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Date: 24 December 2018

Top travel trends for 2019


We love travelling, and we travel in different ways than before. Here’s where we’re set to travel in 2019 and how we’re going to do it.

The Association of British Travel Agents, ABTA, says that in the next 12 months, 46% of people are likely to visit a country they’ve never been to before, and more than half are likely to visit a new resort or city. Here’s where they picked as 2019’s top destinations for Brits:

Perfect Poland

Harbour of Gdansk, Poland

Gdańsk is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities

In Poland you’ll find beautiful, untouched countryside and historical cities with medieval palaces and castles.

Krakow is the jewel in the crown, but Norwegian will also be happy to fly you to GdanskWarsaw, and Szczecin. Any of these destinations make for a charming weekend break, where you can enjoy delicious Polish food (usually served in generous portions), plenty of music festivals throughout the year, and some amazing day trips to stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Wieliczka Salt Mine just outside Krakow.

Tip: Planning a short break in Poland’s second largest city? Take a look at our top things to do on a weekend break in Krakow.

Mountainous Madeira

Mountains and sea in Madeira, Portugal

Madeira has everything from beautiful mountains to wonderful beaches

Portugal’s autonomous region of Madeira has it all: a mild climate and beautiful scenic countryside. The island also has lots to offer those seeking an active holiday, like hiking and cycling.

What’s more, Madeira is perfect for road trips. Check out our post on road trips in Madeira and other European destinations.

Bargain Bulgaria

Bourgas, Bulgaria

Bourgas is smaller and less crowded than the other big city by the Bulgarian Black Sea, Varna

Bulgaria has always been a favourite among holidaymakers on a budget. And it comes as no surprise, as Bulgaria offers both sunny beaches and ski slopes, all at very reasonable prices.

The summer retreat of Varna is a great place to cool off by the shores of the Black Sea, visit the famous Sea Garden (a huge park that runs along the seafront), or take a trip to The Wonderful Rocks, a“National Phenomenon” that provides the perfect photo opportunity.

If you’re heading to this beautiful country, Norwegian can fly you to both Varna and Bourgas. And don’t miss our tips on top places you should visit in Bulgaria.

How will we travel in 2019?

Greener road trips

Route 66, USA

Road trips never go out of style, but in the future, they’ll go electric

Travel habits are changing and so are our our ways of getting around. Electric cars are growing ever more popular, and it’s now much easier both to hire and charge them.

That means that road trips in 2019 will be greener. So how about a trip along Route 66? Or a scenic drive down the coast from San Francisco to Las Vegas? You could even choose to visit a few different places in Europe on a road trip.

Solo travel

Woman on beach, solo travel

Solo travel is a great way to meet people and get up-close and personal with your planet

Solo travel is on the rise, and it’s one of the best ways to meet people from different cultures and travel with more flexibility.

And now the industry is making it easier for people to travel alone, without the added expense this has often entailed when it comes to accommodation. Read about Lina, and how she makes the most of travelling solo in the off-season.

Getting away from it all

Couple resting in a park

Nowadays, there are so many ways to explore the world at your own pace

Gone are the days when you need to walk into a travel agency and book a pre-prepared, regularly-scheduled, ultra-timetabled holiday along with thousands of others going to exactly the same place at exactly the same time, just to get away for a while.

In 2019 we encourage you to do your own research, explore, and find places to visit that are not already suffering from ‘overtourism’. It’s good for you, it’s good for the environment, and it’s good for the local population, too. Be creative, don’t just follow the flow. Make your own personal experiences of a lifetime.

Travel inspiration for 2019

Samba party beneath the stars

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Travel from London to Rio from April 2019

At least once in your life, you have to go to Rio de Janeiro. This vibrant Brazilian city has so much to offer every type of traveller, from urban explorers to party animals.

Norwegian will begin flying from London to the city of samba in April 2019, but the warm temperatures and exciting events in this Brazilian metropolis make it a must-visit destination all year round. Of course, the famous Carnival festivities only come once a year, but if you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to save up CashPoints for when this massive party kicks off with a bang in February 2020.

London calling

Regent Street, London

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. But we’re not tired of London

London is one of those places you can never get enough of. After all, it is one of the world’s most popular cities. And as the saying goes: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’

So whether it’s your first time visiting the British capital, or you’ve been there so much you’re practically a local, you’ll find many reasonably-priced flights to London with Norwegian, allowing you to discover and enjoy everything the city has to offer. And doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg once you’re there, either. Check out our post on how to do London on a budget.

Sun, sangria and Spain

Woman on a beach in Spain

Sun-lovers head for Spain

Spain’s always a favourite. And cities like Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca are all preferred destinations among Norwegian’s passengers. But Norwegian offers no less than nine different destinations in Spain.

Tapas, Spain

Tapas are served day in and day out in bars and cafés throughout Spain

Spain appeals to us with its sunshine and pleasant temperatures, fascinating culture and delicious fare. Both mainland Spain and the Canary Islands have lots to offer, whether it’s shopping, culture, activities, or gastronomic experiences you’re looking for.

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