Kate wearing a long yellow and black-spotted gauzy gown over an overlook in Shirley Heights, Antigua. Kate is holding the gauzy outer layer open and smiling. In the background is a view over the White Sea down below, and mountains in the distance.

My Favorite New Destinations of 2019

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Every 12 months, I identify my favourite new journey locations. I like wanting again and selecting the most effective of the most effective!

This was a 12 months that began off slowly, then went into hyperdrive in the summertime. After returning from a three-week journey to Italy in June, I made a decision to journey a LOT extra and barely noticed New York between July and October. That ultimately led to a call to not stay full-time in New York.

2019 was a 12 months of Italy and Canada specifically. I’ve all the time been a frequent Italy customer, however this 12 months I pushed my travels to the following degree and made a aim of visiting all 20 areas (and I went from 10 areas visited to 17!). As for Canada, this was my first time visiting since beginning this weblog in 2010 (!!) and I made up for misplaced time with a number of weeks of travels all through Atlantic Canada.

This wasn’t fairly as far-flung a 12 months as 2018, once I visited each continent besides Australia, however I’m very content material with the outcomes.

So what made the listing of my favourite locations?

In 2012, I selected locations like Iceland, Montenegro, and South Africa.

In 2013, I selected locations like Japan, Berlin, and the Scottish Highlands.

In 2014, I selected locations like Sri Lanka, New Orleans, and Skellig Michael, Ireland.

In 2015, I selected locations like Nicaragua, Albania, and Chicago.

In 2016, I selected locations like Puerto Rico, Alsace, and Western Australia.

In 2017, I selected locations like Ukraine, the Florida Keys, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 2018, I selected locations like Antarctica, Hokkaido, and St. Croix.

Sometimes I select one greatest vacation spot, or a high three, or simply listing them unexpectedly. This 12 months, I felt like there was one greatest vacation spot general, plus one greatest nation and one greatest metropolis. The remainder of the locations are ranked equally and listed in no explicit order.

Please be aware that that is just for locations that I visited for the primary time in 2019, in order that eliminates locations I’ve beforehand visited like London, Parma, and Prague.

Champney’s Bay, Newfoundland

My Favorite New Destination of 2019: Newfoundland

I discover that the phrase “enchanting” is overused in journey writing — however there’s no different method to describe Newfoundland. I fell beneath its spell inside minutes, and it was a sense that hasn’t diminished by any means to this present day. As quickly as I visited, I knew that Newfoundland can be my #1 vacation spot of 2019.

Newfoundland was a spot that I had hoped to go to for years, ever since I obtained to realize it by means of my pal Candice‘s writing. Seeing the excellent musical Come From Away pushed me into overdrive and I practically booked a flight that very night time!

Newfoundland is lots like Ireland — all of the allure, all of the friendliness, all of the greenery, all of the lilting accents — however extra colourful and with a fraction of the vacationers.

Each vacation spot I visited was like a brand new treasure. I felt enveloped in happiness the entire time I used to be in Newfoundland — like I used to be really a part of the group. It’s such a uncommon feeling to seek out on my travels, and one which I hope to recapture quickly.

And a reminder to my fellow vacationers — you don’t must journey someplace troublesome or harmful to get a real off-the-beaten-path journey expertise. There are loads of superior locations near residence. Newfoundland excited me, thrilled me, and made me really feel like a real adventurer.

Two houses, one turquoise and one pea green, on a grassy landscape in Bonavista, Newfoundland.
Bonavista
Brightly colored cottages on a grassy peninsula in the distance, surrounded by bright blue water.
Trinity
Kate dances in the street in front of a row of brightly painted houses in St. John's.
Jelly Bean Row in St. John’s
A sunset with a light purple sky and pink and dark purple clouds, in front of a red fishing hut and a sailboat
Sunset in Twillingate

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Newfoundland

Do dinner on the seashore in Twillingate with Krystal from Experience Twillingate. This was my favourite exercise in Newfoundland. Krystal cooks the freshest seafood possible on a stunning seashore, and it’s such a particular factor to try this connects you with Newfoundland.

