We’ve put together this 2019 travel calendar to show you where to go by holiday type. So, whether you’re looking for a foodie break, a cultural trip or just to relax and work on your health and wellness, this calendar has you covered
You know you want to go away this year, but you have no idea where. Sound familiar? You are not alone. So, say hello to Staffordshire Living’s 2019 travel calendar. It’s here to guide you with your travel plans this year. Yay!
Perhaps you’re up for tasting some exciting new cuisines? Or, maybe you feel like discovering fascinating and enriching culture. But you might just be in need of a little relaxation; somewhere you can restore your chi to its rightful level. Well, keep reading because we’ve pulled out the best places to go in the world by month whatever type of holiday you’re after.
From exquisite fine dining to tasty beachside shacks, Bajan cuisine is one not to be missed. A fusion of African, Indian and British influences, you’ll find everything from macaroni cheese to local fish delicacies and coconut desserts.
Discover: Sri Lanka
From buddhas to beaches, tea to temples, Sri Lanka is a melting pot of exciting discoveries. Recently marking 70 years of independence, it’s the perfect time to go and explore the cultural riches within this vibrant and colourful country.
Restore: Langkawi, Malaysia
This idyllic archipelago off the west coast of Malaysia is the perfect retreat to recharge for the year ahead. Turquoise waters surround palm-lined beaches and jungle-covered hills peak in the distance. Enjoy the jewel of the Andaman Sea.
Taste: The Tarn, France
Nestled in the south of France, northeast of Toulouse, the Tarn has built quite the eclectic gastronomy scene, dubbed the Tuscany of France. From cheese tasting to fine dining, you can enjoy the best in French cuisine in modest but elegant surroundings.
The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, a late-night cruise, Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour are all reason enough to visit this bustling cosmopolitan city, But as a special treat in February, the city comes alive with Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.
Restore: Cape Verde
Disappear into the delights of this volcanic archipelago off the coast of North Africa with its stretches of white sandy beaches and picturesque landscapes. Indulge in watersports, desert quad biking or horse riding on the beach.
Dublin’s foodie scene has shot up in the past couple of years with both high-end Michelin-starred restaurants and quaint unique cafes creating a stir. Head there in March and you’ll also experience the city at its most lively thanks to the St Patrick’s Day parade and festivities.
The South American country of Panama has an abundance of unique and exciting features to explore from its coffee farms to cloud forest tours, the refurbished Panama Canal and bustling cities. Visit in March for an average temperature of 28 degrees C.
Ibiza may be synonymous with party culture, but it actually has a much softer and relaxing side to it, especially during the quieter spring months. Recharge your batteries at a meditation retreat or just enjoy a stay in the beautiful countryside.
The delicacies of this American state are not to be missed. With Mexican influences and cowboy culture, enjoy the deliciousness of burritos, chilli, steakhouses and barbecues. A Tex-Mex fusion of the tastiest comfort food going! Visit in April and enjoy the Fiesta San Antonio too.
Discover: Frankfurt, Germany
A spring city break in Frankfurt is full of surprises – from the Goethe House Museum to the pretty timber houses that line cobbled streets and gothic-style churches. The opera house, zoological gardens and Zeil shopping district are also a must-see.
Take a trip inside this rich and vibrant city, an experience for the senses that you’ll either love or hate at the end. But for a dose of unadulterated enlightenment it’s got it in abundance – take a yoga retreat or detox holiday in the mountains and revitalise.
Taste: Palermo, Sicily
If Sicilian food is your bag, then Palermo is the place to go. With its lively markets offering fresh produce and street food delicacies you will be spoilt for choice.
From the Parthenon to the Acropolis, Athens is the historic capital of Europe and a fountain of discovery for newbies and returning visitors alike. But don’t miss out on its contemporary side too with stunning rooftop bars, music venues and fantastic eateries.
Restore: Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands offers a perfect escape whether you are looking for adventure or serenity. From Perth to Inverness, an early summer getaway could have you hiking the hills or reflecting on life from the shore of a stunning loch.
For some of the best tapas in the world, head over to Barcelona. In June, it’s warm enough to enjoy the beach but cool enough to spend lazy days eating and drinking the best that Catalonia has to offer.
