Lonely Planet Writer

2019's hottest destinations for adventure

From destinations on the rebound, to places where events and political changes are making it more exciting or accessible to visit,  adventure experts at G Adventures have mined their data and married it with customer insights, as well as topical world events, to forecast the 10 hottest spots to travel to in 2019.

1. JAPAN.   In 2019, Japan plays host to the Rugby World Cup, and hot on its heels is the summer Olympics in 2020.  Image: Shutterstock
1. JAPAN. In 2019, Japan plays host to the Rugby World Cup, and hot on its heels is the summer Olympics in 2020. Image: Shutterstock
2. UZBEKISTAN. In 2018, the country relaxed its visa entry requirements by introducing an e-visa for 51 countries. Interest in the ‘Stans’ shows no sign of slowing down, with G Adventures seeing a 72% increase in travellers to Uzbekistan over the past five years. Image: Getty
2. UZBEKISTAN. In 2018, the country relaxed its visa entry requirements by introducing an e-visa for 51 countries. Interest in the ‘Stans’ shows no sign of slowing down, with G Adventures seeing a 72% increase in travellers to Uzbekistan over the past five years. Image: Getty
3. SENEGAL.  The West African country is hoping to stimulate tourism with a new airport near Dakar, as it gets back on its feet following an outbreak of Ebola in 2014. Image: Shutterstock
3. SENEGAL. The West African country is hoping to stimulate tourism with a new airport near Dakar, as it gets back on its feet following an outbreak of Ebola in 2014. Image: Shutterstock
4. TAIWAN.  As food and travel become increasingly codependent, Taiwan has a growing reputation with travelling foodies, and the New York Times recently proclaimed it as ‘Asia’s most food-obsessed country’.  Image: Shutterstock
4. TAIWAN. As food and travel become increasingly codependent, Taiwan has a growing reputation with travelling foodies, and the New York Times recently proclaimed it as ‘Asia’s most food-obsessed country’. Image: Shutterstock
5. NORTHERN SRI LANKA.    This lesser-travelled region was cut off from tourism for decades due to civil war, but it’s now open for business. G Adventures suggest getting there before it becomes as popular as the rest of Sri Lanka. Image: onathon Stokes/Lonely Planet
5. NORTHERN SRI LANKA. This lesser-travelled region was cut off from tourism for decades due to civil war, but it’s now open for business. G Adventures suggest getting there before it becomes as popular as the rest of Sri Lanka. Image: onathon Stokes/Lonely Planet
6. JORDAN.  It’s safe to say Jordan’s tourism is back, mainly as a result of stability in neighbouring Egypt. In recognition, G Adventures has introduced a new tour for 2019, as well as two new ‘G for Good’ social enterprise projects. Image: Tom Mackie/Lonely Planet
6. JORDAN. It’s safe to say Jordan’s tourism is back, mainly as a result of stability in neighbouring Egypt. In recognition, G Adventures has introduced a new tour for 2019, as well as two new ‘G for Good’ social enterprise projects. Image: Tom Mackie/Lonely Planet
1. ICELAND.  While travellers may have to prepare for harsh weather conditions and dramatic and sometimes dangerous landscapes, when it comes to crime rates, Iceland has one of the lowest in the world.  Image: Henn Photography/Getty Images
1. ICELAND. While travellers may have to prepare for harsh weather conditions and dramatic and sometimes dangerous landscapes, when it comes to crime rates, Iceland has one of the lowest in the world. Image: Henn Photography/Getty Images
8. ETHIOPIA.  Another African nation sneaking increasingly on to travellers’ wishlists, with G Adventures seeing a 98% increase over the past 12 months. It’s also been in the headlines for all the right reasons, with the prime minister announcing half the country’s cabinet will be female,   Image: Philip Lee Harvey/Lonely Planet
8. ETHIOPIA. Another African nation sneaking increasingly on to travellers’ wishlists, with G Adventures seeing a 98% increase over the past 12 months. It’s also been in the headlines for all the right reasons, with the prime minister announcing half the country’s cabinet will be female, Image: Philip Lee Harvey/Lonely Planet
9.  ITALY.  In May  2019, Italy will celebrate the 500th anniversary of artist Leonardo da Vinci’s death, and there will be a host of celebrations taking place throughout the country.  Image: Matej Kastelic/500px
9. ITALY. In May 2019, Italy will celebrate the 500th anniversary of artist Leonardo da Vinci’s death, and there will be a host of celebrations taking place throughout the country. Image: Matej Kastelic/500px
10. PATAGONIA.   Visitors to parts of Argentina in July will be treated to a solar eclipse on the 2nd of the month. Image:  ©Dmitry Pichugin/500px
10. PATAGONIA. Visitors to parts of Argentina in July will be treated to a solar eclipse on the 2nd of the month. Image: ©Dmitry Pichugin/500px