Get screeched in at Christian’s Pub in St. John’s. I believe the much less I inform you about this, the higher — however it’s a Newfoundland ceremony of passage.

Stay on the Artisan Inn in Trinity. Trinity is a spectacularly lovely village and Marieke and her individuals take such excellent care of their lovely properties. I solely had one night time however I like to recommend staying a couple of days in case you can!

Read More: Travel to Newfoundland and You’ll Never Want to Leave

A village of stone towers in the foreground and mountains in the background in Mestia, Svaneti.
Mestia, Georgia

My Favorite New Country of 2019: Georgia

Georgia was definitely worth the wait. For years, I had been dreaming of visiting Georgia and the entire Caucasus; lastly, the right alternative arrived in 2019. I obtained to tour the nation with a number of of my blogger associates and obtained to spend essentially the most time in Tbilisi, a really cool metropolis, and Svaneti, the remoted mountainous area with its personal tradition.

Georgia is residence to beautiful mountains, attention-grabbing and perplexing cities, and meals so universally scrumptious that I’m shocked there aren’t Georgian eating places in each main metropolis. Mark my phrases: Georgian meals goes to grow to be far more widespread within the subsequent decade. And better of all, that is an especially low cost nation the place you’ll be able to journey like a baller whereas on a finances.

I consider Georgia goes to be one of many largest up-and-coming journey locations within the subsequent few years. I sincerely hope the nation is ready for the inflow.

A gorgeous view of Tbilisi underneath a blue sky, buildings with orange roofs, the green river snaking through the city, a few of the modern glassy buildings poking up in the photo.
Tblisi
A table covered with plates of Georgian food: khachapuri (cheese pie), tomato walnut cucumber salad, roasted chicken, and lots of wine.
A typical Georgian unfold at Baia Winery
Kate stands in front of the Peace Bridge in Tbilisi, Georgia, which is modern and a grid-like oblong shape interspersed with green-blue panels of glass. Kate wears a white dress with a white and green and blue geometric pattern that looks similar to the bridge.
On the Peace Bridge in Tbilisi
A distance view of Ushguli, with the stone towers of the village towering over the green landscape but not the surrounding green mountains.
Ushguli

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Georgia

Don’t drive. The driving right here is insane — don’t drive right here until you thrive in wild, unpredictable driving circumstances.

Enjoy the meals and wine tradition. Georgian meals is excellent and the wine is affordable and fairly palatable. My absolute favourite meal was at Shavi Lomi in Tbilisi, and don’t miss an evening out at Wine Factory!

Visit Ushguli. It’s a tough and wild drive to this remoted Svaneti village, however when you get there, you’ll really feel such as you’ve made it to the top of the world.

Read More: Reasons Why You Should Travel to Georgia in 2020

Kate stands in front of the pyramid-shaped Cascade building in Yerevan, Armenia.

My Favorite New City of 2019: Yerevan, Armenia

I’m an unabashed metropolis lady and love visiting cities on my travels as a lot as I get pleasure from residing in them. And whereas I visited numerous cool new cities, from Lecce to Tbilisi to Olomouc. But nothing was as cool as Yerevan, Armenia.

I went into Armenia with few expectations and my first impression was delight at a taco truck parked exterior my resort. Taco vehicles are so arduous to seek out exterior North America — however in Armenia?! I grew additional enamored on the elegant, well-cared for streets, and the art-filled scene across the Cascade.

But Yerevan is at its greatest on the subject of its outside nightlife scene. There are so many cool cafes and eating places, and town is full of fountains. Parts of it remind me numerous Southern California — not stunning as Los Angeles is residence to the most important Armenian group within the United States. I might completely spend a month in Armenia (in the course of the summer season, clearly!) and benefit from the ambiance.

