As the New Year approaches many of you will already have trips planned for 2024. We’ve seen a lot of clients booking well ahead for trips to some of our most popular destinations such as Brazil, Costa Rica, South Africa, Argentina, India and Antarctica. Although it’s not one of our featured destinations, we’ve also had a lot of bookings for the Philippines and even one for New Zealand too.
Below is a suggested list of places where to travel in 2024, a kind of top 10, but there are plenty of others too!
The vibrant capital of Peru has a rich tapestry of history, culture, and culinary delights. Nestled along the Pacific coast, this sprawling metropolis seamlessly weaves together the remnants of ancient civilizations with modern-day marvels. History buffs will revel in Lima’s diverse heritage, from the pre-Columbian sites like Huaca Pucllana to the colonial architecture of the Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through its cobblestone streets, lined with grandiose cathedrals, ornate palaces, and beautifully preserved buildings that narrate tales of a bygone era.
However, Lima is more than just a repository of the past—it’s a gastronomic paradise that tantalizes taste buds and ignites culinary passions. Renowned as South America’s gastronomic capital, Lima boasts a diverse culinary scene that reflects a fusion of flavours from the coast, mountains, and the Amazon. So much so that the restaurant Central was recently voted as the best restaurant in the world. From savouring fresh ceviche by the sea to indulging in a diverse array of dishes like anticuchos (grilled skewered meats), causa (layered potato dish), and delectable desserts like picarones (sweet potato and pumpkin doughnuts), the city offers a tantalizing journey for food enthusiasts. The burgeoning food markets, upscale restaurants, and humble eateries all contribute to Lima’s reputation as a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable culinary adventure amidst a backdrop of cultural richness.
LATAM Airlines recently began a direct flight from London to Lima and Hotel B is the best in the city.
Tucked away in the Southern Ocean, South Georgia Island stands as a testament to nature’s unbridled beauty and captivating wildlife. This remote and rugged landmass, known for its dramatic landscapes and unparalleled biodiversity, offers a journey unlike any other. One of the most compelling reasons to visit South Georgia is its awe-inspiring scenery. Towering snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers, and pristine fjords paint a breathtaking panorama at every turn. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or an adventure seeker, this island paradise beckons with its diverse terrain, perfect for hiking amidst the stunning wilderness or simply taking in the majestic vistas.
Beyond its striking landscapes, South Georgia Island boasts an extraordinary concentration of wildlife. It’s a sanctuary where thousands of penguins—king, gentoo, and macaroni—create a lively spectacle, and seals bask on its shores. Visitors can witness the incredible courtship dances of the wandering albatross or the comical antics of fur seals and elephant seals. This biological Eden is a haven for photographers and nature lovers, offering unparalleled opportunities to observe and connect with some of the planet’s most fascinating creatures. From the historical sites of Grytviken to the awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, a voyage to South Georgia promises an unforgettable expedition into the heart of nature’s grandeur.
Visit South Georgia as part of an expedition cruise to Antarctica. Click here to see the best expedition cruises.
The Brazilian Cerrado, often overshadowed by the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal wetlands, is an ecological wonder deserving of exploration. Its breathtaking landscape, spanning over 2 million square kilometres, unveils a mosaic of savannas, grasslands, and diverse ecosystems teeming with life. One of the most compelling reasons to visit this region is its biodiversity. The Cerrado is a hotspot for unique flora and fauna, boasting over 10,000 plant species, many of which are endemic. From the iconic twisted, gnarled trees to vibrant orchids and delicate bromeliads, this region showcases nature’s artistic prowess in its most captivating forms. Wildlife enthusiasts will revel in the chance to spot elusive black jaguars, giant anteaters, and the star of the show, the maned wolf. The maned wolf is a golden-red, large-eared and long-legged fox-like animal that is actually neither fox nor wolf. The current population of maned wolves is estimated at only 17,000 mature individuals (with more than 90 percent of those calling the Cerrado home).
