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for 2024

Author: Donná Louw - Digital Content Executive at Explore Worldwide
Published: 7 November 2023

Make 2024 the year of your biggest and most adventurous travel yet! We've got all the trip inspiration you need right here to fill 2024 with unforgettable travel memories. We've thoughtfully put together our favourite trips to the top travel destinations for 2024.

Among the multitude of destinations and experiences awaiting you, we have hand-picked a selection of the top destinations that deserve a spot on your travel bucket list, from the remote corners of South America to the cultural wonders of Asia, and the wilds of Africa to the hidden gems of Europe. Whether you're seeking cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, outdoor escapes, or simply the joy of exploration, our recommended list of trips consists of a variety of experiences designed to inspire you to embark on your dream journey in the year ahead.

1. Best of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile - New for 2024

Discover the dramatic landscapes and vibrant cultures of South America. This exploration takes you through the heart of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, offering array of experiences from the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the surreal beauty of Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats. Stay in a salt hotel and spend four days travelling in comfortable 4WD vehicles across the white blinding salt flats.
 

Enjoy a traditional dinner at a typical folk music bar in Salta, and taste some of Argentina's most famous wines in Cafayate. In Chile, watch the most spectacular sun set over otherworldly Moon Valley whilst enjoying some delicious aperitifs.

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2. Sri Lanka in Depth

This comprehensive journey explores the best of the country, from the ancient city of Anuradhapura to the picturesque beaches of Koggala. Experience the cultural heritage, wildlife, and breath-taking scenery that Sri Lanka has to offer. Spot leopards, elephants and sambar deer whilst on a thrilling safari in Wilpattu National Park.


Explore the incredible painted cave temple filled with Buddha statues and share a traditional Sri Lankan lunch with a local family. Cultural immersion is a key aspect of the journey, with visits to rural villages and tea plantations, allowing you to connect with the local way of life.

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3. Simply Japan

The Simply Japan trip takes you on a mesmerising journey through the Land of the Rising Sun, from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo to the tranquil gardens of Kyoto. Discover the harmonious blend of traditional and modern in this captivating country. Making use of sustainable travel, you'll travel by train to the pretty town of Matsumoto and discover the impressive Crow Castle, one of Japan's oldest and most elegant castles.


Enjoy an easy forest walk to the hot springs where you'll witness snow monkeys bathing in the steaming waters. Experience an authentic Japanese overnight stay in one of the traditional temples where monks still occupy the temple, joining them for a sunrise prayer the next morning. A special highlight of this trip is crossing over to Miyajima Island by ferry, where you'll get to see the spectacular floating red torii gate.

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4. Croatia Island Hopping

Island-hop your way through the picturesque Adriatic Sea, while exploring the charming islands of Croatia. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters, historic towns, and delicious cuisine as you sail along the Dalmatian coast. For the perfect Mediterranean escape. Starting in Split, you'll sail to various islands, concluding your journey in Dubrovnik. Experience a scenic catamaran ride from Brac to Korcula, where you can explore a hidden forest gem: the Kocje Nature Reserve.


You can also enjoy a full day of leisurely exploration on Mljet Island, where you have the option to kayak along the beautiful coastlines or explore the island by bicycle. On your way to Dubrovnik, savour the opportunity to sample a selection of exquisite local wines and learn about the winemaking process as you make a stop at a charming winery.

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5. Highlights of Kenya - New for 2024

Experience the breath-taking wildlife and landscapes of Kenya on this safari tour. This journey offers you the opportunity to witness the Big Five in their natural habitats, including the world-famous Maasai Mara Great Migration. While travelling to Nakuru National Park, you'll have the chance to stop along the way at a local restaurant and savour a traditional Nyama Choma barbecue, a typical Kenyan meal made from goat meat, beef, or lamb.


Spend a full day on safari in Nakuru National Park, where you can observe both black and white rhinos and encounter flocks of pink flamingos along the lake. During this trip, you'll get to stay in an ark-shaped accommodation within the Aberdare Mountains, providing ample wildlife sightings from the comfort of the lodge. Maximise your African safari experience by considering an optional trip extension to Tsavo West National Park, home to 40% of Kenya's elephant population.

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6. Madagascar: The Lost Continent

Embark on an adventure to the unique and mysterious island of Madagascar. This wildlife tour offers you the opportunity to explore its otherworldly landscapes and encounter the native creatures that turn Madagascar into a living museum of evolution. It's an expedition to a lost world like no other.


