Are you kind of bored of all the same old holiday destinations everyone keeps pushing for? There are only so many times you can go to Ibiza. It's time for some new spots to explore, so why not make it your 2019 new year's resolution to reach for some new and exciting places to visit?
Especially if you're a student gearing up for an exciting gap year, you'll want something the experience of a lifetime, but on a budget. Student Universe offers some good gap year options. The Independent also has a breakdown and a top 5 of the best gap year organisations if you want a review.
Without further ado, here are 14 unexplored places to visit in 2019!
1. Kigali, Rwanda
Pick the city instead of the countryside to pinch pennies on this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Rwanda. Kigali can make the ideal destination for that August holiday you look forward to all year because of the mild temperatures. While the wildlife is one of the main points of attraction for travelling to this part of the globe (you can't track gorillas back home in Europe, now, can you?), it's not the only thing Rwanda has to offer. You can also enjoy quality music and amazing museums in the city.
2. Polperro, UK
Back to the UK for an escape to a village in Cornwall. Polperro is a fishing village, and one of the most picturesque in the UK, with an added thirst for art. Artists and art galleries abound, inspired by the extraordinary seaside landscape. There is no better place to be at the end of the summer; and so close to home, too!
3. Lima, Peru
Machu Pichu is not the only thing Peru has to offer, and Lima, in particular. Lima is the capital city of Peru, and it's actually an excellent destination, even without the historical landmarks. If you're a foodie, this is the place to be, if you've been thinking of travelling to South America, because the ceviche here is to die for. This is also a popular destination for surfing and the museums aren't to overlook, either. A well-rounded destination, all in all! Since you'll be heading to Peru, you might want to read the advice on GOV.uk about foreign travel during your gap year.
4. Lake McConaughy, Nebraska
Perhaps less flashy than other typical United States destinations, like Los Angeles, New York, or Las Vegas, but Nebraska is a great state to visit to get a feel of what life in the States is actually like, away from the tourist-y stuff. Lake McCounaughy is a good place to visit with the family, especially if you're trying to look after your budget. Did you know the beaches are excellent here? Also an ideal spot for water sports like water skiing, jet skiing, or surfing!
5. St Helena, British Overseas Territory
This one's special, found in the British Overseas Territory - St Helena can now be accessed more easily than taking the Royal Mail ship for five days. You can fly out of Johannesburg and get there in just four hours! What will you find? A secret paradise including a waterfall in the shape of a heart, and 20 different dive sites on the island. Because it's such a remote location, the Wi-Fi isn't amazing, but that can be an opportunity for relaxation.
6. Bogliasco, Italy
Always wanted to visit the Cinque Terre? Now you can, and without the high prices and hordes of annoying tourists. Travel to Liguria, Italy, to get to Bogliasco! If you're a wine aficionado, you'll be excited for the vineyards and all the great wine you can taste here, and the beautiful beach doesn't hurt, either. You can go to Italy with Real Gap, so maybe check that out as an option!
7. Sheki, Azerbaijan
I bet you've never been to Azerbaijan, but this amazing European destination is flying under the radar completely undeserved. There are a lot of amazing, unique things to experience in Sheki, and fortunately, tourists are waking up to its beauty. If you hurry, you might still catch uncrowded streets! Visit Azerbaijan to immerse yourself in their rich culture, try the local cuisine, and admire the stunning architecture. A trip to Sheki is worth for this alone, to see the beautiful mosaic tiles and characteristic Islamic design.
8. Asunción, Paraguay
Another South American destination, Paraguay is beautiful, and strangely, not visited nearly enough. Asunción is a historical city dating back to 1537, making it older than other more popular locations in South America, like Rio de Janeiro, or Buenos Aires, which tourists usually opt for. Go against the odds and choose to explore the museums here instead, admire the exquisite architecture, and of course, that excellent South American cuisine we were talking about earlier. Make sure to read through the gap year checklist on GOV.uk before you leave!
9. Vendée, France
Time to go to France, but not to Paris, like every other basic tourist. Instead, why not consider an alternative, like Vendée? You can enjoy all of the best that France has to offer, including delicious wine, relaxing beaches, stunning views, and even activities like horse riding, bike rides, or hiking. If you just want to have a classic beach holiday, you can do that, too!
10. Chattanooga, Tennessee
Didn't think there's much to see in Tennessee? It doesn't sound terribly exciting at first, but when you look into it, you will discover that you can go for whitewater rafting or go hiking on the many available hiking trails. August is particularly good if you're into music, because you get to be in Chattanooga for Levitt AMP, the Rock City Summer Music Weekends Festival, and the Nightfall Concert Series. If you're going to wander so far away, make sure to check out some student travel insurance options; Money.co.uk has some good ones.
11. Naarden, The Netherlands
While Amsterdam is the go-to location when visiting the Netherlands, perhaps you should expand your horizons and give something different a try. Naarden is half an hour away from Amsterdam, so you could even do a short trip and visit it for a day. The interesting attraction here is that there is a fortress dating back to the 16th century and it's the only one Europe has with moats and double walls. It's worth visiting even just to see the moat.
12. Picos de Europa, Spain
Why have you never heard of this place before? Picos de Europa is one of the most visually stunning places in Spain, because it offers amazing views of nature and an opportunity to engage in a series of activities like canoeing, walking, mountain-biking, and canoying. Plus, you get to hike in the mountains here. Picos is 100 years old, so you get to celebrate this historic place.
13. Asos, Greece
Greece is another one of those places that becomes limited to just a couple of popular destinations in the minds of tourists, but there's more to it than just Santorini. Asos is just one of the places worth seeing, because you still get to enjoy all of your favourite aspects, like the crystal blue water, warm weather, and beautiful cliff views, as well as exquisite cheese and wines, but it's nowhere near as crowded. The village is 500 years old and as a bonus, close to the airport!
14. Memmingen, Germany
Sure, other places in Germany attract more tourists, but Memmingen should not be denied! The entire region (Allgäu) is interesting to visit, so you might want to hop over to Innsbruck and Munich, as well, once you're done. What do you want to start with? You can go hiking in the summer on the Allgäu hiking trails if you're looking for an active holiday. Skiing is also a big tourist-y activity you might be interested in, but of course, that's better suited for a winter visit. Zugspitze is the highest peak in Germany and will be waiting for you, as will Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a great resort in the mountains.
There they are, the 14 new places to explore in 2019! You've probably never visited any of these, but the fact that they haven't been the hot tourist destinations doesn't have to be a bad thing. You can enjoy a less crowded and oftentimes, more inexpensive holiday in peace in one (or several!) of these amazing places. And if you're looking for an organised round the world trip, places like Sta Travel offer them for low prices.