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The 12 Best Places to Travel in 2019

If traveling more is one of your New Year’s resolutions for this year, you’ll want to check off all of the 12 best places to travel in 2019—there’s one for every month of the year.

The Best Place to Go in January 2019: Puerto Rico

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This January, escape the widespread wintry cold in most of the U.S. and head to Puerto Rico. A trip here supports the island’s tourist industry, which in turn helps hurricane-relief efforts as Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. If that isn’t reason enough, Hamilton, the world-famous musical, has special shows at the Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center (Bellas Artes) from January 12th to 27th, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has Puerto Rican roots.

Where to stay: CasaBlanca Hotel is a quirky property in the heart of Old San Juan with an unbeatable location, a moderate price tag, and funky amenities, like tubs on its rooftop.

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The Best Place to Go in February 2019: Eastern Canada

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Yes, it’s cold, but Canadians embrace this fact of life with wonderful winter festivals in February. Head to Nova Scotia for the annual Lobster Crawl that kicks off on the first of the month, or to Newfoundland and Labrador for the Mid-Winter Bivver, a snowmobile and culinary festival. Quebec City’s famous Winter Carnival, now in its 65th year, will also be held this month, featuring an ice canoe race and night parades. And another province, New Brunswick, hosts its restaurant week, Chop Chop, at the end of the month in the popular city of Saint John.

Where to stay: Overlook the wintry landscape of Quebec City at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Located in close proximity to the festivities, the hotel is inside the walls of Old Quebec.

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The Best Place to Go in March 2019: Trinidad and Tobago

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For a warm-weather carnival destination, Trinidad and Tobago is one of the best places to travel in 2019 for March. The first full week of the month is the island’s biggest party in the capital, Port of Spain. Typical of other Caribbean Carnivals, the festival always starts just before Lent and is a time to celebrate culture and indulgence.

Where to stay: The Hyatt Regency Trinidad is a newly renovated, luxurious waterfront resort located in the heart of the party.

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The Best Place to Go in April 2019: New Mexico

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Head to one of the U.S.’s emerging destinations before the hot summer months. Underrated and less crowded than its Southwest neighbor, Arizona, New Mexico is full of surprises—despite its desert location, the state has a monsoon season (summer) but also gets snow. Its two main cities, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, are only an hour apart and offer a variety of experiences, from fine dining at one of the top 10 restaurants in the U.S., Geronimo, to gorgeous (but not too crowded) national landmarks like White Sands and Tent Rocks.

Where to stay: Los Poblanos Ranch & Inn in Albuquerque offers a quiet escape on a beautiful lavender farm. Relax here, or use it as a starting point for a New Mexico road trip.

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The Best Place to Go in May 2019: Maine

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From its culinary cities to a world-renowned national park, Maine is a popular New England summer destination but is getting more and more crowded. Head to Vacationland in May instead and avoid the crowds; while the weather is milder, you can get lucky with warmer temps towards the end of the month.

Where to stay: Glamping is a trendy form of accommodation for 2019, especially in outdoor destinations, like Maine. Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport offers carriage houses, campsites, and safari tents to rent, and its season kicks off in early May.

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The Best Place to Go in June 2019: Normandy, France

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June 6th marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. To honor fallen soldiers and to commemorate the world-changing event, Normandy will host events all summer long, including fireworks displays, airdrops, concerts, giant picnics, concerts, and military parades. Daks Over Normandy, a reenactment of the event,  will take place on June 5th; 250 men and women will fly across the English Channel and parachute into Normandy.

Where to stay: The location of Mercure Hotel Omaha Beach can’t be beaten for the anniversary celebrations. It’s situated close to the coastline as well as Port-en-Bessin, Bayeux, and the American War Cemetery.

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The Best Place to Go in July 2019: Chile and Argentina

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South America will see its own solar eclipse this year, with the path of totality marked just south of Buenos Aires. The event occurs on July 2nd and is the perfect excuse to plan a trip to the region this month. SA Expeditions, a travel company that arranges tours to the region, recommends three spots for the solar eclipse in 2019: Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Elqui Valley, Chile; and Mendoza, Argentina.

Where to stay: Use Buenos Aires as your home base for a South America trip in 2019. The Home Hotel Buenos Aires is an award-winning hotel with an outdoor heated pool, a spa, and a garden that climbs on the exterior walls of some rooms—and it’s located right in the middle of the city.

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The Best Place to Go in August 2019: Anaheim, California

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Summer 2019 brings the much-anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. While the attraction could see record-breaking attendance numbers, August might be your best bet for fewer crowds as hotter temperatures hit Southern California and the initial hype begins to wear off.

Where to stay: The whole family will love the Hotel Indigo, Anaheim’s first upscale boutique property. Its location is both safe and convenient, with the Disneyland park entrance only a 10-minute walk away.

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The Best Place to Go in September 2019: Portugal

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After a year of increasing popularity, Portugal may no longer be Europe’s best-kept secret—but its colorful palaces, historic towns, and fertile vineyards still deserve a spot on your bucket list. Visit in September for pleasant weather just about everywhere. Start in the country’s heart, Lisbon, and then travel to the wine region around Porto or the beaches of the Algarve.

Where to stay: The Lumiares in Lisbon’s trendy Bairro Alto area has apartment-style rooms that are ideal for group or family travel. This boutique hotel also has a rooftop restaurant and bar.

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The Best Place to Go in October 2019: Romania  

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Spend Halloween with werewolves, haunted castles, and, yes, Count Dracula in Transylvania. Intrepid Travel’s Halloween in Transylvania tour takes you to the vampire’s birthplace, as well as other must-see Romanian stops like a traditional Saxon village, Biertan, and the capital, Bucharest.

Where to stay: The Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel offers Eastern European architecture and hospitality with an affordable price tag. Ideally located in the Old Town area, the hotel organizes trips in the neighborhood, and when you want to rest your feet after a walking tour, you can do so at the property’s sun terrace or garden.

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The Best Place to Go in November 2019: Berlin, Germany

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Tourism to Germany is on the rise from years past and Berlin is a surprisingly affordable metropolitan destination with famous art, food and drink, and nightlife offerings. November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which divided West and East Germany for 28 years. The city will mark this momentous event with museum exhibits, concerts, performances, and even bike tours that run the length of the original wall. While recognitions and events last throughout the year, November is the most significant time to visit in 2019.

Where to stay: Centrally located for museums, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment is Select Hotel Berlin The Wall. Plus, it’s within walking distance of many of the wall’s landmarks, including Checkpoint Charlie.

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The Best Place to Go in December 2019: Great Britain

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While currency exchange rates are impossible to predict—especially given the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit—the U.S. dollar is currently enjoying some of its strongest-ever rates against the British pound. Book early to take advantage of the savings and celebrate the holidays in England, Scotland, or Wales. It’s hard to compare other cities to London’s cultural blend of old-fashioned Victorian and modern-day glamour, which is especially celebrated during the Christmas season. Or cozy up in the countryside of the Cotswolds when the weather gets wet. Up in Scotland, Edinburgh hosts popular winter festivals and markets, while Wales’ landscape is arguably at its best under a light dusting of snow.

Where to stay: Nothing beats Christmas at Claridge’s. Located in London’s posh Mayfair neighborhood, the hotel has its tree decorated by a famous designer every year.

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For more ideas, see Top Travel Destinations for 2019.

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Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

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