Where Travel Channel Staffers Are Going in 2019

New year, new adventures. Add these to your must-travel list.

December 13, 2018

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Myanmar + Thailand

First, I'm headed to Thailand and Myanmar in February to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas and to spend a few days trying to improve my culinary skills in the northern agricultural region of Thailand surrounding Chiang Mai. — Alisha Bube, Associate Product Designer

Switzerland + Italy

About 20 years ago, my husband and I flew into Zurich, spent a couple of days there, then took a train through the Alps down to Venice and spent about 10 more days touring Italy. It was a magical trip that we always reminisce about, so we want to go back this summer with our two teenage boys and show them all the great stuff we've been telling them about for so long. — Jackie McGilvray, Editor


My fiance and I are taking three weeks in the spring to explore Japan, specifically Okinawa. He has been studying the Japanese martial art of Isshinryu for most of his life and can't wait to visit the dojos where it began. I, of course, can't wait to see the beautiful shrines and castles, especially the Nakagusuku and Zakimi Castle ruins, and all the gorgeous beaches. And the bathhouses. Oh, and the hot springs! Three weeks may not be long enough... — Nikki Sneed, Apple News Editor

Iceland + Spain

I'll use a long-layover flight sequence to spend a few days in Reykjavik while I'm en route to Barcelona. Iceland means waterfalls, hot springs and basking in the nighttime sunshine. In the capital of Catalonia, a feast awaits: all variety of jamon, tinned fish galore, lush Tempranillos and playful Cavas, and tons of tapas—which will pair nicely with architecture, art and the irresistible flow of life on the Med. — Laura Susong, Social Media Coordinator

Amsterdam, Paris + London

My husband and I are planning to celebrate our three-year anniversary in March on a 10-day hop from London to Paris to Amsterdam. I haven't visited these cities in almost a decade, so I'm excited to experience them from an entirely new perspective. — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

Glacier National Park

My number one travel destination for 2019 is Glacier National Park. I'm trying to travel to at least one national park I haven't previously been to each year. I would like to visit this park while there are still glaciers to see! — Lauren Fansler, Editor


I'm hoping to take a trip to Portugal in 2019. Portugal's beautiful beaches, amazing food and, wine and historic architecture appeal to me, but it's also relatively inexpensive (which appeals to my wallet!), especially compared to alternative countries with similar attraction such as Italy or France. — Laura James, Assistant Editor


What's got 185,000 attendees, 1,000 artists and sells out in 40 minutes every year? It's Tomorrowland Music Festival, one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world. My friend's 30th birthday falls during the event this year, and after spending four days dancing in the mud at TomorrowWorld 2015, we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate. It's going to be tricky to pull off, but our spirits are high, and our alarms are set. — Jessica Yonker, Editor


This summer, I'm aiming to head to Greenland to sail, paddle and hike in the remote and frozen arctic landscapes. — Alisha Bube