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100 ideas on where to travel in 2024

The ultimate trip planner for the year ahead; with so many destinations to choose from we’ve rounded up some spots to watch as well as a few old favourites to create a list of 100 ideas on where to travel in 2024.

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This comprehensive, month-by-month guide is designed to give you inspiration for all of your holiday planning for the year. What’s more, we’ve picked the best festivals, activities and experiences for each destination so you’ll jet off already knowing the things you can’t miss.

We realise that everyone likes to spend their time away differently, and to ensure no one feels left out this list features a mix of holidays that focus purely on taking it easy and some destinations that encourage exploration. So, whether you prefer lounging on the beach or going on a tour to discover a country’s diverse culture and landscape, our guide will help you discover where to travel on your next getaway.

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    • Drone view of anchored yacht boats in the shallow sea
      The Bahamas

      Ideal for those wanting to leave the cold of January for warmer climes, the chilled-out vibe of the Bahamas makes it the perfect place to escape to for some rest after the chaos of Christmas.

    • A small yacht on the sea with the sun setting in the background

      Charter a yacht and sail to the beaches of the Exuma Cays or drop anchor at Rose Island and stroll along its pink sands at sunset.

    • Snowy mountains
      Val d'Isère, France

      To sustain that festive feeling well into the new year, spend a week among the snowy peaks of Val d'Isère in France. Days spent in the warmth of a chalet will quickly dispel any January blues.

    • A skier lifting up their skis and a ski lift passes in the background

      Renowned for it's season-long snow record, splendid ski conditions are all too common in Val d'Isère. With pistes that range from beginner slopes to off-piste runs, skiers of all abilities will feel at home here.

    • Powder skiing on a sunny day.

      Ski to neighbouring Tignes, one of the highest resorts in the alps, and after just seven minutes on the Grande Motte funicular, experience glacier skiing at 3000m.

    • Aerial View Of Glaciers In Antarctica

      Explore the world’s least visited continent on an expedition along gun metal grey waters through strikingly blue glaciers witnessing some of nature’s greatest geographical marvels first hand.

    • Humpback Whale In Antarctica

      The diverse wildlife of Antarctica means you’ll be huddled alongside a colony of penguins one day and watching humpback and orca whales glide through its icy waters the next.

    • Antarctica

      The best way to safely explore Antarctica is on a luxury expedition cruise, allow guides to navigate through the frozen landscape on zodiacs before returning to the comfort of the ship in the evening.

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    • Gondola boats with people in on a canal between buildings in Venice
      Venice, Italy

      The labyrinthine streets and grand piazzas of Venice retain their charm in the cooler winter months, so take the opportunity to explore one of Italy’s most famous cities without the summer crowds.

    • Venice masquerade

      A visit to Venice during February means one thing: Carnival. Marvel at locals lining the streets in their renaissance costumes before indulging in the true hedonism of the festival at a private masquerade ball.

    • Aman venice, Venice, Italy, Hotel exterior

      For an authentic flavour of Venice, be sure to stop at one of the city's many bácaros. Blending with local life, sample cicchetti in the most social of settings. Pair the famed Venetian finger food with an ombra (small glass of wine), or Aperol Spritz, and enjoy mingling among the crowds spilling out into the sun. 

    • Asia, Singapore, city view from water

      This February, celebrate Chinese New Year in Asia’s chicest city, where modern architecture defies engineering and Michelin-star street food sets you back £1.

    • Asia, Singapore, Supertrees

      Take a break from city life to visit Gardens by the Bay, wander through a cloud forest and flower dome in the late afternoon and watch the light show at Supertree grove once the sun sets.

    • People on a walkway bridge at Singapore airport

      Before you leave Singapore, make sure you leave enough time to explore its world-famous airport. Bounce above manicured gardens in sky nets and take a quick stroll through the butterfly garden before boarding.

    • A snowboarder heading down slope with skiers ahead
      Whistler, Canada

      A favourite for families, thanks to the wealth of events and activities taking place across the resort, February is the perfect time to discover Whistler. Just hours from Vancouver and home to some of Canada’s best ski slopes, after a week, ski aficionados won’t want to leave.

    • A view of a mountain range at sunset

      Making Sundays even more superb, a stay in Whistler goes hand in hand with terrifyingly good entertainment. After darkness falls, prepare to watch expert athletes jumping through rings of fire at the weekly fire and ice show.  