A woman peruses books on a table at an outdoor market in Yerevan.
Booksellers on the Vernissage
Wine bar close to Republic Square
Kate in a red dress standing in front of several barrels filled with Ararat brandy.
At the Ararat Brandy Factory
Three red flowers placed in front of there eternal flame at the Armenian Genocide Memorial.
Armenian Genocide Memorial

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Yerevan

Learn in regards to the Armenian Genocide earlier than you go. It impacts all the pieces about life in Armenia right this moment. My weblog put up linked beneath is an efficient place to begin.

Have the bread at Temurnots, subsequent to the Yerevan Cascade. Armenian bread is scrumptious, and that is my favourite bread place. Fill it with cheese, matsoni (strained yogurt) and recent herbs!

Go brandy tasting on the Ararat Brandy factory. This is a enjoyable tour and it’s one thing completely different from the same old wine or beer tour.

Read More: What’s It Like to Travel Armenia Today?

A terrace overlooks a blue and gray misty Lake Orta in the distance, mountains rising up over the lake. In the foreground there is a weathered wooden table. On it is a plate covered with prosciutto and a ball of burrata cheese; behind it are a bottle of Franciacorta sparkling white wine and two goblets filled with the wine.
Franciacorta, burrata, and prosciutto Piemontese overlooking Lake Orta

Lake Orta, Italy

In my efforts to discover extra of Italy this 12 months, I obtained off the overwhelmed monitor. One place was within the lakes area of Piemonte. While Lake Como is extraordinarily widespread with international vacationers, and Lake Maggiore barely much less so, Lake Orta is far more a vacation spot for Italian vacationers. Many Milanese have trip properties right here.

Lake Orta is splendid — a lot smaller than essentially the most well-known lakes, clear and darkish, surrounded by mountains and even snow-capped glaciers. Orta San Giulio is a pastel-colored city that matches into the encircling panorama completely. The space is surrounded by mountains, supplying you with nice views in each path. And one among my favourite agriturismi on the planet is right here, serving up improbable Piemontese delicacies and wines.

Every from time to time you want a quiet, peaceable getaway with no agenda. Lake Orta is my new favourite place for that sort of journey. I hope to return at the very least every year.

Pastel-colored houses are sitting right on Lake Orta, with boats in front of them in the water. A large green hill rises behind them underneath a bright blue sky.
Orta San Giulio from the water
Tagliate di Manzo, thin sliced beef filet, here topped with dill.
Tagliate a manzo
Kate wears a green dress and stands in front of a green door in Lake Orta.
In Orta San Giulio
A bright blue Lake Orta with a tiny island in the lake, green mountains on the other side, and a glacier-covered white mountains in the distance, all underneath a bright blue sky.
Morning lake and glacier views

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Lake Orta

Eat at Il Cucchaio di Legno. This agriturismo served me one of the vital excellent meals I had this 12 months — all for a really affordable worth of 33 euros plus wine. I might return to eat right here alone. Make a reservation prematurely.

Take a ship to the island on the lake. This island is spooky-silent and has indicators across the island extolling the virtues of silence. It’s an attention-grabbing place to go to.

Visit Mottarone. This mountain gives you views of a number of lakes within the area in addition to the encircling snow-topped glaciers.

Read More: 11 Things I Learned on My Latest Trip to Italy

Kate sits on a bench in front of a gray shop with yellow trim and a red white and blue Acadian flag with a yellow star on it.
An Acadian store in La Grave

Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec

The Îles-de-la-Madeleine, additionally known as the Magdalen Islands, are remoted and arduous to achieve — however in case you make it right here, it’s properly definitely worth the journey. This archipelago north of Prince Edward Island is made up of skinny, wispy islands the place the borders erode and alter with the tides.

I discovered the islands so delicate and valuable — as a result of they’re going to be impacted by local weather change, and are already being economically affected by most younger Madelinots leaving for higher alternatives. But it looks like there’s a optimistic change within the air — younger persons are coming again and opening new companies. Perhaps it’s the start of a brand new period.

For now, these islands make a peaceable summer season getaway, a spot the place you’ll be able to get pleasure from nature and quiet in a spot that appears quickly suspended in time. Make positive you ebook all the pieces manner prematurely.

