National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced its Cool List 2019, highlighting the 19 must-see destinations for the year ahead. The hotly anticipated list of countries and cities is revealed in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of the magazine.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller, said: “Our team of editors, writers and industry experts have compiled the 19 destinations set to hit the headlines, with key openings, new routes and rising-star destinations firmly in the spotlight.

“The Cool List 2019 includes stellar destinations such as Pittsburgh and Guyana — now within easy reach, thanks to new flights — not to mention Eritrea, finally open to tourists after decades off-limits, and the buzzing arts scene of locations as wide-ranging as Hong Kong and West Yorkshire.”

Why West Yorkshire and why now? A major new sculpture triennial is set to open in the summer…


Main attractions: The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park have joined forces to stage the first Yorkshire Sculpture International, from June-September.

The Hepworth Wakefield will also be unveiling its Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden, with access to the former Victorian mill buildings next door.

Elsewhere, the Calder Valley — with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre — is a burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops.

The Full Cool List 2019

1. Setouchi
2. Antarctica
3. Pittsburgh
4. Corsica
5. Cambodia
6. San Miguel de Allende
7. West Yorkshire
8. Hong Kong
9. Zimbabwe
10. Guyana
11. Oslo
12. Eritrea
13. KwaZulu-Natal
14. Bhutan
15. Dundee
16. Uganda
17. Matera
18. Indonesia
19. Sibiu