For those who venture abroad, travel can provide unforgettable and sometimes life-changing experiences and there are many choices for 2019 that travelers should tick off their bucket list. The experts at Travel Leaders Network, America’s largest retail travel agency brand, have identified several top destinations for overseas adventure this year.
Five of the trending destinations include:
Maldives. Imagine being surrounded in sparkling turquoise waters, lounging beneath a thatched-roof palapa on a secluded beach or being miles from the crowds so that the only sounds are the waves lapping gently at the shore. When vacationing in the Maldives, one can also experience a luxurious oceanfront villa at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa. Islands in the Sun resort offers a six-day option that includes a welcome champagne reception, a variety of fine dining experiences, nightly cocktail reception and excursions that include whale shark tours, guided snorkel tours, night fishing, sunset cruises and local island discovery. An exclusive offer when booking through a Travel Leaders advisor provides a $100 spa credit.
India is a country filled with spiritual tradition. Visitors can receive blessings from a priest in Kalna, walk along the Ganges, the holy river of Hinduism, or experience a tour of the Hare Krishna headquarters. Even a rickshaw ride through the lively Chandni Chowk bazaar is amazing when experiencing the multitude of colorful sights, enticing smells and beautiful sounds along the way. A 13-day Avalon Waterways river cruise is a great opportunity to visit this part of the world.
Morocco, listed as an “Up and Coming” destination from a 2018 Travel Leaders Group survey, is fast-becoming a vacation haven for celebrities, adding to the romantic allure that was already popularized by the 1942 film Casablanca. With 300 sunny days a year and miles of coastline, Morocco is a perfect couple’s getaway any time of the year. A camel ride in the desert, with a dinner picnic can result in an opportunity to relax on the sands and watch the twinkling stars above. The city of Marrakesh or Tangier, a gorgeous port city on the Strait of Gibraltar, has long been romanticized in poetry, art and song. Visitors will enjoy the lush palaces and museums filled with artifacts, as well as the bazaars selling trinkets and jewelry. An 11-day cruise on Silversea departing from Barcelona to Casablanca on May 30, 2019, offers the perfect means for experiencing this fascinating region.
Singapore is even more intriguing to travelers after the release of the romantic comedy film “Crazy Rich Asians.” It is an ultra-modern city with chic rooftop bars, laser light shows and the world-famous Sky Park, which is a cantilevered platform supporting the world’s longest rooftop infinity pool. It’s the perfect stop, set against the backdrop of Singapore’s sparkling skyline. A 14-night voyage aboard Celebrity Cruises that includes a visit to Singapore and five more ports of call throughout Thailand, Vietnam and China is a great option for visiting Singapore and other Southeast Asia destinations. The journey includes dinners at four of the destinations and all onboard meals.
Greenland is a fascinating country where the evening entertainment may include watching the Aurora Borealis dance above an icy ocean horizon. Visitors are consistently thrilled they chose this amazing destination. Taking a cruise that visits Greenland also includes cruising through the Arctic Circle and the chance to photograph numerous wildlife, including polar bears, walruses, whales, harp seals, arctic foxes, musk oxen, and reindeer. A 24-day route of the Vikings II aboard Seaborn Quest departs from Reykjavik, Iceland, on August 6, 2019. Ocean view suite accommodations provide a perfect vantage point from which to view stunning, fjord-like inlets and narrow passages to glowing blue icebergs and colorful fishing villages.
Travelers seeking additional ideas can browse the Travel Leaders 2019 Bucket List brochure or go to TravelLeaders.com to find a Travel Leaders Network travel advisor who can guide them to destinations near and far.