Top 12 Places to Explore Like a Local in 2019

Top 12 Places to Explore Like a Local in 2019

Happy New Year! Our annual review of the top 12 places to travel to like a local this year. Includes a list of hot destinations we would like you to write an itinerary for us if you are a local.

Happy New Year! New year, new travel. A new year means time for making new travel plans and to new places if we're lucky enough. Of course we're here to help you make all your travel dreams come true! So, we're back for our 4th edition of the top places to explore like a local list.

Instead of creating our own opinionated list of the best places to visit in 2019, and we do have opinions, we instead take a different approach and curate destination wisdom from several other lists posted online. (See whose wisdom we borrowed at the end of this post.)

Here at Unanchor, we want to help you travel with the heart of a local. <3 Each of our itineraries have been created by a local living in the destination so you get insider knowledge that will save you time planning the logistics of what to do, see (& not see), when, and where. Get inspired by the unique beauty of each destination below and begin your own new explorations using the knowledge of the heart of a local.

Here are your 12 best places to travel to in 2019:

1. New York

New York City Central Park Birds Eye View

Beyond the City

New York City


2. Germany

Germany Neuschwanstein Castle


3. New Zealand

New Zealand travel guides


4. Southern Italy: Puglia & Matera

Matera travel guide


5. Mexico City

Mexico City travel guides


6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole Tetons Yellowstone travel guide


7. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico travel guide


8. Indonesia

Indonesia travel guides


9. Argentina

Argentina travel guides


10. Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles travel guide

Los Angeles

 Beyond the City


11. Normandy, France

Normandy travel guides


12. Hawaii, USA

Hawaii travel guides



Do you (or someone you know) live in any of these places and enjoy traveling with the heart of a local? These are hot destinations for 2019 and we would love to have you join our family of travel itinerary authors! Apply here.

  • Africa: Egypt, Senegal (Dakar)
  • Americas: Brazil (Salvador, Bahia), Costa Rica, Panama
  • Asia: Japan, Thailand
  • Australia: Northern Territory
  • Europe: Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal (Azores / Madeira)
  • Middle East: Israel, Oman
  • Pacific: French Polynesia (Tahiti)



If you want more travel inspiration, here are the lists of top travel destinations for 2019 we used to curate our list for you:

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