Where I’m going Levison Wood
It’s never been easier to go on an adventure than it is now, so I expect we’ll see a lot more people trying new activities and heading to places for the first time in 2019. Since a wider range of countries are becoming increasingly accessible on low-cost flight routes, both long- and short-haul, it’s spurred a rise in exciting travel. People’s attitudes have changed and those who would have once never contemplated going on an expedition are joining them now at all stages of life.
I predict there’ll be a rise in micro-adventures, too, as people are realising that they don’t have to go far or spend lots of money to have an experience to write home about. Being a modern-day explorer is no longer about planting flagpoles in maps. These days it’s a lot more personal – as long as you’re discovering and exploring things for yourself, that’s all that really matters. Depending on Brexit, there will either be a lot more domestic travel in 2019 or, conversely, it’ll have completely the opposite effect and people will travel much further afield to destinations like Nepal, bypassing Europe completely.
I’ll be going to the Silk Road next year and I think it will definitely be one of the biggest destinations in 2019. Georgia – the gateway to the Silk Road – is exceptionally beautiful with amazing food and drink to match. I’d also recommend combining a trip like this with a visit to the neighbouring countries of Azerbaijanand Armenia, too. For first-time explorers – having been there on my most recent expedition – I couldn’t recommend Oman more highly. The landscape is captivating and the people are extremely hospitable. It’s the safest place in the Middle East to go.
Recently, I’ve been here, there and everywhere, so after travelling to New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco to promote my new book, plus a ski trip tothe Alps, I’ll be taking a much-needed not-for-work holiday. It might come as a surprise to most people, but I’m in need of some sunshine and a sandy beach.