Exploring Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019

Are you looking for a dazzling new travel destination? The trendspotters at Lonely Planet have released their favorites for 2019, and we found several on their list that are easy to explore.

Travel trendspotters Lonely Planet have pinpointed the places savvy travelers are eyeing for 2019 vacations, and we’re loving the results. While wildly different, all of these destinations share a few common traits: diverse culture, magnificent natural beauty, and amazing antiquities. And luckily, you can explore quite a few of them with us!

Take a peek at these Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019 Countries, and how you can see them with a Virgin Vacations package or tour. Look at you, out there trend-setting!

Best in Travel 2019: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka. Photo: Pixabay/RomanBader

Sri Lanka. Photo: Pixabay/RomanBader

The top finisher in 2019’s Best in Travel, Sri Lanka’s tropical location off the southernmost tip of India grants this island vibrant green mountains, coconut palm groves, and dreamy aquamarine waters. Thousands of years’ worth of culture is stored up in ancient temples, sacred trees, carved rock fortresses and European forts dating back to the 1600s. From tea plantations to elephant safaris, Sri Lanka’s diversity is simply astonishing.

Sigiriya rock fortress, Sri Lanka. Photo: Pixabay/Posweicei

Sigiriya rock fortress, Sri Lanka. Photo: Pixabay/Posweicie

Visit Sri Lanka on an in-depth, small group tour with cultural experiences and sightseeing which takes you into the heart of this vibrant country. View our Treasures of Sri Lanka tour here.

Best in Travel 2019: Germany

Nuremburg, Germany. Photo: Shutterstock

Nuremburg, Germany. Photo: Shutterstock

While it’s the century-mark of the Bauhaus movement that has Lonely Planet excited for Germany, there’s no shortage of history here. And if Sri Lanka sounds like a reach for you, Germany remains delightfully accessible. DIY travelers, why not rent a car and get out on the open roads?

Bavarian village, Germany. Photo: Shutterstock

Bavarian village, Germany. Photo: Shutterstock

Bavaria is a particularly charming choice for a road trip, with Alpine towns like Oberammergau, the famously beautiful castle of Neuschwanstein, and Germany’s highest mountain peak, the Zugspitze. You’re also within easy reach of Austria, with enchanting Salzburg and the Tyrol to explore. Or stay further north and branch out into the romantic Rhine River Valley, home to endless castles, vineyards, and historic cities. Explore our Germany Fly & Drive packages, complete with suggested itineraries that will have you ready to start your adventure today!

Heidelberg, Germany. Photo: Shutterstock

Heidelberg, Germany. Photo: Shutterstock

But with so much gorgeous scenery, you might not want to do the driving. If your idea of a vacation is letting someone else do all of the work, you’re going to love our tours of Germany. Professional tour managers and expertly-planned itineraries make these trips a breeze. Munich, Berlin, Heidelberg, the Black Forest: see it all, and don’t worry about a thing. Discover our Germany Escorted Tour vacations.

Best in Travel 2019: Jordan

Petra, Jordan. Photo: Pixabay/Stocksnap

Petra, Jordan. Photo: Pixabay/Stocksnap

Jordan’s ancient wonders are best encapsulated in the red city of Petra — that sandstone wonder of Petra’s Treasury, carved into the cliff, might be one of the most famous places in the world (if only thanks to its starring role alongside Indiana Jones). But Jordan has an astonishing number of wonders to offer curious travelers. In Jordan, you can also float in the Dead Sea, explore hilltop Crusader castles, and wander ancient Roman temples and amphitheaters in Amman and Jerash.

Amman, Jordan. Photo: Pixabay/koomaros

Amman, Jordan. Photo: Pixabay/koomaros

Plus, if you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the Holy Land, you can combine Jordan and Israel into one trip. Explore our Jordan tours and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.

Best in Travel 2019: Indonesia

Mount Merapi, Indonesia. Photo: Pixabay/Kanenori

Mount Merapi, Indonesia. Photo: Pixabay/Kanenori

This tropical archipelago might be one of southeast Asia’s best-kept tourism secrets, with a few notable stand-outs: Bali, for example, and Jakarta, the nation’s capital. But Indonesia spans more than 13,000 islands, and while it might also be one of the world’s most populous nations, there’s plenty of tranquility to be found here. Amazing ancient temples, tumbling waterfalls, tropical rainforests and terraced rice fields are all your Indonesia must-see list.

Taman Ayun, Bali. Photo: Pixabay/Dezalb

Taman Ayun, Bali. Photo: Pixabay/Dezalb

You can experience Indonesia’s rich and incredibly diverse cultures with a small-group tour of Java and Bali. Including remarkable immersions like dining with village families, learning local games and customs, visiting unique markets and even taking a cooking class with a Balinese chef, you’ll also explore the ancient history of these beautiful islands. Discover our Java & Bali adventure here.