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Long Weekends and Holiday Ideas for 2019

It’s that time of the year when everything feels new again. New plans, new opportunities, and fresh goals otherwise known as New Year’s resolutions. For some, a new year brings about new dreams too –dreams of achievements and of travelling to new places.

Some of us find it challenging to plan holidays because of various reasons that keep our lives really busy. Yet, be it work, family and important responsibilities, it is always advisable to take breaks (long or short, doesn’t matter) every now and then. Why? Because breaking away from of our daily routines can inspire us in many different ways; ways that you may not even know possible.

For those of us in the working world, taking holidays does not always mean exhausting your annual leave entitlements. To give you more bang for your buck, we’ve put together a calendar to help you keep track of long weekends all throughout 2019, where you can peel away for that long-awaited overseas sojourn.

First, here are the four long weekends in 2019:

  1. Good Friday – 19 to 21 April, Friday to Sunday
  1. Vesak Day – 18 to 20 May, Saturday to Monday
  1. National Day & Hari Raya Haji – 9 to 12 August, Friday to Monday
  1. Deepavali – 26 to 28 October Saturday to Monday

For the regular employee, you’ve got enough paid leave days to make it six long weekends:

Long Weekends 2019 Calendar - FWD Travel Insurance

 

As a bonus, we’ve also included ideas of the best destinations you can consider for different times of the year. You’re welcome!

 

Drone photo of Galle Fort, in Sri Lanka Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119 km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. FWD Travel Insurance

1. December 29 – January 1 | Galle, Sri Lanka

If you’ve missed your chance to travel at the beginning of 2019, you can always plan to do it at the end instead. This Dutch colonial jewel is a renowned UNESCO site surrounded by hotels, boutiques, and cafes that make it a relaxing and leisurely destination in Sri Lanka. Bonus tip: A nice sandy beach is only 6 kilometres away.

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - FWD Travel Insurance

2. February 2 – 6 | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Slowly becoming a tourist favourite, yet not as crowded and expensive when compared to neighbours like Thailand. This year could be your chance to take a holiday and experience Vietnamese cuisine and history.

 

Tokyo city skyline at dusk, Tokyo Japan - FWD Travel Insurance

3. April 19 – 21 | Tokyo, Japan

You’ve probably known about this, but this year could be your chance to finally visit Japan during the spectacular cherry blossom season. Some tips: try your luck at Sumida Park, Shinjuku Gyoen or Chidorigafuchi for the best viewing spots if you decide to go to Tokyo during this month.

 

Quiet still earlier morning gentle sun light over Sydney city main landmarks around Harbour waters and shores between CBD and lowe North Shore. FWD Travel Insurance

4. May 18 – 20 | Sydney, Australia

While it’s still spring in some popular tourist destinations like Europe, you’ll experience autumn in this side of the globe. You can expect fewer crowds than in summer and the weather is just nice and mild for a lovely getaway.

 

Sagrada Familia at Spain, Barcelona. FWD Travel Insurance

5. August 9 – 12 | Barcelona, Spain

Unlike most cities in Europe during the summer, Barcelona is best enjoyed with some sun, sangria and sightseeing. This city is bustling with places to dine and attractions to see. The longer days in summer also means more time for sightseeing, you’ll enjoy approximately 13 hours of daylight in August.

 

Full Length Rear View Of Tourist On Building Terrace By Sea At Santorini - FWD Travel Insurance

6. October 26 – 28 | Santorini, Greece

With relatively mild temperatures (Between 16°C – 24°C), you’ll enjoy good weather this time of the year. Iconic for the stunning seaside architecture and scenic sunset cruises which are likely to be the highlight of your 2019 holidays.

 

Time to make it a memorable year, we sometimes get caught up with our busy schedules that we forget life is also about feeling alive with experiences. What’s the point of all our efforts if we don’t spend a little time to enjoy what we’ve worked hard for?

If you’ve already planned out several trips for 2019, consider buying a reliable annual travel insurance instead of spending time always looking for one. Save the effort for planning your amazing itinerary instead.

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