Trailblaze Through 2019: Explore 20 Alternative Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List

Looking for inspiration for your 2019 bucket list? Take a look at these different cities around the world and how to explore them like a local. The USA takes the lead with six destinations, with the UK, Denmark, Finland, and Portugal all featuring in the top ten overall.

Comparethemarket.com have researched the best places to visit, comparing metrics such as a city hipster index, cost, and the number of Instagram posts.

Seattle, WA – A modern metropolis, with acres of parkland, Seattle takes number one for versatility. No visit is complete without dining at the vibrant Pike Place Market. With 492,000 Instagram posts about the market, try their famous clam chowder or fresh seafood from the various vendors.

Portland, OR – For lovers of art, local breweries, and coffee, Portland is the place to be. Know as the city’s ‘living room’, Pioneer Courthouse Square is one of the coolest destinations on the list. With live music and food trucks, there’s something to do all year round.

Brighton and Hove, UK – If you love the sea, eccentricity, and festivals, Brighton may be the destination for you. Take a trip to the not-for-profit, Marlborough Pub & Theatre, for a tasty English roast and a pint, or if it’s sunny you can head to the shore and enjoy some traditional fish and chips – be careful of the seagulls though.

Copenhagen, Denmark – You can’t have a bucket list unless you’ve ticked one Scandinavian city off the map, and Christiania is the perfect place if you’re looking for something different. With around 166,000 Instagram posts, this Freetown boasts colourful houses and an alternative hippy society.

Miami, FL – Visit the Wynwood Yard, one of Miami’s coolest neighbourhoods, brimming with galleries, dive bars, and quirky shops. You can also see the local community gathering together to enjoy tasty vegan food and live music.

Orlando, FL – Everybody thinks of Disneyworld when you mention Orlando, but there’s so much more to this wonderful city. Lake Eola Park is one of the more scenic places to visit, with farmers markets, beer gardens, and if you’re feeling romantic a trip on a swan boat.

Lisbon, Portugal – As Portugal’s hipster capital, you’ll walk through cobbled streets, historic centres and visit unique galleries, cocktail bars, and restaurants. Take a trip to Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, to enjoy a hilltop view of a sunset over the city.

Pittsburgh, PA – This may not be the first place you think of for a bucket list, but with over 35,000 Instagram posts, Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and botanical gardens are worth a visit all year round.

Helsinki, Finland – There’s plenty of amazing things to see in Finland’s capital, especially Temppeliaukio Church which is built from solid rock. Don’t worry if you’re not religious as anyone can visit this stunning church, with plenty of live shows taking place, so you can enjoy the surreal acoustics of a rockin’ church.

Spokane, WA – If you love history and natural beauty, Spokane is the perfect addition to your 2019 bucket list. Kendall Yards Night Market is located on the river gorge, with vendors selling the best fresh produce, organic goods and live music for entertainment each week.

Highlighting the unfamiliar and undiscovered hotspots that might not feature on the everyday travellers’ itinerary – the study revealed exactly how to explore the world through the eyes of the locals who live there – rather than following and visiting the most popular and packed locations.

Some of the key locations include:

Temppeliaukio Church (Helsinki, Finland) – Known as the ‘Rock Church’, this architectural beauty is built directly into an excavated rock face. Making it one of the most pretty and peculiar places on the list for potential visitors!

daTerra (Porto, Portugal) – Known by locals as the best vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the city, daTerra is loved by veggies and meat-eaters alike.

Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA, USA) – Found in the heart of Seattle’s Downtown, Pike Place Market is the original farmers market. Covering several city blocks, there’s plenty to be found for tourists.

Source: Compare The Market 


Witchery and the OCRF announce Jessica McNamee as an ambassador for the 2019 White Shirt Campaign

The Witchery White Shirt campaign hinges on the power and importance of vital research needed to ensure that women everywhere, are free from the threat of ovarian cancer. The research endeavours to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer that is as accessible as a pap smear (for cervical cancer) or a mammogram (for breast cancer).

