Should you fancy being an on-trend staycation holidaymaker for 2019, the results of a new top destination survey may well help. Those who are looking to vacation in the most popular and talked about UK hotspot of the moment are in luck, as their location for their next getaway may well have been chosen for them. Travel magazine Wanderlust has flagged the top visitor go-to for those Britons not travelling without a passport. With current concern about the impact of Brexit negotiations on travel, and the UK’s departure from the EU on March 29, those wanting a getaway may well look closer to home.
In the Reader Travel Awards, which featured a host of recommendations for travellers, the Scottish Highlands came top.
The publication noted it was “the wilder the spot the better” when it came to people placing their vote.
The Highlands took the top spot for the first time, and pushed out Northumberland from the number one position.
The mountain-filled area encompasses north west Scotland, with Loch Ness at its the centre.
Northeast of the Highlands is classed as the vast patch near the city of Inverness while in the Western Highlands a trail to Ben Nevis can be found.
Edinburgh remained the only city to feature in the UK destination top 10.
Otherwise Snowdonia, the Lake District and New Forest impressed enough to feature in the round-up.
Meanwhile, Nambia took the title for best worldwide holiday destination for the upcoming year.
The African country’s array of wildlife, red deserts as well as its unique tribal culture were deemed key reasons for its coveted number one destination status.
It is a nation much-loved by travellers, previously winning the same title in 2014.
Keeping up appearances, it has featured constantly in the list for the last five years.
Wanderlust’s editor in chief, Lyn Hughes, said of Namibia: “Having tracked rhinos there, I can personally testify that this country is a conservation success story, with wildlife still flourishing both inside and outside the national parks, really adding to the visitor experience.”
“In an increasingly over-touristed and homogenised world, travellers are looking for destinations with more than a whiff of authenticity.”
Further findings of the study pinpointed a debut for Uzbekistan, which went on to be hailed the Top Emerging Destination for 2019.
London City, which temporarily closed last week due to snow, was deemed the best UK airport.
The finalists of the magazine survey were rated by 2,422 Wanderlust readers.
Full results of the Travel Awards will appear online at www.wanderlust.co.uk/travelawards2019 and will then feature in the April edition of Wanderlust, on sale on 14 March 2019.