Bright red cliffs plunge into the sea on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec.
Red cliffs
Piles of wrapped cheeses in a refrigerated container at Pied de Vent fromagerie in the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.
Cheese from the fromagerie
Kate stands in front of a field of wildflowers and faces cliffs and a rocky beach in the distance.
Overlooking cliffs and seashores
Gray houses and boutiques lined up in rows in the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.
La Grave

Kate’s Top Recommendations for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Try the native brews on the À l’abri de la Tempête. This brewery is likely one of the newer companies to open on the island and a really welcome one — heat and welcoming, it’s the right place to spend a stormy afternoon.

Stroll the retailers of La Grave village. This city is full of picture-perfect cottages and makes a beautiful and photogenic place for a stroll.

Gorge on cheeses at La Fromagerie du Pied de Vent. The islands are residence to a superb fromagerie with a number of home made varieties. I took a couple of with me!

Read More: Reasons to Travel to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Canada’s Magdalen Islands

Giant letters reading "HOLBOX" in front of the beach and the blue ocean.
Holbox Beach

Holbox, Mexico

For years, my expat associates in Mexico had been raving about Holbox as their particular island getaway. For individuals who lived proper subsequent to the seashore on the Mayan Riviera, these had been sturdy phrases. But as soon as I visited myself, I understand what makes this island so particular.

Holbox is what I believed Tulum can be and precisely what I wished in a Mexican island getaway. There are not any large manufacturers, solely small companies. There are not any vehicles; individuals get round by bicycle or golf cart. It’s undoubtedly obtained vacationer infrastructure, however it one way or the other appears to draw the appropriate vacationers — plenty of backpackers and former backpackers who grew up, might have had youngsters, however saved the backpacker mindset.

I’m often cautious of the way forward for locations like these, afraid that they’ll succumb to growth — however Holbox appears to be doing the appropriate factor. Development has been severely restricted and a ban on single-use plastics is on its manner. Hopefully Holbox continues to be the fantastic place it’s.

People sitting on a long pier dipping into the ocean.
Prime sundown viewing on the pier
Casa Sandra, with its thatched roof, surrounded by palm trees, a green golf cart parked in front.
Casa Sandra, one among my favourite locations I’ve ever stayed
Kate wearing a long denim skirt and bathing suit top, facing outwards while standing in ankle-deep clear blue water in Holbox.
Incredible water at Cabo Catoche
Sunset cocktails at Zomay

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Holbox

Stay at Casa Sandra. It’s a high-end luxurious eco property, and it you’ll be able to swing the associated fee, it’s DIVINE. From the beautiful rooms to the poolside margaritas to the black tempura-fried onions (OMG!) to the peaceable breakfast ambiance, I liked each minute.

Day journey to Cabo Catoche. Take a ship trip east and also you’ll discover Cabo Catoche — a stunning space with clear ankle-deep water. Go early sufficient and also you’ll have the place to your self.

Catch the sundown at Zomay. There are so many sundown spots all through Holbox, however I actually loved getting a cocktail and watching the sundown from this widespread seashore bar hooked up to the eponymous resort.

Read More: What’s It Like to Travel to Isla Holbox, Mexico?

A worn path leads through the grass in the Dolomites. Ion the background are pine trees, huge blue and gray mountains, and a blue sky with puffy white clouds above all.

The Dolomites

Every 12 months, there may be an “it destination” that tons of journey bloggers begin visiting organically out of the blue. One 12 months it was Cuba; one winter it was Oaxaca; sooner or later Myanmar went into overdrive. This 12 months, it’s the Dolomites, the beautiful, jagged mountains of Italy’s far northeast, and out of the blue this area turned extremely widespread on Instagram!

I’ve lengthy wished to go to the Dolomites, a part of the Alto Adige (South Tyrol) area of northeast Italy. And it was value it — their magnificence is spectacular. The Dolomites have a UNESCO World Heritage designation due to their uncommon geology that leaves them jagged and color-changing relying on the time of day.

