Travel Destinations

Best Places to Visit Before the End of 2019

Like most people, at the start of 2019, you may have made a list of all the things you wanted to do over the course of the year. Some people make career goals; others make plans to work on themselves and their general lifestyle, and a lot of people want to make the most of the chance to see more of the world and explore new opportunities through travel. However, as the end of august rolls in, you may find yourself regretting not having traveled as much as you had hoped over the year. Luckily, while the September to December months might not seem like the best time of year to travel around the world, there are actually many places which are at their most beautiful during this period. If you are still wanting to take some time away for yourself before the year is up, and are unsure of where to go, then here are some of the best places to visit before the end of 2019.

Melbourne, Australia

The best times to visit Melbourne are actually in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn, as during these times the temperatures are much more moderate, allowing you to explore more of the capital without being as slowed down by the heat. Spring in Australia starts from around September lasting until November, meaning you can just hop in an international car rental straight from the airport, and enjoy watching Melbourne come into bloom without having to suffer through the intense crowds of the peak season.

The Bahamas, Caribbean

It’s true that Caribbean destinations are often much busier during the winter months; however, if you visit just a month or two earlier, you’ll find that instead of being met by a torrent of tourists, you will be able to enjoy the sun and sand of the Bahamas in relative peace. Whether you’re traveling alone or with family and friends, the Bahamas have a lot to offer: from the beauty of the Pink Sands Beach to the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with dolphins on the Blue Lagoon Island, or enjoying the excitement of Paradise Island Water Park. During this time, you can also enjoy the benefits of less expensive airfare, so if you’ve been wanting visit the Caribbean for a while, this time of year offers a great opportunity to do so while still keeping the costs down.

Seychelles, Africa

If you’re looking for crystal clear waters, beautiful flora and fauna and delicate sands, then you need look no further than the Seychelles, off of the coast of East Africa. In particular, this is an excellent location for an adult only holiday, a romantic getaway, or for those who are looking to take a step back from the stresses of daily life. There are plenty of luxury resorts across the entire span of over one hundred islands, each of which offers a range of excursions and activities, from snorkeling and kayaking to spa and beauty treatments. The islands also benefit from a variety of traditional to modern architecture and lifestyles, meaning that you can pick whichever type of atmosphere best suits your individual wants and needs.

Lisbon, Portugal

Unlike some other areas of Europe which are hit by mostly cold and dreary weather at this time of year, Lisbon enjoys the perks of the subtropical Mediterranean climate, even towards the end of the year. The city boasts some extraordinary architecture and history, from the Gothic to the Romanesque, making Portugal’s capital a fantastic place to explore. You can ride the tram into the old Alfama District, and discover all the treasure the oldest part of the city has to offer; this includes the Lisbon Cathedral and St George’s Castle, one of the most visible landmarks in Lisbon, standing tall and proud above the streets of the Alfama District. Alternatively, on a sunny day, why not make the most of the offseason and head to the beach to enjoy the sand and sea without having to wade through an overload of tourists?

Reykjavik, Iceland

If you’re looking to embrace the cold rather than escape it, then the end of the year, particularly around November, is the perfect time to visit Iceland. During these months, the cold is moving in, but so too are the beautiful dancing illuminations of the Northern Lights. Reykjavik comes into its own in these months, from the annual music festival in November to the perks of the natural hot springs and Blue Lagoon spa. You can go on specialist tours to see the Aurora Borealis, or just rent a car yourself and take the lights in at your own leisure. Wherever you decide to go on your travels, don’t feel the need to put off your adventures until next year; there is still plenty of life left in 2019, so make the most of it and start discovering!

Summer in Iceland is bustling with life and activity, and winter presents a mellower and less crowded wonderland. Ever wondered what it’s like to drive a camper in Iceland and just enjoy the moment? This could be a good year to fulfill your dream of a road trip in Iceland.