With no obvious symptoms until the later stages and no early detection test available for the disease, ovarian cancer has a significantly lower survival rate than breast and cervical cancer.

The Witchery White Shirt collection will be available to shop online via witchery.com.au and in-store throughout Australia and New Zealand from Thursday 11 April 2019. The OCRF White Shirt Day and World Ovarian Cancer Day is Wednesday 8 May 2019, marking the conclusion of this important Australian campaign.

An amazing line-up of influential women are soon to be announced to join McNamee as ambassadors for the 2019 Witchery White shirt campaign. Previous ambassadors of the campaign include Rose Byrne, Miranda Kerr, Jodi Gordon, Carrie Bickmore, Cheyenne Tozzi, Ksenija Lukich, Samantha Harris and Jessica Rowe.

Sydney-born McNamee rose to fame in Australia playing roles in the Seven Network television programmes Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters. Most recently, McNamee starred as Margaret Court in Battle of the Sexe sand in thriller film The Meg alongside Jason Statham and Ruby Rose.

“I am so proud to be supporting this incredible cause, bringing further awareness to ovarian cancer and the importance of finding an early detection test.”

For every white shirt sold, Witchery will donate 100% of the gross proceeds to the OCRF, which will allow for further vital research needed to ensure that women, everywhere are free from the threat of ovarian cancer. To date, the Witchery White Shirt Campaign has raised over $12.1 million but there is still work to be done.

Source: Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation


ROCKETMAN: Taron Egerton is Elton John in Brand New Featurette & Poster

Photographer David LaChapelle has photographed Taron Egerton as Elton John for the first official poster for ‘ROCKETMAN’. Visionary David LaChapelle has created some of the most iconic imagery in Elton John’s career, and now turns his lens on the ‘ROCKETMAN’ film poster, with Taron Egerton as Elton John.

‘ROCKETMAN’ hits cinemas in May, but here is the first behind the scenes look at Taron Egerton recording ‘Tiny Dancer’ for the soundtrack of ‘ROCKETMAN’. The featurette also includes comments from Music Producer, Giles Martin, (son of legendary producer George Martin) and Director, Dexter Fletcher.

“Elton said I don’t think I have heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.” Giles Martin, Music Producer

“Taron is actually singing in the film and he’s so convincing. His voice is incredible.” Dexter Fletcher, Director

ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of  transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

Source: ROCKETMAN


Just landed: Stoneleigh Bright

Leading Marlborough wine brand, Stoneleigh™ has launched a new wine range, Stoneleigh Bright that offers the crisp vibrant flavours of the region, with 25 percent less alcohol. Wines in the Stoneleigh Bright range are crafted using natural winemaking techniques that retain the flavour and quality of Marlborough, New Zealand, while offering an ABV of just 9.5%. 

Two wines are included in the range, Stoneleigh Bright Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018 and Stoneleigh Bright Marlborough Rosé 2018.  Each wine captures the fresh, bright flavours of the variety, making them the perfect addition to summer catch-ups with friends.

“The stone-studded Stoneleigh vineyards, combined with the warm, sunny Marlborough climate make our vineyards a little wonder of nature nestled in a secluded, unspoiled corner of South Island New Zealand, where grapes develop bright, crisp flavours early in the season when their sugar content is relatively low,” says Jamie Marfell, Stoneleigh Chief Winemaker.

“These grapes can be crafted into a naturally lower alcohol wine that is bursting with the lifted aromatics and vibrant flavours that Stoneleigh wines are renowned for”

Stoneleigh Bright Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018 is a pale gold colour and opens with aromas of pear and apple. There are tropical hints of pineapple and papaya. The fruit notes carry through to the palate, which is lively and fresh, then delivering a crisp finish. Serve this wine with equally fresh and light dishes such as Vietnamese summer rolls, or crisp chicken salad.

A blush pink wine, Stoneleigh Bright Marlborough Rosé 2018 boasts bright aromas of red apples and yellow fleshed pear. The vibrant palate is bursting with raspberry and strawberry flavours, and it finishes fresh and light. This wine will work great with salmon, or tasty appetisers such as crab cake or sushi.

