Have you been bitten by the travel bug
but are unsure where to travel to 2019?
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Have you long dreamed of experiencing Japan, where modern and traditional exist side by side? In 2020, the Olympics will be coming to Japan, so it makes sense to visit the amazing country in 2019 before the Games fill the cities’ streets in earnest.
Japan is a country without equal. Tokyo’s fast-paced life and modernity spiced with ancient Asian customs are a combination only found here.
The country’s capital, Tokyo, is said to be the country’s brain, while the city of Kyoto is its heart. Experience the vibrant city life in Tokyo, where the contrasts between modern and traditional are clear. Visit, for example, the Harajuku district where you can shop, feel the tranquillity of the Meiji Shrine or experience one of Tokyo’s many other fascinating sights. In Kyoto, you can become even better acquainted with Japanese traditions. The atmosphere in the city oozes history, and you can experience the geisha tradition first hand with a visit to the geisha district or at one of the city’s tea houses where you can enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
If you enjoy cuisine as much as culture, Japan is also a perfect destination. The Japanese cuisine is varied, delicious and elegant.
When should you visit Japan?: Japan is great all year round. But if you wish to experience the popular cherry blossom, you should visit the country between March and April. The rest of the year, the Japanese climate also offers other unique natural phenomena and experiences, so there is ample opportunity for an unforgettable holiday all year round.
Latin America’s largest country, Brazil, is one of the most visited countries on the continent. And it’s not surprising as the country has numerous diverse sights to offer.
Brazil offers amazing experiences from south to north – whether you’re into city life, fun festivities, nature, wildlife or the beach.
Head, for example, to the border between Brazil and Argentina and experience a first-class natural phenomenon – the Iguazu Falls – one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Visit the Amazon – the world’s largest rainforest – or Pantanal – the world’s largest tropical wetlands. In all three places, you can experience outstanding flora and fauna.
In Rio de Janeiro, you can feel the big city pulse that beats to the rhythm of the Samba drum. Rio de Janeiro is the epitome of joie de vivre. The city offers sights and attractions on the water, on land and in the air. Go for a dip at Copacabana Beach, cycle through the city’s streets or take the cable car to the Sugar Loaf and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city.
If you wish to experience the city when it’s carnival time, February it is. The city becomes even more alive, and the joie de vivre is turned up a notch.
When should you visit Brazil? Brazil has something to offer all 12 months of the year, but the Brazilian climate is influenced by its size. Brazil is spread over several climate zones, so the weather varies according to what time of year you travel and whether you are visiting northern or southern Brazil.
The East African country, Tanzania, is a country that has really made it to the list of outstanding safari destinations. Wonderful nature and wildlife experiences await you when you choose this destination.
Visit Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, to name but two. Serengeti National Park has one of the oldest ecosystems in the world and is home to the Great Migration, along with Masai Mara in Kenya, when some 2 million animals migrate in search of water and food. The Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano, also has unique wildlife. Around 25,000 animals live in the crater.
If you’d rather get sweat your brow, why not climb the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Kilimanjaro? The challenge is intense, but the sense of victory at having conquered it – and the view – makes it all worthwhile.
Whether you are into magnificent animal experiences or activities that give you sweat on your brow, you can round off your tour with a few well-deserved days on the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is azure waters, white sandy beaches, a good book and relaxation. If you still feel the need for a little adventure, you can explore Stone Town’s labyrinth of streets.
When should you visit Tanzania? The best time to visit depends on what you wish to experience. The climate of Kilimanjaro differs somewhat to Serengeti National Park, for example. Generally speaking, Tanzania is good all year round: From November to March, there are more baby animals than at other times of the year in Serengeti, and from late May to July, you can experience the Great Migration right up close.
Thailand has been one of the most popular countries to travel to for many years. Fabulous beaches, delicious food, hospitable people and the beautiful sights are some of the main ingredients of Thailand’s success.
Although Thailand is not a “new” destination, the country offers a whole host of memorable experiences for children and adults alike.
In northern Thailand, you will become acquainted with the charming city of Chiang Mai, where, for example, you can learn how to cook tasty Thai dishes, discover the sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple or visit fantastic markets, where you can buy everything between heaven and earth. If you visit the city around the Thai New Year – Songkran – in April, you are guaranteed a fun party.
In Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, you will experience a true city vibe. Crowds of people, amazing sights and the floating markets are just some of the components that make your days in the capital so enchanting. One of the main sights is the Grand Palace – the royal palace with its golden spires which can be seen from afar. Walking around the beautiful complex is like walking around a wonderland.
If you are into beaches and relaxation, the southern part of the country is the place for you: the islands of Koh Samui or Koh Ngai, for example. Water, sand, sun loungers and a drink – or a snorkelling trip from one of the islands – are the recipe for a wonderful holiday in this part of Thailand.
When should you visit Thailand? Thailand is primarily located in the tropical climate zone, but there are major differences in the weather depending on the season and where you are. To avoid the monsoon, travel to Northern Thailand between October and March, to the central part of the country between November and May, to the east coast of Southern Thailand from June to October, and to the west coast of Southern Thailand between November and March. Generally speaking, Thailand is fantastic all year round.
If you have always dreamed of travelling to Peru, now may be the time to actually do it. What Peru does not have in beaches, it makes up for in its amazing historical sites and nature experiences.
Top of many people’s to do list for Peru is to experience the Inca city, Machu Picchu, named one of the seven new wonders of the world. If you wish to walk to the ancient Inca city via the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek, you can expect a tough trek that is worth all the effort when you set eyes on the fairy tale place surrounded by cloud forest.
If you wish to experience an even greater sense of history, a trip to Cusco is a must. In the ancient Inca capital, you will discover even more exciting places sacred to the Incas, such as the sun temple, Korincancha. In the city, you can also sample some of the classics of Peruvian cuisine, such as cuy (Peruvian guinea pigs) or picarones, the Peruvian answer to doughnuts.
If you want to get to know the local people and be at one with nature, a trip on Lake Titicaca can satisfy both wishes. Here, you will meet the Uros people, who both live off and in the nature. The people live on reed islands and live off hunting and fishing. You can also experience the beautiful view out across the 174 km-long and 64 km-wide lake when you go for a walk on the island of Taquile.
When should you visit Peru? Peru is wonderful all year round. If one of your primary goals of visiting the country is to trek to Machu Picchu, the best months are between April and November – and you should be aware that the Inca Trail is closed in February.
Kenya is one of the classic, old safari destinations in Africa.
The scenery and wildlife will take the breath away of even the most seasoned of travellers. You may already have heard of Masai Mara, which is home not only to the Big Five, but animals such as giraffes, zebras, gazelles and wildebeest, which you can see in their droves when some 2 million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles migrate between Masai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania during the Great Migration.
But several of Kenya’s amazing parks promise to take your breath away. Discover Amboseli National Park, which offers a beautiful view of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The park is one of the smallest in Kenya and is famous for its big elephants. You can also experience Lake Naivasha – a freshwater lake with a profusion of birds, as well as hippos, vervet monkeys and waterbucks. If you are into stunning scenery, a trip to Tsavo East’s beautiful bright red soil is a fascinating moment.
When should you visit Kenya? Kenya offers experiences all 365 days of the year, but if you want to avoid the rainy season, avoid the period from April to the end of May (the big rainy season) and between the end of October and December (the small rainy season). If it is a must for you to experience the Great Migration, you should visit Masai Mara between June/July and October.
China is one of the world’s largest countries – so big, in fact, that you can only see a fraction of what the country has to offer in a lifetime: diverse culture, outstanding sights and beautiful scenery.
The capital Beijing offers unique experiences that you won’t forget in a hurry. Visit, for example, the Summer Palace and the surrounding park, the Forbidden City, which is an old imperial palace, or discover one of the city’s many other historical sites. Outside Beijing, for example, you can walk on the Great Wall, which is indisputably one of the most impressive buildings in the world.
If you travel inland, you can experience one of China’s ancient capitals in Xi’an. Xi’an is especially famous for the Terracotta Warriors. More than 6,000 man-sized clay warriors – all with different facial expressions – stand side by side, guarding the final resting place of China’s first emperor.
If you would like to see the endangered pandas, you can do so in China’s Chengdu Province. In the area, you can also experience other exciting animals such the red panda and birds such as the black-necked crane.
