It’s the time of year when TripAdvisor announces its Travellers’ Choice Awards, highlighting their top picks of all things travel, such as hotels, experiences, destinations, beaches, and more. We’ve pulled together the world’s top winners, according to the reviews of millions of TripAdvisor travellers, to provide you with the ultimate travel inspiration.
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City breaks are 2018’s most-loved with Paris, London and Rome dominating the top three best destinations in the world, but if you’re looking for something a bit further afield, read on. If you still need more inspiration, check out our guide to the most Instagram-worthy destinations of 2019 here.
Ranking = 4
Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colourful wreck of a WWII warship. Onshore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.
Ranking = 8
The “Red City” of Marrakesh is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques (taking note that, unless you are Muslim, you are not allowed to enter).
Ranking = 21
Stunning coral reefs and turquoise waters perfect for windsurfing have made Hurghada, on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast, a busy resort town. Within easy reach of the stunning Giftun Islands and the Eastern Arabian Desert, Hurghada has seen enormous amounts of development in the past decade—and yes, it does seem overrun with tourists at times. But it’s a relatively easy beach escape for Europeans, and some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites are just offshore. Walk or catch a cab to explore the old quarter, El Dahar.
If you’re looking for inspiration to holiday somewhere new in 2019, why not pick a destination based on trying something new?
Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence
Ranking = 1
Delve deeper into Tuscan cuisine during a market tour and cooking class where you’ll pick ingredients from a market and cook traditional Italian dishes. They’ll even email you the recipes for you to continue tickling your Tuscan tastebuds back home! One reviewer even says “We not only highly suggest you go, but you HAVE to do this if you have the opportunity!”
Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance
Ranking = 7
Experience Maori customs and traditions including a welcome ceremony and haka song and dance at this traditional Maori performance at Tamaki Maori Village. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and treated to a traditional hangi feast deep in the forest with all of the protocols for visiting your indigenous hosts explained along the way. With 367 5* reviews, this definitely seems like something you’re not going to want to miss if you’re visiting New Zealand.
‘Game of Thrones’ Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Ranking = 19
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan this tour is a must-see. If you’re not, it’s a 3-hour walking tour of a UNESCO World Heritage site, so you’re still going to love it! An in-the-know guide will lead you to enjoy views of the red-roofed skyline you’ll recognize as King’s Landing. Follow in Joffrey’s footsteps at Lovrijenac Fortress, stand where Ayra Stark stood and hear behind-the-scenes stories about filming in the city. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include a 1.5-hour tour to Trsteno Arboretum, which was used as the palace gardens.
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