12th November 2018
At Wild Frontiers we always like to stay one step ahead of things, and each year we look forward to where we think the big travel destinations are going to be. Here our experts gaze into their crystal balls and tell us where is going to be hot in 2019.
According to our Head of Operations Marc, Bulgaria is set to boom in 2019. "Recent years have seen Croatia and Albania become popular but now it is the turn of Bulgaria to take the Balkans spotlight. Over the years Bulgaria has been influenced by the Roman, Greek and Ottoman empires and it has some fantastic ancient ruins to prove it. It also has a scenery of mountains, lakes and a long Black Sea coastline. But the big draw is going to be the ancient city of Plovdiv, which will be the European capital of culture in 2019." Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a Roman theatre, amazing food and wine and excellent bars and restaurants. Talking of Bulgarian wine, Winston Churchill’s favourite wine Melnik came from the area.
Our 10-day Walking in Bulgaria tour spends time in Plovdiv.
Papillon is rightly considered to be a modern-day classic, telling the tale of a prisoner incarcerated in the French penal colony of Devil’s Island, in French Guiana, and in 2019 it celebrates 50 years since it was first published. "Possibly the last undiscovered corner of South America, French Guiana, along with its neighbours Guyana and Suriname, receive the fewest number of overseas visitors in the whole of South America," says our Latin America expert Naila. "But intrepid travellers are rewarded with pristine rainforests, high chances of jaguar sightings and, in Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls." As well as Devil’s Island, where Captain Alfred Dreyfuss was also imprisoned, French Guiana is home to a European Space Port from where launches regularly happen, and uses the Euro as its currency. View our Three Guianas group tour.
Confidence amongst travellers about visiting the Middle East is the highest it has been for a number of years, with Jordan, Oman and Egypt all attracting increasing amounts of visitors. "It is no surprise travellers are returning to Jordan," says Middle East expert Dan. "It's a safe and welcoming country, offering the world-class sites of Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, as well as numerous Crusader Castles and Roman ruins." The Jordanian Tourist Board has also invested in advertising campaigns to bring visitors back, which appears to be paying dividends. Explore Jordan on our 10-day group tour, or combine it with Palestine on our 15-day group tour. We also offer tailor-made tours taking in some of Jordan’s wonderful natural highlights. View our tours to Jordan.
On 2 July 2019 there will be a full solar eclipse visible from Chile and Argentina. The remoteness, lack of light pollution and arid atmosphere on Argentina’s Parque Provincial Ishigualasto make it a perfect place to see the full solar eclipse. Wild Frontiers is offering a tour combining Argentina with Chile’s Atacama Desert - one of the best places in the world for stargazing although outside the full eclipse zone hence the company offering the eclipse in the wilds of Argentina – to coincide with this astronomical event. View our solar eclipse tour.
Egypt has had a turbulent decade, with revolution, protests and crackdowns since the Arab Spring of 2011, but things are finally starting to look rosier. According to Africa expert Jon, "The country has worked hard to improve the security situation, particularly in its airports, and visitors are returning." There has been a 30% increase in overseas arrivals in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017. "In a country where tourism is a crucial source of revenue, this is key for the economy and locals are welcoming tourists back with open arms. Visitor numbers are still nowhere near their 2010 peak however, and that, combined with the current air of optimism, means now is an excellent time to visit this classic cultural destination." View our holidays to Egypt.
Japan is set for a couple of years in the spotlight, hosting first the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and then Tokyo staging the Olympics in 2020. At Wild Frontiers we have introduced two group tours as well as a number of tailor-made tours to Japan. "Japan is one of my favourite destiantions and a country like no other. It needs to be on everyone's wishlist, and I'd recommend visiting in 2019 before the Olympics take place," said Wild Frontiers' Japan expert Nathan. For an unforgettable experience, why not visit during the Spring to see the autumn blossom? View our tours to Japan.
Whilst Wild Frontiers has been sending intrepid travellers to Pakistan since the late 1990’s, it is in the last two years that numbers have really started to pick up again. As the country inches towards political and economic stability, travellers are rediscovering what made the country such a great adventure travel destination. “Pakistan is perhaps the ultimate adventure travel destination,” says Wild Frontiers Pakistan expert Clem, who returned from Pakistan this May. “It offers ancient Indus civilisations stretching back 4000 years, exciting cities like Lahore with its forts, mosques and palaces, but most of all, it offers an incredible scenery, particularly in the north where the three greatest mountain ranges collide. Pakistan is great for trekking, mountain biking, rafting or just cultural tourism. The infrastructure has also improved, with resurfaced roads and new tunnels cutting down travel time, and new luxury hotels opening up in the region. Pakistan really has it all, and we predict big things ahead for tourism to the country.” View our Pakistan tours.