Picture the scene – you're sitting at your desk, staring at your calendar, daydreaming about exciting destinations and wonderful adventures. Sound familiar? From gourmet gatherings to mind-boggling art displays, there are so many phenomenal things to see and do in 2019. Ready to get amongst it all? We've found some amazing events to get you pumped up for the year ahead…
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New Generation Festival, Italy – 29 August - 1 September
Set your sights for Florence in 2019 to feel as if you've stepped back in time (in style, of course). Transforming the enchanting gardens of the Palazzo Corsini into an 18th-century opera house and a lively 1920s nightclub over four days, New Generation Festival is one for those looking to live it up.
Unsurprisingly, the main attraction is the music. Set to feature operas, plus excellent orchestral and jazz concerts, the event will also include romantic dining experiences in the gardens in 2019 – a first for New Generation. Here's your cue to indulge in a little vino, a little music and a little la dolce vita!
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, UK – 8-11 August
Couples young-at-heart, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in the UK is for you. The world's largest annual hot air balloon meeting, the incredible event is where almost countless balloons fill the sky and create a colourful spectacle. Sigh.
Sure to win over your inner kid, there'll also be fairground rides, live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display. Not content to stay on the ground? Take to the skies and book yourselves a balloon ride, and enjoy truly sensational views of Bristol's whimsical scenery.
Winegrowers Festival, Switzerland, July 26 - August 11
If you attend one event this year, make it Fête des Vignerons (the Winegrowers Festival) in Switzerland's Vevey. Held once every 25 years, this once-in-a-generation gathering attracts tens-of-thousands to celebrate all things wine on the scenic shores of Lake Geneva.
First held in the 17th century, the Winegrowers Festival has grown to include everything from grand parades to theatre, dance and music performances. It's such a big deal, the event is inscribed on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – major street cred.
Rugby World Cup, Japan, September 20 - November 2
Sport-lovers, there's a major event to look forward to this year. Held across some of Japan's most beautiful destinations, the Rugby World Cup is sure to be full of heart-stopping action. And with Australia qualifying for the event, there's even more reason to snap up a ticket.
Not rugby-crazy? Make the World Cup your excuse to get out and see the travel hotspot in all its glory. With matches set to be held at marvellous locations like Tokyo (of course), Sapporo, Shizuoka and Fukuoka, each will go all-out to showcase the very best they have to offer.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, China - on until Feb 28
Missed celebrating a white Christmas? Book your flights asap for China's magical Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.
The world's largest ice festival, the event will feature awe-inspiring ice and snow sculptures and a special ice lantern art fair, plus experiences like dog-sledding and spotting Siberean tigers on a safari-style adventure. Take. Us. There. Now.
Total solar eclipse, Argentina and Chile – July 2
For something a little bit different, don't miss watching the total solar eclipse in July.
Two of the best locations for witnessing the humbling sight, Argentina and Chile will offer plenty for romantics, with experiences like eclipse wine tasting and glamping available. If you ask us, it's the perfect opportunity for popping the question. Wink wink.
Field of Light Uluru, Australia – finishes 2020
Chances are you've seen this brilliant display all over Insta – now's the time to see it for yourselves. Finishing late 2020, artist Bruce Munro's Field of Light illuminates the gorgeous Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutau with 50,000 spindles of colourful lights. The result? A spellbinding sight you really won't want to miss.
What makes Field of Light a must-see is its size. Covering more than seven football fields, the display looks light a fantasy – especially with iconic Uluru in the background. Our advice? Beat the last-minute rush and make the trip now. Like, right now.
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