Where to travel in

    • A panoramic view of cape town at sunset
      South Africa

      A beautiful way to step into spring, South Africa’s warm weather, rugged coastlines, diverse landscapes and the wealth of wildlife that calls this country home make it an exhilarating place to visit.

    • A couple in a safari jeep drinking wine at Londolozi

      Stay on one of South Africa’s breath-taking wildlife reserves and see how many of the Big Five you can spot on a private game drive through the wilderness.

    • Low angle shot of Table Mountain, Cape Town at sunset

      South Africa is an ideal getaway for a family adventure you won’t forget in a hurry; with child-friendly camps and interactive guides on hand to help little ones spot the wildlife, this is a destination designed for the whole family.

    • Building walkway leading out towards a big building that has a domed roof

      The birthplace of balance, India’s colourful and chaotic cities are complemented by serene mountains, opulent palaces and tranquil wildlife reserves. Follow the locals’ example and you’ll quickly discover that life moves at a different pace here.

    • Holi celebration

      Ski conditions in Val D’Isere are at their best at the end of January and with peaks that range from beginner slopes to off-piste runs, skiers of all abilities will feel at home here.

    • Sunrise at Taj Mahal on Jamuna river

      To experience the best of India, pair your trip to Delhi with a tour around the famous Golden Triangle. Watch sunset at the Taj Mahal in Agra, immerse yourself in the history of Jaipur and relax in free-spirited Goa.

    • Aerial view of boats at Hạ Long Bay

      Designed for the curious, the bustling streets of Vietnam’s cities coupled with its tranquil landscapes and sombre history make it ideal for anyone looking for adventure in their holiday.

    • City skyline during night time seen from across a river

      Make the most of Vietnam’s diversity with a tour that showcases commotion of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi whilst also factoring in time to visit the sprawling coastlines and hill tribe communities that characterise the rest of the country.

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    • Oman desert

      Despite its remarkable panoramas, Oman is often forgotten in favour of its more glamorous Arabian cousin Dubai; however, a visit here reveals vast mountain ranges, calming coastlines and a sun-drenched desert.

    • Traditional boat on the water in the Gulf of Oman backdropped by mountains

      Make the most of Oman’s beautiful scenery on a multi-centre trip focused around craggy canyon views, beach lounging and an evening desert experience.

    • Australia landscape

      While things are slowly starting to warm up here in the UK, temperatures are finally becoming tolerable in Australia, making it the perfect time to visit its laid-back cities and sprawling natural spaces.

    • Trees ontop of a rocky outcrop in the Blue Mountains Australia

      Learn more about the country’s untamed wildlife and iconic architecture on an indulgent touring holiday tour that visits its captivating cities, rugged mountains and picturesque islands.

    • Two people sat on a dune in a desert

      A mystical country resplendent with bustling souks and peaceful scenery, Morocco is a melting pot of Arabian allure and African vitality that visitors can’t help but fall in love with.

    • A collection of different spices at a shop front

      Head to Marrakech and prepare to be drawn in by the exoticism of Djemaa el Fna Square, marvel at locals cooking with tagines before bartering for souvenirs with hawkers in the souk.

    • An aerial view of a busy market at sunset

      The short flight makes Marrakesh an ideal spot for an adventurous getaway over the long Easter weekend, Morocco’s bustling markets and graceful gardens feel like a world away despite being in the same time zone.

Where to travel in

    • A rock coastline with a small stone structure in Mexico

      A vibrant playground, Mexico’s archaeological sites, classical guitar music and fresh zesty flavours ignite all of your senses. Divide your time between marvelling at Mayan ruins and chilling on one of its secluded beaches.

    • Activity

      Visit Puebla to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, watch the parade through its colourful historical centre whilst sampling local specialties doused in the city’s signature sauce, mole poblano.

    • The top of palm trees with the sun shining through

      Take the chance to swim in one of the country’s many natural cenotes, these mystical limestone coves hide mineral-rich turquoise pools that offer an inviting respite from the heat.

    • Europe, Italy, Palazzo Avino, Belvedere terrace
      Amalfi Coast & Capri, Italy

      Travel to the Amalfi Coast and Capri in May to experience the west coast of Italy’s beautiful scenery and warm temperatures. The ideal time of year for exploring such a stunning destination, see the sights before the summer heat sets in.

    • ruins of the antique Temple of Apollo IN Pompeii with views of Mount Vesuvius

      Take a day trip away from the pastel streets of quaint coastal villages to visit the ruins in Pompeii. A guided tour here offers an insight into life in the city nearly 2000 years ago.