Discover: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hop on over and spend June with the laidback Dutch in Amsterdam. The city is one big exhibition of modern culture – from the dance clubs of the underground to the museums, exhibitions and shopping of the streets, you’ll be hooked.
Restore: Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is the perfect area to let off some steam and recuperate – an island of incredible wildlife, activity and scenic beauty. Take a road trip through the mountain valleys, swim in the fairy pools or go out to sea to spot eagles and seals.
Food is at the top of everyone’s to do list in Singapore where street food is as highly sought after as fine dining cuisine. July is when the south-east-Asian city comes alive for its national food festival month with pop up foodie markets and venues showcasing its diverse and historical cuisine.
Head to Serbia in July and immerse yourself in a vibrant and youth-centric city. Central city Novi Sad hosts the popular electronic festival EXIT from 4th to 7th July and it also celebrates being the European Youth Capital for 2019.
Head off-the-beaten track and enjoy a spot of mid-summer wilderness camping amidst the stunning backdrop of the Welsh countryside. Wake up and appreciate the great outdoors in all its glory.
The last week in August welcomes the Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival celebrating the culinary culture of Copenhagen as well as the Denmark as a whole. Plus, the city is gaining recognition for its street-food scene.
Discover: Wild Atlantic Way
Road trips are set to be the holiday of choice in 2019. Take yours to the Irish Wild Atlantic Way where you can discover nine counties along a coastal touring route with breathtaking scenery and plenty of Irish experiences to enjoy along the way.
Restore: Zadar, Croatia
Stunning sunsets, amazing beaches, and a hipster vibe throughout, Zadar is the cool in Croatia and an absolute must-see. Relax and unwind by the ocean, marvel at the valleys and waterfalls and take in the unique modern art and sculptures.
Italy’s foodie capital is not to be overlooked. Indulge in the best in Italian food and wine from gelato to pasta and tiramisu. Take in the pretty sights of Florence before retreating to the hidden gems of the Tuscan countryside.
Shenzen sits on China’s south eastern border and benefits from a cultural overspill of the delights of Hong Kong. Plenty of cool cafes, an emerging arts and indie-music scene and even a growing number of micro-breweries are popping up.
This celeb-favourite is the perfect place to enjoy a late summer trip. September offers a quieter and cooler Santorini and with its clear blue waters and stunning stone backdrop, you will forget all of your troubles.
Taste: San Francisco
Visit San Francisco during a month that contains an ‘r’ and be sure to eat at one of the many oyster bars in the city. Legend has it that the months May through August coincide with the oyster spawning season, so they do not look or taste their best.
Discover: São Paulo
Iconic buildings, hundreds of museums and theatres and plenty of parks and green spaces make Brazil’s largest city a travel must. Widely recognised as Brazil’s art capital you can delve deep into the Latin-America culture in this vibrant city.
Throw yourself into the magic of India and its wonderful wilderness. Visit the Nagarhole National Park in the Kodagu district of Karnataka where you can stay and explore, spotting tigers, elephant, deer and more.
Taste: Penang, Malaysia
Known as one of Malaysia’s most indulgent and exciting foodie cities, Penang in the north west part of Malaysia is a must-do on the world gastronomy circuit. Try delicacies like the Char Koay Teow, Lok Lok and Murtabek.
Discover: New York
New York is bursting with things to do and see, but November is when The Macys thanksgiving parade takes place and the big apple is full of excitement. The parade normally happens at the end of November and is a definite must-see.
Want to get away from it all – how about a trip to the Himalayas? The Kingdom of Bhutan is nestled between China and India and is known for its stunning biodiversity, beautiful natural landscapes and spirituality.
Discovering Thailand’s foodie delights is a must for any curious traveller because you can get good food pretty much anywhere. Street food, beachside cafes and city restaurants all are offer equally tasty options at incredibly low prices.
The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg is held every year until Christmas Eve in December and is one of Germany’s oldest and most famous Christmas markets thought to date back to 17th century. Traditions and customs take place in the central square, the Hauptmarkt.
Restore: Bacalar, Mexico
A stunning and revitalising part of Mexico, Lake Bacalar is known as the lake of seven colours thanks to its multi-coloured look. It’s a quiet and peaceful part of Mexico but still has plenty of water sports if you want to be more active.