- Novi Sad, Serbia
Why for 2019: The ‘New Garden’ of Serbia hosts the rocking EXIT festival, of which the 20th edition coincides with the stint of the city as the European Youth Capital of 2019.
Insider’s tip: According to Lonely Planet, the Lower Town of Petrovaradin Citadel is being regenerated, and the Chinatown of this city has also developed into an alternative-culture district.
Best time to visit (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): March, April, May, September, and October.
Why for 2019: This year will mark 150 years since the birth of Gandhi making it a historic year to visit, according to Black Tomato.
Insider’s tip: Check out the wonders of Nagaland and the Kaziranga National Park – home to Asiatic rhinos and some of Asia’s last surviving former-headhunting tribes.
Best time to visit (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): October to March.
Why for 2019: The 2019 European Games will be held in Belarus from 14 – 30 June.
Insider’s tip: Long a beacon for those who are seeking the obscure, Belarus has become cool on the back of relaxed visa requirements, locals who party like it’s 1999, cafe scene, and a sneaky-good art.
You really should visit Minsk – the hub of Belarus – with the restored Old Town, centerd around the bierstubes, fashionable cocktail bars, and the graceful ratusha.
Best time to visit (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): June to August.
- Tohoku, Japan
Why for 2019: Japan always fascinates and entices culturally inquisitive travelers. Especially, for 2019, you should focus on the lesser known region of Tohoku, only 90 minutes north-east of Tokyo. It offers varied natural landscapes which are perfect for hiking and maybe skiing in the winter.
Insider’s tip: Visit Kakunodate’s village which is home to Samurai legends and artisan workshops in order to step back to the Edo period.
Best time to visit (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): All months of a year.