And it goes without saying that you cannot avoid experiencing the amazing Chinese food culture. Taste delicious dishes such as dumplings (jiaozi) or Kungpao chicken (gongbao jiding).
When should you visit China? China can be visited all year round, but it is important to note that weather conditions and temperatures vary greatly due to the vastness of the country. If you wish to avoid very cold or very hot temperatures, you should travel to Beijing in spring or autumn.
Colombia is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination. In recent years, travellers have really had their eyes opened to what Colombia has to offer.
Relaxation, history and nature all feature on the Colombian menu. Visit Cartagena, for example, a coastal city whose colonial charm can be felt from afar. The city centre is surrounded by a city gate, and the cobbled streets inside the walls wind their way around like a spider’s web. Cartagena has several exciting districts offering various experiences.
If you enjoy a more active holiday, you can trek to the Lost City ruin complex, also known as Ciudad Perdida. Lost City is one of the biggest attractions in Colombia, and you will enjoy an experience of a lifetime if you go on this trek. The ruin complex is situated deep inside the jungle, and you will definitely be getting your feet wet as you have to cross rivers several times.
If culinary experiences are your main reason for travelling, the coffee region is the place for you. Discover how the exquisite Colombian coffee is produced – naturally you will also get to taste it.
When should you visit Colombia? The most important thing to know about the weather in Colombia is that it is not only the season but also the altitude that determines the temperature. It is dry season on the Caribbean coast between December and April – although there is nothing to stop you visiting the coast during the rainy season. The country’s dry season falls in July and August, but it is also good to visit the country between December and March.
As a country, South Africa is a winner by virtue of its versatility. If you are into nature, culture, beaches, big city – you name it – South Africa has it!
South Africa is also known as the Rainbow Nation because of its ethnic and cultural diversity – and this is also what helps make the country so exciting.
And the experiences come thick and fast. Go on safari in Kruger National Park, which is South Africa’s largest of its kind. The park offers excellent safari with lots of animals to see. You will not only spot many of the classic safari animals, but reptiles and around 500 different bird species, too.
If you prefer the freedom to set the pace yourself, you can also choose to go on a self-drive holiday along South Africa’s south coast, where the Garden Route takes you to several charming towns and cities, amazing animal experiences and a rugged stretch of coastline.
Experience a true city vibe in Cape Town, where you can go for a walk along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the cosy atmosphere in the evening. Cape Town has a lot to offer – as does the rest of this amazing country.
When should you visit South Africa? South Africa is great all year round. Be aware that it is summer in South Africa when it is winter here. Kruger National Park is both hottest and wettest from November to February, so if you want to avoid this, it’s best to travel in the other months of the year. The Garden Route is great all year round, but it can get cold in South Africa’s winter. If you want to see whales, the best time is between June and November.
Sri Lanka is one of the destinations that is small enough for you to experience all the major sights on one holiday and yet so interesting that you will want to come back.
In Sri Lanka, you get a lot of variation in a relatively small area, which is also the reason why Sri Lanka’s popularity has been growing rapidly over the past few years.
Yala National Park is, for example, one of the best places to go on safari in South-east Asia. A whole host of exciting animals live here, and the park also offers outstanding scenery.
If you are into magnificent experiences, you should visit the old capital, Sigiriya, where the Lion Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located. The rock is almost 200m high, and you can enjoy the wonderful view of the area after a climb that will leave you with sweat on your brow.
Besides guaranteeing wonderful nature experiences, Sri Lanka is also an outstanding beach holiday destination. Sri Lanka offers several fabulous beach paradises, which are the perfect place to relax after several days of nature, culture and wildlife.
When should you visit Sri Lanka?: Sri Lanka has something to offer all year round, but you should be aware of the island’s monsoons. If you would like to enjoy a beach holiday in south-western Sri Lanka, the best time to travel is between December and March, while May to September is best if you would like a beach holiday in northern or eastern Sri Lanka. If you wish to see whales, you should travel between October and April.
Are you ready to go get amazing travel experiences in 2019?
There are many destinations to choose from in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
If you have any questions about which destination is right for you, please feel free to contact our travel consultants who are on hand to help you. Visit our subsidiaries Lamatours.co.uk and Africasafari.co.uk for more inspiration on the Asian and African destinations.
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