A blissful tropical climate softened by Atlantic trade winds, pinkish-white, sugar-soft beaches, fabulous scuba diving, and laid-back catamaran cruises… These are just some of the fabulous experiences to be savoured in one of the Caribbean’s most popular and welcoming destinations - Barbados.
Top trending destinations for 2024
If, like us, you’re already thinking about where to go in 2024 and wondering what adventures next year will bring, let yourself be inspired by our list of the top trending destinations. It may feel some way off, but more of our customers than ever are booking early. If you have a preference for top-end accommodation, popular sailings, smaller boutique hotels or places with limited accommodation options (like in the heart of the National Parks or closest to the best beaches), you will need to book with your Travel Counsellor very soon, even if you’re not travelling until next year.
From the spectacular beach resorts of the south to encounters with elephants in the north, the ‘Land of Smiles’ has something for everyone and is a particularly great bet for a two-or multi-stay holiday – how about a cultural city break, a jungle adventure, and an indulgent beach break all in one? As well as temples galore for history lovers, the capital Bangkok delights foodies with its street food and markets, while adventure lovers can ride the overnight sleeper train for an excellent introduction to the jungles of the north. You might also think about a river cruise taking in the Thai part of the mighty Mekong.
From the ancient sights of the Acropolis to hidden coves on little-visited islands, Greece has the space and scope for everyone to find their little piece of heaven. Ferry-hopping is a great way to get around and take in several destinations or stay put in one place and enjoy the mix of mountains, beaches, olive groves, historic ruins and tavernas. Particularly popular is the island of Santorini with its incredible sunset views, often a stop-off on many Mediterranean cruises.
One of the most popular Caribbean islands, Barbados delights everyone from those who want to soak up some of its convivial party-going spirit to those who want to retreat from the world into boutique luxury. Cruise stop-offs are also a way of discovering the island (many regional itineraries depart from its fascinating capital Bridgetown). Aside the blissful beach life, Barbados has plenty to see and do, from an underground cave system to botanical gardens.
Once the preserve of honeymooners and couples, this is still one of the world’s top destinations for a romantic retreat, but families, friends and solo travellers are also catered for in resorts custom-designed for different needs. The marine life is the big attraction here, from manta rays to turtles and dolphins, and if you don’t dive, many islands have their own house reefs within swimming or even paddling distance, with snorkelling an option for all ages. Some resorts also run boat trips to local islands to see Maldivian life and traditions in action.
A quintessential destination with something to tempt everyone – couples, lone travellers, families and friends – Italy really does have it all. The food and wine alone are reason enough for a visit, but there are also some of the world’s most important artworks, breathtaking architecture, glorious cities including Florence, Venice and Rome, gorgeous seaside resorts, mountains, and islands. Much of Italy, especially Tuscany, can be visited as part of Mediterranean cruise itineraries too.
To book your 2024 holiday in one of these trending destinations or for more inspiration, call your Travel Counsellor today.
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