Sunshine Travel Dream Destinations Lists 2019’s Top Destinations

wan·der·lust -ˈwändərˌləst/

noun

  1. a strong desire to travel

With the new year comes new adventure, and for many, travel is the way to cure the wanderlust of the soul. 

Sunshine Travel by Tim/Dream Vacations has a list of hot places to go in 2019 that highlights all the trendy travel destinations you need to put on your bucket list ASAP. These travel hot spots offer the best of the world, ranging from white sand beaches and ancient ruins to stunning landscapes.

“Sunshine Travel Dream Vacations does cruises, all-inclusive resorts, tours, private trips worldwide and special group trips,” owner Tim Hawk says. “A lot of people think they get a better price if they wait until the last minute, but that’s not true. The travel industry fills up their inventory early, and the best price is actually booked two years in advance. You can’t wait until the last minute anymore because the best rooms and cabins have already been booked. My advice is to plan early and save!” 

If you’re already starting to feed the wanderlust in your heart, read on and discover what Sunshine Travel Dream Vacations’ top five travel destinations 2019 has to offer.

5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

“Punta Cana is a great location because it’s safe, inexpensive, has beautiful water and beaches and has really affordable all-inclusive resorts with free food and drink,” Tim says. “It’s all you could hope for in a Caribbean vacation.”

In addition to a fun destination that’s priced right, Punta Cana offers a hopping nightlife; international cuisine; friendly people; and activities like kite surfing, windsurfing, surfing, wakeboard, fishing and more. The Dominican Republic also offers excellent golf courses and other sports like tennis, basketball and volleyball on the beach.

4. Fall Foliage in New England

“If you’ve never seen New England in the fall, the fall foliage is the most beautiful in the country,” Tim says. “The landscape is so rich and colorful, and you can grab trips out of Boston and New York to see the fall leaves in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.”

Offered as group tours or private itineraries, the fall foliage tours can encompass numerous states and historic sites. In Rhode Island, don’t miss the tours of the grand homes in Newport. The Gilded Age mansions there were used in the film The Great Gatsby and are open for tours and historic walking tours.

3. Rome, Italy

“Rome is always popular because of the history, the Catholic churches and the sheer beauty of Tuscany and Italy,” Tim says.

Although steeped in history and teeming with tourists, Rome remains small enough to explore on foot. You can easily walk around and see a lot of museums, ruins and stunning cathedrals in one day, but it’s big enough that you can always find a park, a cafe, a piazza and even a monument that is uncrowded, including in peak season.

See the architectural wonders of monuments and constructions like the Colosseum, the world’s largest amphitheater; and the Pantheon, with the largest unsupported dome in the world. And don’t forget the food! Italian cuisine is beloved throughout the world, but few people realize that each region of Italy has its own unique dishes. 

2. Honolulu, Hawaii

“Honolulu is always a hot spot, mostly because people want to see Pearl Harbor,” Tim says. “History buffs are drawn here, but Honolulu is also a great place to surf. Waikiki is one of the most beautiful beaches where you can surf, take sunset sails, shop and find lots of great entertainment.”

The island can also be explored by car in one day, bringing visitors deep into the heart of the island to find hidden waterfalls and stunning volcanic mountains. Some parts of Hawaii are so beautiful and look the same as they did thousands of years ago, and it’s easy to find a piece of secluded paradise if taking the scenic route, instead of traveling the highways.

1. Alaska

“Alaska is the hottest destination for 2019,” Tim says. “A lot of people want to see the glaciers before they are gone, and the beauty of Alaska makes it the No. 1 destination for cruises, as it has been for many years.”

Cruise tours and land and sea tours abound in Alaska. For instance, visitors can fly to Fairbanks and take a scenic train to Denali National Park, followed by a trip to Anchorage before hopping a cruise ship in Seward. From there, the ship sails south to view glaciers before ending in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“You can also get a round-trip cruise out of Seattle,” Tim says. “There are so many different cruise options in Alaska, so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs.”

Sunshine Travel by Tim/Dream Vacations can arrange trips both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit SunshineTravel.com or call 405.322.5002.