- Nusa Penida, Indonesia
Why for 2019: If you love Bali, you should head to Nusa Penida – a hidden gem which is waiting to be discovered in Indonesia.
Located on Bali’s southeast coast, Nusa Penida offers breath-taking landscapes and the opportunities to walk along the Crystal Bay, scuba dive, or soak in the natural wonders such as the Giri Putri Cave and Angel’s Billabong – the natural infinity pool.
Insider’s tip: Kabeh Jati Garden Villa and Restaurant offers the perfect night’s stay.
Best time to visit (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): May to September or November to March to beat the crowds and pricey flights.
- Mestia, Georgia
Why for 2019: Are you bored of Asia and Europe? Travel to Georgia, located 1,500 meters above sea level, a great starting point for tours throughout the region.
Insider’s tip: The Svaneti Museum is a great place to start as well as to immerse yourself in the local culture and history. Active travellers will hike the lakes at the base of Mount Ushba, that offer breath-taking views of the lakes or hike up the Chaladi Glacier on the Caucasus Mountains’ slopes.
Best time to visit (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): May, June or September. Autumn harvest time is also suitable for a visit.
- Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Why for 2019: The Silk and Spices Festival in Bukhara will be held on 25-27 May. During the days of the Silk and Spices Festival, there will be fairs where visitors can buy handicrafts, silk scarves, and souvenirs.
Samarkand, a prosperous stop on the ancient Silk Road, has been the world culture’s hub for hundreds of years and is among Central Asia’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It has many medieval architecture and monuments which are included in the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO.
Insider’s tip: Visit the Registan Square, ranking among the world’s most beautiful squares.
Best time to visit (in terms of weather and cheapest flights): Late September and early October. April to May is also recommended.