12 Months, 12 Unmissable Destinations

12 Months, 12 Unmissable Destinations

Are you already dreaming of next year’s vacation? If you’re looking for the best places to travel in 2024, we’ve got you covered. From spectacular festivals to monumental blooms, bucket-list sights to eagerly awaited openings, take a look at some of the unmissable destinations that should be on your 2024 bucket list.


Gigantic golden stone sphinx with a pyramid in the background in Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza, Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the sacred River Nile. What better way to start off your new year? Surround yourself in sunshine, warm hospitality and some of the world’s most magnificent archaeological wonders with a trip to Egypt. Not only will you experience a fascinating slice of history, but new discoveries are also being made every day.

The start of 2024 should see the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum open to the public. It will house the largest collection of antiquities in history dedicated to a single civilization, including thousands of artefacts never displayed before. Admire the entire Tutankhamun Collection, on display for the first time since being discovered in 1922. Including his gold sandals, jewelry, and several never-before-displayed obelisks from his tomb. Do check for the latest updates on the museum’s opening.

Travel to Egypt on: Splendours of Egypt


Bright red, yellow and blue decorations and figures sit on a Mardi Gras bloat

In February, many countries come alive with carnival-style celebrations marking the solemnity of Lent. Perhaps one of the most famous, which should be high on your 2024 bucket list is Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and for good reason. This vibrant, annual extravaganza transforms the city into a riotous sea of color and revelry for an unforgettable experience.

The historic French Quarter becomes a sea of elaborate parades, led by flamboyantly costumed krewes. Beads, trinkets and doubloons are tossed from the floats into the crowds as souvenirs and music fills the air. With its fusion of French, Spanish and African influences, Mardi Gras captures the essence of New Orleans’ spirit, making this vibrant city and the American South one of the best places to travel in 2024.

Enjoy the magic of New Orleans on: Country Roads of the Deep South


Brightly coloured paper cache figures from Las fellas Festival in Spain

Staying on a festival theme, Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain is also an extravaganza not to be missed. A fiesta of colossal sculptures, pyrotechnics, music, and tradition, at its heart are the “fallas.” These enormous and intricate sculptures are made of wood, papier-mâché and other materials. These fallas often satirize political figures and societal issues, providing a unique form of social commentary and transforming the streets into an open-air art gallery.

On the final night, all the fallas are set ablaze in a spectacular, symbolic cleansing of the past year’s troubles and the welcoming of spring. You will also enjoy parades, traditional dress, paella contests, street food and a true immersion into Valencian and Spanish culture, the perfect travel destination.


Purple, white, pink and red tulips bloom in front of a windmill and lush green gardens.

Marking the beginning of spring the Tulip season in the Netherlands is simply sensational, with millions of flowers blooming in and around Amsterdam. Every year, over 7 million bulbs are hand planted at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, with over 800 different tulip varieties.

The area surrounding Keukenhof Gardens, known as ‘Bollenstreek’ meaning the area of the bulbs, is filled with hundreds of flower fields to be admired. Add this to the beauty of Amsterdam, with its depth of culture and aesthetic appeal that rivals any city in Europe, and you have the perfect travel destination.


A paradise where history, natural splendor, and coastal charm seamlessly converge, the Dalmatian Riviera along Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast is a Mediterranean gem renowned for being one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. With its warm climate, it is the most exquisite May destination and one of the best places to travel in 2024. Treat yourself to crystal-clear waters, picturesque landscapes, delightful restaurants and sublime hotels, all without the peak-time crowds.

Ancient walled cities like Dubrovnik and Split offer history and culture amid cobblestone streets and fairy-tale architecture. The region’s islands, including Hvar and Korčula, boast pristine beaches and vineyard-covered hills. Savor fresh seafood, local wines, and olive oils as the coastline twinkles around you.


slices of pizza being picked up from a plate with cheese flowing over the edges

A beautiful destination any time of year, in June Italy serves up a pizza festival in the birthplace of pizza – how can you miss that? Hundreds of pizza makers participate in the Napoli Pizza Village Festival each year. Over 100,000 of Italy’s very best pizzas are prepared on hot stoves. Over nine days you can revel in live music, entertainment, workshops, demonstrations. The festivities culminate with the crowing of the World Pizza making Champion.

If you’re looking for the best places to travel in 2024, there’s no better reason to visit Naples. Known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, you’ll be blessed with stunning coastal views. Boasting rich history, art and culinary excellence, the city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring ancient ruins, bustling markets and, of course, the most sensational restaurants.


