9 must-do travel experiences for 2019

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NOW that the new year is here, it is time to get started on fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions.

And if traveling to somewhere new or trying out new experiences is on your bucket list this year, then Virtuoso has some fab ideas for you.

Based on the feedback of their 17,500 travel advisors in 50 countries around the world, the luxury travel network has compiled a list of must-do travel experiences for 2019.

From sailing the Norwegian fjords on a summer solstice cruise to jumping out of a plane over New Zealand, one of the best places for skydiving, these are this year’s picks for the most compelling experiences.

So leave your calendar with ample spots to fill up with these exciting travel possibilities:

Skydive in New Zealand

What better way to take in the amazing views of New Zealand’s glaciers, mountains, rainforests, the Pacific Ocean, rivers, and lakes than from thousands of feet above it all?

Pierce through the fluffy white clouds when you sign up for skydiving in the land of the long white cloud, which has been consistently picked as one of the best places for skydiving.

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Solstice cruises

Score a once-in-a-lifetime experience abound a Norway cruise as you sail the Norwegian fjords and feast your eyes on the country’s stunning natural wonders.

In particular, Norway will host the midnight sun come June 21, 2019, a natural phenomenon that occurs in the summer months when the sun remains visible at the local midnight.

In the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, the sun will be visible for the full 24 hours on Dec 21, 2019, a sight to behold as you cruise the Chilean fjords to the South Cape.

Ride the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Take an unforgettable 10-night journey on the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) train, a private luxury train service from London to Venice and other European cities.

Reputed to be the most romantic and luxurious way from London or Paris to Venice, its restored vintage carriages boast a world of timeless glamour, exquisite world-class meals, and five-star service.

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Dine at Tickets in Barcelona

Barcelona’s Tickets, run by the Adrià brothers of elBulli fame, has a two-month waiting list and it is easy to see why – the restaurant was ranked 32 in CNN‘s world’s best 50 restaurants in 2018.

In its commitment to present a new way of understanding the world of gastronomy and life, the avant-garde dining destination serves up molecular cuisine in memorable small plates with a side of laughter and good company.

It is culinary wizardry at its best.

See the beaches at Normandy

Located in northern France, Normandy is famed for its varied coastline of white-chalk cliffs, World War II beachheads, and especially for the largest seaborne invasion in history known as Operation Neptune (often referred to as D-Day) when American, British and Canadian soldiers stormed its shores.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, take the fabulous Seine River cruise which will afford you the sights and the sounds of the picturesque and historic beaches of Normandy.

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Attend the Rugby World Cup

Fall in Japan is famed for many things: the cozy, breezy weather; a mouthwatering array of seasonal eats; vibrant shades of warm orange, deep red, and striking yellow; and of course, the Rugby World Cup.

Slated to kick off in Tokoy, Japan from Sept 20, 2019 to Nov 2, 2019, the six-week tournament will be held in over 10 venues before the final match at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Go deep in the Maldives

Explore the undersea world and get up close and personal with vividly colored fish, turtles, majestic sharks, cute-as-a-button dolphins, and rays at the Maldives’ only Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

The luxurious Four Season Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is the first to feature DeepFlight Adventures where resort guests will be taken by DeepFlight-trained beneath the ocean for a thrilling underwater excursion in a Super Falcon 3S submarine.

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Experience the total solar eclipse

On July 2, 2019, those in South America and South Asia will be able to feast their (well protected) eyes on the maximum eclipse which is expected to occur just before sunset.

Pack your bags and head off on a glamping trip in northern Chile, where you can experience absolute totality in a destination with geography as close to the moon as you can find on Earth.

Call on coastal Croatia

Croatia’s awe-inspiring 1,800-kilometer coastline, with its tranquil islands, clear blue waters, pristine beaches, medieval architecture, and stunning sunsets, is well established on the holiday scene – and there is no better way to see it than on a private yacht.

Step into the comfort of your very own boat, away from the teeming crowds, and sail along Croatia’s coast, stopping to visit popular ports such as Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar Island all afternoon.

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