The world is your oyster, and with hundreds of destinations to explore, you may be struggling to decide where to travel to next. But don’t worry the Thorne Travel experts are here to lend a hand on what’s hot in Travel 2019!
We’ve been piecing together the hot new trends for you to start planning your next dream escape. Let your year be filled with new experiences, enjoy spectacular hotels, amazing food and breathtaking excursions, create family memories that will last a lifetime!
With stunning beaches, lush mountains, delicious food, rich culture and party hot-spots, Thailand should be on every traveler’s bucket list!
Thailand is a country that appeals to both backpackers on a budget and travelers with luxurious taste. This Southeast Asian gem is popular for short holidays, gap year travel experiences and honeymooners alike.
Bangkok – its messy and unapologetically chaotic. The sounds of tuk tuks honking and weaving through traffic ring in your ears and the smell of meat being grilled in alleyways mixed with potent burning incense will make your head spin, in a good way. A marmite must do experience whist in Thailand even if only for a stopover. Temples including the Grand Palace that will amaze and leave a mark on your soul like no other iconic buildings can.
Krabi – When talking about beaches in Thailand, everyone seems to mention Phuket – the most popular choice with white powdery sand beach stretching under the shade of coconut trees. However, in recent years, Krabi has risen as a new ideal choice when Phuket is overwhelmed with visitors. As beautiful as Phuket, Krabi is quieter and perhaps even more charming in its own way. A perfect romantic choice ideal for honeymooners.
Must Do Activity – It seems that most people don’t leave Thailand without seeing elephants, and it’s no wonder why. There are countless agencies that sell packages promising an unforgettable experience with these gentle giants, but be aware! Many excursions that involve elephants in Thailand treat the animals incredibly cruelly.
Muay Thai Lesson with Pad Thai Meal – Experience a piece of Thai culture in Bangkok as you learn the combat sport of Muay Thai. Practice techniques under the guidance of an experienced instructor, and then refuel after your lesson with a meal of pad Thai and fresh juice.
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Phuket Elephant Sanctury is amazing with most of the elephants being rescued from the trekking industry, and some even carry the scars of their past work. On your visit, you’ll feed the elephants, get up close and personal, have the option to help with other projects around the grounds. You’ll also learn about the many ways these animals have been – and continue to be – mistreated and exploited. A heartwarming and eye-opening experience that should not be missed when in Thailand.
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Luxury Secret Escape Hotel, Kata Rocks – For infinite luxury, total privacy without any stuffiness you will not beat these stunning villas! A wedding a big birthday or just because you deserve it let us take you to paradise.
Still one of our top destinations for 2019! Iceland is on everybody’s lips. Stranded in the middle of the North Atlantic, this rugged island of incredible landscapes and adventurous activities is one of the hottest travel destinations around. And with new attractions to experience and little-visited places to discover, along with a rapidly developing foodie scene in Reykjavík, 2019 is set to be an even better time to visit.
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From the impossibly beautiful beaches of Miami and the Gulf Coast to the world-class theme parks in Orlando, Florida is a truly captivating destination. We believe family is everything and memories can last a lifetime which is why Orlando Florida is in our top five destinations. What to do whilst there, well the list is endless but these are some of our recommendations.
Disney Springs – Discover an eclectic mix of unique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and lively entertainment at Disney Spring. Click here for more information.
ICON Orlando – Located at the Convention Center Brushing the clouds at an astonishing 400 ft tall, ICON Orlando is easily the highest observation wheel on the east coast. If you’re looking to indulge in incredible, Floridian skyline views, then hopping aboard one of the air-conditioned pods is a must.
Universal Orlando Resort – A legendary resort that has it all from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers, to the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. Great for families, film fans and kidults alike, you can also stay on site, giving you priority entry to the park (an hour before non-hotel visitors). No queues = bliss.
Orlando Watersports Complex – Close to Orlando International Airport, this unique water park offers waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing and kneeboarding on a massive boat lake. It’s also home to Central Florida’s first Aquapark, where you can have hours of fun on a series of inflatable, interlocking climbing obstacles, pathways and slides.
