7 Coolest Unknown Travel Spots for 2019

When you’re making your travel plans for 2019, make sure to add Hocking Hills, Ohio to your list. You probably haven’t heard of Hocking Hills – “Southeastern Ohio’s Scenic Wonderland” – or VallDal, Norway or Kalisada, Bali. But they were some of the hottest travel destinations in the world in 2018.

We asked our friends at HomeAway to tell us the hottest places you’ve probably never heard of. Homeaway – which has more than 2 million beach houses, cabins and condos worldwide in its database – found us vacation homes in the up-and-coming destinations off the beaten track according to HomeAway’s trend report based on year-over-year traveler demand. Who knew?

Here are 7 hidden gems of Homeaway’s list:

Valldal, Norway

Most people pass through the small village of Valldal on their way to or from someplace else. Located on the edge of Norddalsfjord – a dramatic spot with rushing rivers, dramatic waterfalls and cloud-shrouded peaks – Valldal is a paradise for kayakers, rafters and hikers.

Check out this adorable holiday home, with fantastic panoramic views of the Nordalsfjord. Located near the village of Sylte at the end of the valley along the fjord. Sleeps 8 / Bedrooms 3. Starting at $266 per night.


photos courtesy of Home Away
photo courtesy of Home Away

Puglia, Italy

From the fishing villages of Gargano to the hilltop city of Ostuni to the fairytale World Heritage town of Alberobello, this region on Italy’s southeastern tip is gaining a reputation as one of Italy’s shining stars. Bordered by the Adriatic sea on the east, by the Ionian sea on the southeast and by the Gulf of Taranto in the south, this region on Italy’s southeastern tip offers travelers a unique experience.

Stay in an authentic Trullo home which is specific to the Itrai Valley in the Italian region of Apulia. This one has been beautifully restored and has modern amenities like an infinity-edged swimming pool and well-designed kitchen. Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 3. Starting at $314 per night.


photos courtesy of Home Away
photo courtesy of Home Away

Camps Bay, South Africa

This suburb of Cape Town sits at the foot of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and adjacent to Table Mountain National Park. Known for its white sand, hiking trails and natural rock swimming pools, it is only also has internationally acclaimed restaurants.

This home beautiful views of the mountains and boasts an infinity-edge pool. Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 3. Starting at $505 per night.

photos courtesy of Home Away
photo courtesy of Home Away

Kalisada, Bali

Here is an unexpected value considering the house, and the view. Located in the north of Bali, Kalisada breathes an atmosphere of peace and relaxation mountain biking, rafting, golf, and much more, as well as snorkeling and diving trips are easily and quickly accessible from this location.

This villa is located close to Seririt in the Northern part of Bali. It is an unspoiled area away from traffic, crowds and pollution. Sleeps 8 / Bedrooms 4. Starting at $276 per night.


photos courtesy of Home Away.
photo courtesy of Home Away

Fredericksburg, Texas

With its unique German heritage, thriving wineries, and live music, this town In the heart of Texas Hill Country is a perfect weekend getaway. Located within a 2-hour drive from  Austin and San Antonio, it maintains a small town feel while having lots of things to see and do.

Legacy Ranch at Rocky Creek sits on 12 gated and private acres just a few minutes outside of Fredericksburg, Texas. The Barnhouse was masterfully built in the early 1900’s in Missouri. In 2010, it was re-built on this site. Guests find the construction, décor and appeal of this masterfully-crafted house to be impeccable. Sleeps 8 / Bedrooms 1. Starting at $339 per night.


photos courtesy of Home Away.
photo courtesy of Home Away

Hocking Hills, Ohio

The Hocking area offers an amazing array of eco-adventure activities, with  massive sandstone outcroppings, deep gorges, towering hemlocks and glistening waterfall. Demand for properties in Hocking Hills is up 130 percent year over year, according to HomeAway.

This luxurious, custom, heavy timber, hand hewn, log cabin is designed for entertainment and relaxation for family groups up to 18 people. Sleeps 18 / Bedrooms 4. Starting at $630 per night


All photos courtesy of Home Away.


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Michelle Breyer
While working as an award-winning business reporter for a daily newspaper in Austin, Michelle Breyer co-founded NaturallyCurly 1998. NaturallyCurly - which empowers, educates and inspires world for women with curly, coily and wavy hair - into one of the largest media companies dedicated to hair topics. She has written for a number of publications.


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