Travelers contemplating their New Year’s resolutions need look no further than the 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report for inspiration. The recently released annual survey of Virtuoso travel advisors in 50 countries taps the insight of these industry insiders to forecast travel trends and get their picks for next year’s most compelling experiences. Here are nine to top your must-do list.
1) Skydive Down Under
It’s no wonder that New Zealand is consistently named one of the world’s top places to jump out of a plane. Skydivers will marvel at stunning views of glaciers, mountains, rainforests, and bodies of water such as the Pacific Ocean, rivers, and lakes.
2) Cruise Fabulous Fjords During Endless Days
Voyage through Norway‘s fjords to the North Cape to mark the summer solstice on June 21. In the same year, cruise the Chilean fjords to the South Cape on December 21, enjoying endless daylight in both hemispheres.
3) Step Aboard a Legendary Train
Travel by luxury rail from Paris to Istanbul on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The ten-night journey aboard the restored art deco train winds through some of Europe’s most captivating cities, transporting passengers back to the Golden Age of travel.
4) Say Buen Provecho in Barcelona
Savor an incomparable culinary experience in Barcelona by dining at Tickets, helmed by the Adrià brothers of El Bulli fame. Note: Travelers wishing to sample Tickets’ playful modern tapas must book two months in advance.
5) Pay Homage in Northern France
Visit the beaches of Normandy on a river cruise to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. See where Allied forces landed during the World War II invasion and learn about the heroic operation that led to the liberation of German-occupied France.
6) Fall for Japan – and Rugby
Take in a Rugby World Cup match in the tournament’s 2019 host country. The timing of the six-week event coincides with opportunities to view Japan‘s stunning fall foliage, with leaves changing into vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow.
7) Get Deep in the Maldives
Explore the undersea world by submarine at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, the first to feature DeepFlight Adventures. Encounter vividly colored fish, turtles, sharks, dolphins, and rays in the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
8) See the Solar Eclipse on a Lunar Landscape
Experience absolute totality in a destination with geography as close to the moon as you can find on Earth. View the 2019 solar eclipse on July 2 with a glamping experience in northern Chile, then cap off the trip by heading south to wine country.
9) Call on Croatia
Cruise to Croatia’s coastal communities in the comfort of a private yacht. Time stops to popular ports such as Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar Island for late afternoon, when crowds from cruise ships have dwindled.