In terms of bird diversity, the Cerrado is home to more than 800 bird species, of which 20 are endemic. Some bird species are listed as highly threatened on the IUCN Red List, such as the blue-eyed ground dove and the Minas-Gerais tyrannulet. Many bird watchers come on safari here to spot the red-legged seriema (famous for running on land up to 40 miles per hour) and the Spix’s macaw, one of the rarest birds in the world, currently on the cusp of extinction.
The Cerrado is a 5-hour drive from Brasilia and the place to stay is Pousada Trijuncao.
Nestled in Central America, Guatemala stands as a vibrant tapestry of ancient Mayan ruins, breathtaking landscapes, and rich cultural heritage waiting to be explored. The heart of this enchanting country beats within the magnificent city of Antigua, where cobblestone streets wind past colonial architecture adorned with vibrant bougainvillea. The soul-stirring beauty of Lake Atitlán, cradled by towering volcanoes, captivates visitors with its serene waters and surrounding indigenous villages. Adventure seekers find solace in the lush jungles of Tikal, where ancient ruins whisper tales of a powerful civilization amidst the calls of howler monkeys and tropical birds. Guatemala’s diverse landscapes, from the highlands adorned with colourful textiles to the dense rainforests brimming with biodiversity, promise an immersive experience unlike any other.
Beyond its natural wonders, Guatemala’s cultural richness and warmth of its people leave an indelible mark on every traveller. The vibrant markets bustling with the hues of traditional textiles and the aroma of freshly prepared street food invite visitors to immerse themselves in the country’s authentic flavours and crafts. The warmth of Guatemalan hospitality shines through in the welcoming smiles and open hearts of its locals, who eagerly share their traditions, stories, and artistry. Whether exploring the vibrant festivals celebrating ancient rituals or partaking in indigenous ceremonies that honour centuries-old customs, Guatemala offers an authentic and immersive journey into a world where history, culture, and natural beauty converge in perfect harmony.
There’s no better place to stay than Casa Palopo on the shores of Lake Atitlán.
KwaZulu-Natal, located on the eastern coast of South Africa, is an enchanting destination that embodies the country’s diverse and vibrant spirit. This region boasts an array of experiences, from stunning coastline to captivating wildlife and rich cultural heritage. Nature enthusiasts will find themselves in awe at the sight of the Drakensberg Mountains, a majestic range offering breathtaking vistas and outdoor adventures like hiking, rock climbing, and exploring ancient San rock art. For wildlife enthusiasts, the iconic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park presents a chance to witness the famed Big Five—elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and rhinos—in their natural habitat, alongside an abundance of other fascinating species.
Beyond its natural wonders, KwaZulu-Natal is steeped in history and culture. Delve into the region’s heritage by visiting the Zulu Battlefields, where poignant tales of historic clashes unfold, offering insight into South Africa’s past. Embrace the lively atmosphere of Durban, the province’s largest city, renowned for its golden beaches, rich Indian influences seen in the aromatic cuisine and vibrant markets, and a diverse blend of cultures that contribute to its unique identity. Whether seeking adventure, wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, or simply relaxation against a stunning backdrop, KwaZulu-Natal promises an unforgettable journey for every traveller.
Stay at Biyela Lodge in the mFulaWozi Private Game reserve for an amazing safari.
Nestled along the Magdalena River in Colombia lies the enchanting town of Mompox, a destination that seems frozen in time, preserving the charm of a bygone era. Steeped in history and adorned with colonial architecture, Mompox, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beckons travellers seeking a glimpse into Colombia’s rich cultural tapestry. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with vibrantly coloured houses adorned with bougainvillea, and you’ll feel transported to a place where time stands still. The town’s historical significance, coupled with its serene ambiance, makes it an ideal escape for those eager to explore the less-travelled gems of Colombia.
Beyond its picturesque streets, Mompox boasts a cultural richness that captivates visitors. Dive into its storied past by exploring churches, plazas, and museums that whisper tales of a colonial legacy. The town’s artisanal craftsmanship, particularly its filigree jewellery, is renowned throughout the country. Engage with local artisans and witness the meticulous artistry behind these delicate pieces—a testament to Mompox’s cultural heritage. Moreover, the tranquil river setting invites you to unwind and embrace a slower pace of life, whether it’s a leisurely boat ride along the Magdalena or simply relishing the peaceful atmosphere that envelops this historical gem. Mompox isn’t just a destination; it’s a portal to Colombia’s past, inviting you to step into a world steeped in tradition and charm.
