9 Places We're Going in 2019
Oh the places you'll go. At The Discoverer, we're always planning our next trip. Whether it's a quick jaunt across state lines or a two-week adventure overseas, there's always more places to see and things to do. So we're setting some travel resolutions, and hoping to add a few more stamps to our passports. Here's where we want to go in 2019.
From the colorful seaport of Nyhavn to the 15 Michelin-starred restaurants tucked away in pedestrian-friendly streets, Copenhagen is a must for anyone's bucket list. This year, I want to embrace Hygge in the city's many cozy coffee shops or wrapped in a blanket on a canal cruise. But what attracts me the most are the sustainability initiatives. From biking through pedestrian-only streets to cruising through clean-water canals, this city is making strides in the world of sustainability. Copenhagen was the European Green Capital 2014 and is working towards becoming the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. - Victoria Hurd, Strategic Partnerships Manager
Stay Here: 71 Nyhavn Hotel is set in two old warehouses right on the water for a contemporary and stylish stay with great accessibility.
Castles on hills, cobblestoned streets and haunted graveyards — I've been dreaming about Edinburgh for the past year! The city is surrounded by rolling green hills and lined with charming pubs and shops giving it a medieval vibe that's so cool. I want to visit for both its historical aspects and its adventures, from old bookstores, adorable villages and castle ruins. - Shiena Aunzo, Community Engagement
Stay Here: Live like royalty at the lavish Prestonfield, set in a stunning 17th-century manor outside the city.
Aspen, United States of America
With our main office located in Denver, I want to continue to explore my home in the Rocky Mountains. Which is why Aspen is as big a draw for me as exotic, far-flung destinations. Adventurous and full of glamor, the snow-dusted city is an attractive and close spot for some 2019 trips. With its unmatched ski slopes, dining options and resorts, Aspen is the perfect choice for some weekend explorations. - Paul Butler, Brand Manager
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The Emerald Isle has long beckoned travelers, especially those with a special connection to its land. My father's family is from Ireland and I want to experience the blooming destination, culture and innovation. From the fascinating modern history to the music spilling out of pubs in Dublin, not to mention the UNESCO-protected natural landmarks, this country holds a special appeal to me. - Annette Hogan, Senior Director of Travel
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While most tourists flock to Barcelona or Madrid, there's something about Seville that keeps catching my attention. Maybe it's the famous flamenco dancing or the historic center that's dominated by churches and palaces. This medieval city keeps its traditions alive in every winding alley and hidden restaurant. I'm ready to put my Spanish to use and try out some incredible food. - Olivia Rolf, Campaign Manager
Stay Here: Quirky and fun with a great location and stunning views, Hotel Sacristía de Santa Ana is a prime spot for travelers looking to experience Seville at its best.
Tahiti and Bora Bora have long recalled images of glamor, relaxation and luxury. So where better to plan a honeymoon? My fiance and I got engaged in Alaska, so we're ready for something warm and sunny for our honeymoon. Turquoise lagoons and stretches of pink and white sand are calling my name, not to mention to myriad activities like hiking, scuba diving and surfing. - Hannah McMahon, Technical Email Analyst
Stay Here: There are resorts aplenty on the major islands, but opt for something quieter and family-run on Huahine. Pension Mauarii Hotel is secluded and quiet, with private bungalows near the water.
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I love Japanese culture and Kyoto has been number 1 on my bucket list for a while. The food is to die for, from fresh seafood to high-end restaurants. The cultural experiences fill your soul, from the temples tucked in bamboo forests to perfectly-manicured gardens. My top experiences I want to try are attending a traditional tea service and wandering the Gion district. - Sylvia Baptista, Director of Email Deployment & Strategy
Stay Here: Stay in a traditional ryokan like Shiraume for a private and immersive experience.
Banff National Park, Canada
I grew up around Banff in Calgary and I really want to take my boys back to see my hometown. I didn't appreciate how breathtaking Banff is when I lived there, but the more pictures I see the more I realize I have to go back. From sparkling lakes to dense forests, hiking trails and snow-capped mountains, there's so much to see and do for everyone in the family. - Trina Parkin, Lead Designer
Stay Here: For pure alpine luxury check into Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand has been a bucket list destination for my fiance and I for a long time. The natural features are the biggest draw for us, and we want to hike the Milford Sound, marvel at the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, and island-hop around the northern island beaches. But of all the cities, Auckland is the most exciting. Adventures like bungee jumping may not be my style, but its many chic neighborhoods, cafes and shops are perfect for exploring. - Kellie Coppola, Editor
Stay Here: Hotel DeBrett delivers a modern experience in the heart of Auckland city.
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