Lonely Planet experts have rummaged the globe in search of destinations that should not be missed in the months to come. Unforgettable experiences, new trends and renewal for some or places still unknown to tourists, discover the 10 countries of our Best of 2019.

1 Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is definitely enjoying its moment of glory under the sunlight’s of the tropics and is changing rapidly. Already appreciated by adventurous travelers for its mix of religions and cultures, More than ever it will appeal to families, adrenaline seekers, colorists, wellness seekers and gourmets of all budgets. Even the North or the East including in previously forbidden areas which inaccessible.

2 Germany

Germany has long been a center of innovation and has given the world, among other key inventions, the printing press, automotive and aspirin. One hundred years ago, a small school in the Thuringian countryside launched an influential aesthetic movement in the world that is still felt today: the Bauhaus. Participate in the festivities, planned to last one year, and celebrate the centenary of this modernist midwife, founded in Weimar in 1919, who flourished in Dessau and was crushed by the Nazis in Berlin in 1933. Brand new museums will open in these three cities, and there will be many Bauhaus events and exhibitions throughout Germany.

3 Zimbabwe

Although it is often the headline for the wrong reasons, Zimbabwe has always excited travelers. It is one of the safest countries in Africa, with an extremely welcoming population, national parks with large mammals, world heritage archaeological ruins, wooded mountains and, of course, the mighty Victoria Falls. Zimbabweans see in the future real possibilities for hope and can once again be optimistic. The enthusiasm that followed the end of the Mugabe era is palpable, even in the warm welcome of a population wanting to turn the page.

4 Panama

Welcome to the crossroads of the Americas. In Panama North and South meet in a fiesta of tropical biodiversity, that celebrates to the superb BioMuseo. East crosses the West with ever increasing world trade, and the world’s largest freighters cross the recently renovated Panama Canal. There are so many treasures in this small country from white sand beaches to tropical rainforests, misty mountains to indigenous cultures that it is astonishing that Panama has been little known. In 2019 Panama City swore to party like never before, and to mark its five-hundredth anniversary with a noisy jubilee not to be missed.

5 Kyrgyzstan

The appearance of Kyrgyzstan on the world tourist scene seems to have followed the huge buzz of the 2018 World Nomadic Games a competition devoted to traditional sports in Central Asia. There is no better time to get there: more than 2,700 km of trekking routes have been newly marked out, new organized tours run by local communities are popping up all over the country, the national road system has been renovated, significantly reducing travel times and a simplified electronic visa system has been created for citizens of countries not on the list of sixty that do not require a visa.

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