We have curated a tempting list of the top rising destinations for 2019, especially for you. These destinations were picked by comparing the number of searches made on Skyscanner in 2017 and 2018, and seeing which places saw the highest increase in interest in 2018. Go on, plan that much-needed vacation right away!
- Muscat, Oman
Often overshadowed by its glitzy neighbour Dubai, this regal capital of Oman is one of the most underrated travel destinations ever. Offering a unique mix of imperial architecture and natural beauty, Muscat is where you want to holiday in 2019! When in this city, you can experience serenity amid the magnificence of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque, rejuvenation at the sugary Al Sifah Beach and splendor at Nakhal Fort. Muscat is also packed with interesting museums – the notable ones being Bait Al Zubair, Bait Muzna Gallery, Shatti al qurum and Natural History Museum. Adventure lovers are in for a treat in Muscat and can try desert safari, hiking, camping, jet skiing, deep sea fishing and camel safari. Whatever you decide doing in Muscat, you are assured to have an exciting time.Find flights to Muscat here
Don’t forget: To buy some world-renowned Amouage perfume.
2. Moscow, Russia
Moscow might not come to your mind first when you think of the next vacation destination, but we will give you all the reasons why it should. The Russian capital is a thrilling patchwork of culture, history and spirituality. Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral looks like it has been pulled straight out of a Russian fairytale. Click some (or many!) Insta-worthy photos when you visit the beautiful, expansive Red Square packed with palaces and cathedrals. Moscow is also famous for its vibrant streets – step back in history when you walk on the Varvarka Street, be spoilt with restaurant and shopping choices when on Tverskaya Street and be impressed by the old-world charm of the Old Arbat Street. The city is also famous for its mesmerising classical performing arts so book an act if you can.Find flights to Moscow here
Don’t forget: To visit a Russian bathhouse for all its health benefits.
3. Athens, Greece
A trip to Athens is synonymous to watching a delightful historical book come alive. You will be amazed by the mere majestic presence of The Acropolis and its various appearances during the day. If you are a history buff, The National Archaeological Museum will give you the perfect peek into Greek’s religious and artistic past. Watch a spectacular sunset at The Temple Of Poseidon at Sounion or walk through The Agora-Athens Central Market to experience pure liveliness. If you are in search for some unique antiques to decorate your home, Monastiraki’s flea market is the place to be. When in Athens, don’t forget to treat your taste buds with some delicious Greek specialties such as fish soup, Greek salad and spinach pie.Find flights to Athens here
Don’t forget: To have a drink (or better, two!) at the famous colourful distillery Brettos.
Read more: Greece Tourism
4. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is a heady mix of art, culture, history, architecture and succulent food. However, despite all these fascinating aspects of Istanbul, the highlight of your trip to the city will be its welcoming locals, their vibrant spirits and infectious smiles. Take a scenic river cruise tours on the Bosphorus or shop some inimitable carpets and lamps at the ever-bustling Grand Bazaar. Beautifully designed mosques are Istanbul’s pride. The most notable ones you must visit on your trip include Suleymaniye Mosque and Blue Mosque. History lovers will enjoy a visit to the Hagia Sophia Museum and Archaeology Museum, and car enthusiasts will be fascinated by the Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. Of course once you are left with a happy heart but sore feet after all the sightseeing, relax at a Turkish bath or hammam.Find flights to Istanbul here
Don’t forget: To try some delicious Turkish coffee at Mandabatmaz
5. Shanghai, China
On the face of it, Shanghai might look like a swanky city packed with soaring skyscrapers and mammoth malls. However, underneath that concrete cover is a city that loves its rich culture and distinctive art. From sitting in super-fast trains to taking scenic boat rides, Shanghai offers diverse transportation options. Be impressed by the iconic lighting at The Bund or the quaint temples and vintage alleys of Zhujiajiao. Shopaholics head straight to Nanjing Road to see why the Chinese are famous for their obsession with shopping. No vehicles are allowed on this street so shoppers can shop in peace; need we say more? Families with kids must include the celebrated Shanghai Disneyland Park and the unique Shanghai Circus World in their itineraries.Find flights to Shanghai here
Don’t forget: To visit the age-old Yuyuan Garden to get a flavour of the royal Chinese past.
Read more: How to get your Chinese Visa
Now that you know all about the top rising destinations for 2019, it is time to go ahead and book that trip! Book your flights, hotel or rent a car with Skyscanner today. You can do all of these on our mobile app too.