    • Europe, Italy, Amalfi Coast view from inland

      Amalfi acts as the perfect end to a classic tour of Italian cities. The cherry on top of a trip through Venice, Florence and Rome, a simple train to Naples is all it takes to be whisked away from capital to coast.  

    • Europe, Spain, Tenerife, beach

      Perfect for a dose of pre-summer warmth during a May half term break, Tenerife’s natural beauty, many beaches and all-encompassing resorts make it an ideal luxury escape for families during the school holidays.

    • Europe, Spain, Tenerife, stars in the night sky

      Tenerife may not be the first destination that comes to mind for stargazing, though a wondrous experience awaits. Under expert guidance in the quiet of the national park, peer through telescopes to see what you can spot. 

Where to travel in

    • A small rocky island with a house in the middle
      Greek islands

      Witness the historical beauty of Greece’s ever popular islands with an early summer visit. Shops and restaurants will be open for the summer season, but the sunset crowds will be smaller and temperatures a little cooler.

    • A boat anchored in shallow clear water next to a rocky coastline

      With so many beautiful islands to see it can be difficult to pick just one to stay on. Privately charter a yacht and go island-hopping in luxury to experience everything the Greek islands have to offer.

    • A view of mountains in Rwanda

      Marvel at the natural wonder of Rwanda’s national parks, active volcanoes and Gorilla-inhabited rainforests in a side of Africa that is about so much more than just safari.

    • A close up of a gorilla

      Made famous by the work of primatologist Diane Fossey, the rainforests of Volcanoes National Park are home to eight habituated family groups of gorilla; trek through the lush vegetation to witness them interact in their natural habitat.

    • A small monkey climbing the trunk of a tree

      To ensure you don’t miss out on gorilla trekking we recommend booking your trip to Rwanda well in advance as permits are strictly limited and spots on treks fill up quickly.

    • Dos Tres Irmaos Beach at sunset

      With the verdant hills of the Douro Valley and peaceful resorts of the ever popular Algarve, Portugal is the place for some early summer sun. Get ahead of the crowds before bustling streets become the norm in July and August.

    • Two boats on a sandy beach next to white buildings in beach in Carvoeiro

      There's so much more to the Algarve than meets the eye. Though famed for its sandy beaches, it's not all rest and relaxation. Try your hand at a traditional pottery experience; swim alongside schools of fish in crystal-clear waters. Or, take to the skies to see the Algarve from a beautiful birds-eye view. 


    • Aerial view of a building atop a farmed hill in Douro Valley

      Famous for its food and wine, a tour of Portugal’s Douro Valley is an epicurean adventure that indulges all the senses; visit cellars in Porto, blend your own port and sample locally prepared cuisine whilst taking in the country’s natural beauty.

Where to travel in

    • Corsica, France

      France’s ‘Isle of Beauty’ may be small but makes an impact, home to the Mediterranean light that sparked Henri Matisse’s passion for colour, this is an island that’s sure to mesmerise you from start to finish.

    • Activity

      In the July heat, take a slow stroll through Bonifacio to experience the Italian feel that permeates the south of the island. Have lunch in one of the many rustic cafes, soaking up the sun in beautiful surroundings.

    • Coastline bird eye view

      The best way to experience the bold and varying Corsican landscape is by helicopter. Fly over verdant valleys and dramatic shorelines, before landing in neighbouring Sardinia to continue your Mediterranean adventure.

    • Bali, Indonesia

      The most famous in the cluster of Indonesian islands, Bali’s spiritual roots and plethora of natural wonders have made it popular for unplugging from the world and reconnecting to yourself and your loved ones.

    • A Balinese temple with a stacked roof overlooks the water as the sunsets

      Experience Bali’s heritage and scenic beauty on a tour that takes you to ancient monuments, religious spaces, spectacular look out spots and ends in its cultural hub: Ubud.

    • A small empty boat on a beach

      Follow divers to the famous Gili islands near Bali, often referred to as the turtle capital of the world, the beaches and clear waters here are a highlight of any visit to Indonesia.

    • A big concrete road bridge crossing a coastal ravine
      California, USA

      Aside from the lure of Los Angeles’ celebrity, The Golden State is one of America’s most naturally diverse states; home to dense, misty forests of soaring redwoods in the north and scorching deserts in the south.

    • Looking up at one of the towers on the Golden Gate Bridge

      There are few things more quintessentially American than a Californian road trip. Start in the mountainous forests surrounding Yosemite and Big Sur, dive into the San Francisco’s culture and finish on the red carpet at a Hollywood film premiere.

