Trending destinations February 2019

Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals the places that are trending this month

Copenhagen
A city with a lot of buzz about it right now, in Copenhagen you can experience tasty Danish street food (including the popular open sandwich or ‘smørrebrød’), get an up-close look at famous Danish designs, and learn about one of the oldest monarchies in the world. The evenings can get pretty cold at this time of year,  giving you the perfect excuse to try out CopenHot, a waterfront sauna with great city views.


HIGHLIGHTS 

1.Dine at the new Noma (named the World’s Best Restaurant four times over), which now has an urban farm and follows a three-season kitchen.
2Head to Tivoli Gardens, where the snow falls through February, transforming it into a winter wonderland.
3. Stay warm by ducking into Kunsthal Charlottenborg, one of Northern Europe’s largest exhibition spaces for contemporary art.

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Goa

Goa
Don’t miss the chance to experience Goa, India’s popular beach destination, during its peak season, which typically runs from November to February. From relaxing yoga retreats to beach shacks serving the freshest seafood, it has a truly laid-back vibe, yet you’ll also find some of the best of India’s nightlife. Visit Anjuna Market for some excellent thrift shopping and hike through the jungle to marvel at Goa’s tallest waterfall, Dudhsagar Falls.

HIGHLIGHTS 
1. Head to Palolem Beach to dance the night away at a silent disco.
2. Get your flippers on and check out the best scuba diving spots, such as Grande Island. 3. Snap some pics of the heart-shaped lake, a natural phenomenon, at Bogmalo. 

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Helsinki

Helsinki
Did you know that in Finland there are more saunas than there are cars? Indeed, Finns consider saunas a weekly necessity and you’ll find them everywhere. For excellent views 0f this pocket-sized city and a glimpse of its past, take a boat to the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna – an 18th-century sea fortress and nature spot spread across six linked islands. What’s more, Fly Dubai now offers direct flights to Helsinki from the UAE.


HIGHLIGHTS 

1. Strap on your skis as there are almost 200km of well-kept trails around the capital. You can rent your kit from Paloheinä Recreational Center.
2. Embrace the slow food movement by dining on vegan, locally-sourced food – LOOP and Nolla are both excellent.   
3. Explore the two large national parks of Sipoonkorpi and Nuuksio, both a short bus-journey away from the city centre.

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Jordan

Jordan
Embrace the glorious weather we’re experiencing in the Middle East by staying closer to home. In Jordan, you can discover the impressive sights of the ancient city of Petra and the protected desert wilderness of Wadi Rum. Here, the Full of Stars luxury camping experience sets you up in a ‘bubble’ tent for the chance to observe the clearest desert night sky. With its red sands and mountainous landscape, it’s probably the closest you can get to camping on Mars.


HIGHLIGHTS 

1. Tuck into a traditional meal prepared by local chefs at Petra Kitchen within Wadi Musa.
2. Take a hike to the shrine of the prophet Aaron. Situated 1,350m above sea level, it’s the highest point in Petra. 
3. Follow in the footsteps of Cleopatra and experience the mineral-rich mud of the Dead Sea from Amman Touristic Beach.

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