The city that never sleeps certainly has something for all. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit.
The Buildings – There’s a reason you’ll see so many people looking up when you visit New York! The architecture on display in NYC, both old and new, is truly something to see. Buildings often take on a life of their own due to the passion and vision that goes into their design. Whether you want to see a skyscraper that’s over 1700 feet tall or a church that’s 200 years old, New York has got you covered!
The Food – What kind of food do you LOVE? Well, chances are you can find it when you visit New York City. As an international hot spot, NYC is host to culinary experts from all across the globe. Some of the best Chefs in the world dream of coming to the Big Apple to serve up their signature dishes. Even if you’re not a foodie, you’ll still have your choice of tasty treats!
The Theatre – Some of the greatest actors and performers of the last 100 years made their name on a Broadway stage! The Theatre district in NYC (ever expanding as it may be) is home to amazing talent and entertainment. There are shows for every member of the family! And to top it all off, you may get to see someone before they hit the big time! But don’t feel tied down to Broadway. Seeing any theatre in the city is a great notch for everyone’s New York belt.
The Culture – As home to citizens from all over the world, New York is a wonderful melting pot. Travel to most corners of Manhattan and you will find groups from various other countries who have carved out their own little piece of the American Dream. In just a 20 minute walk you can see travel through both Italy and China! There are cultural influences throughout NYC and they are perfect for opening your mind to new things!
The Experience – When you Visit New York City, you are stepping into another world. Another way of life! A life where the Subway can decide your whole day for you (whether you like it or not). Where parades are as regular as a monthly rain. A life where everything is within reach but you still have to work to grab it! It’s true what they say, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
Top Tip – Bryant Park the less obvious choice than Central Park is nestled in the city amongst the skyscrapers and a short distance from Grand central station. Whether visiting in the winter with its winter wonderland Christmas markets or visiting in the summer months watching the locals play chess or French bowls it always has lots of character and well worth a visit!
Must Do Activity – Hudson’s by World Yacht New York Dinner Cruise, Enjoy a sumptuous 4 course champagne dinner as you sail around Manhatten. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and New York skyline illuminated at night.Perfect for a romantic evening out or to celebrate a special occasion.
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Sorrento is a simply beautiful city, with its mild climate, stunning boutique style hotels and excellent tourist amenities it’s no surprise it makes our top 5 list of ideal holiday locations! Overlooking the Bay of Naples with wonderful views of the volcano Vesuvius and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida in the distance. Unspoiled by tourism and untouched by time a classic escape offers the very best of Italian charm.
The historic centre has a wealth of elegant architecture and Greek, Roman and medieval buildings to visit as well as superb hotels, restaurants and shops. Sorrento is well placed for visiting the resorts of the Amalfi coast by bus or car, the roman ruins at Pompeii and Ercolano by train or the fascinating city of Naples.
Top Tips – We recommend the Sorrento Farm Experience, it will let you get a true taste for southern Italy.An amazing 5-hour culinary experience from Sorrento. Led by a local guide, travel to a pizzeria, cheese factory, and family-run farm for tastings of their top products, including homemade bread, lemonade, and extra virgin olive oil. Learn the secrets behind Italian family recipes and try your hand at pizza making, Neapolitan style. Top it all off with coffee, dessert, and a limoncello digestivo before returning to your original departure point in Sorrento. Hands-on gastronomic tour from Sorrento Learn how to make some of the most quintessential Italian foods Visit a local farm, cheese factory, and pizza joint for tours and tastings Walk through olive groves and sample fresh olive oil, lemonade, and limoncello Pair fresh provolone cheese with salami and wine Make your own Neapolitan pizza. Perfect!
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Luxury Top Top – Take a private tour on the Amalfi Coast. Experience the beauty of the Amalfi coast by sea on a private boat excursion from Amalfi. Sail around the coastline and admire the villages of Amalfi, Positano, and Praiano. Stop to swim, snorkel, and explore the picturesque towns. Sail to protected coves and caves and enjoy complimentary prosecco and snacks on board.
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