    • Vineyards in California with rolling hills in the background

      Don’t forget to sample some of the finest wines in the world in the vineyards of California’s Napa Valley. Spend the day cycling around the vines before a wine tasting and indulgent Michelin-starred meal in the evening.

Where to travel in

    • A view of Mt Kilimanjaro from the ground

      Characterised by volcanic mountain ranges and vast national parks, the natural spectacle of Tanzania makes it one of the best countries to visit in Africa.

    • Two wildebeest stood

      While you can participate in the traditional African safari experience and visit the Ngorongoro volcanic crater, a Tanzanian holiday in August is incomplete without witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration.

    • A hot air balloon flying above grassy plain

      The thrilling way to witness the Great Migration is from a hot air balloon, watch from the skies as thousands of wildebeest swarm across the Serengeti below.

    • Low angle photo of green coconut trees
      Florida, USA

      For the quintessential summer holiday experience Florida is the US state to visit. From the glamour of Miami Beach to the exhilaration of Orlando’s theme parks, the sunshine state is all about playing host to family fun.

    • Minnie Mouse mascot

      If you’re coming to Florida with children, there’s no doubt Walt Disney World Resort is at the top of your ‘places to visit’ list; little ones will love meeting their favourite characters while the older can enjoy the rush of rollercoasters.

    • Croatia

      Famous for its sun-soaked stone streets, Croatia has seen an increase in popularity in recent years with its azure coastline and historic streets making it one of Europe’s go-to destinations.

    • Woman sat at the front of a boat in the Adriatic sea. The town of Rovigno can be seen on the horizon

      While the mainland is great for Game of Thrones themed exploration, Croatia’s islands are where its beauty can be experienced at its best. Our favourites are Hvar and Korcula Island where you’ll find sleepy stone villages surrounded by clear Adriatic waters.

    • Tip

      Don’t forget to visit neighbouring Montenegro to see Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and centuries old Mediterranean port overlooking the ocean and enveloped by limestone cliffs.

Where to travel in

    • a beach with palm trees and buildings
      Sri Lanka

      A deeply spiritual and peaceful country, Sri Lanka is characterised by its kind locals, verdant landscapes and delicate citadels; expect to pass elephants roaming freely as you walk to one of the many tropical beaches that line its coastline.

    • White and brown lighthouse near green trees under a blue sky

      Sri Lanka’s colonial history transforms it into more than ‘just another beach holiday’; for a glimpse into the past, visit the ruins of 17th century Dutch cinnamon trading port of Negombo.

    • Sunset view of tea plantation terraces and road running below

      A trip to Sri Lanka wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Ceylon Tea Trails in Hatton. Stay in one of five colonial homes with views that look out across at the country’s natural wonders while learning about the history of surrounding tea plantations.

    • Aerial View Luxury Yacht on the Sea

      With a flourishing capital full of Byzantine treasures and Roman history and up and coming Riviera, Turkey is a melting pot of European refinement and Asian mystique.

    • The Maiden's Tower sits on a small islet located off the coast of Uskudar in Istanbul

      It may be tempting to head straight to the warmth and beauty of Turkey’s coastline, but the vibrant streets of Istanbul are an assault on the senses. Feel humbled at the grand mosques, spoilt for choice at bazaars and relaxed in the world renowned Turkish baths.

    • Small white lighthouse on a rocky shoreline
      New England, USA

      A quiet escape from the energy of nearby New York City, New England is a cluster of six states characterised by quaint villages, majestic mountains and most importantly, dense forests.

    • Flume covered bridge in New Hampshire New England

      During late September and early October the changing foliage dominates New England. Take a road trip through the states and stop off to witness one of nature’s most colourful displays from the skies on a hot air balloon ride.

    • Aerial view of a river winding through a forest of different coloured trees

      Due to the popularity of New England’s autumnal colours it is essential to book well in advance as many of the luxury inns and hotels fill up extremely quickly.

Where to travel in

    • Dubai skyline during sunset
      Dubai, UAE

      The glamorous jewel of Arabia, Dubai’s architecture, palatial hotels resplendent with luxurious super suites and year-round warm temperatures mean it always ranks highly in our favourite spots for winter sun.

    • Indian Ocean, Arab Emirates, Dubai, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Tasca at dusk

      A desert playground, the fun of various activities and water sports on the palm can be followed by world-class dining in Michelin starred restaurants where innovative dishes offer a multi-cultural fusion of flavours.

