Still trying to figure out where to travel for 2019? Don’t worry, we got you something that might be useful in your research. Here’s a list of the top 10 most visited places in the world in 2018, based on estimates from Euromonitor International. I’ll be honest, I’m keen on traveling to one of these places this year myself…
10. Shenzhen, China
A southern metropolis bordering Hong Kong, Shenzhen is known as the “mecca of shopping” for many of its visitors. Tourists can explore the city’s modernity through its towering skyscrapers and enjoy the outdoors with public amusement parks. Enjoy the seaside by taking a trip to Dameisha Beach, the largest beach in Shenzhen. The city is also known for its impeccable seafood!
9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is one of the most exciting capital cities in southeast Asia. Once a British colony, this city is now a reflection of both the old and the new. Among its family of skyscrapers towering the city, you can find niches like Little India and old British landmarks like the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Visit the National Museum to see priceless Malaysian artifacts or visit the Batu Caves to witness Mother Nature’s limestone creations.
8. New York City, USA
Commonly known as the Big Apple, New York City is one of the most important cities in the US. With a population of over 8 million, there’s always something exciting happening in every corner. Take a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge for sweeping views of the city landscape or take a bite of a classic lox bagel from Russ & Daughters in the Lower East Side. Want to be entertained? Catch a Broadway show in Times Square or a New York Philharmonic concert at Lincoln Center. This city has just about everything!
7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you’re feeling something modern, beachy, and one-of-a-kind, Dubai is the place for you! Funding from the oil trade made many of this city’s luxuries available for tourists, including outdoor tennis courts with views of the Persian Gulf as well as underwater restaurants. Dubai has several of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and hotels such as Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Visit the man-made palm islands or enjoy a luxury shopping experience at the Dubai Mall. The city also has spectacular clubs if you are inclined towards night life.
6. Paris, France
Oh, the romantic city of Paris. Is it more than just the Eiffel Tower, baguettes, and the Mona Lisa? You bet. If you’re big on cafe culture, this is the place to be. Here, you can get a croissant with a cafe au lait for a total of 5 euros. Sounds too good to be true, right? Enjoy beautiful art at not only the Louvre, but also the D’Orsay or Rodin. Walk around the Le Marais District, ride a bike along the River Seine, or catch an opera at the Palais Garnier. The amount of things to do in this wonderful city is endless.
5. Macau, China
Believe it or not, Macau was under Portuguese rule until 1999. The city’s architecture and culture is a direct reflection of the east-meets-west concept, and it’s hard to miss! Recent rise in casino activity has helped the city earn its nickname, “The Last Vegas of Asia.” For first-timers, visit Senado Square for some people-watching. Looking for good views of the city? Try Fortaleza do Monte or the Macau Tower. Food specialties include the Portuguese egg tart, pork buns, mashed potatoes, and serradura, a type of street dessert. You won’t regret coming to this eclectic city.
I can only see Singapore getting more popular after being featured in the 2018 blockbuster hit Crazy Rich Asians. This city works for everyone because it offers both urban and natural attractions. Find your shopping essentials on Orchard Road and end your day with a leisure walk around the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore’s most renowned landmarks with three, large-scale structures built in the shape of flowers. Looking for places with the best street foods like laksa or kaya toast? The whole city is filled with it.
3. London, England
Is there another city more refined and chic than London? Probably not. This robust city is home to Queen Elizabeth II, the Big Ben, and countless museums with priceless art. Start your day by taking a nice stroll around the Thames before taking a break at a local pub to snack on those famed fish-n-chips. For a more hipster part of the city, try Brick Lane. If you’re more of a museum person, pay a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum or the British Museum (they house the Rosetta Stone!). Of course, don’t forget to have tea time with pastries and finger sandwiches. If you’re lucky enough, you might even get a glimpse of the Queen…
2. Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re keen on visiting a place filled with colorful street life and Buddhist temples, Bangkok is the answer. Everything in this bustling city – from its playful and casual food culture to the narrow alleyways filled with local vendors – screams “fun.” Thai food is a play on sweet, spicy, sour, and salty that will leave your tastebuds yearning for more. Visit the Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, two of Bangkok’s most visited Buddhist temples, to admire their architectural splendor, which contrasts the modern skyscrapers. Thai people also have an undisputed reputation for their kindness, so be sure to meet and greet a few of the locals.
1. Hong Kong
What’s so amazing about Hong Kong? Everything. Hong Kong used to be part of the British empire, and traces of its colonial history are still present in this city’s culture today. This metropolis is filled with magnificent street markets, museums (Hong Kong History Museum), gardens and parks (Nan Lian and Ocean Park), and plenty of areas for panoramic views of the city (Victoria Peak). Take a walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade after filling your appetite with some delectable (and may I say, absolutely affordable?) dim sum. Climb 268 steps to reach the Big Buddha in Lantau Island and end your day with some night life festivities in Lan Kwai Fong. What’s not to love about this city?
Are any of these cities on your list for 2019? Tell us in the comment section below!