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The Top Travel Destinations For 2019

On World Tourism Day, we explore the big destinations that will attract tourists in 2019

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Turkey – If you feel your dream of travelling abroad has come crashing down due to the falling rupee, it's worth a try to find out who is sailing the same boat of the falling local currency across the globe. In this case, Turkey rises to be your best bet that can offer you not only some of the magnificent experiences but a price-worthy holiday. While the falling local currency will take some time to revive, it gives you a considerable window to book your 2019 Turkish journey now. Turkey is a mesmerizing land of Romans and Ottomans that is promising for those who wish to immerse in art, explore the stunning Mediterranean Sea, experience classic train journeys or simply party to ecstasy. The history, culture, gastronomy, and humanity here speak different stories about Turkey that makes its visitors instantly fall in love. More than Ottoman minarets and beguiling bazaars, Turkey is also fashionable and progressive. While Istanbul is an enticing mix of ancient and modern, Cappadocia is a stunning area of otherworldly rock formations, subterranean churches, and underground dwellings, the scale of which is overwhelming. Turkey is your easy gateway to the European magic in Asia. While the turquoise water and white sand make up for a perfect beach holiday for everyone, Turkey also has surprises in abundance for those who love adventure. One of the most significant reasons that make this sunny destination the best choice is its robust connectivity with all the significant hubs in Asia. India has direct flights to Turkey that makes your Turkish holiday further easier.

Jordan – A visa on arrival for Indians, the Middle Eastern dream, Bollywood influence, and the Dead Sea - the promising combination that will make you choose Jordan as your next destination. Jordan serves peace on a platter to its holidaymakers. The Hashemite Kingdom is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts ranging from the fertile Jordan Valley to the stillness of remote desert canyons. If your affinity lies with charming Egypt but already visited it, it is time to visit Jordan that holds similar serenity of deserts yet an altogether different facet yet to be discovered.   With some great deals up for grab, if you book in advance, there are numerable flights from India to Jordan with minimum stopovers as well as economical. Jordan has grown into a modern nation and enjoyed a remarkable measure of peace, stability and economic growth in recent decades. Delve into the discoveries of archaeological wonders at the ancient site of Petra. It is probably the first visit that must have been suggested by your friends as well as the internet. It is the 45-m high Al Khazneh deemed as the most famous temple that is simply mesmerising. With delicacies to relish on, the lanes of Jordon are a haven for any foodie. Jordanian food is influenced by and derives flavours from the nearby Turkish, Syrian and Lebanese cuisines. Head on to explore the natural wonder, Dead Sea, a place of tranquillity, health and inspiration for body and soul alike. The area is filled with superb attractions including natural healing spas, magnificent hiking trails, gourmet and fast food restaurants and adrenaline-charged attractions. Finally, the capital city, Amman, situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley can be your concluding leg of discovery that will leave a lasting desire to come and visit this historic place again.

USA (West Coast) – One of the greatest continents in the world and indeed everyone's favourite dream holiday destination – the United States of America. We have all been listening about the USA since childhood that makes holidaying there even more exciting. Give yourself a chance to finally fly to this remarkable place for there are no few reasons but a few hundred. While it may be tricky for you to explore the entire nation at once, we suggest starting with the vibrant West Coast.  In this land of the museum as much as history plays its role, you have an incredible nightlife hard to find anywhere in the world. Being an ethnically and racially diverse country, you find the ethnicity of everyone as interesting as the other. Discover the scenic wonders of the unique American west. Fog-shrouded mountain ranges, desert landscapes, sun-drenched vineyards, lush forests and sandy beaches provide backdrops to huge cities and sprawling suburbs, the West Coast has everything you could ask for. Enjoy all the delightful wonders of the American west coast - from the charming 'City by the Bay' to the glitz and lights of Las Vegas and the glamorous, celebrity-filled city of Los Angeles.   Although you see different personalities walking around you, the American magic makes you adopt the local culture instantly. Further, explore the locale's life by choosing a homestay. Experience Las Vegas as it comes alive at night, when the lights of the casinos dazzle the dark sky, see various theme hotels; catch a glimpse of the dancing waters of the Bellagio fountains. Drive past Beverly Hills, the famous Sunset Boulevard, Mann's Chinese Theatre, Rodeo Drive, Kodak Theatre and Hollywood Walk of fame; catch a glimpse of the renowned 'HOLLYWOOD' sign. Visit one of the largest movie studios in the world, the Universal Studios or laze around at the Santa Monica Beach. USA's west coast is everything under the roof to make your holiday the best in the New Year. India is well connected with the US with some fascinating airfare deals that shall make your trip extremely worthy. Several gulf carriers are well connected with San Francisco that will enable your seamless entry to the West Coast.

