Get your calendars open and start making travel plans. Here are the best places to travel in 2019 for each month of the year.
January – Japan
Although we’re in the peak of winter here in the United States, make plans to head to Japan to visit the snow monkeys in Nagano. The Japanese Macaque is native to northern Japan and is the most northern-living non-human primate. It’s an incredible experience to see these remarkable creatures bathing and grooming.
February – Vietnam
Travel to Vietnam before the rest of the world catches on to its allure. It’s quickly becoming a travel hot spot because of its natural beauty and history, so make plans to be there in February before the country starts seeing crowds. Our 10-day journey to Vietnam hits all the highlights in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, and is the perfect inspiration itinerary to start building your custom journey.
March – Jordan
March signals the start of spring in Jordan. You’ll see lush green valleys, wildflowers, cooler temperatures, and bright, clear sunlight. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra is an obvious highlight, but her charming and friendly people are the real treasure. They are eager to welcome visitors and show them the beauty of their country. If that’s not enough reason to go, here are six more reasons you should visit Jordan.
Croatia’s motto may as well be “tiny but mighty” because this small Adriatic country is packed with culture, history, and charm. With over 1,000 islands off its coast, ten of UNESCO’s World’s Intangible Cultural Masterpieces (like lacemaking and Ojkanje singing), and Balkan and Central European architecture within its walled cities, a trip to Croatia is a journey of epic proportions. Head to Croatia in April, and since you’ll be close, add on Italy as well. Just avoid being in Italy during Holy Week.
May – Montenegro
Although its an under-the-radar destination, the coasts can still get crowded during peak travel season. Traveling before June avoids the crowds that flock to the beaches. In May the water is just starting to warm up and is very pleasant for swimming. It’s also a great month for white-water rafting and hiking.
June – Australia
While it is technically the start of winter in Australia, the temperatures in the Ningaloo Reef area of Western Australia average between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in June. Make your base at Sal Salis. Its nine luxury tents are just steps away from the turquoise waters of the Ningaloo Reef, home to puffer fish, wobbegong, black tip reef sharks, and a 600-pound grouper lovingly known as the “BFG”.
July – French Polynesia
There really isn’t a bad time to visit French Polynesia, but in July, the weather is at its best. Head to tropical paradise of The Brando Luxury Resort in the Tetiaroa Atoll among French Polynesia’s Society Islands. Accessed only by the resort’s private plane, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the white sand beaches, sparkling waters, and coconut palms. Explore the island by bicycle, paddle board to neighboring islands, sail the lagoon, or kayak to the coral gardens. There’s also a world of tropical underwater species to explore in this true island paradise.
August – Namibia
The dry season for Namibia runs from May to October. You’ll experience sunny days, virtually no rain, and cold mornings and evenings. Pack a warmer layer to wear on morning game drives but expect to slough it by mid day. Because there is less vegetation, the wildlife will be easier to spot. And although it’s a peak travel season in Namibia, you won’t see crowds on a Ker & Downey journey.
September – New England, United States
From mid-to-late September through mid-October, the landscape of New England undergoes a transformation as billions of leaves change from green to yellow, orange, and red. It’s a beautiful sight to behold.
October – Panama
November – Iceland
Visit in late fall to avoid summer crowds and have one of the better chances of seeing the Northern Lights when the skies are darker. You’ll have less daylight in the winter, but for photographers the light couldn’t be more magical. For adventurers, it’s also one of the best times to go ice caving.
December – Morocco
Think outside the box and head to Morocco to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year. The big hotels are hosting New Year’s Eve galas, but for a change of pace, consider ringing in 2019 under the vast desert sky at one of the desert camps.
Where are you going next year? To start planning your 2019 journey, contact your Ker & Downey travel designer.