Scrolling through social media, reading magazines and seeing images online of far-off destinations just feeds the need for travel. Some of us have a healthy dose of wanderlust already, but the added visual reminders can really set plans in motion — or at least plans for a plan.
Walk into 2019 with positive travel thoughts and motivation by putting a plan in action. Whether you already have a long list of destinations in mind or you need a little inspiration, put your vacation priorities in line and get ready to travel like you mean it. Consider adding a few more ideas to your list that can enrich a vacation you already have planned, or set one in motion.
Need a New Experience? Go International
Getting out of the country for the first time ever or first time this year can seem like a whole to-do, but it really doesn’t have to be. For first-timers, find a tour in your country of interest that best fits you. An expert guide who speaks the language can ease the entire trip, making you feel more comfortable in a new place. You’ll get the lay of the land with the comfort of having an experienced traveler along for the ride.
If a tour isn’t really your speed, or you’re an avid traveler seeking new ideas, we have a few:
With all the cobblestone charms, medieval architecture and fairytale scenery you can handle, Eastern Europe is a treasure trove of travel inspiration. Choose from the scenic lakes and lush greenery of Slovenia; the incredible history of Romania, Poland and Czech Republic; endless beauty of Estonia, Croatia and Montenegro; and everything in between.
While Paris is already on most traveler’s lists, France offers so much more than the City of Love. Through the real-life fairytale castles, charming French culture and almost unbelievable cuisine, the Dordogne region in France is a must for 2019 — especially considering it’s the 100th anniversary of the Félibrée, an annual celebration of Occitan, a language of romance. Indulge in festivities surrounding art, music, food and all things fun in Dordogne. With all the active outdoorsy fun you’d expect in the South of France and all the culture you’d find in Paris, Dordogne’s 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites and luxury attractions are nothing to scoff at. For all the tour-goers out there, NatGeo tours has one through Spain and France, uncovering human origin landmarks.
Mexico City, Mexico
Foodies should look no further than Mexico City for their 2019 travel aspirations. For all things corn, tortillas, tamales and any traditional Mexican cuisine you can get your hands on, Mexico City is in a golden era of restaurateurs. Eater named 38 essential Mexico City Restaurants to try, all conveniently located in and around the center of the city.
While the ice seems to be melting all around us, Greenland is a must for 2019 travelers seeking spectacular views, incredible natural beauty, wildlife, natural wonders and Inuit culture. Meet the friendly locals and dine on oddities you wouldn’t normally find in the States. Wait for the warmer months to roll around and get the best views of the Northern Lights, or get the full wintery experience, darkness and all, and visit during the colder months. Either way, you’ll see sled dogs working hard for the money, pops of color along fisherman’s homes and small-town charm you didn’t know existed.
Need a Quick Trip? Go Close to Home
Consider a slow start to your year of travel with somewhere in your own backyard. If you live within a few hour’s drive, bus ride or train away from a small town you’ve never visited or city you’ve always taken for granted, now’s your chance. It’s a great way to whet your appetite for travel without going too hard too soon.
It’s nearly spring already, so no need to run off to an all-inclusive resort or grand getaway if you really just need a quick break from the monotony. Check Amtrak schedules near you and see which destination grabs your attention. Check the trip-planning map and keep it as simple or elaborate as you want and have time for.
Need a Good Excuse? Go Somewhere New
If the train part catches your eye, upgrade to a full-scale vacation with Vacations By Rail. Passengers can ride coast to coast, like a road trip without the driving and navigating.
With the whole road trip aspect in mind, there is so much to see in our own country. One way to get started with stateside vacations, make a list of all the states you’ve visited — layovers not included. There are bound to be a few big ones you’re missing. Pinpoint a few states you’ve been meaning to visit, either for a specific reason like a museum, city nightlife, music scene, art festival or national landmark. While you never really need a reason in mind for a vacation, it can help narrow down your options. Here’s a little inspiration if you’re into videogames, BBQ, books, movie culture or even the undead.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
As solo travel becomes more and more popular, introverts may wonder if the seemingly courageous act is one they would enjoy. The truth is introverts aren’t necessarily shy or anti-social, but they gain energy from their alone time and often need quiet in order to recharge. So long as there are opportunities for such solo moments, a solo trip can be an introvert’s dream vacation. Here are a few ways to make the most of a solo trip as an introvert.
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In the past, U.S. citizens who return to the States from abroad had to face long lines at passport control and customs checkpoints just to get back into the country. But a relatively new, free mobile app called Mobile Passport made this process easier and faster. Here is how to take advantage of this time-saving, headache-preventing technology.