Green fields and valleys fill the image, with blue sea and mountains behind, against a backdrop of a blue sky with white fluffy clouds.

Visiting Ireland is always an enchanting experience not to be missed and is at its sparkling best in July. First and foremost, the Emerald Isle’s breathtaking landscapes, from rugged cliffs along the Wild Atlantic Way to lush, rolling green hills dotted with charming villages are outstanding. Mix that with rich history, ancient castles, monastic ruins and vibrant cities like Dublin and you have an idyllic destination.

Warm and welcoming locals share folklore and traditional music in cozy pubs. Hearty stews and fresh seafood will leave you full in both heart and belly. Whether you seek natural beauty, history or just a jolly good craic, Ireland should be top of your list for an early summer vacation.

Discover this on: Irish Elegance


Edinburgh Cathedral is shown from an Ariel shot surrounded by green trees and bustling streets

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest and most famous arts festival in the world, sees the streets of Scotland’s capital city come alive in August. Indulge your passion for theater, comedy, music, dance, cabaret, spoken word, circus, and more. What sets the Fringe apart is its open access policy. This means anyone can participate, making it a platform for emerging talent and established artists alike.

The Fringe utilizes hundreds of venues across Edinburgh, from traditional theaters to bars, churches, and even street corners. In addition to ticketed shows, the streets of Edinburgh come alive with street performers, buskers and outdoor spectacles. The Royal Mile, in particular, becomes a bustling hub of activity during the festival, making Edinburgh one of the best places to travel in 2024.


Make 2024 the year you tick Machu Picchu off your travel bucket-list. Spectacular and spellbinding, this iconic Inca citadel does not disappoint. And, to make the most of your visit, September sees less tourists and great weather. This means you have more time to enjoy this mysterious architectural wonder.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Machu Picchu amazes. Meticulously crafted stone structures, including temples, terraces and residential buildings, all seamlessly integrate into the mist-shrouded landscape. Abandoned during the Spanish Conquest, it remained hidden until its rediscovery in 1911. Today, Machu Picchu is a symbol of Inca engineering prowess and spiritual connection with nature that has to be seen to be believed.

Discover this on: Peru with Machu Picchu


Golden leaves float down on a shimmering grey lake with a light grey sky

There’s no sight quite as spectacular as fall foliage in all its glory. With the turn of the seasons, landscapes become incased in crimson, gold and orange. And the Eastern USA and its National Parks is one of the best places to visit, offering up some of the most remarkable spots to enjoy the spectacle. Time your visit and you can also enjoy the October solar eclipse in this sublime setting.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has some of the tallest peaks east of the Rockies. None really go past the tree line, meaning they’re covered with red and gold trees. Niagara Falls gets even more mesmerizing during the peak of the fall foliage display. In Cape Cod the red and gold colors contrast with blue water and skies, while the historic city of Boston glows this time of year.


The circular Svart Hotel sits on a glacier lake, with light on inside and grey atmospheric skies and mountains in the background
Photo credit: @sixsensessvart on Instagram

With the Northern Lights at their most visible in November, why not combine a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see them in Northern Norway with a stay in one of the most eagerly anticipated hotel openings of 2024. These majestic waterways, with their towering cliffs, crystal-clear waters and lush greenery, provide some of the world’s most awe-inspiring views.

Nestled within the Arctic Circle on the Holandsfjorden fjord, the innovative and eco-friendly Six Senses Svart Hotel will be a standout property offering panoramic views of the landscape. Circular architecture and glass walls blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. The hotel will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources, featuring solar panels and hydro-energy systems.

From zero-waste dining to hiking, ice-climbing, night-fishing, the Aurora Borealis in winter and yoga in the midnight sun in summer, the Svart promises to leave you with ‘deeper awareness and a profound sense of tranquility’.


If you’re looking for the best places to travel in 2024 for December, then Portugal’s vibrant capital city Lisbon is the perfect choice. Its picturesque hills, historic neighborhoods, and coastal charm make it an ideal destination for cultural exploration, culinary delights, and captivating cityscapes. In December, the city takes on a magical feel with its holiday decorations, Christmas markets, and twinkling lights adorning squares and streets like Rossio and Praça do Comércio. Immerse yourself in Portuguese holiday traditions, from the lighting of the Christmas tree to the intricate nativity scenes, cultural events and concerts. And tuck into seasonal culinary delights like bacalhau (salted codfish) and traditional sweets such as Bolo Rei.

Discover Lisbon on: Amazing Spain & Portugal

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