New luxury destinations to add to your travel plans in 2019

The world is your oyster, so goes the famous line in Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor. Thanks to numerous technological advancements in the travel industry, today’s well-heeled travellers and jet setters in search of discovery and adventure have access to a plethora of  options at their fingertips. But with so many places to explore, finding one to that suits your personal preferences can feel daunting especially if one is always strapped for time. For those in search of a northern star to guide their way to that next fabulous holiday, the travel specialists over at luxury travel operator Scott Dunn have devised a new list of upcoming traveling trends and luxury destinations catering to Southeast Asia-based travellers. According to their latest data, a majority of modern travellers have started to pick up on destinations that offer astrotourism and transformative travel experiences; while overcrowded travel spots such as Santorini and Venice are on a steady decline. For more suggestions that will inspire your inner wanderlust warrior, have a look at these trending travel destinations below.

Slovenia

The picturesque canal in the Old Town of Ljubljana, Slovenia (image credit: Scott Dunn)

Home of forested hills and shimmering emerald green lakes and rivers, Slovenia’s photogenic scenery and preserved history is a storybook brought to life. From former communist state to Europe’s hidden gem, experiences worth forward to range from ancient castles and towers nestled in dense woodland forests, as well as a surprisingly diverse cultural scene including traditional presentations and cosmopolitan festivals.

Chile

orres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile (image credit: Scott Dunn)

From the planet’s driest desert to the otherworldly glaciers that reside in Patagonia, Chile’s surreal natural landscapes, intriguing history and culture have earned it a well-deserved spot on this list. Nature-lovers and worldly trailblazers should also pay a visit to the Torres del Paine National Park which was named the fifth most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic back in 2013.

Northern Peru

The mysterious Karija sarcophagi statues of Peru’s Utcubamba Valley (image credit: Scott Dunn)

There’s more to Peru than just Machu Picchu. If you feel like taking the road less travelled, make your way to the town of Chachapoyas. Surrounded by cloud forest and nestled in a valley in northern Peru, this town only accepts a handful of visitors at any time. Rewards of your journey include access to impressive sights including the mysterious Karija sarcophagi statues located high up the mountainside in Utcubamba Valley and the majestic Gocta Waterfall which lies hidden in a rocky canyon.

Rwanda

The magnificent One&Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda (image credit: Scott Dunn)

Ranked among the top 10 safest countries in the world by the World Economic Forum, visitors to Rwanda will be rewarded with exclusive experiences that are unique to this East African country. There’s trekking through lush forests, mist-shrouded volcanoes and, if one is lucky, rare sightings of mountain gorillas whose numbers have slowly increased thanks to the country’s conservation efforts.

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