2019 Travel Bucket List

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4 exhilarating vacations to look forward to in the new year

From kissing on top of the Eiffel Tower to sipping wine in Napa Valley, your dream vacation has no limits. This year, make your dreams a reality by creating a 2019 travel bucket list.

Items can be as simple as, “try the coffee in Italy,” or as complicated as a two-week itinerary of Costa Rica adventures. Just jot down what matters most to you, and do it. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

See the Spring Cherry Blossoms in Japan

You can visit Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden during March or April to stroll through 10,000 blossoming trees. According to Japan’s Ministry of Environment, this garden has been one of the best places to view the soft pink flowers since 1917.

You can also stop by Kyoto’s famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple- an impressive structure fenced in by the flowering trees. At night, the temple shoots a blue beam of light into the sky and illuminates the cherry blossoms in a breathtaking spectacle you won’t want to miss.

Attend a Summer Festival in Spain

Summer is Spain’s prime festival season. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona is a can’t-miss. Every July, bulls storm the corral in Calle Santo Domingo for an event called “The Encierro.” Fit, courageous runners can sprint ahead of the bulls for an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind experience.

For the musically inclined, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival is the ideal summer getaway. With loud music and cold drinks, this three-day festival will take place May 30th-June 1st, 2019. Live performances by musicians from all over the world, including Cardi B (“I Like It”), Charli XCX (“1999”) and James Blake (“Don’t Miss It”), are bound to create an irresistible party atmosphere.

Experience Fall in Massachusetts

Whether you want to admire colorful leaves or listen to spooky stories, Massachusetts is the perfect place to celebrate fall. Head to Boston in September or October, where vibrant foliage adorns the city. Walk around the Boston Common, the oldest park in America, to see hundreds of trees boasting shades of gold, red, orange, yellow and green.

Fans of the unusual, spooky and historical should visit the Salem Witch Museum, where you can learn about the witch trials of the 1600s. If that isn’t eerie enough for you, try a walking tour of the city. The Hocus Pocus tour takes you to 15 historical sites of Salem’s sinister past, including old prisons, cemeteries and the field where farmer Giles Corey was killed after being accused of witchcraft. Here you’ll learn that reality can scare you more than fiction!

Enjoy the Winter Wonderland in Switzerland

Glittering white snow awaits you in Switzerland next winter. Visit Zermatt, a picturesque village with views of the snow-covered Matterhorn mountain in the background. Embrace the fluffy white snow by hitting the slopes on skis or snowboards, hiking with snowshoes or sliding down the mountain on a toboggan or sled.

 During November or December, celebrate the holidays at one of the many Christmas markets in Zurich. These are known for their handmade ornaments, unique souvenirs, festive lights, hot cider, mulled wine, live performances and wintry backdrops that look like they’re straight out of a holiday card. These festivities offer a magical finale to your year of travel.

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Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and swimming pools. She has her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.