As 2018 comes to a close and 2019 draws near, it’s time to make preparations for that dream holiday in 2019.  Discover.Book.Travel brings you travel ideas while maximizing the use of long weekends in 2019 to go for the perfect trip.  In addition, explore our ready-made itineraries so that you can minimize time spent in planning the vacation.

Travel Ideas for 2019 | When and Where to Go

Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan in January 2019

New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday in 2019.  Another 4 days of annual leave added in will allow you to visit both Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.  Visit the Formosa Boulevard, one of the most beautiful metro station in the world and Kenting National Park in Kaohsiung.  Don’t forget to indulge in bubble tea and the fantastic food at the night markets when you are in Taipei.

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 Kaohsiung and Taipei in Taiwan
Visit Kaohsiung and Taipei of Taiwan in January of 2019

Hanoi and Halong Bay in February 2019

Chinese New Year in 2019 falls on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Throw in another 3 days of annual leave, and you can make a 9 day vacation to somewhere further than Singapore’s neighboring countries.  Consider a trip to Hanoi and Halong Bay, which will take you only 7 days to cover both places.

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Halong Bay
Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is easily accessible from Hanoi city

Ho Chi Minh City in March 2019

There are no public holidays in March, but there’s the school holidays.  Consider making a short and inexpensive trip to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam.  Let the kids learn about Vietnamese culture and the life of Vietnamese soldiers during the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels.  Coffee lovers will be pleased to find that Ho Chi Minh is one of the best places in Asia for coffee.

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Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh is a series of authentic underground tunnels used by the VietCongs during the Vietnam War

Bangkok in April 2019

With Good Friday falling obviously on a Friday, consider taking a 3 to 4 days trip to Bangkok for non-stop shopping.  While in Bangkok, indulge in a Thai spa to soothe those tense muscles.

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Bangkok, the best city for shopping in Southeast Asia

Canadian Rockies in May 2019

With Labour Day on the first day of the month, and Vesak Day less than 3 weeks away, it is the perfect time to plan for a long vacation, if work permits.  Those who love nature, great scenery and the fresh mountain air will do well with a trip to the Canadian Rockies.  You are guaranteed to come back rejuvenated.

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Canadian Rockies
A trip to the Canadian Rockies is bound to amaze and rejuvenate you at the same time

Darwin in June 2019

With Hari Raya smack in the middle of the week, consider putting in an additional 4 days of leave to take a trip off the beaten track.  Make a holiday out of Darwin in Australia, the breeding grounds of crocodiles and explore the many national parks in Darwin.

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Take a trip off the beaten track to visit Darwin, a less popular destination in Australia

Baltic Cruise in July 2019

There are unfortunately no public holidays in July.  However, vacations still can take place with or without them!  This July, consider taking a cruise that’s off the beaten track.  By that, we mean a cruise to the Baltic Sea, visiting hard-to-reach destinations such as Russia, Belgium, Finland, Estonia, and Sweden just to name a few.  The good news?  You need not apply for a visa if you are visiting Russia by cruise ship.

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Baltic Cruise
Be wowed by the opulence of the palaces and museums in St. Petersburg, Russia during your trip to the Baltics

Taipei in August 2019

This year, National Day and Hari Raya flanks both sides of a weekend, making it a super long weekend with 4 days off.  Throw in one additional day of your annual leave to make a 5 day trip to Taipei where you can indulge yourself in a rejuvenating hot spring and come back with the best skincare products from Taiwan.

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Taroko Gorge - day trip from Taipei
Take a 5 day holiday to Taipei and make the Taroko Gorge one of your day trips from Taipei

Bali in September 2019

There are no public holidays in September, but for those with school-going children, consider making a short and relaxing trip to nearby Bali.  Bungalows and private resorts are inexpensive in Bali, as are the private charters to bring you around the island.

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Private bungalows and resorts in Bali
Private bungalows and resorts in Bali are relatively inexpensive and are value-for-money for a family stay. Photo source: Bhavana Villa

Perth in October 2019

With Deepavali falling on a Sunday, and a off-in-lieu on Monday, make a 6 day trip to Perth and Rottnest Island with an additional 3 days of annual leave.  September, October and November are known as the best times to visit Perth in terms of the weather.

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Perth as a holiday destination
Make Perth one of your holiday destinations in 2019


Orlando in November 2019

It’s the school holidays and although there are no public holidays in November, consider bringing your family to Orlando, home of Disney’s Resorts, Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.   For kids enchanting with space crafts, there’s also the Kennedy Space Centre to satisfy those curious young minds.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is guaranteed to wow Harry Potter fans

Iceland in December 2019

String two public holidays (Christmas and New Year) together and throw in the rest of your annual leave since it is the end of the year.   Why not take the opportunity to make a trip to Iceland and chase the Northern Lights.  The Northern Lights are better viewed during winter time, as nights are longer and your chances of catching the Northern Lights thus increases.

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