(GOOD MORNING ARIZONA) -- Way to go, AZ! We’re making headlines - and for a great reason! Did you know we live in one of the “beautiful,” “top,” and “hot” destinations of 2019?
Thus declared by a variety of publications, including upscale magazine “Harper’s Bazaar,” Arizona is grouped in with some genuinely gorgeous and exotic destinations from across the world like Sri Lanka, the Kingdom of Jordan, and New Zealand!
After noticing destinations like Southern Italy and Bali popping up on social media sites in 2018, “Harper’s Bazaar” asked their group of Insta-savvy travel experts “where everyone will be visiting in 2019,” and our state made the top 10!
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The key to the Kingdom’s ranking - the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra. Adventure tours, with biking and hiking elements, will also be popular here in 2019.
2. Sri Lanka
Want to visit breathtaking beaches? Go on safari? Visit a tea plantation? You can do all this and more in this Indian Ocean destination.
With charming cities and stunningly beautiful national parks, it’s not a surprise our neighbor to the north made the list.
4. Pacific Islands
When Prince Harry and American-born Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle visited Fiji and Tonga, online search engines took note, with a 95 percent increase for these, and other islands, in the region!
New flights from Europe, sporting events like the 2019 Rugby World Cup, along with the historic and cultural charms of Japan will drive large numbers of visitors to this scenic nation.
New luxury properties, and high-end tented camps, will attract the beautiful people to this beautiful nation. The endangered and world-famous gorillas don’t hurt, either.
According to our new friends at “Harper’s Bazaar,” our state got “Insta-famous” after designer MiuMiu shot their Spring-Summer 2018 campaign at Arcosanti. While we may quibble this is the key reason for our place on the list, there’s no question our state is full of photo-op worthy locations.
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Long in the shadows of showy neighbor Greece and up-and-coming Montenegro, Albania is getting noticed for its beautiful mountains and beaches, along with the nightlife and young vibe of the capital, Tirana.
9. New Zealand
According to the magazine’s experts, New Zealand’s place on the list reflects a number of growing travel trends. With wine tours, hot springs, golf courses, and spas - in addition to the stunning natural beauty - New Zealand will tick lots of boxes!
City breaks in Sofia, ancient sites like Plovdiv, and Black Sea beach resorts helped Bulgaria stake their claim in the Top 10.
And chalk up another round of kudos for ol’ Arizona. Tucson made the 2019 list for respected travel guide Fodor’s (my personal favorite of all the published guides), and Scottsdale made the 2019 cut for online site Mic.com.
Looking for a getaway to any of the locations in the 2019 Top 10 (or 15)? You’ll be surprised how many are reachable from Sky Harbor with just a few airport connections! All offer a wide variety of travel styles, from self-drive and scenic trains to escorted or locally hosted tours and resort packages.
Questions about the destinations? Give me a call at Preferred Travel Services, 602-603-9300, or e-mail me at Rosanne@preferredtravelservices.com.