Oranje Hotel

Tip: hire a bike and cycle around the city. 

1) Palomino, Colombia

Not only does Palomino in Colombia offer beautiful Caribbean beaches, which are great for surfing and sunbathing, but it’s also a great place for spotting wildlife (monkeys and toucans to name a couple), delicious seafood and a great range of places to stay, too.

Where to stay: Hukumeizi Hotel

Tip: try tubing down Palomino River. 

Images: Getty 

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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