We might have been in 2019 for what feels like two years (the world record egg took over IG this year, for context) but it’s finally coming to an end.
We’re just three months shy of 2020, meaning it’s finally time to turn a new leaf. And if you get your money game right, it’s probably a good idea to start planning a few getaways.
The good news is, Airbnb just unveiled their top destinations to visit in the next year, making your next trip much, much easier to plan. And no, Santorini and Cinque Terre did not make it on the list, sparing all of us yet another summer full of Greece and Italy-filled IG stories.
As it turns out, this year is all about lesser-known and eco-conscious cities. From post-industrial, eco-friendly culture hubs like Milwaukee in Wisconsin and Mexico’s Guadalajara, to a tiny island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, these are the spots to keep in mind.
Milwaukee, WI, US
Alongside being a historic gem, and home to a Clatrava-designed art museum, Milwaukee has a thriving bar and restaurant scene according to Airbnb.
Bilbao, SpainThe city has been on the map since the Guggenheim Museums opening in 1997, but recent years have seen an upsurge in visitors, and its stunning architecture and cityscape have something to do with that.
If you make it out to Buriram, make sure you visit its incredible ancient ruins, like the Phanom Rung.
Sunbury, Victoria, Australia
Just a short drive away from Melbourne, Sunbury is Australia’s best kept secret. The city is known for its fascinating wildlife, wineries, and of course, its Victorian-era architecture.
If you’re looking for a spot to completely disconnect—Romania is where you need to go. The southeastern European nation is home to the most well-preserved virgin forests in Europe, and its ancient rural villages are worth a visit.
Don’t miss out on the chance to visit one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. There’s a reason Xi’an earned itself the nickname ‘China’s outdoor museum’. Its historical monuments, like the terracotta warriors are worth the trip.
Eugene, OR, US
Not exactly the first destination to come to mind, but Eugene has slowly grown into a culinary hub, particularly organic cuisine. Also, you won’t feel guilty with a visit here if you’re eco-conscious. The city is going totally carbon-neutral next year.
Luxembourg was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Be sure to visit its medieval castles, rocky gorges, charming villages and vineyards.
If you’re looking to visit Mexico, but prefer to get away from Mexico City’s hustle and bustle—a visit to Guadalajara is a must.
If you really want to get a feel of seclusion, take a visit to Vanuatu. The island, situated 2,000 miles away from Australia is home to over 80 islands where you can try everything from hiking up a volcano to scuba diving in the south pacific ocean.