Top 6 Alternative Travel Destinations in 2019


If “travelling more” is part of your New Year resolutions and a way of creating the balanced lifestyle you’ve always craved for, then you may have already been thinking on where to go to next. If you’re still not sure on your next travel destination, let us recommend this Top 6 travel hotspots that you should bethinking about in 2019.



Zanzibar, Tanzania


There are only a few places in the world that is as exotic and intoxicating as Zanzibar. Known for its white sandy beaches in the north and facing the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar have plenty more to offer than just sun and sea. It was once a major trade hub for slaves, and visitors can see plenty of historical artifacts that are highly influenced by the British and the Middle East while indulging to a different beat of Africa. And if you ever need more reason to visit Zanzibar, then you should know that Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town.

Stone Town, Zanzibar is the birthplace of music legend Freddie Mercury.

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Penang, Malaysia

Fusion is a word that is often recklessly used to describe an amalgamation, however Penang is a fusion that is perfectly created and curated. Multi-ethnicities working and living cohesively together influenced the people, the food, the culture, the history and the art. Visiting Penang is akin to visiting China, India, England and all of Malaysia at one location. It’s no wonder since throughout its history Penang has been home for various people from the different parts of the world. It’s a good example and celebration of people’s differences that ultimately created their own new identity.

Penang Bridge Night View.

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Char Koay Kak. A popular Penang breakfast.

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Often dwarfed by Taipei, Kaohsiung is definitely an under the radar travel destination for 2019.Many visitors have described Kaohsiung to be “rich, vibrant and grand” despite its facade of a sleepy seaside city. Arts, architecture, exquisite cuisine, a buzzing nightlife, scenic nature and beaches are just some of the activities and spots that you can indulge while there.

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Arles, France


Arles famous resident, Vincent Van Gogh lived there for a year and during that period, many would agree that it was a highly productive period for him which resulted in masterpieces. It is said that Van Gogh used Arles as his inspiration and a visit will instantaneously tell you why. Located in the South of France, on the Rhône River, it was once a provincial capital of the Roman Empire. There are many traces of Roman history that can be found in Arles. Other than being a historical hotspot, Arles is also a cultural one with countless galleries and museums scattered throughout the city.

 A city with a long and vibrant history, Arles situated at the South of France boasts not just its temperate climate and beautiful coastlines, it has Roman architecture making it very picturesque. Definitely worth the travel this 2019.

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Patagonia, Argentina

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40,000 square miles, it stretches from Chile to Argentina. One and a half times bigger than the UK, Patagonia is one of the world’s last, unspoilt remnant of a majestic natural wonder. A life changing journey to this paradise would be an understatement. Here your journey will literally take you to the end of the world,surrounded by snow-capped mountains, cobalt fjords, old-growth forests,icebergs that rupture with a dramatic roar from ancient, massive glaciers. In Patagonia, you will be in awe!

Kathmandu, Nepal

The capital city of Nepal- Kathmandu can be as elusive as the city of Shangri-La. You will get a mix of chaotic madness in the city yet find yourself a stone throw away from absolute calm and isolation. This heady mix, this assault of senses makes Kathmandu totally unique, right on the roof the world.

Some of the highest peaks on Earth.

Did your fave city make the cut? Tell us what you think of our Top 6 Travel Destinations for 2019.For comments, suggestions and exchange of ideas, feel free to write to:info@tideslifestyle.com

About the Contributing Writer:

Diane is a clinical psychologist, writer, and travel enthusiast currently based in Singapore. Her work has brought her to various reaches of the world and enabled her to see and experience.….the Serengeti in Africa, the real geishas of Japan, the monsoon in a tropical jungle as well as the craziness of the Big Apple. She is a modern woman living an independent lifestyle.

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