Trending destinations January 2019

Isle of Skye
The Scottish Highlands are on the radar, boosted by rumours of the prequel to Game of Thrones filming on the Isle of Skye. Already a popular location for film and TV crews, be sure to visit the iconic stone structure known as the Old Man of Storr and the beautiful ‘Fairy Pool’ waterfalls. It’s cold in January, but the weather lends the dramatic landscapes an even more magical vibe.

1. Follow guides to mountains, sea-cliffs, and canyons for a thrilling outdoor adventure.  
2. See an acclaimed collection of dinosaur fossils at the Staffin Dinosaur Museum.  
3. Take a boat tour to see basking sharks at sea, the world’s second largest fish.

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Mt Hayes in the Western Arthurs, with Lake Cygnus down below

The island of Tasmania is witnessing a surge in popularity. This wild corner of Australia has beautiful (and quiet) beaches, abundant nature and wildlife, the purest air, cleanest water and an emerging cultural scene. Stay in the beautiful port capital of Hobart, an ideal base to explore, and home to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

1. See the diverse range of wacky art at world-renowned MONA.  
2. Bask in the beauty of the 50km-long Bay of Fires.
3. Meet and greet a Tasmanian Devil at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

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The view from Torre Dos Clerigos – Clerigos Tower in Porto

Two hours north of Lisbon, Porto emerges from the banks of the Rio Douro like a pop-up book of colourful, historic buildings. With its fashionable hotels, local chefs picking up a growing constellation of Michelin stars, beautiful beaches and charismatic locals, January (with its mild weather and affordable rates) is a great time to experience all Porto has to offer.

1. Visit the arts block of Rua Miguel Bombarda for your fill of contemporary art and design.
2. Admire the old houses of Miragaia.
3. Taste classic Portuguese cuisine by Porto-born Chef Rui Paula at DOP.

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Home to the ‘original’ Atlantis hotel, Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas features the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, a 141-acre water park, 11 incredible pools, five miles of stunning beaches, and a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, oceanfront golf course. There’s no bad time to visit the Bahamas – go island hopping and marvel at its famous pink sand beaches.

1. Grab a conch salad and listen to rake ’n’ scrape bands at the ‘Fish Fry’ in Arawak Cay, Nassau.
2. Snorkelling at Andros Great Barrier Reef.  
3. Soak up the sun on pristine pink sand beaches.

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