The last year was a big one for Australians travelling internationally. Continuing the upward trend of international returns, a massive 11.1 million Australians returned from short-term trips overseas, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The majority (57 per cent) of these trips were in the name of a well-earned holiday.
International travel is more attractive than ever, thanks to cheaper flights and simpler logistics for crossing borders and travelling with children. No matter where you are in life, make 2019 your year for seeing the world.
Start dreaming with these hot travel destinations for 2019.
A whole 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka has been named the number one travel destination for 2019 by Lonely Planet. This South Asian country is packed to the borders with once in a lifetime experiences, bewildering wildlife encounters, rich cultural history and vibrant local cuisine.
There are few people who wouldn’t enjoy the huge variety of activities available in Sri Lanka – but it’s really the perfect destination for adventurous adults or fit retirees looking to discover untouched beauty. Get wet in an ocean adventure while surfing, snorkelling or diving, before basking in the warm South Asian sun on Sri Lanka’s endless golden beaches.
A Sri Lankan holiday is host to unending wonder, with a variety of national parks bringing you close to unique flora and fauna, while tea plantation estates and ancient temples hold a wealth of culture and history.
Between adventures, feast upon local Sri Lankan cuisine, featuring vibrant spices, fresh tropical fruit and plenty of rice. This is a real opportunity to challenge your taste buds and expand your horizons with a cuisine less readily available in Australia.
Looking for a romantic getaway? The number one destination for many newlyweds may surprise you.
In Pinterest’s latest wedding trends report, they revealed that Switzerland, known for ski resorts and chocolate, has seen an 856 per cent increase in interest from honeymooners. One look at Switzerland’s natural wonders and it’s easy to see how many have this European paradise pinned as a romantic haven.
Wedged between France, Germany and Italy, Switzerland is an obvious one-stop European destination, combining cultural aspects from each nation, as well as their own unique Swiss twist. Pivotal to the inimitable Swiss experience is the unspoilt beauty of the Alps. The peaks loom over local cities, catching the morning light and transporting travellers to a fairytale world.
On that note, the city of Lucerne’s crisp blue waters, snow-capped mountains and historic architecture will have you feeling as though you’re in Disney’s Frozen or your very own fantastical plane. Tour boutique hotels, ride rails through the mountains and gorge yourself on some of the world’s best chocolate.
For the school-aged family, far-off destinations can be a challenge. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to find a destination that offers something for every member of the family: Fiji.
Children are cherished by Fijian locals, who have smiles and hugs aplenty for every visitor. Many popular resorts offer kids clubs and babysitting services so you can carve out a bit of downtime in amongst those wonderfully energetic family moments. The picky eaters of your family will be glad to know there are plenty of familiar options on most menus, but the local delights are always worth a try.
Fiji is a great destination to encourage your kids to get involved in the wildlife, with plenty of diving, snorkelling and exploring to be done. Friendly fish and turtles make the water largely very safe, and most resorts will offer swimming classes to ensure the littlies can enjoy the natural splendour to its fullest.
Your bucket list destinations don’t have to wait. Start crossing them off this year, with tailored financial advice from Invest Blue. Reach out today to discuss your plans.
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