    • Seychelles

      One of our favourite spots in the Indian Ocean, a Seychelles holiday centres on remote relaxation. With some islands scattered thousands of miles from anywhere, you have no choice but to let go of your stresses and embrace island life.

    • Activity

      To maximise your castaway experience stay on a private island in the Seychelles, with just a handful of cottages scattered throughout lush vegetation this is a secluded beach holiday at its most luxurious.

    • Tip

      The Seychelles islands are home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the region, keep a look out for giant tortoises and tropical birds on the beaches and schools of rainbow fish darting below the water.

    • Mauritius

      Perfect for a long haul holiday during October half term, the warm winter sun and tropical beaches of Mauritius are a popular choice during the autumnal months.

    • Activity

      If you can stand to tear yourself away from the beach for an hour or so, explore the historical centre of Port Louis, a capital peppered with crumbling edifices, historical buildings and remnants of the island’s past.

    • Tip

      Schedule a trip to visit Mauritius’ botanical gardens, nestled inland and filled with giant waterlilies and bold hibiscus flowers this hidden gem is not to be missed.

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    • A temple in Sukhothai, Thailand during sunset

      With the energetic streets of Bangkok and peaceful nature of its paradisiacal islands, Thailand is a country that’s home to as much natural beauty as rich cultural heritage.

    • Activity

      Experience the essence of Thailand on a tour that takes in the vibrancy of Bangkok’s culture before flying south to slow down on the beaches of Phuket and secluded beauty of rugged island Koh Yao Noi.

    • A row of boats floating on top of a body of water

      Take a break from the chaos of tuk tuks and discover Bangkok from a different perspective on a guided river cruise down Chao Phraya River.

    • Outdoor comfy chairs around a wicker table at One&Only Reethi Rah

      A cluster of islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are designed for off-grid leisure time. With most resorts having their own island and distinct style, it is easy to choose a secluded beach holiday suited to your tastes.

    • The marine biologists of Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives at a wooden table on the beach

      There are few places with water as bright and clear as the Maldives, take advantage of the conditions snorkelling amongst reefs and plant your own coral as part of local conservation projects.

    • Indian Ocean, Maldives & Dubai, Beach aerial

      Extend your visit to the Maldives with an Arabian stopover in Dubai or Oman, experience the natural and cultural wonders of these mystical countries before heading on to the calm of an island in the Indian Ocean.

    • Asia, Bhutan, Wangdue Phodrang district, Khotokha

      Dubbed as the number one country to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet, Bhutan is full of verdant valleys and pristine mountains where ancient monasteries rest amongst the clouds on rugged cliffs.

    • Activity

      Explore Bhutan in luxury and stay in the Aman lodges that pepper the landscape; discover the country’s beguiling beauty on scenic private drives through the mountains when travelling to each location.

Where to travel in

    • Baby Reindeer with snow on its face
      Finnish Lapland

      There’s nothing quite like celebrating the festive season than in the snowy wilderness of Father Christmas’ home; Finnish Lapland is an immersive winter wonderland that charms both kids and grown-ups.

    • Chrismas decorations of small figures in red clothing and a white scarf

      Coming here in December means one thing: an audience with Father Christmas himself. Take your little ones on a magical reindeer safari through the woodland, that ends with meeting Santa in a private audience saved exclusively for you. And when you're not with the big guy, his elves are on hand to bake gingerbread houses. 


    • Winter Reindeer sled ride in Ruka in Lapland

      Due to its immense popularity it is vital you book early when planning your visit to Finnish Lapland. Many of the experiences – especially those with Father Christmas – are highly sought after at this time of year.

    • NYC, USA

      Head to New York City in December for a wintery city full of festive movie magic. The city that never sleeps comes alight in the lead up to Christmas, snow dusts the streets and trees of central park and it feels like you’re living your own Christmas movie.

    • Activity

      For a truly special Christmas experience in New York, head to Rockefeller Centre and after looking over the city from 70 floors above watch the famous tree light up from a private viewing platform.

    • Tip

      Ask for an evening private drive around Brooklyn to see some of the most lavish Christmas lights and decorations in all five boroughs.

    • Two small yacht boats anchored just offshore

      A favourite for winter sun, a visit to Barbados in December provides the perfect top-up of sun in the middle of the cold winter months; ring in the new year in style on white sandy beaches with panoramic island views.

    • Activity

      Take a break from relaxing on Barbados’ golden beaches and take in some of the island’s culture visiting George Washington’s colonial home and St. Nicholas Abbey, just one of three Jacobean mansions in the western hemisphere.