It’s additionally a reminder that Italy is an extremely numerous place. The native language right here is Ladin and so they even converse completely different dialects of Ladin in several valleys! Anyone who thinks Italy is all the identical boring factor ought to journey to the Dolomites.

A church steeple pokes out of an Italian mountain landscape in the Dolomites. The church is surrounded by forest.
Village church
Pressknodel: bread dumplings on the top of a pile of cabbage with a decorative purple flower on top
Pressknodel
Kate twirls around with a hut and mountain behind her
The hills are alive…
A wooden home in the Dolomites is covered with hundreds of wooden cutouts made from found pieces of wood.
A wooden carver’s residence

Kate’s Top Recommendations for the Dolomites

Rent a automobile. I often choose touring by prepare in Italy, however public transport within the Dolomites is far more restricted. You’ll be higher off renting a automobile and touring by yourself timeline.

Stay at Ciasa Salares. This boutique resort is designed superbly, has excellent award-winning delicacies, and subsequent to the wine cellar is a chocolate room that’s principally like Willy Wonka for adults!

Eat all of the speck. “Speck” typically means bacon or comparable variety cured arduous pork in Germanic Europe, however within the Dolomites it’s the most feathery, delicate, smoky prosciutto ever. It’s improbable and distinctive to this area.

Read More: Three Days within the Dolomites: A South Tyrol Getaway

Kaietuer Falls
Kaieteur Falls

Guyana

When I obtained an invite to go to Guyana on a press journey this previous winter, I used to be overjoyed. This was a real off-the-beaten-path vacation spot. Guyana actively discouraged tourism as late because the eighties; they thought it could break their nation. And whenever you go to right this moment, there may be little or no journey infrastructure in most elements of the nation.

But the eco-tourism within the Rupununi is classy. You can spend a night on a riverboat monitoring down large crocodile-like caiman lizards. Giant otters are one other native denizen; head out early and also you would possibly be capable of spot an anteater. The landscapes are nearly painfully lovely. And Kaieteur Falls is so magnificent — however it defies perception that there isn’t even a guardrail at Kaieteur National Park!

Guyana is completely my choose for the following large offbeat wildlife vacation spot. If you wish to journey the place few others go, put the nation on the high of your listing. And spend as a lot time as you’ll be able to within the Rupununi.

A boy walks down a dirt path and two giant otters turn around and make sure that he's still following them. SO CUTE!!
Giant Otters at Karanambu Lodge
Sunset within the Rupununi
Kate and Delvin sharing a coconut in Georgetown, Guyana
Sharing a rum-filled coconut with Delvin in Georgetown
A swampy, marshy area with bright green vegetation peeking in and out of the water in the Rupununi, Guyana.
Rupununi at Dusk

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Guyana

Do a meals tour with the Backyard Cafe. This small enterprise in Georgetown makes a very enjoyable day touring the market earlier than welcoming you again to their yard to cook dinner all of it!

Hang out with the enormous otters at Karanambu Lodge. They could also be large otters, however the little ones are like puppies! It’s enjoyable to observe them eat and play.

Get actually off the overwhelmed path at Saddle Mountain Ranch. Ride ATVs, swim within the creek, and luxuriate in little electrical energy and completely no web (they don’t actually have a web site!).

Read More: What’s It Really Like to Travel Guyana?

Viewing from a point above, a city of brown terra-cotta rooftops spreads over the expanse. In the distance, green mountains rise up against a blue and white-streaked sky. Riva del Garda, Italy
Views over Riva del Garda

Trentino, Italy

Imagine a area of Italy with mountains crashing down into deep lakes, terracotta-topped roofs, and among the tastiest white wines round. Now let me inform you which you can get pleasure from this area with out the vacationer crowds that dominate extra widespread Italian spots. This is Trentino.

One purpose why I like touring Italy is as a result of there may be all the time extra to find, and it has numerous variety. I didn’t have many expectations for Trentino, however I grew to like the small, unpretentious metropolis of Trento, lined in pastel murals and full of enjoyable bars. (Oh, and the principle photograph on the brand new residence web page of my website was shot in Trento!)