Stoneleigh Bright is available in BWS stores across Australia, at a recommended retail price of $17.99*. Pricing may vary at retailer discretion.

Source: Stoneleigh 


Move over Arias and Logies, the Aussie awards crediting the best sausage roll and regional Chinese

leading online travel site Wotif has announced the winners of the people’s choice 2019 Uniquely Aussie Awards – recognising Australia’s most loved travel experiences across six iconically Aussie categories.

After a three-week voting period that reinforced just how proud Aussies are of their local haunts, six winners have been named. Thousands of nominations from Aussies across the country brought to light Australia’s true-blue larrikin spirit, combined with a touch of healthy local business rivalry.

  • NSW dominated this year’s awards, taking out three of the coveted six awards, with QLD claiming two of the top spots and VIC rounding out the award winners
  • It’s apparent the Aussie servo station is home to some of Australia’s best sauso rolls, with “Servo”, “7Eleven” and “BP Mudgee” among those nominated
  • ‘Best Swimming Spot’ was the most popular category, followed closely by ‘Best Fish and Chips’ proving a swim, followed by a serving of potato scallops is arguably one of Aussie finest pastimes
  • “Clean toilets”, “fresh tucker” and Aussies’ endearing love of “Big Things” were also just some of the many essentials making up the ‘Best Roadside Pit Stop’

With more Aussies travelling domestically than ever before (overnight domestic travel reached a record 102.7 million (up 7%) in 2018), Wotif sought to bring to life the quintessentially Aussie experiences that make travelling around Australia so unique – the beach side fish and chips, the obligatory roadside pitstop or the delicious family banquet at the local Chinese restaurant, all before hitting the hay at the local motel or bed and breakfast.

Wotif 2019 Uniquely Aussie Award Winners – 

  • Best Roadside Pitstop: The Famous Berry Donut Van, Berry (NSW) – Famous isn’t just in the name. So good that Aussies are going out of their way to detour past it, The Famous Berry Donut Van and a generous serving of cinnamon donuts is a must when visiting NSW’s South Coast.
  • Best Sausage Roll: Bourke Street Bakery (NSW) – If it’s one thing Aussies know, it’s a good sausage roll. The best, even and after 14 years in the business, Sydney favourite, Bourke Street Bakery continues to transform the much-loved Aussie snack into a cult favourite.
  • Best Main Street: Hastings Street, Noosa (QLD) – At the heart of Noosa, this beachside strip is packed with delicious foodie hotspots and local boutiques. The epicentre of one of Australia’s most frequented getaway destinations, Hastings Street’s laid back charm is what makes it the people’s choice for visitors and locals alike.
  • Best Regional Chinese Restaurant: Toi Shan, Bendigo (VIC) – As one of the oldest regional Chinese restaurants in Australia, there’s no question Toi Shan know their stuff. Serving up Aussie favourites for over 110 years, drop by this Bendigo restaurant for your next spring roll fix.
  • Best Fish and Chips: Pelican Rocks Café, Greenwell Point (NSW) – After being crowned the best fish and chips in NSW two years running, our friends at Pelican Rocks are no strangers to the spotlight when it comes to showing off their perfectly battered seafood favourites.
  • Best Swimming Spot: Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast (QLD) – Perfectly framed by Palm Beach on one side and Burleigh Heads National Park on the other, it’s no wonder Tallebudgera Creek’s sparkling waters have been named the best place for a dip in Oz.

Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch said: “They’re the unique experiences we’ve all come to love and associate with a local getaway. You can’t argue with the people’s choice and we’re thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on these deserving local businesses and experiences, for all of Australia to enjoy.”

“Wotif’s remains focused on helping Aussies explore more of their backyard and in announcing the winners of the Uniquely Aussie Awards, we hope to inspire Aussies to discover more of Oz, with tips direct from those who know Australia best – the thousands of holiday-makers around the country.

Source: Wotif