Must-visit destinations in 2019: From St Moritz to Prague to Uluru and more

It’s that time of year. Not just to make those resolutions about new age diets or workout routines. But also to draw your travel wish list for 2019 and beyond. From high adrenaline pursuits to getaways where you can slow things down, here’s our travel hot list for the year ahead

Skiing Choose one of the vantage points from the century-old Romantik Hotel for breath- taking views of the region’s legendary Bernina Massif.

Catch the Skiing season, St. Moritz

This is where winter tourism probably first took off in the 1860s. With its four main peaks, 350 kilometres of pistes (ski-runs), 200 kilometres of cross-country ski trails, you never run out of options around here. Perfect venue for cross-country skiing, you take in the stunning views each time you take a breather here. Choose one of the vantage points from the century-old Romantik Hotel for breath-taking views of the region’s legendary Bernina Massif.

Do a beer trail, Prague

hot air balloon Must do travel experiences for 2019

The Czechs drink more beer (per capita) than any country in the world. The first brewery here dates back to 993 C.E. The Pilsner story began here in 1842 and you can sample the legendary Pilsner Urquell almost anywhere in Prague. Check out the city’s tiny beer museum or sign up for one of the tours that make stops at popular drinking establishments like the Prazsky Most (Prague Bridge) microbrewery. It’s not just pilsners here; there’s everything from red lager, green beer (with stinging nettles) and honey beer in the mix.

glass igloo You can snuggle up in one of the resort’s glass igloos and take in the stellar views.

Watch the Northern lights from a glass igloo

The Northern lights phenomenon is on many 2010s bucket lists. Kakslauttanen (in Finland) is one of the best places to catch this magical glow between August and April. There’s virtually no light pollution and very few trees that come in the way of the view. The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a favourite with travellers in these parts. You can snuggle up in one of the resort’s glass igloos and take in the stellar views. Sleeping under the stars acquires a whole new
meaning at this resort.

Try sky diving, Swakopmund

sky diving You can also opt for the breathtaking desert jumps far away from civilisation.

If you’ve already experienced a sky dive over the Great Barrier Reef or New Zealand, head to Namibia for a second adrenaline boost. The country’s diving hotspot is located near the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund that is full of boutique hotels in heritage buildings like the Hotel Eberwein. Train and qualify for static line jump (where you are tied to the airplane with a special cord that automatically opens your parachute) or opt for a freefall tandem jump with a qualified instructor. You can also opt for the breathtaking desert jumps far away from civilisation.

Face off with sharks, South Africa

Face off with sharks This spot (just three hours away from Cape Town) earned its name thanks to the great white sharks that lurk in these waters.

There are dark alleys and then there’s Shark Alley, near the fishing village of Gansbaai, South Africa. This spot (just three hours away from Cape Town) earned its name thanks to the great white sharks that lurk in these waters. If you’re ready for a whole new diving experience indulge in shark cage diving where you’re in a secure cage and at a reasonable distance from these fearsome creatures. But the thrills never stop as these great whites stare at you and brush their tales against your cage.

Drive to the red centre, Uluru

Drive to the red centre, Uluru Get mesmerised by the sunset and sunrise at Australia’s red centre - Uluru, one of the world’s largest monolithic structures and a sacred Aboriginal site.

It’s one of the world’s loneliest drives – perfect if you want to get away from it all. Start at Darwin, the country’s Northern tip and drive past Kakadu National park, a UNESCO world heritage site with Aboriginal art and spot the formidable 15-feet long Salties (Salt Water Crocodiles) along the Adelaide River before your reach Australia’s spiritual heart. Get mesmerised by the sunset and sunrise at Australia’s red centre - Uluru, one of the world’s largest monolithic structures and a sacred Aboriginal site.

Go where the Game of Thrones began, northern ireland

Game of Thrones It’s one of the world’s most gorgeous coastal drives.

One of this decade’s most popular shows ends in 2019. The perfect time to go back in time to the locations where this show began, in Northern Ireland. From the Dark Hedges to Ballintoy Harbour, some of the show’s most iconic shooting locations are located along Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast. It’s one of the world’s most gorgeous coastal drives. From the Giant’s Causeway, a complex grid of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that disappears into the ocean to an abandoned castle precariously perched on the edge of the ocean, this road never stops throwing up photo opportunities.

Go underground, Berlin

Go underground, Berlin Isn't it beautiful!

If you’ve grown up on a diet of Cold War fiction and spy thrillers, it’s time you went off the beaten track in Berlin. The city’s Eastern and Western quarters were the hotbed of cloak and dagger games till the Berlin Wall crumbled in 1989. Begin your Cold War trail underground — Berliner Unterwelten (underground) organises a fascinating subways and bunkers tour, a parallel universe that was hidden from the public until recently. Other stops along the trail include the iconic Glienicke bridge (a.k.a – the Bridge of Spies), the Spy museum, Tränenpalast or Palace of Tears and the DDR museum.

Sharpen your culinary skills, Paris

Sharpen your culinary skills, Paris You don’t even have to be a resident guest to sign up.

The Ritz has been one of Paris’ premier addresses since the 1890s. The hotel’s culinary credentials are legendary, now you can take tips from the hotel’s celebrated chefs at their very own L’Ecole Ritz Escoffier. From crafting macaroons to cocktails at the Bar Hemingway to cooking with foie gras, sign up for one of their many short term culinary courses that are conducted in French and English. You don’t even have to be a resident guest to sign up.

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