Argentina – Argentina is the upcoming destination in the block for Indian travellers and also the perfect window to explore the South American culture. If you have watched enough of the South American action in the movies already, now is the time for you to mark Argentina as your spot on the world map. Argentina is a thrilling destination for the discerning Indian travellers. If your reason to holiday is exploring the rare and untouched, this is it.  A country full of serene landscapes, unbelievable glaciers, and bustling city spaces, Argentina is simply a great idea for your travel in 2019.

It is the eighth largest country in the world with most of the population concentrated in the cities. This keeps the vast countryside pretty much untouched. This may fancy your imagination if you are one of the crowded cities in India, places with lesser people will definitely bring a smile to your face. If you are a veteran traveller and haven’t visited this heaven, now is the time to plan.  Picture a car drive with your partner on a lonely yet smooth road looked upon by spectacular canyons? Explore Quebrada de Cafayate, here unique rock formations and vivacious colors will make your drive a lifetime one. You may hike to the heart of the canyon by driving along the Río de las Conchas. If you wish to dive into the prehistoric age and see where the Dinosaurs roamed, visit the Talampaya National Park in La Rioja Province. In this diverse nation, along with the most hospitable people, you will find it difficult to get your eyes off nature's pristine offerings. While you have the Volcano peak to see, you may also ski in South America's most famous ski resort in the Lake District near San Carlos de Bariloche. Also if your holiday choice remains adventure-centric in the New Year, Argentina can sustain the competition with anyone else. One of the world's seven summits called Aconcagua invites the true adventurers to explore an exceptional climb.  After all that climbing, you may treat your eyes to some fabulous street performances. Wherever you go in Buenos Aires, you will find at least one person putting up a good Tango show.

Croatia – If Europe is your dream but Euro doesn’t approve your holiday, it is time to turn to incredible Croatia. With the cost value for Euro more than in Western Europe, Indians can simply find plenty of reasons to make Croatia their stop for an unimaginable holiday. There are many destinations around the world that seem to be quite real, while some appear to be fairytale lands. You may easily categorize Croatia to be one such from an imaginary story. Castles, serene sunsets, beautiful people and cycling around the heritage sites, there is nothing that this destination doesn’t offer.

Rightly called the land full of colours, Croatia boasts of gorgeous nature, marvellous islands, scrumptious food and irresistible biking tours. Sail through the Croatian coast and embark on the endless blue. Meet the different winds and cherish each moment of the sea exploration. With breathtaking underwater reefs and caves, the divers can see-through the crystal clear sea.

The Gulf carriers have made it rather simpler for Indians travelling to Croatia. With great connectivity from India, various carriers including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and flydubai among others offers alluring deals to make it to Croatia. Another reason can be undeniably the football craze. You must have heard of the wild celebrations just after the World Cup and let us tell you, the party hasn’t stopped there. Explore the dance and sun of this serene country in the lively clubs and chug those beer glasses to some great matches of 2019.

Visit the late-medieval planned city, Dubrovnik Old Town where you appreciate the preservation of its gothic, resurgence and baroque churches, monasteries and fountains. If you love yourself more, watch out for the world-famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Known for its 16 terraced lakes connected by the singing waterfall, it is one of the best-kept secrets of Croatia for the world explore. Attend the mindboggling music festivals in the city of Šibenik or simply stroll through the picturesque villages in Međimurje while your camera captures the tranquil vineyards. There are innumerable reasons for you to choose this destination as your next one.

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Karan Anand

Karan Anand, is the Head – Relationships and Supplier Management, Cox & Kings Ltd. A graduate in Economics from the University of Mumbai, Karan has over 18 years of experience in the travel industry. He started his career in Cox and Kings when he joined the company in January 1994 as a Consultant. His primary role was to assist the product and contracting teams for the Inbound business into India. Later on he was appointed as Head of Contracting-Inbound.

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