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Mapped Bucket List

12 awesome destinations to visit over the 12 months of 2019

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Caleigh Alleyne Dec 27, 2018 10:16 am 106

Travel is a great New Year’s resolution no matter which way you swing it. Whether you’re jetsetting to an unfamiliar land or exploring new corners of your own backyard, one of the best resolutions that you can make for 2019 is to explore the world more.

To help you plan a year of adventure, we’ve rounded up twelve spots for you to explore this year and the time to visit. Using this month-to-month guide, here’s how to make sure your 2019 ticks off some of the hottest destinations of the year.

January – Rossland, Canada

 

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Begin the year by travelling in Daily Hive Vancouver’s snowy backyard along the Powder Highway in Rossland, British Columbia. This region has some of the best powder in British Columbia to explore and is a great area to visit in the winter for snowshoeing, cat skiing, fat biking, downhill and backcountry. Plus, Canada’s newest ski-in/ski-out hotel The Josie just opened for the perfect spot to ski or drop by for an apres-ski drink.

February  – Southwestern Utah, USA

 

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One of most shared geo-tags on social media are the beautiful red rocks of Utah. Instead of hiking with hundreds of your fellow selfie-takers in the summer, put on a warm coat and explore the national parks in the winter when the crowds are smaller and the prices are a lower.

Begin your journey hiking through The Narrows at Zion National Park, snap some photos of the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park, and finish by canyoning through the Mars-like terrain at Capitol Reef National Park.

March – Havana, Cuba

 

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In need of a warm-weather vacation? This year marks Havana’s 500-year anniversary, making it an awesome time to explore Cuba. Stay downtown at the Iberostar Parque Central and be steps away from the bustling culture, cuisine and nightlife in Havana or search on Airbnb for an apartment to get the local experience in a Casa Particular.

April – Petra, Jordan

 

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As travelers search for new places to visit in 2019, one destination that is popping up all over Instagram is Jordan. Take your own beautiful terracotta images of Petra, Wadi Rum and Madaba. Joining a small tour group is a great way to explore this country using local leaders.

May – Panama City, Panama

 

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Explore the colourful and historic old area of Panama City  by snagging a flight deal with Copa Airlines. With flight connections all over Latin America from Panama City, you can either plan a trip entirely to Panama City or use it as a stopover to check a few countries off your list.

Stay in the heart of the old town at Las Clementinas and wander your way through the painted buildings and little shops in Casco Viejo. Get dressed up with the locals for brunch at the American Trade Hotel or grab dinner and a drink at one of the best views in the city at Tomillo.

June – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

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Saskatoon is really having a moment for foodies, being the home of a number of delicious restaurants like Ayden Kitchen and Bar, The Hollows and Odd Couple Restaurant. In addition, last year, the Remai Modern opened along the river in Saskatoon, bringing a magnificent collection of Picasso paintings to The Prairies and transforming the city into a world-class cultural destination.

Travel tip: Try and plan your trip around the Saskatoon Jazz Festival at the end of June to see a mixture of local and international artists take the stage.

July – Brittany, France

 

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Skip out on the hustle and bustle of Paris by heading west and spending your summer in Brittany. Begin your trip by exploring the historic architecture in Rennes. Next, head to the Atlantic Ocean to take in the beauty of Dinan, St.-Malo, Dinard or Saint-Brieuc, where you can stay at Castlebrac or Chateau du Nessay, making you feel like you are in a Wes Anderson movie.

Travel tip: Check Mont-Saint-Michel off your bucket list by planning a day trip from Brittany to this Unesco World Heritage site. Be sure to leave early and return in the afternoon as the road becomes inaccessible when the tides are too high.

August – Prince Edward Island, Canada

 

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Plan your east coast adventure this August to the beautiful island of Prince Edward Island. Starting in Charlottetown, take day trips or plan your route to visit the storybook town of Victoria-by-the-Sea, hike through the sand dunes of Greenwich National Park or cycle from North Rustico along the Gulf Shore Parkway West to Cavendish to visit Green Gables Heritage Place.

September – Essaouira, Morocco

 

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While you’ll want to visit a number of spots during your vacation in Morocco, be sure to add the seaside town of Essaouira to your list. Set along the Atlantic Coast, Essaouira is known for its winding medina, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and gusting winds, making it the perfect destination for surfers and wind-surfers.

If you’re looking for a souvenir, be sure to pick up one of their hand-carved crafts that are made in this region.

October – Mexico City, Mexico

 

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While most travellers head to a beachfront location in Mexico for their warm weather vacation, 2019 is the year to explore the culture and cuisine in the capital city. From the Palacio Nacional, Templo Mayor and the Museo Nacional de Antropología, this world-class city is the epicentre of Mexican culture.

If you can, try and time your trip to Mexico City around the end of the month to celebrate both Halloween and The Day of the Dead in Mexico City to witness the great parade.

November – Tahiti, French Polynesia

 

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Discover a more affordable side Islands of Tahiti by cathing a low-cost flight with French Bee and by staying at a guesthouse instead of a fancy resort. Not only are they easier on your wallet, but you can also get a truly local experience as you hop from island to island, experiencing the Polynesian culture and hospitality. From the charming Villa Rea Hanaa in Bora Bora to the family-run Pension Raita in Ahe, get the true Tahitian experience with boating excursions led by local guides during your stay.

December – Quebec City, Canada

 

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One of the most magical spots in Canada to celebrate the holiday season is in Quebec City. Wander along the beautifully decorated cobblestone streets or pop into one of the little shops to warm up and pick up a present or two. For a truly magical experience, book your stay at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac or the Auberge Saint-Antoine to revel in the beauty of the city at one of its historic properties.

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Caleigh Alleyne
Caleigh is a travel journalist who has explored 37 countries and counting, Catch her on-air sharing her travel tips on Breakfast Television, The Social and The Marilyn Denis Show or follow her latest adventure on Instagram.
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