Ama Waterways have recently started a cruise along the Magdalena River from Barranquilla to Cartagena, taking in Mompox.
Nestled on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman emerges as a treasure trove of cultural richness and natural wonders waiting to be explored. This Middle Eastern gem boasts a blend of ancient heritage and modernity, offering a unique tapestry of experiences for travellers. Oman’s allure lies in its diverse landscapes—azure coastlines, majestic mountains, and endless desert dunes paint a picturesque backdrop for adventurers and leisure seekers alike. The Sultanate’s hospitality is legendary; you’ll find yourself warmly welcomed by locals eager to share their traditions and stories, making every visit an immersive cultural journey.
What sets Oman apart is its seamless fusion of tradition and progress. Muscat, the capital city, reflects this harmony, adorned with architectural marvels like the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Muttrah Corniche, juxtaposed against contemporary structures and bustling markets. Beyond the urban charm, the country boasts natural wonders such as the dramatic landscapes of Jebel Shams, the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman,’ and the serene beauty of Wadi Shab’s emerald pools and waterfalls. With a rich tapestry of experiences, from exploring ancient forts and souks to indulging in luxury resorts or camping under a star-studded desert sky, Oman invites you to uncover its hidden treasures and create lasting memories.
For a superb luxury getaway, head to the hills for a stay at Alila Jebel Akhdar.
Despite the strong French connections from its colonial past, the Michelin Guide hadn’t recently visited Vietnam until earlier in 2023. The country now has four restaurants with Michelin stars, three of which are in the capital, Hanoi. The three eateries in Hanoi — Gia, Tam Vi and Hibana by Koki — were each awarded one Michelin star.
Hanoi is a fascinating city and a delightful mix of smells, colours and sounds. This is the place to get an authentic taste of life in Vietnam. Visit the charming French quarter, contrasted with the ancient temples and pagodas. Explore winding alleys and discover hidden parts of the city on a search for delicious street food. Enjoy a spot of shopping as you discover the city’s artisans and the bustling Dong Xuan Market. For a more relaxed experience of Hanoi, escape the hustle and bustle on a cycle ride through the network of tranquil lakes.
The Hotel Capella in Hanoi won Asia’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotel at the 2023 World Travel Awards.
Here in the UK, Rwanda has been in the news a lot this year, and rarely in a positive light which is a shame, as away from their refugee policies, Rwanda is a hugely welcoming country and a sensational wildlife destination. Rwanda may be small but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. It has shaken off its troubled past and here you can experience some of the best safaris in Africa, tick off a bucket-list experience and go in search of Dian Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist and relax on the shores of one of Africa’s most beautiful lakes.
Volcanoes National Park is the most famous destination in Rwanda, home to ten different communities of mountain gorillas. Depart with your experienced guide in small groups in search of these magnificent beasts as well as golden monkeys. For safari, Akagera National Park offers a premier African safari experience as you explore the savannah spotting elephants, lions, giraffe, buffalo and much more.
There’s a great collection of luxury properties to stay in too.
As one of the last destinations to re-open after the pandemic, it’s now all go for Easter Island with daily flights having recently resumed. Located 2,100 miles off the coast of Chile, Easter Island is often referred to as one of the most remote places to visit on the planet. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by azure water and covered with hundreds of archaeological sites, including over 900 Moai’s, the mysterious giant stone statues.
Also known as Rapa Nui, Easter Island is a 5-hour flight from the Chilean capital of Santiago and offers a range of activities once on the island. The island is home to a number of animal, bird and plant species, many of which are endemic due to its isolated location, and with the surrounding seas part of the largest marine reserve in the world, the snorkelling and scuba diving is excellent.
There’s a couple of fabulous luxury hotels on the island – the Explora Rapa Nui and the Nayara Hangaroa, both which offer all-inclusive packages and fabulous service.