I liked feeling so beneath the radar, in a area the place many of the vacationers are Germans or Austrians on long-distance bike journeys. I’d love to return and see much more of Trentino.

Yellow and pink flowers blooming from a blow in the foreground; a tiny church and river in the background. In Trento, Italy.
Tiny chapel and flowers in Trentino
Four adults and a baby carriage stand on a jetty jutting out into the blue Lake Garda, where a windy day is stirring up white caps in the waves. The mountains are jagged in the background and seem to be falling into the lake.
Lake Garda on a wild, windy day
Kate is sitting down and playing a bright red painted piano in the streets of Trento. She looks at the camera and smiles.
Playing one of many pianos in Trento’s outdated city
A bus crosses a bridge in Trento, Italy
Small metropolis life in Trento

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Trentino

Spend a day at Riva del Garda. Only a tiny portion of Lake Garda is in Trentino, however this lovely little village is a good day journey, with lovely views from the clock tower.

Drink all of the Trentodoc. Trentodoc wine comes from Trentino and it’s fabulous — particularly the glowing white varieties.

Visit MART, the Museo di Arte Moderna, in Rovereto. This fashionable artwork museum has numerous fantastic shows and makes an ideal tour away from Trento.

Read More: Three Weeks in Northern Italy: A Travel Itinerary

A staircase descending the hills at dusk in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The Skyline Trail at sundown

Nova Scotia

What a very superb a part of Canada. I spent fairly a little bit of time in Nova Scotia this summer season — I did a Cape Breton highway journey, I visited a number of locations together with distant Sable Island on my Canada cruise, and I spent a couple of days with my pal Cailin in her hometown of Halifax and visited close by cities like Lunenberg and Peggys Cove.

What I liked about Atlantic Canada is that a lot of it jogged my memory of New England — however I felt like Nova Scotia was so just like Massachusetts! I liked the improbable lobster for each meal, the pure magnificence (particularly Cape Breton Highlands National Park), the little folks artwork stands, and the attention-grabbing combination of indigenous, Celtic, and Acadian cultures on Cape Breton.

Sable Island felt like the largest journey achievement in Nova Scotia — that is such a distant island and it’s so arduous to get to! But I’ve to say my coronary heart belongs to Acadian city of Chéticamp. Nova Scotia deserves benefit in so many areas. I do know I’ve solely scraped its floor and I can’t wait to return.

Four horses walking along a lake on sandy Sable Island.
Wild horses on Sable Island
White limestone cliffs topped with grass plunging into the ocean in Cape Breton.
White Point, Cape Breton
Kate wears a red dress and sits on the end of a wooden pier with old-fashioned wooden homes in the distance behind her.
Lunenberg
White cottages sit atop a gray cliff; in the foreground are flowers. A gray day in Nova Scotia.
Keltic Lodge

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Nova Scotia

Eat all of the lobster, continually, each time attainable. For years Cailin has been telling me Nova Scotia has the most effective lobster on the planet, and although it pains me to say…she’s proper.

Paint masks on the Mi-Carême Centre in Chéticamp. I had no concept that such a cool pageant existed within the remaining Acadian elements of Atlantic Canada! Learning in regards to the masked, costumed mid-winter pageant was a blast — and portray our personal masks was enjoyable and enjoyable.

Have afternoon tea at Tartan Tea House. What makes this Halifax-area tea store so particular? You can truly borrow fancy hats to put on whereas having fun with your tea and pastries. EVERY PLACE SHOULD DO THIS.

Read More: Driving the Cabot Trail: The Ultimate Nova Scotia Road Trip

Sunset over the overlook at Shirley Heights, pieces of land jutting out. The sunset is purple and pink with lots of clouds.
Shirley Heights, Antigua’s greatest sundown spot

Antigua

Every Caribbean island has a manner of taking your worries away (and sure changing them with a cup of rum punch). But what makes Antigua particular? It’s in all probability essentially the most strong all-around Caribbean island I’ve visited. Sure, you’ve obtained your nice resorts and seashores, however it’s greater than that.