If your top priority is spotting lemurs, then this 15-day trip will undoubtedly meet your expectations. With your experienced tour leader, you'll trek through Analamazoatra Reserve in Andasibe in search of Indri families, guided by their calls echoing through the forest. Then, venture into the deep forests to keep an eye out for black and white ruffed and Diademed Sifaka lemurs. In Ranomafana National Park, you'll embark on a walk to spot the elusive Golden Bamboo Lemur.


Alongside lemur encounters, immerse yourself in the local culture, savouring a locally prepared Madagascan meal while the family hosts provide music with drums and flutes, accompanied by dance. After an abundance of lemur sightings, you'll board a boat to Anakao, where you'll have the chance to spend a day relaxing on its magnificent beach and partake in some snorkelling.

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7. Walking in Madeira

Put on your walking boots and embark on a thrilling adventure on the stunning island of Madeira, which has become a top hiking destination. This 58km walking journey will take you through lush forests, along rugged coastlines, and to the mountainous peaks of this Portuguese paradise.
 

Over the course of eight days, you will traverse the spectacular Levadas, which are historic irrigation channels that grant access to the most picturesque spots on the island. With each passing day, the landscape becomes increasingly breathtaking as you journey to a hidden waterfall, leading you into the UNESCO-protected laurel forest, and following the Levada dos Tornos.
 

You'll have the opportunity to walk the renowned 'Balcony Walk' and traverse several tunnels as you make your way to the summit of Pico Ruivo, the highest point on Madeira, where your efforts will be rewarded with majestic views of the island.

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8. Walking in Cappadocia - New for 2024

Embark on an 8-day walking tour in Cappadocia, Turkey, where you'll immerse yourself in its surreal landscapes. Roam among the iconic fairy chimneys, explore ancient underground cities, and revel in the breath-taking scenery.
 

Each day, you'll venture outward from Cappadocia to explore different parts of the region on foot. Ascend to the highest point of Cappadocia, Bozdag table mountain, and relish the panoramic views of the surrounding area. Participate in a pottery demonstration and even learn the art of pottery making. Delve into the ancient underground city of Kaymakli, featuring almost 100 tunnels across eight subterranean levels. Hike through the Ihalara valley while marvelling at the incredible gorge. To experience the local culture authentically, enjoy a Turkish cookery lesson at a local restaurant, incorporated into your evening dinner.

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9. Cycle Mexico

Hop on a bicycle or e-bike journey to explore the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This 228km cycling adventure provides a unique perspective on the region's rich history, culture, and natural beauty. Pedal your way through Mayan ruins, colonial towns, pristine beaches, and cenotes.


Begin your ride with a ferry trip to Cozumel Island, where the first 15km of cycling takes you across the island from west to east, with a stop at a beachside bar for some refreshing coconut water. During this ride, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Bob Marley bar and museum before returning to the mainland.


Explore historical sites like Chichen Itza and the Mayan sites of Tulum and Coba as you cycle through interesting, small villages. In addition to the cycling adventures, you'll also experience a local Taquisa (Tacos party) one evening and expand your knowledge of tequila through tastings.

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10. Family Thailand Active Jungle and Beach Adventure

Get ready for an active and family-friendly adventure in Thailand. This two-week trip seamlessly combines jungle exploration with beach relaxation, making it an ideal choice for families. Embark on treks through lush forests, and bask in the beauty of Thailand's southern coast.
 

Your children will delight in activities like a Muay Thai boxing training session, kayaking adventures through Khoa Sok National Park's jungle, and refreshing swims in natural pools discovered during nature walks. Immerse yourselves in the local culture with an inclusive homestay in Klong Noi. Here, you'll spend a day with a local family, enjoying a boat ride through the mangrove forests and returning to the village to learn the art of palm leaf weaving. There is also the option to extend this trip with an additional three days relaxing on the beautiful white-sand beaches of Rayong.

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Our travel trends for 2024

We've analysed booking patterns and scoped global trends to provide an adventure travel outlook for 2024. Here are our top predictions for how our 2024 adventures might look, from remote landscapes and epic pilgrimages to vibrant trips in the Far East, spanning both slow, sustainable overland journeys and bustling holidays with relaxed beach extensions.
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