In Antigua, you will get out and hang around with locals much more simply than different islands. I liked everybody I met. The native meals is great — even one thing with the identify of “goat water” is scrumptious. The island has numerous historical past and historic websites. There are hikes for all ranges, actions for partiers, and a few loopy sea actions like scooter snorkeling. Even town of St. John’s was enjoyable to discover on market day.

Being in Antigua felt just like the solar was shining straight on me. It’s arduous to discover a vacation spot that makes you are feeling like that.

A view over the turquoise Caribbean Sea with white hotel rooms on a piece of rocky land to the right. There are palm trees in one corner.
The Verandah Resort
A small pink church is perched on a hill in Antigua with a soft blue and white sky in the background.
Pink church in an inland village
Kate holds a tiny Antigua black pineapple in her hand. It is the size of her fist. She holds it next to her mouth and pretends to eat the whole thing, a smile on her face. In the background are displays of fruit, including limes and oranges.
I like you, tiny pineapple!
A pink sunset over a beach with white hotel rooms and palm trees in the background.
Pink sundown at Pineapple Beach Club

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Antigua

Enjoy all of the Antigua black pineapple. I swear that Antigua is residence to the sweetest, most scrumptious pineapple on the planet. Try it and I wager you’ll agree.

Spend a sundown at Shirley Heights. Not solely is the most effective view on the island, the entire place turns into a celebration ambiance with music, drinks, and dancing! While I loved my Thursday night time go to, I’ve heard Sunday is greatest as a result of it’s the native night time.

Take a catamaran trip. My favourite exercise in Antigua was a catamaran trip, having fun with music and rum punch at sundown. The good method to finish a visit to Antigua!

Read More: What’s It Like to Travel to Antigua and Barbuda?

A street with gray stone streets, white walls and green shutters and plants in Monopoli
Monopoli

Monopoli, Italy

When it got here time to discover a base for every week in Puglia, Monopoli was completely the only option. It’s not essentially the most well-known city south of Bari — Polignano a Mare subsequent door will get much more guests — however you’ll be able to’t beat the vibe right here.

Monopoli is a tourist-driven city, however it has such a pleasant ambiance. It’s stuffed with twisting, winding streets with white buildings and inexperienced shutters, inexperienced crops including to the colour all through town. It’s obtained a small seashore and a few seashore golf equipment additional out. Much of Puglian delicacies is vegetable-driven, however there may be tons of recent, scrumptious seafood out there in its coastal cities as properly.

Monopoli is a good place for lazy days. Have a pleasant lunch. Go for a stroll. Go for gelato — twice and even 3 times in case you’re formidable. This is Monopoli life!

A hand with glittery purple fingernails holding up an ice cream with white buildings and blue boats in the background.
Enjoying a Caruso gelato
People hanging out in the street while enjoying drinks, green-shuttered buildings and stringed lights in the background.
Monopoli at night time
Kate wears a brightly colored and patterned one-piece bathing suit and throws her hands in the air in joy. She's standing on a rocky formation with the bright blue ocean behind her. In Monopoli, Puglia.
On the seashore south of Monopoli
A city wall juts into the ocean; people sun themselves on the rocks surrounding the wall.
Beach time

Kate’s Top Recommendations for Monopoli:

Eat gelato at Caruso as typically as attainable. Caruso could also be my favourite gelato spot on the planet, and that’s saying lots. As in we had been the weirdos loitering exterior at 2:00 PM ready for it to reopen. The flavors are ingenious and attention-grabbing and the standard is high notch.

Day journey throughout Puglia (and past). If you’re prepared to stroll a bit, you’ll be able to park simply in Monopoli. One of my favourite day journeys was to Matera and Altamura; one other was to Alberobello and Locorotondo.

Have drinks and dinner in entrance of the ocean wall. I liked catching these late night sea breezes whereas nursing the right aperol spritz.

Where was your favourite new vacation spot in 2019?

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